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Let Us Introduce You to Ethiopia!


      I am Daniel and I am the partner of WyspArt Foundation. I am from Ethiopia and I speak Polish, English and French languages. I am your tour advisor, organisor and guide to Ethiopia.

We seek to promote tourism to Ethiopia and to provide our clients with a memorable and enjoyable Ethiopian vacation experience.
Our clients' satisfaction and safety are our absolute priorities. Our goal is to deliver a fascinating and uniquely Ethiopian experience with a very very reasonable price.

   With friendly and safety-concious drivers  we are  committed to giving visitors to Ethiopia an appreciation and better understanding of its people and its many natural and historical wonders.
 We  ensure a competitive and quality service based on professional values.

With over 10 years of working experience as local tour guide. We specialize in rewarding and enriching experiences of Ethiopia’s diverse cultural, historical and natural environment and we focus on quality and safety.
Our tours are customized so that whatever your interests are in this unique country WyspArt Foundation together with it's Partner from Ethiopia will take you beyond your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you to this ancient and fascinating land.

 

The historic route of Ethiopia 14 days by road

This is the most famous route for those visiting Ethiopia - the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. See a range of fabulous attractions, such as the remarkable archaeological sights and shelter for the Real Ark of the Covenant at Axum, and the massive giant Obelisk, the enchanting castles in Gondar, the incredible 12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibella, the source of the Blue Nile the famous monasteries on Lake Tana.
 
Day 1  City Tour in Addis Ababa

Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is located at 2,500 meters above sea level at the footstep of the highest parts of the Entoto Mountain chain (3,000 m above sea level). Addis is also the seat of African Union (AU) and many International offices and over 100 Embassies. It enjoys an excellent climate all year round; with an average temperature of 16°C. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the Merkato.
This day we will have a full day city tour of Addis Ababa that includes: Ethnological Museum,National Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Merkato, and Mount Entoto for St. Mary Church and palace of King Menilik, founder of Addis Ababa. Over night (hotel)
 
Day2  Addis Abeba to Bahir Dar

A spectacular drive from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar. On the way we will visit Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese Bridge, the first bridge built in Ethiopia.  In the way passing thorough the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. Overnight in Bahir Dar.(hotel)

Day 3  Bahir Dar

In the morning,  we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit various monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 4 Bihr Dar to Gondar

After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today  and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 5  Gonder to Sankaber/ Siemien mountain/

Today is an early morning departure to Sankober in the Simien Mountains.  From here you will go for an easy hike to the Geech Abyss, where you will see a large waterfall where the Jinbar River plunges into the abyss.  This area is also a great place for viewing the endemic gelada baboon, also known as the ‘bleeding heart baboon’ due to the red patch of skin on its chest.  Overnight in the Simien Mountains (lodge) or in Debark (hotel).

 Day 6   Gondar to Axsum

Morning drive to Axum through the scenic mountain chains of Siemen massif, across the snake (zigzag) road of Limalimo and you will cross River Tekeze which flows to Sudan. En route you can also spot the incense trees along the road sides of the area. Have dinner and an overnight in hotel, Axum. Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 7 Full day sightseeing in Axum

Axum, a holy city of Ethiopia, dating back over 3000 years and the cradle of Ethiopian civilization with the Axumite Kingdom and Axum was the kingdom that dominated Africa and Asia for a thousand years. Tour of Axum that includes: Axum stele or obelisks; the largest single pieces of stone standing anywhere on the world, castles of former monarchs, the Axum Museum and Mariyam Tsion Church- where according to Ethiopian legend, The Ark of the Covenant resides, built on the site of Ethiopia's first church AD, and the Gudit stelae field, King Ezana’s inscriptions and the tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskel and Queen of Sheba's Bath and Palace. Have an overnight in Axum. (Hotel)

Day 8 Axum to Adigrat

Axum to Adigrat. On this day we will visit the ruins of ancient Temple of Yeha which is believed to be built from 6 to 8 centuries BC.and  we will also stop to see the the 6th  century AD  monastery at Debre Damo  where the men can climb up to the top to see the monastery and spectacular views (sorry, women are not allowed to visit this religious site). overnight in Adigrat.(hotel)

Day 9 Adigrat to Mekele

Adigrat to Mekele (the regional Capital of Tigray ) . On this day we can see the fabulous churches built into the cliffs around the Tigray region focusing on the Gheralta cluster. From here we will continue to the city of Mekele for an overnight.(hotel)

Day 10 Mekelle  to  Lalibella

Morning after breakfast drive to Lalibella, the medieval period capital of the Zagwe Dynasty, en route enjoy  with the panoramic view of Agew area and the southern Tigray and visit the dwellings of the Agew and the Tigrian people with various customs and traditions.  Continue driving and visit the rock hewn / built up cave churches of Yimrehane Kirstos and Bibala Kirqos Have dinner and an overnight in hotel, Lalibella.

