Two days trip to Rift Valley Lakes, Adadi Mariam Rock Church, and the Steles of Tiya


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Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Private nature, local experience, culture, history, and religious guided tour

This is a two days trip from Addis to visit one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu which are famous for their aesthetic beauty, and three of the seven lakes found in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. These lakes are famous for their great collection of bird species which include Ibis, Plovers, Stilts, Storks, kites, etc It also includes visiting of the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam and the stele site of Tiya.

Note - Accommodation would be arranged as per your preference. Please, contact for personalizing the tour.


Day 1 - Addis Ababa - Lake Koka, Ziway & Langano - Abiyatta Shalla National Park - Lake Awassa

Drive 275 km south of Addis Ababa to Lake Awassa visiting the bird life of Lake Koka, Ziway and Langano. You will also visit the Abiyatta-Shalla Lakes National Park where you see Ostriches, Grant Gazelle, and then be taken to a view point to have a panoramic view of Lake Abiyatta and Shalla. Then, drive to Lake Awassa and walk on the shores to spot various birds and enjoy the sunset over the lake. O/N - Pina Hotel

Day 2 - Lake Awassa - Steles of Tiya - Adadi Mariam Church - Addis Ababa

After breakfast, visit the 'Fish Market' at the shore of Lake Awassa where the people gather to have breakfast of fresh fish, and here you will spot different birds which get there looking for leftover of fish. Then, drive back to Addis via the town of Butajira visiting the stele site of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site and 12th - 14th Century AD). These steles are 42 in number and are erected in honour of great warriors who fou

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 place in Addis Ababa - Hotel, apartment, airport

Duration: 2 days


This tour is planned for a maximum of 6 visitors in a group and we use an air conditioned Toyota Minibus (2014 Model)

What’s Included

Price includes: - Comfortable Air Conditioned Minibus with fuel, insurance, and driver's allowance
- Professional English Speaking Guide with all his expenses
- Local language speaking guides/translators
- Scout at the park of Abiyatta Shalla park
- All government taxes

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2700 Ethiopian Birr - Approximately 2,700 Ethiopian Birr per person may be needed for meals, accommodation for one night, and for entrance fees.

Accommodation is assumed to be at one of the best hotels in Awassa. Please, contact me for details.

NOTE - Extra fee mentioned is only estimate and there is a possibility of price increment.

What’s Extra

Any other expense which is not mentioned in the included list above is not included in the price.

NOTE - If you want the an all-inclusive price to include accommodations, 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

Very nice trip. Both Meluken and his driver were very nice, knowledgable and generous people. I enjoyed traveling with them. One caveat though. Make sure you understand the itinerary. I thought we were going to stop at lake Langano and we didn't. On the other hand, I told Meluken that I wanted to buy a small basket to bring home. He and his driver made considerable efforts to help me do this (oddly, it was hard to find). I would travel with Meluken again
Rick Glaser

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