Day 01: Arrival in Addis Ababa. Meet by our representative and get transfer in to your hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Dire Dawa and then drive to Harar, 54kms/ drive to Harar 525kms (full day drive)
Fly to Dire Dawa and drive to Harar, the two cities are 54km apart. Exploration of the old Walled town of Harar includes; the Harari Museum, Abdullahi Ali private museum, Rimbaud House, the 16th century grand Mosque with its elegant twin towers and slender minaret.
Day 03: Full day at Harar
Exploration of the old Walled town of Harar includes; the Harari Museum, Rimbaud House, the 16th century grand Mosque with its elegant twin towers and slender minaret, the church of Medhane Alem, which houses a gallery with traditional religious art works, the tomb of Abu Said an early Muslim ruler, and the colorful Shoa Gate Market where one can Shop indigenous handicrafts and jewelries. And, recently UNESCO registers Gegol with in the wall of Harar as a world heritage site. In addition to these visit the coffee factory.
Evening visit the most enduring attraction “a hyena man show”; where you can get a chance to stretch out your hands to feed hyenas by your own.
Day 04: Drive to Bilen, about 330kms
Visit the vast hot springs of Bilen, Afar village and the surroundings. There are a variety of different habitats around Bilen for birds, wildlife, flowers and plants.
Bilen lodge is design to reflect local cultural building traditions, are thatched on the outside and covered with reed mats on the inside. The units are situated at intervals; each has its own thatched patio, bedroom with two twin beds with mosquito nets, bathroom, with shower, flush toilet and hand basin.
Day 05: Bilen – Semera,
Drive to Semera, where you acquire permission to get to Erta Ale and you will pick up a local guide which is a must and advisable for a better safety.
After taking breakfast leave for Aissayta, passing through Gewane and Yangudi Rassa National Park – it is unlikely that you see any game. As you approach Aissayta, the land becomes drier and with less cover. Aissayta was the old capital – the regional capital will be moved to Semera – and has a certain sleepy charm. The older houses are built in a certain style, with flat roofs
Day 06: Semera – Afdera (220km)
Drive towards Serdo where you head north towards Lake Afdera, “the great salt lake”. See the salt mining in the lake. There is a small town at the lake. Here, you collect Escort and two policemen.
Day 07: Afdera – Erta Ale, it’s about 80km
Erta Ale meaning Smoking Mountain is particularly a unique Lave Crater Lake that erupts all the time. Erta Ale is the best place to study geology particularly the volcanic eruption, besides its great adventurous value Erta Ale an active volcano that worth seeing and never eradicate easily from one’s mind the temperature of this active volcanic is over 3000 degrees centigrade. Spend the day there and descend at night back to the camp.
Day 08: Erta Ale – Hamed Ela, it’s about 140km
Hamed Ela is a small village near the salt extraction area. There is a walk of about 1 hour to the salt pans; vehicles might sink if you attempted an approach by car. The salt pans are supposed to be haunted at night by a devil or evil spirit called Abo Lalu
Day 09: Hamed Ela – Danakil – Hamed Ela (50km)
Drive from Hamed Ela to about 20 km to Dalol (or Danakil) Depression, which straddles the Eritrean border to the east of the Tigraian Highlands, is officially listed as the hottest place on earth. The land lies 120 m below sea level. It offers a land of beautiful colors of volcanic salt rocks. It’s nearby the place where the Afar people extract salt bricks and charge their caravan of dromedaries for their long travel to the highland market.
Day 10: Hamed Ela – Hawzain, 220kms
Day 11: Drive to Tsaeda Imba village
Visit the three ancient rock churches: Medhane Alem Adi Kesho considered by many to be Ethiopia’s oldest rock church; Petros wa Paulos and a carved rock dome church Mikael- Melehayzenghi dating to the 8th century.
Day12: Visit the monastic church of Debre Mariam Korkor& Abba Daneil’s prayer room.
Mariam Korkor (St. Mary’s). A white church with a facade built into the cliff face. Mariam Korkor Church which is bullet in a small plateau, Mariam Korkor is very interesting church with great wealth of material. After a few minutes’ walk from Mariam korkor & visit the small rock church known as Abba Daniel’s Prayer room.
Day 13: Drive to Abune Yemata, The scenery is breathtaking and the mountains resemble pillars reaching to the sky. The church is carved on the cliff face of the Guh Mountains. The challenging and the only way to the church are footholds and handgrips in the rock face. Just before the entrance to the church there is a narrow ledge carved in the cliff from which one can view a sheer drop of approximately 250m to 300m. In fact, the church is not only known for its difficult ascent but also for its truly remarkable murals. It is colourfully decorated wall to wall with exciting murals of Old and New Testament stories. Nine of the twelve apostles are depicted in a round frame on the ceiling. Abune Yemata on his horseback is shown on one of the walls. Each church had a unique painting style. Yemata was the most elaborate.
Day 14: Drive to Axum, via Adigrat about 205kms
Visit the most distinguished marvel monastery of Debre Damo- accessible only by rope and not allowed for women. And then visit the primitive temple of Yeha, the church of Abba Aftse and the monastery of Abba Garima.
Day 15: City tour of Axum
Day 16: Fly back to Addis Ababa.