From the lush green plains and mountains of the North to the true African savannahs and tribes of the South, Ethiopia is the epitome of authentic experiences and cultural engagements. The Evolved Traveler invites you to experience all the wonders of a truly incredible country for yourself on our “Ethiopian Expeditions” itinerary.
While not a destination of traditional luxury, and having the more basic infrastructure of a developing country, Ethiopia is a remarkable destination for travelers with a true sense of adventure who are seeking to journey off the typical tourist path and be rewarded with the luxuries of exploring a fascinating and emerging destination.
Located in the highlands fringing the Great Rift Valley, Addis Ababa serves as the political, cultural, and commercial center of Ethiopia. This sprawling city rests in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and features a mix of traditional homes, elegant villas, and tall office buildings. Visitors can look forward to a selection of wonderful activities including visiting the National Museum, displaying local art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils; exploring the copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, a Neo-Baroque architectural landmark; and sampling rich Ethiopian coffee as well as the memorable cuisine featuring spicy stews and Ethiopia’s signature Injera bread.
On the southern shores of Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia, Bahir Dar serves as the capital city of the Amhara region with some of the world’s oldest medieval monasteries and churches on the islands scattered within the Lake Tana, and the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, featuring a 45-meter drop, an impressive 400-meter width and an array of misty rainbows.
Situated in northern Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of the very first natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been compared to the Grand Canyon with its spectacular landscape featuring rugged peaks (Ethiopia’s highest), deep valleys, and plunging waterfalls. This area is home to remote local communities as well as rare and endangered fauna and flora. Further southwest, Gondar once served as the royal capital of the ancient Ethiopian Empire. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of wonderful activities including discovering the ancient Gondar Castle, a medieval castle, and palace complex, exploring the 17th-century Church of Debre Sina.
Our next location, the town of Lalibela, is considered Ethiopia’s cultural capital and one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, it serves as a center of pilgrimage. The undeniable highlight of this ancient capital includes eleven rock-hewn churches dating back to the 13th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is carved out of solid rock and includes subterranean monoliths, a network of interconnected tunnels, and chambers featuring magnificent frescoes.
The Bale Mountains National Park contains a spectacularly diverse landscape. The high altitude, afro-montane Sanetti Plateau is marked by numerous glacial lakes and swamps and surrounded by higher volcanic ridges and peaks. The southern slopes are covered by the lush and largely unexplored Harenna Forest. Home to Ethiopia’s densest concentration of large mammals, and filled with spectacular birdlife, the park is a must for animal lovers and birders. Visitors can explore the area on horseback, go fishing, and try the locally-produced coffee and honey.
Situated on the shores of Lake Awassa, Hawassa serves as the capital of southern Ethiopia. Also known as Awassa or Awasa, it is one of the country’s fastest-growing settlements and is establishing itself as a popular resort town with a variety of attractions including a bustling market, a vibrant nightlife, and impressive cultural sites like the St. Gabriel Orthodox Church. The lake offers great opportunities for fishing, bird watching and even catching a glimpse of some lurking local hippos.
At the base of the western side of the Great Rift Valley, the city of Arba Minch is the largest city in the Gamo Gofa Zone. This resort town rests on the edge of Lake Chamo where it has a stunning view of the aptly named ‘Bridge of God’, an isthmus that separates Lake Chamo from the neighboring Lake Abaya. This stretch of land is home to zebras, gazelle, kudus, and other wildlife. The Dorze village is also a popular attraction in Arba Minch – here tourists can visit the famous beehive huts built by the Dorze tribe.
Turmi is a small market town in southwestern Ethiopia that functions as a central transport hub as well as an important meeting point for the area’s weekly Monday market. The local Hamer inhabitants of the surrounding villages flock here to buy and sell local produce and handicrafts. Visitors to the area can enjoy culturally fascinating guided tours of the surrounding villages. Nearing the end of our journey, we arrive in Jinka, the largest town in the Debub Omo Zone. This remote market town is home to the Mursi people, who are well known for their elaborate lip plates made of clay. At the South Omo Research Center and Museum, visitors can learn more about the Mursi, as well as other groups in the region, and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby Mago National Park, where abundant wildlife finds shelter in the dense acacia woodland.
Witness the Blue Niles Falls, one of the most spectacular in Africa
Board a private boat to the Zege Peninsula with its famous monasteries
Take in stunning vistas and and view the Gelada Baboons at Simien Mountains National Park
Discover Gondor, the capital of the ancient Ethiopian empire
Explore the famed 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela
Meet members of the Dorze Tribe with a visit to Arba Minch
Journey to the Debub Omo Zone to meet the fascinating Mursi Tribe and visit the weekly market
Experience the nature and abundant wildlife of Mago National Park
Dates & Rates
$10,895 USD per person based on double occupancy
Intra-tour air travel is included
Any day – this tour is fully customizable
Private groups of 2 to 12 people