Ethiopia Trip Report ( 27 December 2012 to 8 January 2013) with a friend


From 27 December 2012 to 8 January 2013 A friend and l travelled  to Ethiopia for 13 days .

We  booked the trip with A&K , who provided a private guide throughout the trip . The entire trip was 12 days duration , the last day being a return flight to Harare and Milan as we parted company .

I had heard many times from various people who had travelled to and lived in  Ethiopia that it is a must see , must do experience and was intrigued to find out more . The opportunity came up in December and E and myself decided to go for it and have a completely unique experience .


DAY 1:  27 December 2012 

We arrive at 7 o clock in the morning at  Ethiopia’s Bole International Airport  , landing in the capital which is Addis Ababa having flown in from Milan ,  on Ethiopian Airlines .

Addis Ababa is the fourth highest capital city in the world and lies at around 7726  feet above mean sea level ( 2355 metres ) .

Upon arrival we were met by a representative from Kibran Tours and driven to the Sheraton Hotel . After settling in at the hotel we were taken on a tour of Addis Ababa . This included visits to :

– The Ethnographic Museum

– Trinity Cathedral

– The National Museum

Overnight : Sheraton Hotel


DAY 2 :   28 December 2012 

This morning we flew from Addis Ababa to Gondar .

From Gonder we took a pontoon boat across Lake Tana to Bahir Dar , stopping along the way to look at some monasteries on the islands in the lake . Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile , as well as being the largest Lake in  Ethiopia covering an area of 2156 Km .

Places visited include :

Gondar :

-Gondarine castles

Lake Tana  :

– Many birds

Monasteries :

– Ura Kidane Mihret

– Azua Mariam

Source of the Blue Nile River

Overnight : Town of Bahir Dar , at Kuriftu Resort , which is on the shore of Lake Tana


DAY 3:   29 December 2012 


DAY 4 :      30 December 2012

Drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park , which is a distance of approximately 125 Km and can take up to 4 hours .

The Simien Mountains National Park is 190 km square  and achieved world heritage status in 1978

Some of the species we saw here are :


Gelada baboon

Walia Ibex



Overnight : Siemien Lodge (3260 metres , highest lodge in Africa )


DAY 5 :   31 December 2012 

Great day in Simien Mountains National Park .

The scenery is stunning , the air a bit thin and the experience quite unique .

Today we were driven from Simien Lodge to a campsite further inside the park , called Chenek . This is a place where there are regular sightings of Walia Ibex . We saw them first across a valley at about 500 metres , but then were rewarded with a much closer look later on at another location ,  there was one below us moving in the open.


DAY 6 :  1 January 2013 

Today we were driven from the Simien Mountains National Park returning to Gondar .

Overnight : Goha Hotel ( Gondar )


DAY 7 :   2 January 2013

We flew Ethiopian Airlines from Gondar to Lalibela

Published by Somewhere in Africa Safaris

I am a Professional Safari Guide and Canoe guide specializing in the Zambezi River Valley . Africa is my playground . I live between Africa and Northern Italy .

4 thoughts on “Ethiopia Trip Report ( 27 December 2012 to 8 January 2013) with a friend

  1. Maz Ethiopia Tour: is one of a privately owned national tour operator establisher in the year 2009 G.C. We are expressing the motto of Ethiopia “a land of 13 months of sunshine”. Where its head office located on our building in Addis Ababa Bole Olympia, 500m from Olympia towards Meskel flower and work with the local community at the destinations to address globally demanded that tourism should be “pro-poor” to ensure the existence of sustainable environment, social, cultural values and mutual share of economical benefits.

    We have sister companies engaged in hotel service (Yabello motel), car rent, gas station (Yabello and Shashemene), import and export (Gemstones) that will facilitate our services delivery.

    The staffs are qualified holders of , BA in Tourism Management and Ecotourism with long years of experience, well acquainted to the country’s, indigenous natural, social and culture values, and share an extensive knowledge, maintaining the utmost respect of customers for mutual benefit and carry responsible tour operations.

