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6 or 9 Days Coffee Tour to Southeast & East Ethiopia

Tour title: coffee tour to east & southeast Ethiopia

Tour code: ET 26

Duration: 6/9 Days and 5/8 Nights

Attractions: Structures, plantation, landscape, wildlife & culture

Transportation: walking, car & flight

Day 1. Addis Ababa - Wendogenet – Awassa. Drive from the highland city of Addis to the Rift Valley lake side town of Hawassa via Wendogenet. Stop at Wendogenet, and walk through Sidama Coffee farms. Experience farmers work and test Sidama Coffee with its typical ceremony. In addition, visit the former palace of Emperor Haileselasie and natural hot springs there. En route, it's also worth visiting Lake Ziway (known for rich bird life), Abijata - Shala NP, and Shashemene (village of the Ras Teferian community in Ethiopia).

Day 2. Awassa - Yirgalem village. Drive south along the road leading up to Kenya. All journey long, you will see traditional Sidama Houses encircled by Coffee and Enset (False Banana plant) After lunch, Get off from the beautiful Aregash Lodge and walk deep into the village that lies in the undisturbed green countryside surrounded by Coffee, Enset and other forests. It's here that you will get in to Sidama Houses, attend a demonstration of preparing food from Enset and seat with locals to test their coffee. At night see Hyenas who comes close to the fire place you seating on.

Day 3. Excursion to Dilla - Yirga Cheffe. Drive through a very green landcape to reach Yirgachefe, where one of the most popular coffees in the world is harvested. Explore Yirga Cheffe, one of the centers for the cultivation and processing of an excellent Coffee. It's the area where you can visit several Coffee Cooperatives and plantations. Stop also by the town of Dilla to visit the ancient grave stelae of Tutu Fela, testimonies of regional death cult of past millennia.

Day 4. Yirgalem -Dinsho – Bale. Drive to Hawassa and visit Fish Market, a place where the daily activity of fishing, fish sale and fish cooking takes place. Proceed to Bale crossing Arsi-Bale highlands renowned for best production of wheat. Stop at Dinsho, the headquarter of Bale Mountains NP, to spot the main concentration of Mountain Nyala (endemic) and other mammals like Menlik's bushbuck(endemic), Bohor's reedbuck, warthogs and colubos monkey.

Day 5. Excursion to Sanetti & Harrena Forest. Drive to Harrena, the largest remaining rain forest of Ethiopia, to enjoy the walk through Forest Coffee. Climb also to the top of Tullu Dimtu(4377m) the 2nd highest mountain of Ethiopia. Here, you will spot the rarest endemic animal, Ethiopian wolf and plenty of birds. Eventually drive back to Bale Goba.

Day 6. Bale - Addis Ababa / Awash

Option 1, drive back to Addis Ababa.

Option 2, drive to Awash through the fantastically science highlands of Arsi and Bale provinces. Eye catching villages of Oromo tribe will be visited on the way. Late in the afternoon, walk around Awash river to see its fascinating Water fall and make a game drive on the plain area to watch mammals and birds for which the park is renowned.

Day 7. Awash – Harar. In the morning, make a 2nd round game drive in the park. Move from the Rift Valley to the South East Highlands of Ethiopia to reach Harar. Harar is the fourth holist Islamic center in the world next o Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.

Day 8. Excursion to Harargie coffee farms. In the morning, explore some of the villages that grows the best Harar Coffee Ethiopia is supplying for the World. Visit also other farms growing grains and Chat, a chewing stimulant bush. Explore Harar in and out of Jogal, the wall built during 16th C aimed to control the entrance of non-Harari people to the town. Observe the exchanges of coffee and other items in the most colorful market of Harar. In the evening, visit the hyena man who feeds the wild Hyenas by passing bones through his hands and mouth to them.

Day 9. Harar - Drie Dawa Fly Addis. Drive to DrieDawa, a station town for French built railway that connects Djibouti with Addis Ababa. Take some time to visit the 100 years old rail way station. This compound is full of worth visiting old locomotives and cargos. Fly back to Addis Ababa

End of the Tour

6 Days Coffee Tour to West Ethiopia

Tour title: coffee tour to West Ethiopia

Tour code: ET 27

Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights

Attractions: Structures, plantation, landscape, wildlife & culture

Transportation: walking & car

Day 1. Addis Ababa - Wenchi – Weliso. In your drive between Adiss Ababa and Wonchi, you will stop to visit the church of Addis Alem Mariam (Marey) - which once planned to be the capital during the reign of emperor Menilik II, and Gudar Water Fall. After coffee break at Ambo, you will drive to Wonchi Crater Lake and mountain. It is truly enchanting and picturesque Crater Lake hidden in the 3,386m-high extinct volcano. The mountain is high enough to have a characteristic forest zone with an area of heath moorland and other associated vegetation and wildlife. It is possible to go down to the Lake by walking or riding horse. At the shore of the lake you will embark to a dugout wooden canoe to go to the ancient Church on an island. Drive to the town of Woliso for overnight.

Day 2. Weliso – Jimma. Drive to Jimma, the largest and most important coffee center city in western Ethiopia. Passing through changing landscapes, this drive will take you to Western Ethiopia, a region where one of the bigest and most popular coffees is being harvested. Visit to the Coffee Research Center in Jimma Melko. It's an opportunity to learn about the genetic diversity of coffee plants, farming methods and protection against pests.

