Dabahu Fissure 21 Days

Dabahu Fissure 21 Days

Dabahu Fissure 21 Days

Explore Dabahu also spelt as Dabbahu Fissure, Afar Region and North Ethiopia 


Program: Dabahu Fissure

Tour Code: Bodman/Mike 1

Duration: 20 Nights (21 Days)

Transportation: Drive and air

Accommodation: Tempted camp & Hotel

Tour starts: Addis Ababa

Tour Ends: Addis Ababa

Day 1: Arrive to Addis Ababa

Morning, arrive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport & meet with us and transfer and check-in hotel. Then City tour of Addis Ababa:  driving to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some images at Mount Entoto and drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato the largest open market in Africa.  Overnight – The Hub Hotel (4*) or similar – Addis

Day2: Awash National Park

Drive to Awash National Park. Visit The Park with a spectacular natural warm swimming pool under desert palm trees (Filwuha Hot springs), Wash River waterfall, lessor Kudu, Dik Dik, Beisa Oryx, Cheetah, Lions, waterbucks, warthogs are expected wildlife. Overnight – Awash Falls Lodge or Genet Hotel in Awash Sebat.

Day3: Ali Dege Wildlife Reserve - Semera 

Drive to Semera. On the way visit Alay Dege protected wildlife area, found in arid Afar Region Head office of Alay Dege Park is at Andido, a small village on Addis Ababa – Djibouti High road.  In Alay Dege wildlife reserve, the following wildlife are most possibly visible at near distance (binocular or best zoomed photo camera makes it so much perfect): Northern Gerenuk (common in roadside scrub and on open field), Harar Dik-dik, Scub Hare, more than 40 Grevy's Zebra at a time could be seen, Many wild ostriches, Golden Jackal, Beisa Oryx, Common Warthog, spotted hyena, flock of birds like three banded sand grouse, many Soemmerring’s Gazelle. This wildlife Reserve is worthy for birdwatcher. If luck fortunate, the following wildlife are also seeable: Caracal and wild cat, Aardwolf, Cheetah, Somali Wild Ass (Somali Wild Ass is supposed to be seeable in the rocky hills with time and local guides). Overnight – At Agda Hotel or similar – Semera

Day4: Teru – Near Debbahu

Drive to Teru (120 km Gravel Road) Overlook Soemmerring’s Gazelle on the way and about 10 km to where the first camp and vehicles parked (Afar Village).

Day5:  Between Dabbahu and First Campsite

Trek towards Dabahu, on a very difficult lava rocks, requires to challenge hot temperature and landscapes (about 3 -4hrs trek). Overnight – on an open field in Dabbahu

Day6:  Dabbahu Fissure

Trek to Dabbahu Fissure, a long, wide open Mountain Crack (known as Daure). It is a process of splitting or dividing the Dabbahu area. The main Crack smells Potash and sulfur like Danakil Depression (about 450km away from here). The surrounding Daure area, Dabbahu is an amazing volcanic activity site. It is hugely impressive land of extraordinary activity underground and one can say nothing but charged in overwhelming feelings. The heat underground vapors benefits water for Afar People. They dig the ground for about three to five meters then vapors of moisture comes, the pit will be covered on top by grass straw for condensation.  Overnight – Bottom of Daure, Dabahu

Day7:  Dabbahu – back towards vehicles

Explore The Fissure of Dabbahu area and back towards where you camped on an Open Field in Dabbahu. Overnight – Tented camp - Dabbahu

Day8:  Dabbahu - vehicles place

Trek back for 3 hours and drive to Semera. Overnight – At Agda Hotel or similar – Semera

Day9:   Semera – Afdera

Drive to Afdera and explore the Afdera Salt Lake, Ali Genda Hot springs, bathing in the safe, clean and fun place is so nice that you need not miss. Overnight – tented camp – near Lake Afdera.

Day10:  Ahmed Ela

Drive to Afdera via Alaba then Berahile. Overnight – Hamed Ela

Day 11:  Danakil Depression

Drive to Dallol/ Danakil Depression and explore all sites: salt mountains, the babbling of Potash and sulfur lakes, Old Italian and American potash and sulfur industry sites, Salt Tunnels, Salt lake of Asale, and salt extraction site -being loaded on camel’s back. Overnight – Hammed Ela

Day 12:  Danakil Depression – Mekelle

Early morning; drive to Lake Asale and enjoy with a spectacular sunrise on Lake Asale, pack all staffs and drive to Mekelle.  Overnight – Hotel – Mekelle

Day 13: Wukro, Abraha We Atsbeha, Debre Damo, Yeha Temple

Drive from Mekelle to Axum. On the way, explore oldest rock churches of Wukro Chirkos, Abreha-We-Atsbeha, Degum Selassie, Debre Damo (climb aiding by a rope a monk), and the 5th century B.C Pre-Christian Temple of Yeha. Overnight – Hotel -Axum

