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Special interest tours

Ethiopia is one of the twelve bio-diversity center in the World, and Geologists will find the Awash area particularly Ertaleinteresting, while a trip to mount Ertale(the only volcano in the World with a permanent lava lake) world be a must it can be accessed by road, with the ascent being made on foot with camels carrying the supplies, or by a helicopter flight from Mekele. A comprehensive tour, also taking in the simien Mountains, would take about two weeks. Study tours in areas such as education or health could be made anywhere in the country, according to the other interests of the group.
Ethiopia has a number of pilgrimage sites, Christian and Muslim, visited on certain days by thousands (in some places, tens of thousands ) of the pilgrimages. The better known sites include: Mariamtsion Church in Axum, Debre Damo Monastery, Hamad al-Negash ( the site of the first Muslim settlement in the World ) Gabriel Kulubi near Dire Dawa and Hussain near Bale.

OUTLINE ITINERARY Abinas Ethiopia
Activity: Bale Mountains trekking
Duration: 10 days/09nights
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OUTLINE ITINERARY Abinas Ethiopia
 ACCTIVITY: simian Mountains trekking to Ras Dashen (The highest peak in Ethiopia)
Duration: 10 days/09 nights
TRANSPORTATION: BY Road Special interest Semien Mountains trekking to Ras Dashen (The highest peak in Ethiopia) Read more itinerary information

OUTLINE ITINERARY Abinas Ethiopia
DURATION: Excursion around Addis Ababa
Activity: Various historical and natural attractions around Addis Ababa Read more itinerary information

 

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Cultural

Visitors with an interest in observing pre-materialist cultures and in anthropology will find much to fascinate them in cultural1the different ethnic groups situated along the Omo River, with marvelous scener, wild life and bird life as an added bonus. Before reaching the Omo, just before Arba Minch, a visit can be made to Chencha , the home of the Dorze people , famed for their bamboo bee hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Further south are the Konso, noted for their weaving skills. Further south are the Konso , noted for their intricately terraced hillsides and the wooden totems with which they adorn their cemeteries. Along the Omo River a variety of different ethnic groups are found, such as the Arbore, Bume, Galeb, Karo, hamer and Mursi, whose contact with the modern world has come only within the last two to three decades .(The Omo, flowing for nearly1000km from the highlands south west of Addis Ababa to Lake Turkana in Kenya, provides excellent opportunities for white water rafting .) For a trip to the Omo Valley at least 8 days should be allowed. On the east bank, the construction of lodges has obviated the need for camping, but on the west bank it is still necessary. Abinas Ethiopia can provide well fitted camps, with cooks, full board, generators, freezers, cold drinks and toilet and shower tents.

In the far west in Gambella, along the Baro river can be found the Anuak, Nuer and Misingir people . Gambella can be reached by air or bya a 2 to 3 days road trip.

Neared Addis Ababa, from the Awash Park eastwards, are the Afar , most of whom are still pastoralists and who can pack up and carry their houses on the backs of camels.

OUTLINE ITINERARY ABINAS Ethiopia
Activity: The rift valley and tribes of omo
Transportation:  (by road)
Duration: 14days/13nights Read more itinerary information

OUTLINE ITINERARY ABINAS Ethiopia
Activity: Omo valley and Bale Mountains
Transportation: (by road)
Duration: 16days/15nights Read more itinerary information

OUTLINE:ITINERARY ABINAS ETHIOPIA
Activity: Omo national park
Transportation:  (by road)
Duration: 10 days /9nights Read more itinerary information

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Scenery and Nature

On whatever trip you take, in whichever direction, there will be marvelous scenery. To the north on the Historic 20110212_0203Route there is dramatic mountain scenery, particularly around the Simien Mountains. South of Addis Ababa there is a string of seven lakes along the floor of the Rift Valley-Lakes Zwai, langano, Abiata, Shalla, Awassa, Abaya and Chamo-each in some way different from the other. East of Awassa is the Bale Mountains National park. A trip to Bale could include the underwater river and cave system of Sof Omar, the longest in the world. South of Awassa the road passes through coffee plantations before reaching the more arid, acacia forested areas of Borana. In the west, on the road from Jimma to Gambella, there are vast stretches of tropical rain forest, while Gambella itself with its Nilotic ethnic groups provides a taste of the vast swamps and savannah of southern Sudan.

70km southern of Addis Ababa the road forks, to the east is the Afar Region and the Awash River valley, Dire Dawa and the walled city of Harer (to the south are the Rift Valley Lakes and Kenya)¬† After Awash town some 230 kms from Addis Ababa ,the road forks again , with the north east fork leading to Hadar , Yangudi Rassa Park, Aissayta and the lakes into which the Awash River drains. North of Aissayta there is Lake Afdera, or the Great Salt Lake, mount Ert’ale , the only volcano in the world with a permanent lava lake, while further north still lies the Danakil Depression and Dalol , with its amazing rock formations, one of the lowest points below sea level on earth. Travelers taking this route to the Depression could ascend the escarpment to Mekele in Tigray.
The eastern fork takes you to the Din Din forest, Dire Dawa, Harer and for the intrepid traveler, the Somali Region.