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3 Night/ 4 day trekking tour To guassa

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3 Night/ 4 day trekking tour To guassa

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Guassa PlateauGuassa Plateau
Gelda BaboonsGelda Baboons

Day 1: Arrive at Guassa Community Lodge at Regreg around lunchtime, meet up with guide and check in.

After a short rest, take a short trek to the nearby mountaintop; this idyllic spot offers genuinely stunning views over the Guassa plateau and the chance to spot the Ethiopian wolf. Along the trail, your guide will describe the natural surroundings as well as the local history and conservation efforts.

You will end back at Regreg, where you’ll be briefed about the upcoming treks.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, trek on foot or mule back for around five to six hours from Regreg to Atse Wiha Camping ground, walking through an Afroalpine meadow to “Lobelia Valley”, which is filled with thousands of these giant plants. The trail then winds its way into the moorland where visitors will experience the enormous highland flora as well as an impressive array of animal life including the endemic gelada and Ethiopian wolf.

Have a picnic lunch in the majestic surroundings, and keep an eye out for a rare and the graceful bird of prey – the lammergeyer, or bearded vulture. This raptor, considered the lord of the high plateau, can often be seen soaring in searching of food. In the late afternoon, the mules are sent back to their base and you’ll set up camp at Atse Wiha.

Day 3: This scenic trail to Cheguarit Meda (four to five hours) offers splendid views of the untouched juniper forest of yegana, now become rare in Ethiopia. These trails offer a variety of interesting attractions including endemic bird species and wildlife and scenic overlooks down to the lowlands.

Before the final ascent towards the camp, discover a cluster of stone houses in the traditional Menz village at Tebab. The Menz people are famous for their two storey stone huts with thatched roofs, and their woven wool rugs and traditional blankets are considered to be some of Ethiopia’s finest weaving work. Before returning to camp, you’ll sip coffee with villagers. The evening will be most memorable as everyone gathers around a campfire to attend a traditional Menz dance ceremony!

Day 4: Enjoy a short trek to the main road, where there will be a vehicle waiting for you to drive back to Addis Ababa

2 Nights/ 3 days Trip To Guassa

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2 nights/ 3 days Trip To Guassa

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2-3011Sunset over the Guassa plateau

Day 1: Drive from Addis Ababa to Guassa, arriving lunchtime or late afternoon. Possible visit the church of Arbara Medanealem, located in the small settlement of Yigem, about 20km before the Lodge. The church houses several preserved mummies. Wolf sightings are possible in the late afternoon near the Lodge.

Day 2: From the Lodge you’ll have the chance of wolf and gelada sightings. Choose between a hike from the lodge, or a trip via the town of Mehal Meda to the northern part of the plateau. The latter option could be combined with a visit to one of the culturally interesting and architecturally attractive hill traditional Menz villages at Tebab.

Day 3: Depart from the Lodge, with the possibility of driving back via Ataye in the Rift Valley. The alternative road descending from the plateau passes through spectacular scenery featuring a group of carved stellae and an old city of the Sultanates of Yifat Nora, close to Shoa Robit. However, the road is currently under maintenance and will not be passable until completion. Ataye is approximately 35km from the Guassa plateau and 80km north of Tarmaber along the Addis-Dessie road. The return trip to Addis Ababa takes approximately one hour.

2 Days trip to Guassa

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2 Days trip to Guassa

1 night/2 days trekking tour

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gcca1The Guassa plateau

Day 1: Arrive at the Guassa Community Lodge at Regreg around lunchtime, meet up with guide and check in.

After a short rest, take a short trek on foot or mule back to the nearby mountaintop; an ideal spot from which to trek, offering genuinely stunning views over the Guassa plateau and the chance to spot the Ethiopian wolf. Along the trail, your guide will describe the natural surroundings as well as the history and local conservation efforts.

You will end back at Regreg, where you’ll be briefed about the upcoming treks.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, trek for two hours to Sefed Meda before driving back to Addis Ababa or onwards to the historic north.

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Debre Berhan and Ankober – 1 day (or 2 days with overnight at Ankober)

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We set off at 7.00 am, heading north on the Asmara Road.  Our first stop will be Debre Berhan, some 130 km from Addis Ababa.  The great Emperor Zera Yaqob (1434 – 1468) made his imperial capital here, after seeing a “heavenly light” (almost certainly Haley’s comet), which he took as a divine sign.  Later rulers abandoned the town but once again it became an important centre under the Shoan kings, notably King Sahle Selassie (1813 – 1847).  However, it was largely destroyed in 1855, when Emperor Tewodros advanced into Shoa.  Emperor Menelik made it his capital for a period, and visitors should see the church of Selassie which he restored in 1906.

In the town itself, visitors might like to buy the woolen hats worn by shepherd boys, and carpets with the designs characteristic of the area.

We now take the road east to another former imperial capital – Ankober, a little over 40 km from Debre Berhan. Founded by King Amaha Iyesus, Ankober commanded the very important trade route between the eastern lowlands and the Showan plateau.  Abandoned by Menelik II in favour of Entoto (and later Addis Ababa), the old palace ruins can still be seen, and two of the original five churches (Mariam and Medhane Alem) are still used as places of worship.