Day14: the birth Place of Ethiopian History

Explore the city of Axum. Axum treasures the ancient Ethiopian history that includes: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles, the tombs of King Kaleb, and the legendary Bath and the ruins of ancient palace of the Queen of Sheba, St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Ark of the Covenant. Note that almost all Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and some scholars believe firmly on the presence of the original Ark of God for centuries here in Axum, at the chapel in the middle of St Mary of Zion and Emperor Fassiladas’ Castle of Axum. Overnight – Hotel –Axum

Day 15: Simien Mountains National Park- Chennek

Drive from Axum to Simien Mountains (Chennek Camping Site). On this day, after crossing the Gorge of River Tekezé, you will appreciate the extremely fabulous Simien Mountains’ escarpments. Arrive to Debark and collect entrance tickets at the Simien Mountains head office then drive to Chennek (57km from Debark). Explore Gelada Baboons at several spots & Walia Ibex nearby Chennek Camping Site (both endemic animals). Overnight- tented camp – Chennek

Day 16: Woleka - Gondar

Morning, explore the park around Chennek for the Walia Ibex and some antelopes, afternoon; drive to Gondar. On the way near the town of Gondar; short visit of Woleka – a place of the Felasha or the black Jewish people for their synagogue and black pottery shop. Jews have amazing history with Ethiopians starting from Biblical (before Christ) up to the  Gonderine Civilization (17-19 century).The history of the Original Ark of the Covenant, supposed to be in Axum now often relates with Ethiopian Jews. Overnight – Hotel – Gondar

Day 17: Wanzaye- natural hot Spring 

After breakfast; drive to Bahir Dar (187 km best asphalt road.) on the way; visit Wanzaye, a place for natural hot spring water (9kms from the main route to Bahir Dar). It is very important for the local people (a curing spa against some diseases).People will immerse into the hot spring bath (a big room that accommodates from 40 to 80 people together) for about 6 hours (3 hours morning and 3 hours afternoon) per day. In doing so, the patient will be cured or will have seen changes from his disease within a weak. Lunch, at Wanzaye Hotel and drive to Bahir Dar. Near Bahir Dar, visit the Bezawit Hill tops and the palace of Emperor Haile SellassieI (entering is prohibited) & the Blue Nile (we, Ethiopians call it Abay or Geon), leaving its source – Lake Tana. Also the sunset here is attractive.  Overnight –Hotel – Bahir Dar

Day 18: The Tis Issat of the Blue Nile and Monasteries on Lake Tana

After breakfast; drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32 km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Issat means in Amharic: 'Smoke of Fire'. Much of the water is diverted for Hydroelectric Generation plant but it is still worth visiting for remaining waterfalls, trekking around and to see a Portuguese Bridge (17 Century) and the country side as well. The area around the waterfall is amazingly fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and Teff (from which Injera, the national bread, is made). After the fall, return to Bahir Dar & make city tour of Bahir Dar which includes: market where you can find the pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, and Woito Basket market.

Afternoon; take a chartered boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries (constructed during 14 up to 19 century). You will visit only the most accessible and representative of the monasteries on the lake, still serving their original function: Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam (in Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Church (prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus. Overnight –Hotel– Bahir Dar

Day19: Drive from Bahir Dar to Awra Amba & Lalibela

Drive to Lalibela, on the way; visit Awra Amba village. Awra Amba community are famous in their work activity. Any member, whatever the type of task or knowledge they perform, the share distribution among them is equal. They believe any member of the community should be treated fairly (denying the difference of knowledge, skill & task hardship) & get their support until death. When a member dies, only two people bury the dead body. No one cries for the dead but go working!!  The founder of the community is called Zumra, an old man, still alive!! Continue to Debre Tabor – Woldya – Lalibela – Overnight –Hotel – Lalibela

Day 20: full day visit in Lalibela

Early morning; Hike to Asheten Mariam Mountain Church .After Asheten and a short siesta, visit the first group of six churches: 1.Bet Golgotha, 2.Bet Mikael, 3.Bet Mariam, 4.Bet Meskel, 5.Bet Danaghel and 6.Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem is the largest monolithic rock hewn church in the world, built like a Greek temple! In a corner there are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Second groups: 7.Bete Amanuel, 8.Bete Marqorewos, 9.Bete Abba Libanos, 10.Bete Gabriel -Rufael and 11 Bet Giyorgis. Bet Giyorgis is the most elegant of all Lalibela churches, which lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the town on a sloping rock terrace. Drive for the cave church of Nakuto Làabe (5kms away from Lalibela). Overnight –Hotel – Lalibela

Day 21: Lalibela to Addis Ababa & Departure

Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa to catch an evening flight or next country destination. Evening, dinner with live  amazing shoulder to shoulder dances ( northern culture) and other many live dances at best cultural restaurants in Addis ( Habesha restaurant or Yod Abyssinia) and transfer you to Bole International airport for your flight to London) – end of the trip .

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