Your organization was perfect for us !! I had prepared myself for some "African" delays or "African" miscommunication, but none of this. Taxi was always perfect on time! The transport was comfortable and adapted to our large group!
We had a super trip. Very well organized. We enjoyed! Ethiopia is a beautiful country.
We had a great trip, greatly enjoyed everything we have seen and done. We have done a lot and because of the super good service we always received, it was nevertheless very relaxed and cozy.
We have a very nice and beautiful trip to Ethiopia with Yared Tour & travel. Very good drivers, good food en route and good camping equipment, good jeeps. Our expectation has been exceeded with Yared travel, they have put together a nice program in consultation with us, highlights were for us the Arte Ale volcano and the Dalol plain
Day 1: Welcome in Ethiopia: Addis Abeba
Welcome to Ethiopia! You’ll be stepping off the plane into Africa’s fourth largest city and diplomatic capital, Addis Ababa. Your Yared Tour & Travel guide will be there to meet you at Bole International Airport and drive you to your hotel for a rest.
Day 2: City tour Addis Abeba
Today begins with a drive to Entoto Mountain where we visit the historical site of Emperor Menelik’s Palace and Maryam church, the oldest in Addis Ababa. From here we drive through Shiro Meda which hosts the city’s largest market for traditional clothing, continuing to the campus of Addis Ababa University, home to one of Africa’s best Ethnological museums and the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. You visit the Ethnological or Ethiopia's National Museum with ‘Lucy’, the world-famous fossilized hominid. The museum also showcases ancient artefacts from Axum and Gondar, and an exhibition of Ethiopian art. Then visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral (built in 1933), the largest Orthodox church in Ethiopia and the final resting place of Haile Selassie. To conclude, you will visit the busy life of traders in Mercato - Africa’s biggest outdoor market.
Day 3: Via Tiya to Arba Minch
Today you’re heading to the south! It’s a 6-7 hour drive to Arba Minch and we’ll be stopping off along the way to visit Tiya – one of Ethiopia’s most important, and least understood World Heritage stelae fields containing 41 obelisks engraved with interesting symbols thought to be around 600 years old.
Day 4: Daytrip to Dorze & Nech Sar
Around Arba Minch you can visit Lake Chamo, part of Nech Sar National Park, and the mountain villages Dorse and Chencha. On a half day trip to Lake Chamo & Nech Sar NP you will cross the lake where you will see different water birds, crocodiles and hippo’s. Enjoy the views! Visiting the Dorse people is also a half day trip. In the afternoon you drive into the mountains outside Arba Minch in an hour. The Dorse are renowned for their remarkable bee hive shaped huts entirely constructed from organic material. The Dorse are a small omotic speaking ethnic group, whose territory has a cold misty weather and year round moist climate. Visit a family compound of the Dorse people. The family can tell you about their life style and culture and theur use of the enset tree. If possible, visit one of the local markets and the weaving cooperation.
Day 5: Visit Konso tribe and nature
In the morning we set off to Konso, the first place in Ethiopia recognised as a ‘cultural landscape’. You’ll have a chance to walk around the fortress like villages (‘kantas’) with their uniquely designed stone-walled walkways, thatched huts and terraced farms. Konso is also known for its natural phenomenon "New York" - interesting pinnacles of red earth, reminiscent of city skyscrapers with a legendary tale.
Day 6: Key Afar Market & Turmi
The journey from Konso to Turmi is an exciting 5-hour drive with plenty to observe from the window. You’ll witness the landscape dramatically change to wild, dry, acacia tree savannah and feel the warmth and humidity rise. You’ll also notice colourful wraps change to animal skins, shoes to rubber sandals, and the diverse fashions of passers-by wearing brightly coloured adornments and fantastic hairstyles.
Day 7: Hamer tribe
Today you will vist one of the Hamar tribe villages. Ancient traditions still form the backbone of daily life in Hamar. Most live in rural settlements and practise traditional livelihoods through subsistence agro-pastoralism. Daily life revolves around taking care of livestock, domestic duties and farming of maize and sorghum. Hamar men are semi-nomadic and travel with large herds of goats and cattle between grazing areas, whereas Hamar women take care of the children, cooking, water and firewood collection. Ceremonies and rituals are an integral part of traditional Hamar life. The most well-known is a rite of passage for men into adulthood and marriage called ‘ukili bula’ or bull-jump. During the ceremony, a young Hamar man leaps naked over several of his family’s bulls. It’s a highlight to witness if there’s one taking place whilst you’re here.
Day 8: Banna & Jinka
Today you will drive from Turmi to Jinka. Along the way you will visit the Banna tribe and a market. The Banna tribe is very similar to the Hamar tribe, but they are not the same. The Banna tribe lives in a different region and their special features such as their hair and jewelry are slightly different from those of the Hamar tribe. They live in the area between the villages of Gazer and Dimeka. Their primary concern is agriculture, but hunting and gathering is also a daily activity for the people of the Benna tribe.
Day 9: Addis Abeba and farewell
Today you will fly from Jinka to Addis Ababa, where you will enjoy a farewell meal and celebration in one of the city’s cultural restaurants before your journey home. You will have some time to relax and enjoy a wonderful dinner before we take you to the airport in Addis Abeba.
This tour can be made as a full journey through the south and north of Ethiopia. But it can also be made as a journey through the south alone or as a journey through the north alone. Have a look on the site of the other exact travel programs.