Ancient Ethiopia & the Rift Valley

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 35 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Ends Arba Minch, Ethiopia
  • +15
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 Ancient Ethiopia & The Rift Valley starts from Gondar and ends in Arba Minch. It is an adventure trip that takes 35 days taking you through Awra Amba, Addis Ababa, Bale Mountains National Park 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.

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5 - Excellent
  • John
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Tom and Bob were great. Overall, I'd rate both as "excellent" and would feel safe going anywhere anytime with Bob driving the truck.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Philip
  • On Nov 29 2018
“It was excellent with great leader”
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4 - Very Good
  • Gareth
  • On Jun 04 2015
“All the different local guides were great.”
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  • Day 1: Gondar
  • Day 2: Gondar
  • Day 3: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 4: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 5: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 6: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 7: Axum
  • Day 8: Axum
  • Day 9: Mekele
  • Day 10: Danakil Depression
  • Day 11: Mekele
  • Day 12: Lalibela
  • Day 13: Lalibela
  • Day 14: Lalibela
  • Day 15: Awra Amba
  • Day 16: Bahir Dar
  • Day 17: Bahir Dar
  • Day 18: Bahir Dar
  • Day 19: Debre Markos
  • Day 20: Addis Ababa
  • Day 21: Addis Ababa
  • Day 22: Addis Ababa
  • Day 23: Harar
  • Day 24: Harar
  • Day 25: Harar
  • Day 26: Awash NP
  • Day 27: Lake Ziway
  • Day 28: Lake Ziway
  • Day 29: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 30: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 31: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 32: Awasa
  • Day 33: Arba Minch
  • Day 34: Arba Minch
  • Day 35: Arba Minch
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • 68 Breakfasts
  • 18 Lunches
  • 18 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Gondar and from Arba Minch 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.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before 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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