    Ethiopia is using as the main capital city of Africa, where International organization in relation to Africa and Diplomats to Ethiopia reside and where many conferences in a year carrying. In order to get conference participants and business travels insight to the country and their stay enjoyable, a half, full and/or couple of days of sightseeing and short excursion tour can be organize.

    Holiday packages,
    There are jungles, beaches, and unique memorable sites, where a family, youth, romantic and honeymooners could spent their holyday, relaxing and enjoying, raiding, swimming, practicing traditional and others locally practiced games.
    In order to well facilitate these, Maz Ethiopia Tour also provides complementary service of;
    Hotel, lodges and any accommodations bookings and follow up.
    Car rent, Using variety of own up-to-date and fully insured fleet of vehicles with experienced
    Chauffeurs and
    Ticketing, for domestic and international flights.

    Our target is to give the best possible service to our clients, we make sure that every detail of the bookings are taken care of right from bookings to holidays to insurance. We also have a very strong Tours department that works tirelessly to ensure that the most cost-effective rates, together with confirmations and the preferred accommodations.

    N.B: Our staff is always well equipped and informed about current affairs concerning all destinations, ensuring customer’s time, needs and safety at all times.


    We can negotiate special rates or volume discounts if large groups of people are traveling together. By doing so, besides enjoying the services that we provide to our customers, they will be able to enjoy additional benefits. A group of 15 adult passengers attracts a special rate. This can be negotiated with the Airline concerned. For this service sufficient time is required.

    We enjoy amicable business relationships with all hotel chains present in Ethiopia. We have negotiated reasonable contract rates with all the leading hotel groups enabling us to provide very competitive offers all year round.

    Maz tour enjoys reasonable and affordable contract rates from most of the hotels in Ethiopia major destinations. During the low season, Hotels and Lodges have special rates for us.

    Our Tour operation Department organizes reasonable and unique Adventure tour itineraries .The comfort and safety of all our clients is paramount. Therefore, we ensure that all vehicles are in top condition.

    We arrange Conferences for large and small groups within Addis Ababa, African diplomatic city (AU & ECA halls) can accommodate for about 4500 participants at a time and in a reputable Hotels and Lodges that facilitate such arrangements.

    We assist with visa applications where possible.

    It is very important for any travel agent to have a representative meet all-important overseas guest right outside the Aircraft. We can provide this service whenever required. We will let your guests know how important they are.


     Well qualified and experienced staffs holder of MA & BA in Tourism Management and Ecotourism with long years of experience, well acquainted to the country’s, indigenous natural, social and cultural values, and share an extensive knowledge, maintaining the utmost respect of customers for mutual benefit and carry responsible tour operation.
     Our multi lingual guides, who speak fluent English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Russian and many, are highly appreciated for their professionalism and warm nature, as well as for their skills in helping visitors to enter into the traditional and cultural atmosphere of their fascinating country.

     Maz Ethiopia Tour provides comfortable and convenient travel arrangements for the clients.

     Our main objective is to provide a unique and extraordinary service within the field of tourism while maintaining the utmost respect for indigenous culture and the environment, particularly the traditions and natural scenic of each people. In a country such as ours, where the tourist industry is still in its early stages, we believe that it can be developed into an exchange based on mutual benefit, respect and safety of the host and the tourist.

     We ensure that our clients enjoy our good relations with all our partners.

    For further deliberations on our proposal, kindly get in touch with us at the contacts provided below.

    With hospitality;

    Dawit Solomon
    Senior Tour Operator

    Bole Olympia, 500m the roads from Olympia towards Meskel flower.
    TEL: +251-115-510508 FAX: +251-115-510508
    P.O BOX, 56 codes 1110, Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA


    “Our trip to the Simein Mountains and the Danakil Depression was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was arranged perfectly despite the complex itinerary and you were most accommodating when the tour was disrupted by Ethiopian Airlines delay. The people that looked after us in the Simein and in Axum were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about their particular specialty. We would be happy to recommend your company to anyone wanting to travel in Ethiopia, either to the well known tourist attractions, or to the remote parts of the country. They will get a great deal!”

    Paula Madison, from Canada

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