Hochland von Äthiopien
Overland-Abenteuer entlang der historischen Route zu Felsenkirchen, durch die Danakil Wüste und hinauf in die Berge Simiens
- Modernes Äthiopien in Addis Abeba
- Tisissat-Wasserfällen des Blauen Nil - die zweitgrößten Afrikas!
- Spektakuläre Felsenkirchen von Lalibela
- Camping unter dem Sternenhimmel
- Aksum - älteste Stadt Äthiopiens
- Wandern im Simien Mountains Nationalpark
- Gonder's prunkvolle Schlösser und Paläste
- Termine & Preise
- Afrika Overlandtour gemäß Programm
- Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
- Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
- Bootsfahrt auf dem Tana See
- Besuch Blue Nile Falls in Bahir Dar
- Geführte Besichtigung der Felsenkirchen von Lalibela
- Besuch der historischen Stätten in Aksum
- Wanderung im Simien Mountains Nationalpark
- Besichtigung Gonder
Leistungen nicht enthalten
- Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
- Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
- Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
- Local Payment (vor Ort zahlbarer Teil des Reisepreises)
Das Wildcamping findet ohne sanitäre Einrichtungen statt. Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.
Verpflegung5x Frühstück, 5x Mittagessen, 5x Abendessen
1. Tag: Addis Ababa
There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.
In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
About Addis Ababa:
Referred to more commonly as simply "Addis", the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa lies amongst wooded hills at an altitude of about 2,300 metres, giving it a pleasant climate.
Addis has many sights to offer visitors - get a fascinating glimpse into Ethiopia's many tribal groups at the Ethnological Museum, see the stunning fossil collection at the National Museum, and don't miss the chaotic bustle of the Mercato, one of Africa's largest open-airmarkets. All manner of arts and crafts can be found in the souvenir shops on Churchill Avenue, and there is often some excellent live music to be found in the centre of the city!
Unterkunft: Sarem International Hotel
2. Tag: Debre Markos
We will start our journey today with a drive to the small town of Debre Markos. En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side!
In Debre Markos we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge
Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.
3-5. Tag: Bahir Dar
Today we will complete our drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.
On our first full day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile.
On our second day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. We will have some free time in the afternoon to take optional visits to some other spots around Bahir Dar such as the 'Hippo bridge' and the Tigray war memorial.
In Bahir Dar we will stay in decent local hotel.
About Bahir Dar:
Bahir Dar is a small city located on the banks of Lake Tana, a beautiful lake that is famous as the source of the Blue Nile.
A few kilometres down the river from Bahir Dar are the spectacular Blue Nile Falls - locally known as Tissisat Falls (literally translating as 'water that smokes'), these waterfalls are located in a stunning area which is excellent to trek around.
On the lake itself are a number of monasteries on islands and peninsulas, and we take the opportunity to visit at least one on a boat trip on the lake. These churches feature the traditional murals and decorations of the Ethiopian Coptic Church - as Christianity in Ethiopia was isolated after the emergence of Islam in the 7th Century, the religion here took a distinct style and the decorations of the monasteries of Lake Tana reflect that perfectly.
- Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries
- Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar
Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.
6-8. Tag: Lalibela
Today we have a full day's drive through the beautiful scenery of central Ethiopia to reach the small medieval town of Lalibela.
On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of the world-famous 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela. Our guide will be able to explain the fascinating history of Lalibela and its churches, and there will be plenty of time to explore, absorb the haunting atmosphere inside the churches, and take plenty of photographs of the incredible architecture and the religious rituals within.
On the second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. We will have opportunity to hike up the nearby mountains to the Asheten Monastery, visit the Yemrehana Kristos cave church outside the town, or freely explore the Lalibela churches again at your own pace.
In Lalibela we will stay in a local hotel.
Hidden in the hills of northern Ethiopia is the small town of Lalibela.This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th Century CE.
The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely acceptedto be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem, which has led some experts to date the churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by Muslim leader Saladin. The rock-hewn churches arean awe-inspiring feat of engineering, and each is uniquely-designed and beautifully carved - the legend goes that King Lalibela completed all the work in 12 days with the help of a band of angels, but in reality the project took many years and thousands of labourers to complete.
