The Western Route (14 days)

Journey to the homeland of coffee and the wild and unknown West

Highlights

This tour starts with an acclimatization day trip to Debre Libanos, before this journey takes us westwards to explore a touristy largely unspoilt part of Ethiopia. While in the Ethiopian highlands cultural landscapes dominate, the west offers wilderness with tropical forests, largely uncontacted tribes and flora and fauna which are distinctive from the rest of Ethiopia. After visiting a crater mountain, the road takes us to the region of Kaffa, the birthplace of coffee, into the reign of Surma and finally into fertile and wooded tropical Gambela. Due to the relatively touristy undiscovered area the accommodation in the west is rather simple. But on the other side this adventurous trip provides the experience of an unaffected and genuine Ethiopia.

Schedule

Day 1: Addis Ababa (arrival)
Day 2: Daytrip Debre Libanos
Day 3: Addis Ababa – Menangesha – Weliso
Day 4: Weliso – Wenchi Crater Lake – Weliso
Day 5: Weliso – Jimma – Bonga
Day 6: Bonga, coffee forest
Day 7: Bonga – Mizan Teferi
Day 8: Mizan Teferi – Kibish
Day 9: Surma Ethnic Group
Day 10: Kibish – Mizan Teferi
Day 11: Mizan Teferi – Masha
Day 12: Masha – Gambela
Day 13: Gambela, Nuer and Anuak villages
Day 14: Flight Gambela – Addis Ababa (departure)

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Dates

Tour Code Dates
W-17-10 Sun, 15/10/17 - Sat, 28/10/17
W-18-04 Sun, 01/04/18 - Sat, 14/04/18

Participants: min. 6 - max. 12 persons.

Inclusions

Our services and price include:

  • all domestic flights in Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines in tourist class (extra if the international flight is not performed with ET);
  • all flight taxes on the domestic flights in Ethiopia;
  • all accommodation in double rooms with private toilet/shower in hotels or lodges; exception in places where no hotel or lodge is available: nights in tents for 2 persons; extra for single occupancy;
  • all transfers and travels in Ethiopia with private car;
  • full board (1 drink per meal included, alcoholic drinks excluded);
  • all entrance fees and permissions at tourist attractions, villages, museums, churches and national parks;
  • for the camping: camping fees, guide, security rangers, cook, cooking assistant, cooking and camping equipment (it's recommended to bring your own sleeping bag);
  • all tips for meals;
  • all mandatory local guides;
  • experienced SimienEcoTours guide, fluently English & Amharic speaking (extra for a guide in another language).

Exclusions

Our services and price don’t include:

  • international flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • visa for Ethiopia;
  • sleeping bag;
  • alcoholic drinks;
  • tipping;
  • photo and video fees (if any);
  • all extras and personal expenditures.

Additional information

Please contact us for a more detailed tour description, price indication or any other issue.

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