32 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

32 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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32 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Melkasa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Awasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Arba Minch
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Jinka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gonder
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Addis Ababa
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Hobart

1
day
Melkasa

Melkasa
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll through Senkele Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melkasa visit planner.

Hobart, Australia to Melkasa is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Hobart to Melkasa, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in July, with highs in Melkasa at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Awasa.

Things to do in Melkasa

Wildlife Parks
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3
nights
Awasa

Awasa ©
Although Awasa doesn't offer much in the way of traditional sightseeing, the fact that it lies on the shores of the lake bearing the same name allows it to be a destination for those seeking a natural setting.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Abidjatta-Shalla National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hippo watching on Lake Awassa and hunt for treasures at Fish Market.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Awasa trip maker .

You can drive from Melkasa to Awasa in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Awasa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Awasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hippo watching on Lake Awassa ©
Hippo watching on Lake Awassa
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park ©
Abidjatta-Shalla National Park
Fish Market ©
Fish Market

3
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arba Minch tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Awasa to Arba Minch by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Awasa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arba Minch, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

2
nights
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

Start your trip to Jinka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Arba Minch to Jinka takes 4 hours. You will leave for Bahir Dar on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
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South Omo Research Centre Museum ©
South Omo Research Centre Museum

3
nights
Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Bahir Dar is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar online travel route planner .

Getting from Jinka to Bahir Dar by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

4
nights
Gonder

A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
Gonder is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gonder online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In July in Gonder, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), you're off toLalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

4
nights
Lalibela

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, make a trip to Biete Medhane Alem, and pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lalibela journey planner .

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Axum is known for historic sites, nature, museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Aksum, don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, walk around Ezana Park, and step into the grandiose world of Chapel of the Tablet.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Axum trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeha Archaeological Site
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The Ruins of Aksum ©
The Ruins of Aksum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

7
nights
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ©
A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Make the 27th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Menagesha Suba Forest Park. On the 30th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, and stroll through Gullele Botanical Garden.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa planning site .

Fly from Axum to Addis Ababa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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