Aardvark Safaris Expands into Ethiopia

Aardvark Safaris Ethiopia

Some of Africa’s most hospitable people will be on hand to guide you, revealing stunning scenery and unique animals including the Ethiopian wolf, ibex and gelada baboon.  There is a rich cultural aspect to explore as well, and the religious history is fascinating, some of it literally carved into the landscape. It will also tick boxes for people looking for a warmer climate, good coffee, year round festivals and some of the most interesting food in Africa.”

Very different to any other African country, and far from the famine-riven land in the news during the 1980s, Ethiopia is full of stunning landscapes, incredible history, exotic culture and rare wildlife.

What to do and see:

The northern circuit is a 2,500km loop that takes in the country’s rich historical heritage. Among highlights are the ancient monasteries around Lake Tana, the Royal Enclosure and 17th century castle ruins in Gondar, the house of the Ark of Covenant in Axum, and the rock-hewn churches at the medieval capital of Lalibela – an unofficial eighth wonder of the world.

The Ethiopian Highlands stretch from the central northern-most part of the country and is where you’ll find the Bale and Simien National Parks. Amid remarkably beautiful scenery are several endemic animals including the Ethiopian wolf, mountain nyala, gelada baboon, and over 900 bird species.

All Aardvark Safaris’ holidays are tailor made to suit each client, but here are a few itinerary suggestions for those looking to travel to Ethiopia.

The Northern, or historical route including the Simien Mountains
Aardvark Safaris offers a 10-night itinerary covering key sites including the monasteries in Lake Tana, the castles of Gondar, gelada baboons in the Simien Mountains, the stele of Axum, and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £3,630 per person, based on two adults sharing. Price includes full board accommodation (b&b in Addis Ababa), all transfers, a local guide at each spot, all entrance and porterage fees, boat hire at Bahir Dar and mule hire at Lalibela.  International and internal flights with Ethiopian Airline.

The North with the Bale Mountains
Aardvark Safaris offers this 10-night itinerary covering the castles of Gondar, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the pre-historic archaeological sites at Langano, the Bale Mountains and Lake Awassa in the Rift Valley.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £4,050 per person, based on two adults sharing. Price includes full board accommodation (b&b in Addis Ababa), all transfers, professional English speaking guide throughout the tour, a local guide at each spot, all entrance and porterage fees, and mule hire at Lalibela.  International and internal flights with Ethiopian Airlines

The South and the Bale Mountains
Aardvark Safaris offers this 14-night itinerary covering the Rift Valley lake of Lake Langano, slowly descending into the Bale Mountains for excursions to the Harena Forest and Senattie Plateu. From the Bale Mountains you will visit another rift valley lake, Lake Awassa, then onto Arba Minch, known for the painted house.  From here the itinerary passes through towns and villages en-route to Turmi to visit the Erbore people. Each of the towns and villages are home to several different Ethiopian tribes, so this trip allows an insight to many of the fascinating different cultures and people.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £4,620 per person, based on two adults sharing. Price includes full board accommodation (b&b in Addis Ababa) all transfers, all ground transportation using a 4×4 land cruiser, professional English speaking guide accompanying you throughout the tour, al local guide fees, all entrance and porterage fees, boat hire on Lake Chamo and scout fees where possible.  International and internal flights with Ethiopian Airlines

For booking or further information, contact Aardvark Safaris 
www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

 

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