The village is small, the churches largely visited by devout Ethiopian pilgrims rather than masses of foreign tourists, and therefore retains its original Ethiopian charm and incredible atmosphere.The monastery of Asheten Mariam is hidden in the rugged hills behind the village, and there is a wonderful trek up the cliffs to reach it and take in the incredible views at the top. Near to Lalibela is the ancient church of Yemrehana Kristos, uniquely located in a cave - this can be visited during our free time in Lalibela.
- Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery - ETB 500
- Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela - ETB 600
Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela
Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.
9. Tag: Mekele
Leaving Lalibela behind us, we have a full days drive through increasingly mountainous scenery to reach the town of Mekele.
We will stay in a decent local hotel in Mekele.
Mekele is the cultural, economic and political hub of the northern region of Tigray. Historians date the town of Mekele back to the13th Century CE, and it is famous for its rock-hewn churches in the surrounding desert landscapes - these churches are stunning and remote, some of them dating all the wayback to the 4th and 5th Centuries. We will aim to visit at least one of these atmospheric old Coptic churches on our journey through the province of Tigray.
Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.
10-11. Tag: Danakil Depression
After breakfast meet your 4 x 4 vehicles and drive to Hamed Ella. On the way you will pass through the beautiful Tigre Villages and the escarpment of the Afar depression, this is commonly known as the cradle of mankind and is part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Along the way you will see camel caravans going to the traditional salt mine or to the North Eastern highlands of the country, loaded with salt bars in the old traditional way. We will also stop at Brehalle where we will get our permits and scouts for the trip into the Danakil Depression.
Overnight we will climb the famous Erta Ale mountain. Once at the top we will be able to look directly into the volcano's crater and hopefully witness the lava within. We will then sleep under the stars at the top of the mountian before walking down as the sun begins to rise. There is an option to ride a camel up and down instead of walking.
On the second day you we drive to Dallol. Here in Dallol you will visit the beautiful land covered by salt, sulfur and different minerals that gives the area a spectactular colour. We will then continue on to Lake Asale to witness the beautiful salt flats.
We will wildcamp and stay in a local homestay during this excursion. The final day we will then make our way back to Mekele visiting villages along the way.
This is an extremely intense enviroment and a very adventurous three days, certainly a once in a lifetime experience. However, if you feel like your personal fitness can not withstand this pressure then there is a chance this may not be the trip for you.
About Danakil Depression:
The Danakil Depression is located in the Afar Region of north-east Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea. It is a geological depression caused by the Afar Triple Junction: a place where three tectonic plates join, most famous for being one of the hottest places on earth as well as one of the lowest places on the planet (approximately 100 metres below sea level). Temperatures frequently soar above 50 degrees celcius.
Journey out on an incredible 3 day/2 night excursion to the Danakil Depression
Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen
12. Tag: Mekele
Today we will make our way back to Mekele where we will stay in a basic hotel overnight.
Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück
13-14. Tag: Axum
Today we will visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church), then continue through the increasingly breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia.
The next day we will have an included half-day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba. We will have a free afternoon to make optional visits to other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
In Axum we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Axum is the site of Ethiopia's oldest city, and was once the centre of the mighty Axumite Empire. This empire flourished in the area between the 1st and 8th Centuries CE, and by the 5th Century controlled much of present-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia!
The town retains some impressive obelisks from the Axumite era carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high and was probably transported by elephants from a nearby quarry. The scale of the monuments in this stelae field are testament to the enormous importance that the ancient kingdom of Axum once enjoyed. Close to the town are the extensive ruins of a palace that is said to have belonged to the biblical figure of the Queen of Sheba, who was said to have travelled to Jerusalem to test the wisdom of King Solomon.
Also in the town are a complex of several ancient churches - the most famous of these is a small unimposing building known as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, which is rumoured by devout Coptic Christians to house the original Ark of the Covenant (the legendary box that contained the original Ten Commandments), although apparently only one appointed guardian is ever allowed to see it!
- Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion at Axum - ETB 200
Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum
Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.
15. Tag: Debark
Leaving Axum behind us, we continue our journey with a full day of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the small village of Debark. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery!
Debark is the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, and on arrival we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options that we will have during our excursion starting the following day.
