Day trip to Debre Libanos Monastery and Blue Nile Gorge


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Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Day tour from Addis Ababa to enjoy great scenery, unique cultural and religious life of locals

This is a full day trip out of Addis Ababa which includes a drive of 400 km in total takes visitors to the Blue Nile River Gorge. The Blue Nile River is the longest in the world which supplies more than 80 % of the water for the proper Nile. The Blue Nile River Gorge is famous for its superb scenery which many people compare with the Grand Canyon of USA.


The other interesting places included during this tour are visiting the largest monastery in Ethiopia - Debre Libanos Monastery which dates back to the 13th Century AD.

Visitors also visit the Portuguese Bridge which was said to be constructed in the 16th Century.

The wildlife touch of the tour makes visitors meet one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon.

Finally, on the drive back to Addis Ababa stop at one of the villages of the Oromo people to share experiences and learn their way of life.

Contact me soon and enjoy it!


After early breakfast, drive 200 kilometers north of Addis one the highway to Bahir Dar to visit the scenic Blue Nile Gorge which drops 1, 000 meters down to the river. One the way stop at the traditional villages of the Oromo people.

On the way back have lunch at Ethio-German Hotel which is set in the best location to enjoy the picturesque view of the Jemma Valley.

Then, visit the Debre Libanos monastery which dates back to the 13th Century AD, and is the largest in Ethiopia.

Finally, drive back to Addis Ababa.

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: Any hotel in Addis, or the air port

Duration: 11 hours 30 min.


We use a modern, air conditioned,and comfortable Toyota Minibus.

What’s Included

Professional English Speaking guide and transportation with fuel, driver's allowance, and govenment tax

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.

What’s Extra

The following are not included in the price:
- Meals
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation
- souvenirs
- and any expenses which are not mentioned in the included list above

NOTE - 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.

Thank you!

A Recent Review of this tour

I toured with Muluken from Addis Ababa to see Blue Nile Gorge & Portuguese Bridge. Muluken is very friendly, knowledgeable and energetic. I appreciated his willingness to accommodate my schedule and site wish list. The trip was fantastic. I was able to experience rural Ethiopia, visited a village where Oromo people live, the landscapes we traversed were spectacular. Anyone who has a day to spare in Addis and wants to experience another part of the country, I highly recommend Muluken.
Matthew Haemmerle

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