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Along the Escarpment of the Great African Rift Valley

Spanning central Ethiopia, the Great African Rift Valley landscape is rife with deep canyons and spectacular escarpments.

The Ankober Highlands is one of these places where you wander along shepherds' trails close to the sky along a steep escarpment with amazing views into the lowlands of the Afar Triangle almost 2,000 meters below your feet. Stop for a bite in some villages or for a glass of kosso araki - the local liquor - and spend a beautiful overnight in an old palace.


Accompanied by one of our experienced SimienEcoTours driver guides (English available) you depart for a two days trip to the town of Ankober which lies high above the Great African Rift Valley. The perfect short escape for a minimum of two days with overnights in the Ankober Palace Lodge, a beautifully built replica of the old Menelik II. palace.

The escarpment offers not only great views but also walking and hiking opportunities on several trails. Our car is available anytime to bring you to the trailheads and can also pick you up somewhere else.

Trips can be easily extended at Ankober Palace Lodge or you go on a longer loop to Awash National Park.

Tour code: CU28


Itinerary & In/Exclusions

Day 1

Pick up in Addis Ababa and drive to the Wof Washa forest

Please note that this proposed itinerary is just an idea from us for you. As the tour is a private trip you are fully flexible on you time schedule and activities.

Travel: 3-4 h; 150 km

Hiking: max. 5 h; according to your fitness

Your driver meets you at your appointed place in Addis Ababa at 8:30am and you drive to the north towards the tiny village of Ankober. With some snacks on board you can enjoy the 3 to 4 hour drive. The last stretch before Ankober unveils a dramatic drop of the escarpment to you - the Great African Rift Valley.

From here you set off for your spectacular nature hike and meet the locals along the way. After some hiking of your choice you meet the car and head on to the lodge. Enjoy some free time and dinner here before the night gets cozy at the campfire.

Meals: -/L/D

Accommodation: Ankober Palace Lodge, Ankober

Day 2

Enjoy the morning and return back to Addis Ababa in the late afternoon

Travel: 3-4 h; 150 km

The early birds can enjoy the sunrise over the Great African Rift Valley or just have a relaxed morning at the lodge compound. The forested hill where the lodge is nestled is perfect to spot some monkeys and birds. Check out from the lodge is at 11am. There is no rush to return back to Addis Ababa early. Spent your time for more hiking or walking or take the car to drive a bit towards the lowlands an do some sightseeing there. Latest departure back to Addis Ababa will be around 4pm and arrival back in Addis will be around 7pm.

Meals: B/L/-

Accommodation: ---

Add extension days

You want to spend more days?

For those ones who have the time to spend some more days in Ankober, we can offer you overnight stays on B&B base at Ankober Palace Lodge or trip extensions to Awash National Park. All further activities or excursions can be organized on your own or SimienEcoTours can give you a hand with that.

Extra per night in Ethio-German Park Hotel incl. breakfast:
1 pax: US$ 160 (single room)
2 pax: US$ 90 (double room) per person
3 pax: US$ 90 (double & single room) per person
4 pax: US$ 90 (two double rooms) per person
5 pax: US$ 90 (two double rooms & one single room) per person
6 pax: US$ 75 (three double rooms) per person

For extensions to Awash National Park ask our Travel Experts for prices and itineraries.


Our services include:
  • all accommodations in twin/double rooms (upon request) with private toilet/shower in Ankober Palace Lodge;
  • transfer incl. fuel from Addis Ababa to Ankober and back in your private 4x4;
  • meals as per itinerary (1 drink per meal included, alcoholic drinks excluded);
  • guided nature walk (max. 5 hrs.);
  • all (mandatory) entrance fees and local guide fees;
  • all taxes and administrative fees;
  • 24/7 emergency assistance.
  • experienced SimienEcoTours tour guide (fluent in English & Amharic speaking)


Our optional services:
  • experienced SimienEcoTours nature guide for bird watching (fluent in English and Amharic) (extra charge: US$ 100 per group); other languages upon request.


Our services do not include:
  • travel insurance;
  • visa for Ethiopia (currently US$ 82);
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • tips;
  • photo and video fees (if applicable);
  • all extras and personal expenses.