King Solomon Tours
Personalized guided tours of Ethiopia
Best of Ethiopia 18-day Tour
Arriving in Ethiopia
...the adventure begins!
You are welcomed and picked up at Addis Ababa International Airport, some refreshments in downtown Addis, and later, an afternoon flight to Jinka in the Omo Valley.
Tribes of the Omo and Mago Valleys
On the way to our full-board (FB) accommodation, Nasa Guest House we visit the Ari Tribe (blacksmiths and potters) and pay a visit to the informative Jinka Research Centre Museum.
Next morning we drive through the Mago Valley to meet the amazing Mursi Tribe!
Later we drive to Turmi via market towns of Key 'afer, Alduba and Demeka. Overnight at Kizo Lodge (FB), Turmi.
Tribes of the Omo Valley
In the morning we drive to the border town of Omorate and the Dassanech Tribe. We cross the Omo River in a dugout canoe to reach the nearest Dassanech village.
Later we drive back to Turmi via a Hamar village. Overnite at Kizo Lodge (FB).
Next morning we drive to Korcho to meet the Karo Tribe. Overnite at Kizo Lodge (FB).
Tribes of the Omo Valley
Up early and on the road to visit the Abore Tribe and village life. Then to the Konso people and their World Heritage (UNESCO) stone walled village. We stay at Konso Korebta Lodge (FB).
In the morning we drive to Arba Minch visiting Lake Chamo ...big Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and abundant aquatic bird life.
After lunch we drive up into the mountains to see the Dorze village. Overnite Dorze Dorze Lodge (FB).
Heading to Bahir Dar
Drive to Arba Minch Airport and fly to Bahir Dar (one stop). We will see the Blue Nile Waterfall on the way to our accommodation at Bahir Dar Naky Hotel (FB).
Lake Tana and Simien Mountains
Drive to Lake Tana and visit the historical island Churches. Overnite back at the Naky Hotel (FB).
Next day we drive to Gondar and visit Fasiledas Palace and Fasiledas Swimming Pool. Overnite Goha Hotel (FB).
In the morning we drive to the Simien Mountains National Park to spend time up close with the endemic Gelada Baboons and Walia Ibex. Overnite back at Gondar Goha Hotel (FB).
We Fly to Lalibela
Today we fly to Lalibela and the Rock-hewn Churches. This is a highlight of any trip to Ethiopia! A true wonder of the world and a major Holy place for Orthodox Christians. On Day 12 we will continue our tour of the Churches.
In Lalibela we will stay 2 nights at Sora Lodge (FB).
We Fly to Aksum
Aksum (Axum) is in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia and is the reputed home of Sheba. It is known for its' tall, carved stelaes of stone, relics of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum. It is believed that the Biblical Ark of the Covenant is housed in the centuries old St. Mary of Zion Church and Chapel.
Yared Zema International Hotel (FB) is where we will stay overnight.
We Drive to Mekelle
On our way we will stop at Mariam Korkor and Daniel Korkor Rock Churches. They are located on the top of a rock formation near Megab. To get to the Churches it takes around 40 mins of walking. Later we will continue on to Mekelle.
We will overnight at Planet International Hotel (FB), Mekelle.
Mekelle to Erta Ale (Volcano) 270km
Up early and on the road by 7:30 am, ahead of us is the daunting road to Dodom, the 70km can take up to 5hrs through a landscape of solidified lava, rock and sand. At Erta Ale we will trek 1hr (4km) to the volcano rim from our open air campsite and see the world's only permanent lava lake.
Erta Ale to Hama Ela (Dallol) 205km
Early start again, breakfast at Dodom then on to Hamad Ela, a picnic on the way (under a palm tree), arriving around 4:30pm.
A village of 500 or so, Hamad Ela is full of camel caravans and characters. We will camp overnight.
Dallol to Mekelle 250km
A morning drive to Ragad (Asebo) and the Afar Depression. It is all about Salt! It's cut and loaded onto Camel Caravans for the rest of Ethiopia. We will continue on to Dallol and Lake Assale with its amazing volcanic activity.
Later we drive back to Hamad Ela for lunch and then back to Mekelle.
Another good nights' sleep at the Planet International Hotel (FB).
We Fly to Addis Ababa
When we arrive back in Addis Ababa we will spend some more time sightseeing around this beautiful capital of Ethiopia.
And finally we must say goodbye after having had such an expansive and fulfilling adventure.
You can be dropped off at a hotel or the airport.
I am a photographer who has used Solomon as a specialised guide to access tribes in the Omo & Mago Valleys and Nth Kenya. Together, over the last 6 years, we have had some amazing adventures and always Soli has been organised, helpful and good humoured. No better man!
Rod Waddington, Photographer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In 2017 my sister and I spent a week travelling around the Omo Valley with Solomon as our Guide and Driver. We had such a great time, we always felt respected and cared for. Camping in the villages was the best! We highly recommend Soli!
Belinda and Jacinta D., Australia