Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 35 days
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • age_requirement 18+ years old
  • Starts Arba Minch, Ethiopia
  • Ends Gondar, Ethiopia
  • +15
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore chaotic and bustling Addis Ababa
  • Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
  • Witness the traditional feeding of the hyenas
  • Follow the scout along the trails of Awash NP
The tour Ancient Ethiopia & The Rift Valley starts from Arba Minch and ends in Gondar. It is an adventure trip that takes 35 days taking you through Axum, Gondar, Wendo Genet and 14 other destinations in Ethiopia. Ancient Ethiopia & The Rift Valley is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This incredible overland route between Gondar and Arba Minch will take you from the historical splendours of Ethiopia's north to its remote tribal villages and the Rift Valley in the south. The wonderful country of Ethiopia is an extraordinary land with a unique cultural heritage of opulent monasteries, stunning churches carved out of the mountains, and incredible scenery.

In the North we explore the countries famous historic sites, such as the ancient city of Axum and the historic churches at Lalibela and the islands of the beautiful Lake Tana, before heading off on a wild expedition to explore the Danakil Depression.

We will spend time trekking in the spectacular Simien and Bale Mountains; explore the bustling capital of Addis Ababa, and the historic UNESCO World heritage site of Harar.

5 - Excellent
Based on 1,020 reviews
Romina's review for another Dragoman tour
4 - Very Good
  • Romina
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Tom and the local guide (Smithy) got on very well together which was awesome!”
Christopher's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Christopher
  • On Jul 29 2018
“Really enjoyed the wild camping, volcano hiking and the horse riding.”
Jonathan's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Jonathan
  • On Feb 15 2018
“All good. Its like travelling but without having to be organised. And travelling by truck is great - its a great way to see the country without having to worry that the driver is a lunatic.

You are, however, stuck with the same people for a number of weeks. I would like to suggest some way of vetting these people - there is a definite opportunity to be stuck with one or two oddballs. I appreciate the need for patience with these things, but if youre talking about months on the road then it can get very difficult.”
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  • Day 1: Arba Minch
  • Day 2: Arba Minch
  • Day 3: Wendo Genet
  • Day 4: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 5: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 6: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 7: Lake Ziway
  • Day 8: Lake Ziway
  • Day 9: Awash NP
  • Day 10: Harar
  • Day 11: Harar
  • Day 12: Harar
  • Day 13: Addis Ababa
  • Day 14: Addis Ababa
  • Day 15: Addis Ababa
  • Day 16: Debre Markos
  • Day 17: Bahir Dar
  • Day 18: Bahir Dar
  • Day 19: Bahir Dar
  • Day 20: Awra Amba
  • Day 21: Lalibela
  • Day 22: Lalibela
  • Day 23: Lalibela
  • Day 24: Mekele
  • Day 25: Danakil Depression
  • Day 26: Mekele
  • Day 27: Axum
  • Day 28: Axum
  • Day 29: Debark
  • Day 30: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 31: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 32: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 33: Gondar
  • Day 34: Gondar
  • Day 35: Gondar
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 19 nights
  • Camping 1 night
  • Multishare Hostel 3 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • Basic Hotel 3 nights
  • Camping without facilities 5 nights
  • 68 Breakfasts
  • 18 Lunches
  • 18 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Arba Minch 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 Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 March 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley 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 Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley 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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