Tour package to Benishangul Gumuz and volcanic expidition,15 days and 14 nights.
Characterstics of the tour.
Most tourists want tranquil and less discovered destination and most adventure areas. Benishangul Gumuz is the least Ethiopian tourist destination that only few enjoyed. Fascinated market places and indigenous tribes welcomed you warmly. The great rift valley crated many lakes and volcano in the region. The Erta’Ale is famous with its night long roar and catching eyes. It is the active volcano one can enjoy every day. It is said by geologists there will be two continent crated by this rift valley effect. The salt extraction and camel caravans are the additional pleasures in the region.
Day 1, addis ababa- Nekemte 320km
Meet and greet by the guide and the driver,then drive to Nekemte. On the way visit the old church of Adiss Alem Mariam church built by minilik the second when he tried to shift the capital from mount Entoto to Addis Alem.. Then have lunch at ambo and accordingly the time short visit guder waterfall. O/n Nekemte ijoo international hotel
Day 2,Nekemte –Assosa
After breakfast visit the palace of dejaj kumsa who was high politician to the area during minilik. It reflects many cultural identiffications of the oromo people. Then visit the oromo village. After lunch drive farther to benishangul gumuz regional state.
Benishangul regional state is untouched region in Ethiopia regarding tourist sites. There are five indigenous tribes in this region, Berta,Shinasha, Gumuz,Mao and Komo.All those are identified one to the other by their costumes, traditions and cultures.
day 3, Assosa-Ganzo
After breakfast drive to Ganzo . On the way visit the colorful Wednesday market of bambasi where we can see berta oromo and amhara people live in the surrounding. drive to Ganzo . After lunch visit Ganzo village and late afternoon visit the small and beautiful market of ganzo ,berta , mao and komo people. o/n camping.
day 4, Ganzo –Assosa
in the morning visit the mosque in same place which was built by Nigerian sheik around 1942 and the wise use of water for electricity Mill and sanitation. Then drive to koshimando cattle market.on this market only ox, cow ,sheep and goat are being sold.
Come back to Assosa and visit the cultural museum of Assosa and judicial court of sheik shegole.o/n hotel.
Day 5, Assosa-Menge-kurmuk Assosa
In the morning drive to the small town called Menge to visit the traditional gold extraction by Berta tribes. And then visit rain making stone called bellbembesh.it is a spiritual ceremonial place to stop or to have rain.
After taking the picnic lunch, drive to ethio-sudanese border to visit the couple of mountains that the local people believe as female and male mountains .they believe too it is gold mountain.visit the border of the two countries. Sometimes it is allowed to cross and visit the sudanese village.o/n the same hotel
Day 6, Assosa – gublak (317KM)
After breakfast drive to gublak crossing blue nile riverthe way visit the ruined palace of Mehamed Banjaw at Guba which were built by the sudanese engineer and imitated the gonderian style.It is a big compound including his wives tukuls inside.o/n gublak camping
Day 7, Gublak- Zengena
After breakfast drive to the crater lake of zengena. On the way visit gumuz village and the small market for gumuz and agaw people exchanging their items. Have lunch box on the way and drive to chagni to stop for dondor waterfall.o/n camping
Day 8, Zengena- Addis Ababa
In the morning have exercise around the lake .after breakfast drive to addis.enjoy the breath taking of bluenile gorge. Then visit the 14th century monastery of Debre Libanos which was once the political center of Ethiopia. o/n ghion hotel.
Day 9: Addis– Awash
After breakfast head to Awash. En route visit the Crater lakes of Debre-Zeit. Late in the evening have safari in the Awashnational Park. Admire the bird life, the Awash River falls and also the Awash gorge in the park. AWASH FALLS LODGE
Day 10, Awash – Semera
Have morning safari in the park and then drive to Semera, the capital city for the Afar people. Ageda international hotel
Day 11, Semera – Erta’ale
Drive from Semera to Afdera. En route admire the volcanic rock and scenery of the desert.visit the salt extraction process on Afdera. In the evening trek up to the mountains to visit the active volcano of Erta’ale which is one of the few volcano in the world with dramatic scene. O/n Camping
Day 12,Erta’ale – Dallol
descend back to Dodom and drive to the lowest point on earth. in late afternoon visit the camel caravans transporting the bare salt which once was a currency. O/n Camping
Day 13, Dalol –Mekele
In the morning Admire the scenery of this great land carpeted with the sulfuric surface. Then drive to Mekelle. o/n hotel
Day 14,Mekelle- Addis (flight)
Take a morning flight and take time for shopping . After lunch there is a chance to attend the gate crash wedding ceremony in a hotel compound. If there is no a wedding ceremony, visit one site in Addis Ababa or free time. In the evening have a complimentary dinner in one of the cultural restaurants with live music and Ethioipian dances.o/n Hotel.
Day 15 departure.
Quest Ethiopia Tours wishes you a marvelous trip !!!