From the town of Anokober, there are marvellous views over the escarpment, and for ornithologists there is the chance of seeing the very rare Ankober Serin, and other species such as Smith’s Francolin, Yellow Throated Serin, White billed Starling, Black-winged Love Bird, Lammergeyer, Mountain Buzzard, Peregrine, Red-breasted Sparrow Hawk, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin and Blue Rock Thrush.  Wildlife recorded in the area includes: Leopard (rarely seen), Colobus and Vervet Monkeys, Gelada Baboon, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Klipsringer and Rock Hyrax, which despite its small size is a distant relative of the elephant.

One could return from Ankober back to Addis Ababa but there is now a new lodge built at Ankober in a traditional style.  Using this lodge as a base, there are some great walks and hikes – one could easily spend a couple of days here, enjoying the air (it is 2870 metres asl) the great views and tranquility.

day Trip to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge

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day Trip to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge – 1 or 2 days

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Pick up from the hotel is at 8.00 am and we then head north on the Gojjam road to Debre Libanos, about 110 km from Addis Ababa or approximately two hours’ drive.

Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, the monastery there was founded by the renowned 13th century mystic, Saint Teclehaimanot and there is a small cave near the church (which is of recent construction) where he is said to have stood for seven years on one leg, until the other wasted away and dropped off.

On this tour visitors can combine history and culture with some good bird watching, as we pass through the Sululta Plain we can see Black-winged plovers, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged geese, Common Cranes and Wheat ears.

On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the Jemma River gorge.  The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metres to the valley below.  Here at the gorge (and in the forest around the church) we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, the Black-headed Forest Oriole, the White-billed Starling, the Red-billed Starling, the White-winged Cliff Chat, the White-backed Black Tit, the White-cheeked Turaco and Hemprich’s Hornbill.  We will also see one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon.   (In the gorge we will see a variety of vultures – Lamergeyer’s, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures.)

Leaving the Gorge we proceed to the church.  After the church visitors can make the climb to the cave of St Teklehaimanot.  Near the cave monks may show visitors the remains of some 300 monks, slaughtered in 1936 by the Italian invaders.  Mussolini and the fascist authorities saw the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as one of the key elements of an independent Ethiopian identity, and thought that by carrying out the massacre they would cow the Church and by extension the Ethiopian people into submission.  Rather, this atrocity fed the flames of resistance.

If you continue up the hill from the cave from the top there’s a great view of the surrounding countryside.

At some stage we will take a picnic lunch, either at the Gorge or in the forest near the church.  We will leave Debre Libanos around 4.30 PM, returning to Addis Ababa early evening.

With the opening of the Ethio – German Lodge (the owner is an Ethiopian who had been resident in Germany), it is possible to spend the night in a great location, overlooking the Jemma Valley Gorge.  The scenery is stunning, and it is very peaceful.  As yet, the catering facilities there are not fully operational.

Birding in Ethiopia: 8 Day Tour

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Birding in Ethiopia: 8 Day Tour

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Day 01  Addis Ababa

Tour the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Visit the Mercato, one of Africa’s largest outdoor markets.  Trinity Cathedral.
Overnight  ambassador Hotel.

Day 02  Addis Ababa – Awash National Park

Drive to Awash National Park.  Stop for birding at the crater lakes near Debre Zeit and at Lake Beseka.
Overnight genet Hotel.

Day 03  Awash National Park

Birding in Awash National Park, located in the Great Rift Valley.  Many species of birds are found here: African Orange-bellied Parrots, Bustards, Weavers, Hoopoe, Yellow-throated Serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis, Lesser-striped Swallow, and the House Martin.  The park also boasts a variety of mammals: the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc.
Overnight genet Hotel.

Day 04  Awash National Park – Langano

Drive to Langano via Mojo. En route, birding at Lake Ziway, truly a birder’s paradise and at Koka Dam. Spot bird species such as; the African Pygmy Goose, Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Northern Black Tit, Little Weaver, etc.  Later we’ll bird at Abiyata—Shalla  National Park. Over 300 species can be seen around Lake Abiyata, such as: Yellow Wagtails, Ibis, Cormorant, Pelicans, Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Flamingos, Storks, Swallows, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rollers, Wheatear, African Marsh Harrier, etc.
Beshan Gari  Lodge.

Day 05  Langano – Bale Mountains

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park to spot some of the endemics such as Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Abyssinian Longclaw, Wattled Ibis, Black-headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, Banded Barbet and other species.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 06  Bale Mountains – Wondo Genet

Drive to Wondo Genet, a green and lush area, inhabited with numerous Grivet Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, and many species of birds. Its also an excellent place  with plenty of fresh fruit trees and hot springs.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 07  Wondo Genet – Awassa

En route to Awassa spot numerous species: Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Abysinnian Ground Hornbill, Roget’s Rail, Marabou Stork, Black and White Egrets, African Pygmy Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Swallows, Ibis, African Fish Egret, Woodland Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, etc.
Hayele Resort.

Day 08  Awassa – Langano – Addis Ababa

Return to Addis, birding along the Great Rift Valley looking for additional species.  Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.

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