4 Days Tour to the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia


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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Wildlife, culture, and nature themed tour of Southern Ethiopia

This is four days wildlife trip to the Ethiopian Rift Valley to visit the Nech Sar National Park where you will visit big African crocodiles, hippos, and various low land water birds. You will also visit the the Abiyatta Shalla lakes national park to visit Gazelles, warthogs, ostriches, and you will have a spectacular view of Lake Abiyatta and Shalla . Apart from these, the trip has a cultural touch in that you will visit the villages of the people of Oromo, Gurage, Dorze, and Sidama.


Day 1 - Addis - Arba Munch
Drive 460 km south of Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. On the way, visit Adadi Mariam rock carved church and Steles of Tiya (UNESCO world heritage site)

Day 2 - Arba Minch
In the morning, drive 40 km to Chencha to visit the villages of the Dorze people. in the afternoon, have a remarkable boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit crocodiles, and hippos.

Day 3 - Arba Minch - Awassa
Head north to Awassa visiting the villages of the Alaba tribal people and the Jamaican Rastafarian community, en route

Day 4 - Awassa - Addis Ababa
Drive 275 km back to Addis visiting the 'Fish Market' at the shore of Lake Awassa, the Rift valley lake of Ziway where you will spot a number of birds like Marabou Storks, pelicans, African Fish Eagles, King Fishers, Ibis, etc. and the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park to see Ostriches, gazelles, warthogs.

NOTE - Please, ask me for the detailed itinerary if you want the activities in more detail

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: I will leave you at any place in Addis Ababa where you want

Duration: 4 days


I use a comfortable Toyota minibus of 8 seats capacity

What’s Included

The price includes the following services:-
- Comfortable Toyota Minibus of 8 seats capacity with fuel(gasoline), insurance, and driver's allowance
- Professional English speaking guide with all his expenses(my time as your tour guide and personal assistant)
- Boat trip at Lake Chamo
- All local guides
- And, all the necessary government taxes

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) - A maximum of 4,000 Ethiopian Birr per person for meals, entrance (admission) fees to visit the places mentioned in the description, etc is estimated. The above estimated amount doesn't consider accommodation as it varies widely.

Note - Please, contact me if you want the all inclusive tour price.

Local businesses and places of visits prefer to be paid in cash with the local Ethiopian currency.

1 US Dollars ~ 27 Ethiopian Birr

There is a possibility of price increases any time.

What’s Extra

Price does NOT include:-
- Accommodations
- Meals
- Entrance or admission fees
- Expenses of personal nature such saw laundry, souvenirs, etc
- And, any expense which is not mentioned in the 'Included' list. above



A Recent Review of this tour

Four days with a stranger can be an intense experience, but I took this tour solo and spent four days with Muluken and Addis, our driver. The experience was incredible, and we saw places I never expected to see in my lifetime. It involved lots of driving (around 2,000km in four days), but every stop was a memory as Muluken introduced me to villagers from different cultures and tribes around the amazing country that is Ethiopia. A truly special time wiht special people, all thanks to Muluken, a true gem
Chris Skinner

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