Those interested in Ethiopia’s natural beauty and rich history should consider a tour to Bahir Dar and Gondor. A wide variety of attractions await visitors in the northern Ethiopian cities of Bahir Dar and Gondar. In the town of Bahir Dar, the Blue Nile Falls, also known as Tis Abay, are a spectacular waterfall on the Blue Nile River. Nature lovers and photographers enjoy the 130-foot-high falls surrounded by lush vegetation.
Lake Tana is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is situated near Bahir Dar. It is home to a number of ancient monasteries and churches, some of which date back to the 14th century. The lake offers boat tours so that visitors can see these historic sites as well as enjoy scenic views of the surroundings.
The ancient city of Gondar was once Ethiopia’s capital. The city is known for its 17th-century castles and other historic buildings, such as the Fasil Ghebbi fortress and Debre Birhan Selassie church. It is possible to explore the city on foot or take a guided tour to learn more about its fascinating history.
Lastly, the Simien Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the northern part of Ethiopia. A number of wildlife species can be found in the park, including the Gelada baboon and the Walia ibex. This park offers guided hikes that allow visitors to see these animals as well as enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys.
The first thing you should do after flying from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar is to visit the market in Bahir Dar, where you will find pottery, handwoven clothing, and woven baskets. On Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, ancient island monasteries can be visited by boat tour.
Visit ancient monasteries (built from the 14th to the 19th century). We will visit only the most accessible and representative of the monasteries on the lake that still serve their original purpose: Ura Kidane Mehret, Azwa Maryam (in the Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Gabriel (prohibited for women) and Entos Eyesus. Overnight in Bahar Dar at Win hotel or similar.
During the drive to Gondar, you will pass through rural areas. Take a tour of the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site that features five castles built by successive Ethiopian kings beginning in the early 17th century. After surviving several wars, including air raids during World War II, the castles serve as a testament to the resilience of this once mighty African empire.
Take a tour of the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, which is renowned for its religious art and especially for its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Overnight in Gondar at your assigned hotel.
Upon arrival at Sankabar, you will find yourself in the centre of the Simien Mountains National Park, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Spend some hiking in the park and spot some wildlife such as the endemic Gelada baboon that is found only in the park. We are returning to Gondar and will be flying back to Addis Ababa.
This tour is priced per person.
1 person: $600
If you are traveling with more than ten people, you will receive a significant discount. Please contact us for more information.
The deposit required to confirm your booking is $100.
Bookings can be made at any time of the year.
Our custom tours are tailor-made itineraries designed for individual travellers, families, or a small group.
We can arrange an itinerary around your interests, dates, and special requests, all our tours include private drivers, private touring, unique accommodations, and exclusive experiences.
First, we encourage you to view our published itineraries and if it is not fit your interest then contact us and let us design a customized itinerary for you.
We always advise booking in advance. For confirmation of the tours, we require a 10% deposit payment in advance. This can be done via an online to our Business Bank account in USD. The remaining can be paid upon arrival in cash USD.
However, you can choose to pay the full amount in advance via our Somaliland Business bank transfer. We will always send the invoice with all the banking details.
IMPORTANT: All wiring fees need to be paid by the customer. Visit Horn of Africa cannot be held responsible for the failure of booking due to delay in payment.
If you wish to cancel your booking, the following conditions apply. A deposit payment has to be made to Visit Horn of Africa 30 days before the scheduled departure/beginning of the Tour.
IMPORTANT: The cancellation policy stated above does not apply if a prior agreement has been made with Somaliland Travel Agency.
Visit Horn of Africa tries to follow the agreed tour program with its clients as much
as possible. However, under certain circumstance, we might need to change the program
due to: Road conditions, safety, adverse weather conditions, civil war, strike, cancellation
or delay of domestic flights, high-level government meeting.
In the case where Visit Horn of Africa does not provide one of the services
mentioned in the program, we will provide a refund for the services not rendered, except
in the following cases:
A delay or cancellation of scheduled flights is not the responsibility of Visit Horn of Africa. We will, however, provide all the necessary assistance to our customers in such circumstances. All airfares are subject to availability at time of booking. Please also note that fares are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased.
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