NOTE: Travelers interested in both the TImkat and Genna Festivals please choose the late December start date. The itinerary varies slightly from the trip described below which has Timkat only. To view the specific day-by-day for the trip that has both festivals click on the More Info tab.
Join the excitement of the Timkat Festival, Ethiopia’s Epiphany celebration. You will witness the festival in Lalibela, the site of the famous rock churches. You will also visit other awe-inspiring historical and spiritual sites, including the castles of Gondar and the Treasury in Axum, fabled home to the Ark of the Covenant. Visit Africa's largest open-air market in Addis Ababa. The “bleeding heart” Gelada Baboons can be seen on your overnight stay in the Simien Mountains. Then you make your way down to the Southern Omo Valley to visit with the indigenous peoples and markets of the area.
This trip is designed for the experienced and adventuresome traveler. Expect the unexpected and plan to revel in it. Parts of the trip will entail long drives over extremely bumpy, muddy roads and accommodations may be marginal at times. Vehicles may break down or roads may be closed. Your reward for enduring the rigor is immersing yourself in and getting to know a land -- and a people -- of surprising beauty, richness, hospitality, and exuberance.
"On the whole, what impressed me the most was the openness of the Ethiopians. Most smiles were returned with a smile. The tour was wonderful, and I would encourage people to take both the northern and southern tours, [which were] so very different."~Katharina Varney
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