Excursion from Addis Ababa to visit the Portuguese Bridge, Jemma River Gorge and to see Gelada Baboons
With this about 8 hours tour from Addis Ababa you will be stunned by the scenery of the Jemma River Gorge, visit the Debre Libanos Monastery (13th Century AD) and the Portuguese Bridge (16th Century AD).
The day tour also includes: -
- Visiting a local family to experience the traditional way of life of the Oromo people
- Attending a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
- Seeing the Ethiopian endemic mammal - Gelada Baboon
This day tour includes a drive of 210 km in total takes visitors.
NB - THIS TOUR CAN BE CUSTOMIZED TO INCLUDE VISITING THE BLUE NILE GORGE (with 200 km more drive). PLEASE, CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS.
Major places of visits are Debre Libanos Monastery (The biggest in Ethiopia), the Portuguese Bridge (16th Century AD), and views of the Jemma River Gorges.
Seeing the Ethiopian endemic - the Gelada Baboon and visiting the villages of the Oromo people to share experiences and learn their way of life is also included.
Contact me soon and enjoy it!
I will meet you at your hotel in Addis Ababa or the airport, and we drive 100 km north of Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery (the biggest monastery in Ethiopia dating back to the 13th Century AD). Here you will visit the church built by Emperor Haile Sillassie which has beautiful window glass works and mosaics, and then visit the monastery's museum to see ancient historical artifacts, manuscripts, icons, crowns, crosses, etc
Then, drive for 10 minutes and walk for half an hour to visit the Portuguese Bridge which was built in the 16th Century AD. Walk around to see also one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals - the Gelada baboon.
Next, take another trail enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Jemma River Gorge. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Blue Nile River.
Have lunch at a local Ethiopian restaurant set by the outlooks of the Jemma River Gorge, and then drive back to Addis Ababa with a stop at a local village of the Oromo people where you will experience the local culture.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: 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 Point Options: Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 9 hours
We use a modern air conditioned comfortable Toyota Corolla (1 or 2 people) or Toyota Minibus (3 to 6 people).
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
600 Ethiopian Birr - There would be about 600 Ethiopian Birr per person to pay for entrance, and lunch at a local place. It is only Cash which is the applicable mode of payment during this tour.
Price may increase anytime.
- Personal Expenses
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One of my favorite sights in the region. The Monastery is amazing and Muluken knows exactly where to find the Gelada baboons! The place he took me for lunch here (I believe called Bakarat) was also one of the best meals of my life!!