Here we will stay in a basic hotel.
Debark is a tiny settlement that was built in the 1840s along the busy Gondar-Massawa trading route. There is not much of interest in the town, but it is the gateway to the magnificent Simien Mountains National Park and a decent place to stock up on supplies before visiting the park.
Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.
16-18. Tag: Simien Mountains National Park
Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly beautiful treks and breathtaking views!
The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves.
We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking.
On our first day we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit).
Please note that we must keep a flexible itinerary in the Simien Mountains, as our options will largely be determined by the weather.
Please also note that the camping areas in the national park are very basic, and are essentially wild camps with long drop toilets. Please also note that the food and provisions available in Debark and the National Park are very limited, and it is also likely to be very cold at night (often dropping below freezing), so please be prepared! You will need to bring a suitable sleeping bag and mat with you from home to ensure you are ready for this environment.
About Simien Mountains National Park:
The Simien Mountains are known throughout the world for their dramatic and spectacular scenery - jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains where only grasses, junipers and giant lobelias grow. The Simiens are one of the major mountain regions of Africa, home to the mountain Ras Dejen, which at 4,543m is the highest mountain in Ethiopia.
The National Park was created initially as a protection area for the Walia ibex, a very agile wild goat that inhabits the area. Other wildlife that are commonly seen in the area are geladas (a baboon-type primate with long hair), klipspringers, Ethiopian wolves, and Lammageyer vultures!
Perhaps the best highlight of the National Park is the phenomenal mountain scenery, best seen by trekking through the wonderful landscape - standing on top of a sharp precipice and gazing out over the magnificent landscape here will take your breath away, so it'sdefinitely worth taking a bit of time to explore.
Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park
Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen
19-20. Tag: Gondar
Today we head back out to the mountains to Debark, and then finally join the tarmac road again to reach the ancient royal city of Gondar!
On the next day, we will have an included half-day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church.
In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
The historic city of Gondar is a magnificent city of castles and palaces, and is sometimes known as the 'Camelot of Africa'. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas in the mid-17th Century, who built the incredible European-style castle in the centre of the town. Successive kings put in their own additions to this royal complex, and Gondar remained Ethiopia's royal capital until Emperor Tewodros II moved it to Magadala to the south east.
On the outskirts of the town there is also the Fasilidas' Bath complex - an interesting building that stands in an artificial pool which is still filled for occasional religious ceremonies. At the Debre Birhan Selassie Church we can see the famous ceiling, which is painted with hundreds of faces of angels, and hear about the church's fascinating yet violent history.
- Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar - USD 8
Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a half-day guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar
Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.
Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück
21. Tag: Gondar
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Gondar. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact us if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some optional activities in Gondar.
Bitte beachte, dass die Tour ein Local Payment verlangt. Dieser Betrag ist vor Ort zu zahlen und Beitrag zur Gemeinschaftskasse, die von der Crew und der Gruppe zusammen verwaltet wird. Mit dem Geld werden Unterbringung, einige Mahlzeiten und einige der eingeschlossenen Aktivitäten bezahlt. Das Local Payment wird entweder am ersten Tag der Reise oder - wenn es sich um eine Kombination von Reisen handelt - phasenweise während der Tour eingesammelt. Dieser Betrag ist Bestandteil des Gesamtreisepreises und muss vor Ort in bar entrichtet werden.
Bei dieser Tour sind nicht nur Zuschauer, sondern aktives Mitglied der Gruppe. Alle Teilnehmer packen bei den täglich anfallenden Aufgaben mit an. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die Unterstützung bei der Zubereitung der Mahlzeiten, Einkaufen, Geschirrspülen oder Saubermachen. Jeder in der Gruppe beteiligt sich und man wechselt sich täglich mit den Aufgaben ab. Der Spaß steht dabei im Vordergrund!
Echtes Abenteuer für budgetbewusste Reisende, die Unabhängigkeit mit der Sicherheit einer Gruppe verbinden wollen oder ein Maximum an Flexibilität suchen. Du kannst alles erwarten, aber keine Extras, die du nicht in Anspruch nehmen wollst. Das bedeutet in der Regel einfache Unterkünfte, einige inkludierte Highlights und viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen.