Day trip to Debre Libanos Monastery and Blue Nile Gorge


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Activity Level



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

With this full-day trip from Addis Ababa you will be stunned by the scenery of the Blue Nile Gorge, and Jemma River Gorge. You will also 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
The tour to the Blue Nile River Gorge includes a drive of 400 km in total takes visitors.


Major places of visits are Debre Libanos Monastery (The biggest in Ethiopia), the Portuguese Bridge (16th Century AD), and views of the Blue Nile and 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!


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

- Comfortable private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
- Driver's allowance and fuel (gasoline)
- Professional experienced English Speaking guide (My time as your guide and personal assistant)
- Local family visits
- Snacks and bottled water in the van - Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance and coffee
- And, related govenment taxes

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

The Portuguese Bridge was amazing!! Muluken was an outstanding tour guide and very flexible to our schedule/needs. He picked us up in a large, clean, air-conditioned white van and made our group of 6 - 3 adults, 3 teenagers - feel safe, relaxed, & comfortable throughout the entirety of our tour. We saw some cool sights, learned a few things, and a had a lot of fun! What more could you ask for in a tour?! If you're looking for a guide, look no further and book with Muluken.
Nathan G.

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