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3 Days Rift Valley Tour

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3 Days Rift Valley Tour

$315 / 3 nights

The Great Rift Valley lies between the Ethiopian Plateau to the north and the Somalia Plateau to the south. It is about 80 km wide and bordered on both sides by large, discontinuous normal spots that give rise to major tectonic cliffs separating the rift floor from the surrounding plateau. Most lakes do not have an outlet and are alkaline.

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Description

OVERVIEW

The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is a branch of the East African Rift. It lies between the Ethiopian plateau to the north and the Somalia Plateau to the south. The rift Valley is about 80 kilometers wide and bordered on both margins by large, and discontinuous escarpments.

Lake Ziway and Abijatta Shalla NP have several animals such as birds and hippopotamuses. Tiya Stelae and Adadi Mariam church is UNESCO registered archaeological sites. Ethioder Tours and Travel has prepared an English-speaking guide, best accommodation, and well-planned activity that will enrich your tour experience so, get ready to start this new journey!

Awash National Park

This national park covers 756 square kilometers of arid and semi-arid woodland alongside the Awash River. Wildlife in the park includes dik-dik, kudu, warthog, East African oryx, Soemmerring’s gazelle, and baboon. The bird life is prolific especially along the river and in nearby Lake Basaka, making it a birder’s paradise. There are many endemic birds and in total, 392 species have been recorded here.

Abijatta-Shalla National Park

Abijatta-Shalla National Park is one of the national parks in Ethiopia. It is located 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and east of the Ziway-Shashamane highway. With an area of 887 square kilometers, it contains the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters. The highest peak of Mount Fike is situated between the two lakes. Besides the two lakes, the primary attractions of this national park are a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta and large numbers of flamingos on the lake.

Langano

Lake Langano is 18 kilometers long and 16 kilometers wide, with a surface area of 230 square kilometers. As its free of Bilharzia (schistosomiasis), unlike all other freshwater lakes in Ethiopia, this lake is popular with tourists and city-dwellers. It is brown colored and at first sight one may think that the lake is not clean.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa – Awash National Park

Addis Ababa to Awash national park takes 5-hour drive.  This national park covers 756 square kilometers of arid and semi-arid woodland alongside the Awash River. Wildlife in the park includes dik-dik, kudu, warthog, East African oryx, Soemmerring’s gazelle, and baboon. The bird life is prolific especially along the river and in nearby Lake Basaka, making it a birder’s paradise. There are many endemic birds and in total, 392 species have been recorded here. Camping night will be in one of our finest tented camps.

Day 2: Zeway – Abijata Shala National Park – Langano

In the morning, you will drive to Abijatta-Shalla National Park which mostly has abundant birds and ostriches. The park is named after its two lakes, Abijatta and Shala Lake. There are several hot springs found in most of the rift valley lakes. After your visit, you will have a tented-camping night at a PRIVATE shore of Lake Langano.

Day 3: Langano – Tiya – Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa via Butajira just to visit the standing stone of Tiya Stelae and Adadi Mariam church which is believed built by King Lalibela.  And drive back to Addis Ababa.

Trip Facts

Accommodation Tented Camp
Transportation 4 Wheel / bus
Group size Min 4
Tour Destination Rift Valley
Tour type Short day excursions
Meals Full-board Camping Meal
Language You select
Total distance Estimate 500 km
Activity Hiking, Birding, boating, Monastery visit, Tiya Stelae, Adadi Mariam

Highlights

  • Bird watching opportunity
  • Crocodiles & hippos viewing
  • A scenic boat ride on  selected Lakes
  • Tourist standard vehicles with very good English-speaking driver guides
Visiting time: EVERY Friday from January 13th 2022 to February 24 2022

Additional

  • Some places are Not accessible for wheelchair,
  • Not recommended for heart problems or other serious medical conditions,
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers,
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problem,
  • Travelers should have an intermediate or above physical fitness level,
  • This travel requires good physical weather. If its cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This travel requires a minimum number of travelers. We will upscale the camp based on the number of travelers.
  • If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • Children discount upon request.

When to Go

Traveling in the South is possible at any time of year, but each season will bring with it a different experience. Many tourists choose to go between September and November when the landscape is alive with green after the rainy season. December through April is also fine hiking weather, as the sun is often out and temperatures are higher, but views tend to be a little hazy, and the landscape turns from vivid green to yellow and dry. The least popular hiking months are June, July and August when rain falls daily. Temperatures during the day tend to be comfortably warm in all seasons but can fall below zero at night, so pack warms clothes and a good sleeping bag.

Keep In Mind

To make sure that your environmental impact is minimal, whenever you travel, don’t forget to take the following steps:
  • Always carry ID or relevant document at your side,
  • Try to avoid expensive jewelry or unnecessary equipment, if not carry them with you at all costs,
  • Do not collect or damage any vegetation and do not disturb or feed wild animals,
  • Remember to take all your litter with you,
  • Camp only in designated areas,
  • Always use latrines where provided, or bury waste at least 100 meters away from water,
  • Do not use soaps in natural waterways.
Please read carefully general terms and conditions (GTC) PAYMENT OF THE TOUR PRICE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN.

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