Travels

TIGRAY CHURCHES DANAKIL DJIBOUTI HARAR

This is a new expedition, never done before now. And it can also be done before or after the Historic route; or after this you can extend to the Surma people or Omo valley.

20 days and 19 nights

01. Start Our in Addis Ababa. Morning free. AfterČ noon (14:00 hrs picks up from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, the NaČtional museum, St George church. ON (ovenight) hotel.

02. Fly to MekŔlŔ. Meet your vehicle/so drive to theTigray churches. Visit Micacl Imba & Micacl Barka churches. Ovenight in Gheralta lodge (or Axum hotel in Mekele).

03. Full day for Tigray churches: we suggest Abreha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie & Wikro Cherkos. ON Gheralta lodge (or Axwn hotel in Mekele).

04. Drive to Berhale and visit Afar people and villages; meet tile camel caravans coming from tile cities back to Dalol and from Dalol with the salt to be sold in the cities of Tigray & neighboring regions. ON camp Berhale.

05. Walk with the Afar people following their camel caravans. It is a unique experience. Two days of trekking brings you in contact with these unique people. You’ll see how tile Afar people live and move during these days; how they preČ pare their traditional bread, tea and lot of new interesting discoveries. Lunch during the trek: dinner ON camp along the river side.

06. Another full day trekking and discovering. Dinner & ON camp Ahmedela.

07. Another special day: drive to Dalol, to see the Afar men extracting salt. Are spectacular colors of nature, unique in the world. Back ON camp AhmedAle.

08. Drive to more Afar villages, as Emegubi. Is very interČesting experiencing their way of life. Dinner in the Afar village.
09. Visit tile morning life of the people in the village. Then proceed to Dodom. Organize tile camels for climbing up to tile volcano on the next day. ON camp.

10. Climb ErTa Ale volcano (early morning). Here are fantastic views, with the lava and the volcano rim. Pass your day and night on the rim of tile volcano, camp.

II. Walk back to the vehicles. Then drive to Lake Afrera. Visit Afar people extracting salt from lake Afrera. Proceed to the hot springs, where we’ll camp.

12. Drive to Afar people and tile Afar people capital:
Semera. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp Me’aseni lodge or other.

13. Drive to Djibouti and proceed to Lake Easal. Visit very nice views. Then drive to Tadjoura, previous capital. Relax at the beach. ON hotel or camp.

14. Relax. Optional organize boat excursions locally, and if possible making also some diving & other activities. ON hotel Tadjoura.

15. Drive to Djibouti town. Visit of the capital & town life. Dinner ON 4* hotel.

16. Drive to lake Abe, for spectacular views. Lunch on the way; dinner ON camp.

17. Enter back into Ethiopia & drive to Dire Dawa. Visit the train station and the town. Dinner & ON hotel in Dire Dawa.

18. Drive to Harar, witIh an early morning visit of the chat market at the Awedae village, on the way. Other visits in Harar include: the city walls, the mosques, the churches, French poet Rimbaud house, the Adere people traditional houses, the markets, the basket productions and more. EveČning visit a man feeding wild hyenas. ON hotel.
19. Drive to the Awash National park, visiting on the way Adere and Afar Kereyou people. Then game drive and spot antelopes as the Orix, the Awash river and very nice falls, many birds, crocodiles and more. Dinner & ON Fafate lodge or Genet hotel.

20. THU. Cross Melahara lake & drive back Addis Ababa. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkČ folkloristic dances. Transfer to the airport for departure home.