Day 11  Full day in Lalibella

The medieval rock hewn churches of Lalibella all carved out (inside and outside) of a solid rock and are architecturally unique ranked among the wonders of the world. Morning After breakfast you start visiting the 1st group of the rock hewn churches, which includes Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Denagil, Bete Meskel and Bete Golgotha and back to the hotel, have your lunch and take short break then continue visiting the 2nd groups of the rock hewn churches which includes Bete Amanuel, Bete Gabriel, Bete Merqorios, Bete Libanos and the beautiful church of Bete Giorgis.  Have Dinner and an overnight in hotel at Lalibella.

Day 12 Lalibella to  Kombolicha

Proceed driving to Kombolcha via Woldia.  On the way you will stop for a rest in Hayk where you can enjoy the views of this stunning lake, visit the local monastery (open for men only) and enjoy the birdlife.  Overnight in Kombolcha (hotel).

Day 13 Kombolcha to Addis

Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.  Overnight Addis Ababa.(hotel).

Day 14  Addis Abeba

Evening Farewell dinner with national music and dancing then transfer to the Air port  for return flight. End of the tour.

If you need further information, please contact us we would be very happy to help you plan a trip of a life time. Just send us an  e-mail     daniel.yirdaw@op.pl

Price negotiable.

Note that
•Activities for the first and last days will depend on visitors’ times of arrivals and departures.
•Upon request the above tour program can be, modified, differently rearranged, combined with other programs, or extended to suit the clients’ interest, and time.

Extensions
• The old-walled town of Harar. (2 days).
• Tigray rock-hewn churches (3 days).
• Trekking to the dramatic mountains of the Simien Mountains. (4 days).



10 Days - Tribes of the Omo Valley

The Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia contains some of the most colorful tribes and ethnic groups. The charming costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dances are unique. There are a vast number of ethnic groups at short distances from each other. Some of tribes that live in the Omo and the surrounding region are the Dorze, the Konso, the Tsemai, the Benna,the Ari, the Mursi, the Hamar, the Erbore, the Geleb ( also Known as Dassanech ),the Karo, the Bume ( also known as Gnangatom ) and the Surma. South Omo Valley of Ethiopia the most important National parks include Netch Sar National park, Mago National park and Omo National park.

 
Day 1

Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira.  On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site).  Final destination for the day is Awassa. Overnight in Awassa (hotel).

Day 2

In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch.  The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.  You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people.  If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited.  Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut  or continue to Arba Minch for overnight (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 3

In the morning, visit the local market in Dorze (Monday and Thursday) or Chencha (Tuesday and Saturday).  Afterwards, continue driving to Arba Minch.  In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market” and the local hippos.  Overnight in Arba Minch (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 4

After breakfast, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi.  On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe.  Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday).  Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe.  At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi.  Overnight in Turmi (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 5

In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe.  Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village.  Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village.  If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited.  Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or lodge).

Day 6

Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar.  Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo.  Afterwards, continue to Jinka.  Overnight in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 7

In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe.  The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates.  In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes.  Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village.  Overnight in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 8

After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Konso, via Key Afar.  Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods.  This is another very popular market in the region.  After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays).  The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing.  Today you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues.  Time permitting, you can also visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers.  Overnight in Konso (camping, hotel or lodge).
 
Day 9

After breakfast, depart from Konso to Lake Langano.  On the way you will visit the Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established to protect the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest.  Continue to Lake Langano for overnight (camping or lodge).

Day 10

After a morning swim in the lake, depart north to Addis Ababa.  On the way, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park.  Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m.  Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.

Price negotiable!

Note that
•Activities for the first and last days will depend on visitors’ times of arrivals and departures.
•Upon request the above tour program can be, modified, differently rearranged, combined with other programs, or extended to suit the clients’ interest, and time.


Omo Valley  and  Epiphany( Timket) festival

take a  tour to attend the Ethiopian colourful Timket festival and to visit the fascinating and Colorful  nomadic tribes of Omo Valley in Ethiopia. 
  
Day1  City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2200-3200 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
 In the  morning, we Visit  the Nationalmuseum where the 3,6 million year old skeletal remains of “Lucy” rest and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa.

Afternoon attend the eve of Timket, which starts eleven days after the orthodox Christmas. The Ark of the Covenant is the most sacred element of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In the early afternoon replicas of the Ark of each church, are covered in silk and carried solemnly by priests to a nearby body of water. Tens of thousands of believers attend the procession. As evening falls, the priests and many believers participate in the overnight vigil around the Arks until dawn.
 
Day2 Timket Festival in Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive to Jan Meda to attend the Timket Festival. Timket, meaning Epiphany, commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan. It is observed by Christians all over the world but it is of special significance in Ethiopia and it is the most important and colourful event of the year. Although the festival is largely religious, it has no lack of secular elements such as partying and match-making. Huge crowds gather around the body of water, where Timket eve took place. After the chief priest blesses the water, the celebration reaches its climax. Many jumps into the water, the rest are eager to get a splash. After the religious vows are renewed, the Arks are paraded back to their church.
With The remainder of the day  we Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital.

