Ethiopia Gelada Baboon

Extraordinary Ethiopia: Highlands & Beyond with AWF

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Wildlife
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
AETH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Safaris
Group size:
6–10
Min age:
18

Ethiopia is home to a variety of unique and endemic species. Explore with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and discover remote Bale Mountains National Park—home to the rare Ethiopian wolf and over 300 species of birds. Visit the Simien Mountains National Park where the engaging gelada baboons reside. Ethiopia is known for its legendary historical sites, including some of the earliest churches known to Christendom in Lalibela and the royal castles of Gondar. 

Highlights

  • Learn more about the AWF's important work with a stay at Limalimo, a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF, and visit an AWF Classroom Africa school, which provides primary education for local children.
  • Enjoy the convenience and comfort of private air charters to Ethiopia’s wild parks and historic highlands.
  • Hike through the extraordinary hagenia forest, and explore the high plateau of Bale Mountains National Park in search of Africa’s most endangered carnivore — the Ethiopian wolf.
  • Get up close with enormous troops of Gelada monkeys, and see breathtaking scenery from your lodge perched high on an escarpment in the Simien Mountains.
  • Explore the extraordinary subterranean rock churches of Lalibela, an active site of worship where religious ritual is central to life in this town.

Key information

  • Travel by private transfer, 4WD safari vehicle and light aircraft
  • 10 nights accommodation in premium hotels and lodges 
  • Countries visited: Ethiopia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Addis Ababa
to
Addis Ababa
  • Day 1

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Arrive in Addis Ababa International Airport and transfer to the Sheraton Addis Hotel. Meet your AWF safari leader and fellow travelers for a briefing on your adventure ahead. 

    Accommodation: Sheraton Addis or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    After a leisurely morning, venture into the city to visit national sites, including the Holy Trinity Church and the National Museum. Visit a local market and enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony. 

    Accommodation: Sheraton Addis or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-5

    Bale Mountains National Park

    This morning, take a private charter flight to Goba and enjoy a scenic drive through the national park to Bale Mountain Lodge, a conservation enterprise lodge supported by AWF. Bale Mountains National Park is a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, birdwatchers, and cultural explorers. Hike the local hagenia forest and drive over the high plateau in search of the rare Ethiopian wolf. With fewer than 400 of these wolves remaining, they are the most endangered carnivore in all of Africa.

    Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-8

    Simien Mountains National Park

    After an early breakfast, return to Goba for your private charter flight to the historic city of Gondar. After a brief city tour, drive to the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, with views often compared to the Grand Canyon. Limalimo Lodge is a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF and is perched on the edge of the escarpment to take full advantage of the panoramic views. Look for the critically endangered walia ibex and meander through enormous troops of gelada monkeys, casually photographing as you walk amongst them. You will also visit an AWF Classroom Africa school, which provides access to high-quality primary education for the local children.

    Accommodation: LimaLimo Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Bahir Dar

    This morning, depart by road and arrive in Bahir Dar in time for lunch on the shores of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, take a boat tour to visit the local monasteries of Lake Tana, taking in their vibrant colors and learning of their rich history.

    Accommodation: Kuriftu Resort & Spa or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    On your final full day, board a private charter flight to Lalibela, home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites. Nearly a dozen subterranean churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of stone centuries ago, continue to be in use today. Religious ritual is central to life in this town of 10,000 inhabitants — with more than 1,000 of them being priests. Enjoy lunch at Ben Abeba, which offers spectacular views, before flying onward to Addis for dinner and overnight at the Sheraton Addis.

    Accommodation: Sheraton Addis or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Ethiopia

All nationalities require a visa for Ethiopia which can be obtained before departure (at a cost of GBP26) or on arrival (at a cost of USD50 - be prepared to queue for a while). Please note that the Ethiopian government may change their visa on arrival policy at very short notice so make sure to check the latest advice. A certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination maybe required in order to obtain your visa, for instance if you're travelling from a country at risk of Yellow Fever transmission - please check with the embassy for the latest advice.

Vaccinations

Ethiopia

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A.

Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Typhoid; Yellow Fever.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Clients who have specialist dietary requirements should contact us in advance of travel to discuss if they can be accommodated. Generally in Ethiopia they are not as familiar with gluten or lactose free diets.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 1: Leisurely with a Safari Rating of 3

This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can of this wonderful country.  We maximise our time by travelling using private charter flights.

Please note that a baggage restriction of 20kgs per person is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. We take 4 private charter flights on this itinerary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges

Sheraton Addis

Located in the heart of the Ethiopian capital, Sheraton Addis sits on a hilltop overlooking the city, nestled between the National Palace and the prime minister’s residence. This 5-star hotel mixes African refinement with modern accents and boasts glittering pools with underwater music, an indulgent spa menu of soothing massages at Aqva Club, and several gourmet restaurants. 24-hour service and fine amenities await and all rooms and suites are designed with exceptional comfort and personalized attention in mind. All rooms feature individually-controlled air conditioning, an electronic, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-bar, marble bathrooms, plush bathrobes, slippers, Luxury Collection amenities, and free bottled water, coffee, and tea.

Bale Mountain Lodge

Bale Mountain Lodge is an eight-room boutique wilderness lodge set in the pristine wilderness of Bale Mountains National Park. The central lodge blends beautifully into its hilly surroundings and features a traditional 'tukul' dining area that overlooks the sweeping vistas of the valley and mountains beyond. All lodge ‘menyetta-bets’ (guest-rooms) are spacious and comfortable with a wood-burning stove in each room to provide warmth and a cozy atmosphere. Furniture is locally manufactured using sustainable wood, and all soft furnishings are locally-sourced and are of the highest quality with an emphasis on comfort with Ethiopian style. To help protect the unique surrounding habitats, the lodge uses eco-friendly practices for micro-hydropower, water, and waste management.

LimaLimo Lodge

Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Limalimo Lodge is the perfect home base for exploring Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park. Combining simple luxury and elegant design in a stunning setting, the lodge promotes sustainable tourism with minimal environmental impact and provides new opportunities to the local community. The bar, restaurant, and terrace provide breathtaking views along the Simien escarpment and give you plenty of space to relax in, including an inviting fire pit for cool evenings. The communal areas are an ideal place to spot wildlife. Eagles, vultures, and many more soar past; Gelada monkeys, klipspringers, jackal, and leopards amongst others are often spotted from Limalimo. Guest rooms are scattered amongst the trees below the bar and restaurant area and reached by winding paths. All rooms have views of the surrounding landscape.

Kuriftu Resort & Spa

Breathtaking landscapes encompass the resort and guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and sunbathing terrace that overlooks gorgeous Lake Tana. An organic spa and gourmet restaurants are the perfect places to relax after a full day of exploration. Each room has air-conditioning, desk, safe, TV, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries and a coffee maker.  

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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