Wenchi Volcanic Lake - Day tour from Addis Ababa
Excursion to Lake Wenchi
With this trip visitors will drive along the fertile and mountainous lands of the Oromo people to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Wenchi. In one of the islands at Lake Wenchi there is a monastery founded in the 16th century which is accessible by walking or riding mules, and riding boats. Visitors will have a chance to see how bread and porridge is prepared from Enset or False Banana tree which is the staple food for large part of the population in southern Ethiopia.
I'll meet you at your hotel in Addis Ababa or the airport in the morning.
Make a loop by driving (300 km in total out of which 60 is on dirt road) via the town of Ambo and getting back to Addis through Welisso. Today, you will have a walking and horse back ride tour to visit the crater (volcanic) lake of Wenchi. Enjoy the pictursque scenery of the lake from the rim, and walk for about an hour down to the lake where you will take a boat made of tree trunk for about ten minutes to an island monastery which was originally founded in the 16th Century AD. The people who live around this area are famous for cultivation of Enset or False Banana tree whose root and stalk they use to make a porridge and bread. We will stop at a local family house to see the process of making the food.
Have lunch at Welisso Negash Lodge where you will see one of the indigineous forests left in East Africa ans spot the beautiful Colobus or the Black & White Monkey. Finally, drive back to Addis.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up from where you are Addis Ababa - the airport, any hotel or any other location. If we are to meet at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the exact meeting point is after you get out of the terminal (building), to your left you'll see a long walking steps between two big trees. I'll be waiting you there with a sign of your name.
See you there!
End location: Leave clients at the airport, their hotel, or any other place in Addis Ababa
Duration: 11 hours
This trip can not be done by minibus during the rainy season(June, July, August, and up to mid September). But, it can be done by using 4X4. I need prior notification to arrange it.
We use a minibus to drive to Lake Wenchi, and then customers will walk or mule back ride to get to the lake from the rim.
The price includes very good conditioned professional and experienced tour guide(my time as your guide), Toyota Minibus with fuel, driver's allowance, and all related government taxes.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
800 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) - For meals, entrance fees, horse rent, and other small personal expenses.
Local businesses prefer to be paid in cash with the local Ethiopian currency.
1 USD ~ 27 ETB
Please note that prices may increase anytime.
Meals, entrance fees, boat hire and horse rent (if visitors need to hike down to the lake)
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This was an amazing trip and Muluken took very good care of us. He was attentive and quick to respond to our questions and wants. He was also extremely accommodating when it came to making extra stops along the way, which made the trip longer but worth it. The drive is less than two hours from Addis Ababa but there is plenty to see along the way. The site itself is beautiful but this trip is all about the beautiful and interesting views along the journey.