28 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

28 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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28 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Jinka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Arba Minch
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Harar
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Mek'ele
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hawzen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Axum
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lalibela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Gonder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bahir Dar
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Addis Ababa
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

1
night
Jinka

Jinka ©
Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at South Omo Research Centre Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jinka trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Jinka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Jinka. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toArba Minch.

Things to do in Jinka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jinka Museum ©
Jinka Museum

2
nights
Arba Minch

Arba Minch ©
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Chamo Lake and then wander the streets of Dorze Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Arbaminich town,Nech sar national park, Crocodile two lakes.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arba Minch vacation builder website .

Drive from Jinka to Arba Minch in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Arba Minch are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Harar.

Things to do in Arba Minch

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nechisar National Park ©
Nechisar National Park
Dorze Village ©
Dorze Village
Chamo Lake ©
Chamo Lake

1
night
Harar

Harar ©
The walled city of Harar--named a World Heritage Site--lives and breathes tradition.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Harar Museum, don't miss a visit to Harar Jegol Wall, don't miss a visit to Juma Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo di Rimbaud, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Din Agobara Mosque.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Harar tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Arba Minch to Harar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arba Minch in June; daily highs in Harar reach 41°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Harar

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo di Rimbaud ©
Casa Museo di Rimbaud
Harar Jegol Wall ©
Harar Jegol Wall
Harar Museum ©
Harar Museum

2
nights
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gheralta Rock, and then explore the activities along Lake Assale. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abraha Atsbeha.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mek'ele trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Harar to Mek'ele takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In June, Mek'ele is little chillier than Harar - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hawzen.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Abraha Atsbeha ©
Abraha Atsbeha

1
night
Hawzen

Hawzen ©
Hawzen is a town in northern Ethiopia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Abuna Yemata Guh church.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hawzen trip planner .

You can drive from Mek'ele to Hawzen in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hawzen are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Axum.

Things to do in Hawzen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Abuna Yemata Guh church ©
Abuna Yemata Guh church

3
nights
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. The Ruins of Aksum and Northern Stelae Field are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, don't miss a visit to Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Church of St. Mary of Zion, and get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Axum trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hawzen to Axum takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeha Archaeological Site
Highlights from your plan
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Asheton Maryam Monastery. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, contemplate the long history of Biete Medhane Alem, and take in the awesome beauty at Abune Yosef.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lalibela trip tool .

Getting from Axum to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Climbing Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Kuskuam Church. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and go for a walk through Simien View.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gonder trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Gonder are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

3
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.
Get outdoors at Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Azwa Mariam Monastery and Lions Art Gallery. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam, make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bahir Dar Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Bahir Dar road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Entoto Hill and Photography Tours. Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and Ethnological Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern Art/Goethe Institut Ethiopia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bahir Dar in July since evenings lows in Addis Ababa dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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