Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression

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4.5 Based on 30 Reviews
  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Gondar, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Guided tour of the fascinating ancient royal city of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 3 nights in the fabulously scenic Simien Mountains NP
  • Spot geladas, ibex, Ethiopian wolves and many other endemic species
  • Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum
The tour Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression starts from Addis Ababa and ends in Gondar. It is a trekking trip that takes 21 days taking you through Danakil Depression, Gondar, Addis Ababa and 8 other destinations in Ethiopia. Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

One of our most popular trips in Africa, this tour explores the seldom-visited Ethiopia. This journey has all the best of the country's highlands and the north; the main highlights of the trip being the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, trekking in the Simien Mountains and an expedition into the wilds of the north to explore the Danakil Depression.

We also visit Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and the Blue Nile Falls where the great river cascades down into a massive gorge. Nestling on the bank of Lake Tana is the picturesque city of Bahir Dar, one the three great Ethiopian settlements we visit; the others are Addis Ababa and the historic city of Gondar, with its ancient castles and churches.

4.5 - Excellent
Based on 30 reviews
  • Darmini K
  • On Jan 22 2019
5 - Excellent
“loved every moment of the experience...........camaraderie of crew and fellow travellers and a great secure nicely fitted out vehicle! plus jaw dropping landscape!”
  • Nicolaas T
  • On Nov 29 2018
5 - Excellent
“It was a fantastic trip”
  • Saskia T
  • On Nov 29 2018
5 - Excellent
“I have travelled once before with Dragoman so knew what to expect ie expect the unexpected.”
  • Nicola W
  • On Apr 15 2018
5 - Excellent
“I had the most fantastic time.Really enjoyed Danakil Depression and the time spent in the Simeon Mountains and also the lovely walk to the Blue Nile Falls”
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  • Day 1: Addis Ababa
  • Day 2: Debre Markos
  • Day 3: Bahir Dar
  • Day 4: Bahir Dar
  • Day 5: Bahir Dar
  • Day 6: Awra Amba
  • Day 7: Lalibela
  • Day 8: Lalibela
  • Day 9: Lalibela
  • Day 10: Mekele
  • Day 11: Danakil Depression
  • Day 12: Mekele
  • Day 13: Axum
  • Day 14: Axum
  • Day 15: Debark
  • Day 16: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 17: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 18: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 19: Gondar
  • Day 20: Gondar
  • Day 21: Gondar
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 12 nights
  • Basic Hotel 3 nights
  • Camping without facilities 5 nights
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Dinner
  • Any international flights to Addis Ababa and from Gondar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Ethiopia, Historic Route & Danakil Depression tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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