Day3  Drive to Arba Minch

Drive to Arba Minch via Wolayta Sodo. This drive will take you along the scenic farmlands of Gurage people with views of the lush green hills and valleys. You arrive late in the afternoon at Arba Minch. Arba Minch - meaning 'Forty Springs' in Amharic - takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the forest and the flats of the town.

Day 4 Doze Village, Lake Chamo(crocodile market)
After breakfast visit the Dorze tribe, famed for their bee hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They are also farmers, who prevent soil erosion by ingenious terracing of the mountainsides. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, tobacco and enset (false-banana or musa ensete). In the afternoon take a boat trip on Lake Chamo, where you can spot many hippos and a most spectacular concentration of giant crocodiles. The water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable.

Day5 Drive to Jinka
After breakfast drive to Konso where you visit the Konso people, known for colorful dresses and unusually engraved wooden statues, used as grave markers. Continue along impressive land terracing to the village of the Woito people, near the Woito River. On the way to Jinka stop at the Key Afer Market (Thursday is market day), a tribal market, where different ethnic groups gather to sell and buy their agricultural products.
  Day6  Jinka – Mursi

After breakfast leave Jinka and drive to the Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of the Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Proceed to Mago National Park. Then drive back to Jinka and continue to Turmi through Dimeka to visit the Hamer people and their village. Turmi is a small town, which is the base to visit the Hamer village.

Day7 In Turmi
After breakfast drive to Karo viilage and visit the Karo people in the afternoon visit the hammer village. Hamers have remarkable hairstyles made from ochre, water and binding resin. They rub the mixture into their hair then twist the strands repeatedly to create coppery-colored locks. This is a sign of wealth and welfare. Hamers are considered to be masters of body decoration.

Day 8 Turmi - Yabello
Drive to Yabello visiting the Arbore and the Tsemay people en-route. After lunch stop at Konso, continue to the region of the Oromo Borena and visit their village. They are well known in cattle rearing. From their deep ‘singing well’ they carry water to their cattle by forming a long line of people and passing on the buckets while singing.

Day9 Lake Awassa
Today we drive to Awassa over the beautiful Sidamo Mountains and through coffee plantations. On the way, we stop at Wenago to visit the Tutu Fella stele field – an unusual collection of carved stones. We continue to Lake Awassa, which is surrounded by mountains and populated by countless species of birds. Awassa is a large city but manages to retain an easy-going feeling, making it a pleasant place to spend some time. There is a bustling central market as well as a fish market. The lakeshores are fringed with lush vegetation where monkeys are frequently seen. Hippos live in the lake - they emerge onto the shore to graze after dark. The lake has excellent birdlife, with many species of waders present, as well as heron, stork and Fish Eagles.

day10 Drive to Addis Ababa

depart north to Addis Ababa.  On the way, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park.  Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m.  Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.
In the evening there will be a traditional Ethiopian farewell dinner with “coffee ceremony” and traditional dances of different ethnic groups. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Tour Duration: January 17 – 27
Group Size: 2- 20 People
Destination: Addis Abeba, OmoValley
Attractions:  Timket festival, tribes of OmoValley
Season: January
Tour  can be Customizable
 price negotiable!

Travel information

 Safety
Dangers & annoyances

Compared with many African countries, violent crime is rare; against travellers it’s extremely rare.Ethiopia is one of the safest countries in Africa for foreigners. Petty theft is common in Addis Abeba , but is less common elsewhere.
However,you should take extra precautions to secure their valuables.  A money belt or other means to hide cash and documents is strongly recommended.

Healthy

Eventhough the Ethiopians have a lot of varieties of delicious food, Be careful of the food you eat, and don't stay in the sun too long. If you get sick, go to one of the big private hospitals, eg, Korean, Hayat, St Gabriels.
Do not drink tap water. Bottled water for drinking is available almost everywhere in small, medium and big bottles. Addis tap water is better than in many other cities, but even there hotels generally recommend guests not to drink it, nor to eat salads and uncooked foodstuffs that are commonly washed in tap water. Make sure you drink enough water, especially when the weather is hot.
Consult a doctor before going to Ethiopia and stock up on prescription drugs you require. The risk of malaria is low in the capital and the highlands, but high in the lake regions and lowlands. Doxycycline for malaria prevention is cheap in Addis.

Language

Ethiopia is a multiethnic state with a variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken.
Amharic; is the first official language of Ethiopia.  In all parts of the country everyone speaks Amharic to some extent, no matter what their first language may be. The language is written in the Ge'ez script.
In big cities, most people under 40 speak some English. English is the primary foreign language taught in schools.  Ethiopians have a distinct way of speaking English. Because it is heavily accented, it might be a bit difficult to understand it at the beginning. However, when you get used to the way they pronounce some English words, it will become fairly understandable.)
Up north in Tigray, Tigrinya is the primary language, and it's also written in Ge'ez. However, Amharic is widely understood.
In the middle regions, is widely spoken. Oromo language uses a Latin alphabet.

Visa and Immigration Requirements

Nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
 
Time

Ethiopia is the GMT +3 hours time zone.  Ethiopian follows the ancient Ge'ez calendar which consists of 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days (6 in leap year.)

 

 

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