40 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

40 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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1
Addis Ababa
— 16 nights
2
Ziway
— 1 night
3
Bale Mountains National Park
— 1 night
4
Goba
— 1 night
5
Arba Minch
— 3 nights
6
Jinka
— 1 night
7
Hawzen
— 2 nights
8
Afar Region
— 2 nights
9
Lalibela
— 5 nights
10
Gonder
— 3 nights
11
Bahir Dar
— 4 nights

16
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.
Attractions like Mount Entoto and Photography Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Addis Ababa to Tiya to see Tiya World Heritage Site about 2 hours away. On the 26th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Bale Mountains National Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ziway.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Find places to stay Jul 21 — Aug 6:
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

1
night
Ziway

Ziway ©
Ziway or Zway is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tulu Gudo and then explore the activities along Lake Ziway.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ziway trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Addis Ababa to Ziway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bale Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Ziway

Nature · Parks
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Lake Ziway ©
Lake Ziway

1
night
Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Sof Omar Cave.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bale Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ziway to Bale Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Goba.

Things to do in Bale Mountains National Park

Nature · Parks
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Sof Omar Cave ©
Sof Omar Cave

1
night
Goba

Goba ©
Goba is a town and separate woreda in south-central Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Bale Mountains.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goba trip planner.

Drive from Bale Mountains National Park to Goba in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arba Minch.

Things to do in Goba

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:
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Bale Mountains ©
Bale Mountains

3
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
Take a break from Arba Minch with a short trip to Konso Cultural Centre in Konso, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Nechisar National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arba Minch sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Goba to Arba Minch in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Arba Minch can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jinka.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Konso Cultural Centre
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:
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Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Jinka Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jinka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Arba Minch to Jinka takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hawzen.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
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Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

2
nights
Hawzen

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

Planning Hawzen trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Jinka to Hawzen takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Hawzen sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for Afar Region on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
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Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

2
nights
Afar Region

Afar Region ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Erta Ale. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Dalol.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Afar Region trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Hawzen to Afar Region takes 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Afar Region

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Erta Ale ©
Erta Ale
Dalol ©
Dalol

5
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abune Yosef, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Lalibela road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Afar Region to Lalibela. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehana Krestos Church ©
Yemrehana Krestos Church

3
nights
Gonder

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 historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuskuam Church.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gonder trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Bahir Dar on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Walking tours
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church, and stop by Ura Kidane Mihret.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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