ETHIOPIA – FABLED LAND
21 Jan - 1 Feb 2021
12 Days / 11 Nights
THIS PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI IS PART OF THE 'PHOTO VOYAGES'COLLECTION 2021', IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUSTRALIA'S LEADING AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALISTS, ENCOMPASS AFRICA
Historically fascinating, culturally diverse and naturally spectacular. With no fewer than nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ethiopia is steeped in culture and impressive history.
USD$11,850 per person (twin share). Single supplement NOT available.
NB: 8 guests required for this tour to proceed
Ethiopian cultural treasures include the UNESCO World Heritage site, Lalibela, with its incredible rock-hewn churches and the unchanged tribes of the Omo River region in the deep south. Ethiopia was one of the first countries to officially adopt Christianity as its religion back in the 4th century, and it’s awash with fascinating religious history and Orthodox Christian churches.
It’s also full of natural wonders. Ethiopia’s diverse landscapes will take you by surprise on this tour as we trek more than 3,000m above sea level, in the Simien and Bale mountains. There’s also incredibly underrated wildlife, including rare and endemic species we will photograph such as the Ethiopian wolf, the gelada monkey, and the Walia ibex, plus some of the best birdwatching in Africa.
- All road and air transfers
- Accommodation and meals as listed
- Private guide and vehicles
- Activities as listed
- Exclusive use mobile for last 2 locations
- Scheduled and charter flights to avoid long road transit time and lost days on bumpy roads!
- International airfares
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
- Items of a personal nature
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Note: The daily programs can be subject of changes.
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Day 1 : Addis Ababa
Welcome to Ethiopia and its capital, Addis Ababa. On arrival clear immigration (visa required) and collect your bags. Proceed to arrivals and meet our driver. Transfer to your accommodation.
If you have enough energy after the long flight, you can visit the National Museum of Ethiopia and photograph the skeleton of Lucy, a hominid that dates from 3.2 million years.
Dinner at the hotel with the entire group. Spend one night at the Radisson Blu with dinner and breakfast included.
Day 2 & 3: Simien Mountains National Park
We will take a scheduled flight to Gondar this morning. Upon arrival, our private vehicles will take us to explore Gondar so we can photograph the castles complex. We then head to the Simien Mountains National Park. After settling in to the lodge, the highest lodge in Africa at 10,700 feet [3260 metres], we will spend the next two days photographing the stunning landscapes of the park and the Gelada monkeys. It is also home to the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex, caracals and more than 50 species of birds with the impressive bearded vulture a favourite to photograph.
On day 3 we explore the Simiens getting great shots of the Gelada Monkeys. This fascinating primate will capture your attention and heart as they forage on the mountainside for food.
We'll enjoy two nights at Simien Mountain Lodge with meals included.
Day 4 & 5: Lalibela
After breakfast, we drive back to Gondar and then fly over to the ancient city of Lalibela. Here we photograph the remarkable rock-hewn churches built in the 11th century. This place has been a pilgrimage for the Coptic Christians for 800 years. We will be able to go inside the churches as well as photograph priests in their colorful garb. Wide-angle lenses are perfect for capturing the amazing human effort and dedication it took built these impressive structures.
On day 5 after breakfast, we have another day photogrpaing the wonders of Lalibela. If time permits we will try to get out to the famed cave church called Yemrehana Cristos. This is the area of active churches and nothing beats getting involved in one of the services.
We will spend two nights in Mezena Lodge.
Day 6 - 8: Ethiopia
After breakfast, we'll pack up and checkout. Then it's time to we transfer to the Lalibela airport to take a flight back to Addis Ababa. From here we connect with a charter flight to the Bale Mountains.
This is the first of two locations where we are going to be in a private mobile luxury camp to afford the very best experience away from crowds.
On day 7 we explore the wilderness of Bale Mountains and photograph its endemic wildlife. We can focus on Ethiopian wolf pups if we are travelling in January/February.
On day 8 another day exploring!
We transfer to camp and enjoy three nights at Webb Valley Tented Camp with all meals included.
Days 9 - 11 : Omo Valley
After breakfast, we head to the airstrip and fly on our charter flight down to the Omo Valley. We've got three nights here in our own private mobile camp away from the crowds once again.
This part of Ethiopia offers incredible photography that captures a moment in time in the ancient world of people who live peacefully and close to nature in one of the most far-flung and spectacular stretches of the world. If only we could return to this basic beauty ourselves... you'll have the priviledge of photogrpahing their daily lives and capturing epic and enthralling portraits of local people.
Day 12 : End of Itinerary
If time allows, we may have one last early morning photo opportunity before driving to the airport for our charter flight to Addis Ababa. This flight avoids 2 long days of driving over extremely rough dirt roads.
We arrive into Addis Ababa where all arrangements end. Depending on your flight times, we can assist with a day room in a hotel or another night or two if you need.