Experience the ups and downs in the Ethiopian Rift Valley
Some 14 million years ago, intense geothermal activity below the Earth’s surface initiated a process that created Ethiopia’s Rift Valley. The massive fracturing of landmasses had begun farther north – creating the Red Sea and ultimately continued roughly 6000 kilometers (3,700 miles) southwest to northern Mozambique. The resulting Great Rift Valley is the largest of its kind on the planet. Indeed, astronauts viewing the Earth from outer space have said that the Great Rift Valley is the planet’s most conspicuous physical detail.
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Title: Experience the ups and Downs in Ethiopian Rift Valley.
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa; met by Source Ethiopia Tours representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
In the capital, we explore the sites including the National museum, Entoto Park, Markato and the others. We also organize authentic traditional cooking experience with local market visit at our home. The visitors will have hands-on experience cooking with us, enjoy meal with our family and finally experience the splendid coffee ceremony with the lovely stories.
Addis Ababa (meaning “New Flower” in Amharic):
Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia since 1886/1887. It’s a cosmopolitan city with representatives from over 80 nations and nationalities; and housing more than 70 Embassies. The population of the city is close to 6 million and the elevation varies from 2300 – 2800 meter above sea level.
Day 2: Drive to Lake Langano, one of the Rift Valley Lakes, known for its birdlife, sand where the weekenders relax.
Lake Langano ( Rift Valley Lake):
This is Ethiopia’s most developed lake destination thanks to its proximity to Addis Ababa and suitability for swimming (the water is free of the Schistosoma parasite). The far more rustic forest on the eastern lakeshore attracts birders, horseback riders and other adventure travelers.
Day 3: Drive to Bale Mountains National park that is referred as the “Land of Endemism” because of the large number of endemic birds, plants and animals.
Day 4: Today, we will explore the Sanetti plateau, with the endemic birds and the rare Ethiopian wolf and giant mole rat. The formation of the Bale Mountains is the result of the volcanic activity that created the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Some 2000 years ago a glacier resulted in the formation of the plateau.
Day 5: After breakfast, we will have a relaxing walk to the Gushurale pick through the forests of Bamboo tree. This is the best spot to view the rare, endemic and elusive Bale Monkey. From the pick, you will also enjoy viewing the Bale Lodge and the surrounding forest.
Day 6: This morning, we drive to Hawassa, a city named after one of the Rift valley Lakes; Lake Hawassa (the smallest one). Here, we will experience bird watching along the shore of the Lake and boat ride to view hippos. Moreover, we will enjoy the fish market whereby the local sell fishes and also variety of meals prepared from fish.
Day 7: Today, we fly back to Addis Ababa and check in to our hotel.
Day 8: Final departure.