Day 3. Jimma - Bonga - Mizan Tefari. Drive to Bonga, the ancient trade centre and source of important trade items like Coffee, for the long trade routes that connect Ethiopia with the outside world. Here, you will stop for a short ride and walk to visit the birthplace of coffee. It is a place where the original coffee plant, from which all other coffee plants derive, is found. The last large contiguous original cloud forests of the country is also found here. Continue the drive to Mizan Tefari for overnight stay.

Day 4: Mizan - Tepi – Bebeka. In the morning, proceed the drive to Tepi where you will visit a coffee plantation (the second largest in the country), the Crater Lake within the plantation and experimental spice plantations. Go back to Mizan through panoramic landscape, tea and coffee plantations, and extensive tropical forests. After having lunch at Mizan Tefari, drive to Bebeka for overnight stay. Visit Bebeka Coffee plantation, the largest plantation in Ethiopia.

Day 5. Bebeka - Mizan - Jimma / Kibish. After morning activities around local villages, drive back to Jimma. In the afternoon, you will visit the former palace of the Kaffa king Abba Jiffar II who died 1933. It's an opportunity to learn about the historic background of the region. Overnight in Jimma.

Day 6. Jimma - Addis Ababa. Drive back to Addis Ababa through the beautiful landscapes including Gibe River Valley, the northern part of the famous Omo River.

End of the tour!

9 Days Coffee & Tribe Tour to West Ethiopia

Tour title: coffee & tribal tour to West Ethiopia

Tour code: ET 28

Duration: 9 Days and 8 Nights

Attractions: Structures, plantation, landscape, wildlife & culture

Transportation: walking, car & flight

Day 1. Addis Ababa - Wenchi – Weliso. In your drive between Addis Ababa and Wonchi, you will stop to visit the church of Addis Alem Mariam (Marey) - which once planned to be the capital during the reign of emperor Menilik II, and Gudar Water Fall. After coffee break at Ambo, you will drive to Wonchi Crater Lake and mountain. It is truly enchanting and picturesque Crater Lake hidden in the 3,386m-high extinct volcano. The mountain is high enough to have a characteristic forest zone with an area of heath moorland and other associated vegetation and wildlife. It is possible to go down to the Lake by walking or riding horse. At the shore of the lake you will embark to a dugout wooden canoe to go to the ancient Church on an island. Drive to the town of Woliso for overnight.

Day 2. Weliso – Jimma. Drive to Jimma, the largest and most important coffee center city in western Ethiopia. Passing through changing landscapes, this drive will take you to Western Ethiopia, a region where one of the biggest and most popular coffees is being harvested. Visit to the Coffee Research Center in Jimma Melko. It's an opportunity to learn about the genetic diversity of coffee plants, farming methods and protection against pests.

Day 3. Jimma - Bonga - Mizan Tefari. Drive to Bonga, the ancient trade Centre and source of important trade items like Coffee, for the long trade routes that connect Ethiopia with the outside world. Here, you will stop for a short ride and walk to visit the birthplace of coffee. It is a place where the original coffee plant, from which all other coffee plants derive, is found. The last large contiguous original cloud forests of the country is also found here. Continue the drive to Mizan Tefari for overnight stay.

Day 4: Mizan - Tepi – Bebeka. In the morning, proceed the drive to Tepi where you will visit a coffee plantation (the second largest in the country), the Crater Lake within the plantation and experimental spice plantations. Go back to Mizan through panoramic landscape, tea and coffee plantations, and extensive tropical forests. After having lunch at Mizan Tefari, drive to Bebeka for overnight stay. Visit Bebeka Coffee plantation, the largest plantation in Ethiopia.

Day 5. Bebeka - Mizan – Kibish. After enjoying your breakfast with organic coffee, drive further Southwest to reach Kibish, the capital town of Surma, one of the most famous Omo-Valley tribes. After crossing the Akobo River, you will experience an African Savanna grass land and stop at the little town of Dimma for lunch. Continue to Kibish and walk around your campsite to meet Surma People and admiring the surrounding areas. Overnight camping at Kibish

Day 6. Kibish. Trek around to visit Surma villages and appreciate their attractive culture. Surma women are known for wearing circular or rectangular clay discs on lower lips. It's at reaching maturity they have to slit lower lip and insert the small plate. Donga, stick fighting, is a form of initiation that unmarried Surma men has to perform. They paint their bodies with a mixture of chalk and water before the fight. You will be able to attend, if there is a Donga ceremony around. Overnight camping at Kibish

Day 7. Kibish - Mizan Tefari. Early morning, walk to the closer village to see daily activities the Surma make with their cattle. They are known for drinking a Blood - Milk mix after extracting from a cow. Afterwards, drive back to Mizan Tefari for overnight stay.

Day 8. Mizan Tefari – Jimma. After morning activities around local villages, drive back to Jimma. In the afternoon, you will visit the former palace of the Kaffa king Abba Jiffar II who died 1933. It's an opportunity to learn about the historic background of the region. Overnight in Jimma.

Day 9. Jimma - Addis Ababa. Drive back to Addis Ababa through the beautiful landscapes including Gibe River Valley, the northern part of the famous Omo River.

End of the tour!

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