Nature, Wildlife & Cave Church Tour from Addis Ababa (and more)

9 hr

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On this day trip away from the hectic life of Addis Ababa, you will get to experience the impressive Debre Libanos Monastery, beautiful mountain and countryside scenery, the famed ‘Portuguese Bridge’ built in the 1890s, the Nile Gorge with its abundant endemic birdlife and gelada baboons and much more. Please note spotting the Gelada Baboons can be a matter of luck, as they tend to be quite mobile from day to day.
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Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot, within a steep riverine canyon in 1284, Debre Libanos later became the political centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is where Emperor Lebna Dengal received the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520. The Italian army destroyed the original church in a 1937 massacre that claimed the lives of 800 monks, deacons and lay worshippers. The modern church, its domed roof decorated with stained-glass windows, remains an important pilgrimage site.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Although the locals believe the stone-arch Portuguese bridge was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was actually built in the 1890s by Ras Darge in the old Portuguese style. The narrow span makes a spectacular picture...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot, within a steep riverine canyon in 1284, Debre Libanos later became the political centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is where Emperor Lebna Dengal received the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520. The Italian army destroyed the original church in a 1937 massacre that claimed the lives of 800 monks, deacons and lay worshippers. The modern church, its domed roof decorated with stained-glass windows, remains an important pilgrimage site.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Although the locals believe the stone-arch Portuguese bridge was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was actually built in the 1890s by Ras Darge in the old Portuguese style. The narrow span makes a spectacular picture and the gushing (in the rainy season) cascade just below it is very impressive.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, North West of Addis Ababa Seimien Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Debre Libanos 1000 Ethiopia

You will see the Jemma River Gorge, which is the stating point for the African Great Rift Valley and is one of Ethiopia’s most dramatic stretches of road that starts its serpentine descent to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, 1km below. The gorge is accessed by a road that offers spectacular views, and a pair of bridges cross the river.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Entoto Maryam Church, North Shewa, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

You will drive by the historic Entoto Church, which in its compound has the first church in/around Addis Ababa. It is a tranquil church with typical ancient architecture of Ethiopian Churches.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Entoto Hill, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Entoto is where Addis Ababa was first established. From almost 3,300 meters altitude, the Hill provides a spectacular views of the vast parts of Addis Ababa.

Duration: 15 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Accompanying English speaking tour guide
  • Local guides
  • Pickup and dropoff at any location in Addis Ababa (either Hotel or Airport)
  • Ground transportation including a car, fuel and a driver
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Maryam Church
  • Lunch, including a bottle of water and hot drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Hill
Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Flexible pickup from anywhere in Addis Ababa, whether the airport, hotel or home address. No problem.

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia


8:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.