Day Trip to the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Nature and culture private day tour from Addis Ababa - weekend excursions from Addis Ababa

Private guided day tour from Addis Ababa to mainly visit the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway with a private Toyota Minivan. The tour is customizable (open to organize to fit visitor's preferences).

It includes mainly: -
* Boat ride of about an hour on Lake Ziway
to see a families of hippos, and a number of lowland water birds like the African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis, Marabou Storks, Hammer Cops, Pied Kingfisher, Plovers, etc
* Stops at the artificial (manmade) lake of Koka which is also famous for its bird resource.
* Visiting the Steles of Tiya - a grave site dating back to the 14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage site
* Visiting a local family to learn how to prepare Enjera (the Ethiopian bread) and attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
* Stops at few outlooks to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley

The tour includes 360 km drive totally with a comfortable private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts.


In the morning, I will meet you at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport or your place of stay in Addis Ababa, and we will drive 180 km south of Addis Ababa to the Northern Most Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia - Lake Ziway. During the tour you will visit the unique still active church of Adadi Mariam which is carved out of rock in the 13th Century, one of Ethiopia's sites which is in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list - Steles (Obelisks) of Tiya, join a local family to share a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, enjoy boat ride on the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see a number of birds and families of hippos, and stop at few outlooks to have a panoramic view of the Ethiopian Part of the Great East African Rift Valley.

It is a full day tour. If the day falls on Thursday or Sunday there would be a visit of an interesting local cultural weekly held market at Adadi Town.

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.

End location: and, we leave you at any place needed in Addis Ababa

Duration: 12 hours


This tour is planned for a maximum of 6 visitors in a group and we use comfortable air conditioned private Toyota Minibus equipped with seat belts

What’s Included

The mentioned price includes a - Toyota Minibus(2014/2015Model) with fuel, insurance, driver's allowance,
- a professional English speaking guide with all his expenses
- boat rent at Lake Ziway,
- bottled water in the vehicle,
- and, all related government taxes.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

600 Ethiopian Birr - To visit the places mentioned in the itinerary and for lunch there would be an approximate payment of 600 Ethiopian Birr per person.
Note - Price may increase and local places accept only cash in the Ethiopian Currency. 1 US Dollar is ~ 27 Ethiopian Birr

What’s Extra

Meals, entrance fees, souvenirs, and any expenses which are not mentioned in the ' Included' list above is excluded.

If you want the an all-inclusive price to include meals, entrance (admission) fees and the like in the price of the tour, please contact me so that I can customize it. Thanks

A Recent Review of this tour

Muluken is an excellent guide. Very polite, kind and helpful. We had a loooong day with him and he organised a rather demanding schedule the best possible way. We really appreciated his company. HIGHLY recommended.
Filippos Papageorgiou

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