Nature, Wildlife & Cave Church Tour from Addis Ababa (and more)
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Nature, Wildlife & Cave Church Tour from Addis Ababa (and more)

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Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot, within a steep riverine canyon in 1284, Debre Libanos later became the political centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is where Emperor Lebna Dengal received the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520. The Italian army destroyed the original church in a 1937 massacre that claimed the lives of 800 monks, deacons and lay worshippers. The modern church, its domed roof decorated with stained-glass windows, remains an important pilgrimage site.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Although the locals believe the stone-arch Portuguese bridge was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was actually built in the 1890s by Ras Darge in the old Portuguese style. The narrow span makes a spectacular picture and the gushing (in the rainy season) cascade just below it is very impressive.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, North West of Addis Ababa Seimien Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Debre Libanos 1000 Ethiopia

You will see the Jemma River Gorge, which is the stating point for the African Great Rift Valley and is one of Ethiopia’s most dramatic stretches of road that starts its serpentine descent to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, 1km below. The gorge is accessed by a road that offers spectacular views, and a pair of bridges cross the river.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Entoto Maryam Church, North Shewa, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

You will drive by the historic Entoto Church, which in its compound has the first church in/around Addis Ababa. It is a tranquil church with typical ancient architecture of Ethiopian Churches.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Entoto Hill, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Entoto is where Addis Ababa was first established. From almost 3,300 meters altitude, the Hill provides a spectacular views of the vast parts of Addis Ababa.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Debre Libanos, Ethiopia

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  • Pickup and dropoff at any location in Addis Ababa (either Hotel or Airport)
  • Ground transportation including a car, fuel and a driver
  • Accompanying English speaking tour guide
  • Local guides
  • Lunch, including a bottle of water and hot drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Maryam Church
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Hill
Not included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Jeanine K
5 | 2019-07-30

It’s a great way to get out of Addis and enjoy the surroundings. The day trip includes different activities that make it a really fun day. We had the opportunity to learn a lot on Ethiopian culture. Z is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and see to every need. Really enjoyed the good conversation.

Blake E
5 | 2019-02-11

This was absolutely amazing. We drove from Addis about 45 minutes to a spectacular viewpoint of the city and our guide, Alex, pointed out the landmarks. Then, we drove another hour to a coffee break overlooking the Rift Valley, with our guide providing fun facts and answering our questions all along the way. We got to Debre Libanos and toured the church, built in 1961, and the museum. Then, we hiked up to the 13th century monastery, where we stumbled upon an exorcism! After looking inside the monastery (one room where the founder of the monastery is said to have prayed for 29 years that is now filled with assorted plastic buckets to catch "holy water" dripping from the ceiling, we walked back down to the van. We drove to the Ethio-German Hotel for lunch (the best meal I had while in Addis), and then hiked about two miles long the Rift Valley to see the Portuguese Bridge and track down baboons (we saw about 200)! Really, a perfect day with a perfect tour guide. Hope for Alex!

Ramesh Gowda
5 | 2018-03-26

awesome experience

jennifer g
5 | 2017-11-30

this tour is a MUST if visiting Addis and want to see some epic mountains and views!! We felt safe throughout the trip. The tour guide and driver were both experts in their field. We were a group of four of different ages and nationalities and everyone enjoyed. Would highly recommend!


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