Debre Libanos Monastery & Blue Nile Gorge


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (advanced)

Around Addis Ababa

Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of Addis Ababa in the Oromia Region. Founded in the thirteenth century by Saint Tekle Haymanot, the monastery's chief abbot, called the Ichege, was the second most powerful official in the Ethiopian Church after the Abuna.
The monastery complex sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries of the Abay River (Blue Nile River). None of the original buildings of Debre Libanos survive, but there are interesting things still to be found among the neighboring cliffs.
Current buildings include the church over Tekle Haymanot's tomb, which Emperor Haile Selassie constructed in 1961; a slightly older Church of the Cross, where a fragment of the True Cross is preserved; and five religious schools. The cave where the saint lived is in the nearby cliffs, which is described as a five minute walk away. This cave contains a spring, whose water is considered holy and is the object of pilgrimages.
Chillada Baboons are found everywhere.


drive in northern direction through mount Entoto.
visit the Blue Nile Gorge and its surrounding.
take pictures and footage.
drive to Debre Libanos Monastry.
visit the church, tombs and the area around.
drive back to Addis Ababa.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or where you preferred.

End location: I will drop you at your hotel or where you preferred.

Duration: 11 hours

starting early is advantageous to see Abay Gorge before it gets too hot.


driving with high standard mini-van for tourists with AC and refrigerator.

What’s Included

Transportation (car, driver, fuel, parking, miscellaneous)
Tour guide.
Entrance fee to the church

Estimated Local Cash Needed

150 USD 1 = Birr 17 - for personal items like meal, drinks, coffee, photography and filming fee, tip, etc.

What’s Extra

personal expenses like meal, drinks, souvenir, photography and filming fee and things which are not mentioned above.

A Recent Review of this tour

Feven goes out of her way to make this day trip a real joy. If you are in Addis and want to get out of the city for a day this tour would be a great choice.
Michael Pierson

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