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5 Day Guided Safari in Ethiopian Rift Valley
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Wonderful Safari in Ethiopia

Let's join this safari in Ethiopia! You will have game drives in Awash National Park and Abijatta-Shalla National Park and explore the wilderness there. You will also visit Lake Ziway and have chances seeing several animals such as birds and hippopotamuses. A safari to Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary will also give you a memorable journey. Ethioder Tours & Travel PLC has prepared an English-speaking guide, best accommodation, and well-planned activity that will enrich your safari experience so, get ready to start this new journey!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: A group safari of maximum 12 - 16 people
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Addis Ababa
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Oryx, gazelles, birds, hippopotamuses, ostriches, antelope, bohor, reedbucks, greater kudus, spotted hyenas, serval and civet cats, caracals, warthogs, and common jackals

Highlights

  • 3 guided game viewings
  • Boating in Lake Ziway and visit Abijatta-Shalla
  • Spot the endangered Swayne's hartebeest in Senkelle
  • Park, conservation, guiding, and entrance fees
  • Transport based on a 4-seated 4x4 vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and 1 liter of water
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be accommodated for one night at Awash Fall lodge, one night at Haile Resort in Ziway, and two nights at Haile Resort in Awasa.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa - Awash National Park

You will arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and get transferred to Awash National Park and on the way, you will have lunch at your account and overnight at Awash Fall lodge.

Day 2: Visiting days in Awash National Park - Lake Ziway

You will have a game drive in the Awash National park just to see the oryx, gazelles, and many more wild and bird lives there. In the afternoon, drive to Ziway for an overnight stay at Haile Resort.

Day 3: Ziway - Abijatta-Shalla National Park - Awasa

In the morning, depart with a boat on a freshwater lake Ziway. This lake is known for its population of birds and hippopotamuses. The shores and islands of Lake Ziway are the home of the Zay people. In the afternoon, you will drive to the Abijatta-Shalla National Park which mostly has abundant bird and ostriches. Then, you will drive to the beautiful rift valley town of Awasa and check in at Haile Resort.

Day 4: Awasa - Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary

Drive to 44 kilometers away west from Awasa town to the Senkele Swayne’s Hartebeest Sanctuary just to see endemic and endangered antelope species called Swayne’s hartebeests and other wild animals including Bohor, reedbucks, greater kudus, orbis antelopes, spotted hyenas, serval, civet cats, caracals, warthogs, and common jackals as well as 91 species of bird. Then back to Awasa town for an overnight stay at Haile Resort.

Day 5: Awasa - Tiya - Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa via Buta Jira just to visit the standing stone of Tiya stela. End of your tour!

Included excursions

Besides safari, you will also visit the standing stone of Tiya Stella on the last day of the tour.

Location

This safari will take place in Awash National Park, Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Lake Ziway, Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary, and Tiya Stella in Ethiopia.

Awash National Park

This national park covers 756 square kilometers of arid and semi-arid woodland alongside the Awash River. Wildlife in the park includes dik-dik, kudu, warthog, East African oryx, Soemmerring’s gazelle, and baboon. The birdlife is prolific especially along the river and in nearby Lake Basaka, making it a birder’s paradise. There are many endemic birds and in total, 392 species have been recorded here.

Abijatta-Shalla National Park

Abijatta-Shalla National Park is one of the national parks in Ethiopia. It is located in the Oromia Region and the Ethiopian Highlands region, 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and east of the Ziway-Shashamane highway. It contains 887 square kilometers including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters. The highest peak of Mount Fike is situated between the two lakes. Besides the two lakes, the primary attractions of this national park are a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta and large numbers of flamingoes on the lake.

Ziway

Called as Zway or Batu, Ziway is a town on the shore of Lake Ziway, a Rift Valley lake, in Oromia, Ethiopia. Lake Ziway is the closest major Rift Valley lake to Addis Ababa, 162 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. The main sight in Ziway is the large lake. Many waterfowl can be found near the jetty, as well as boats to the islands scattered about the lake and to hippo spots.

Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary

Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary is located 48 kilometers west of Hawassa, 340 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and covers an area of 54 square kilometers. The sanctuary was originally established to protect the endemic and endangered antelope species called Swayne’s hartebeests. The open acacia woodland of the reserve is quite scenic and some of the animals are easily spotted especially the Swayne’s hartebeests. The population of it is currently estimated at between 600 and 800. The sanctuary harbor other wild animals including bohor, reedbucks, greater kudus, orbis antelopes, spotted hyenas, serval and civet cats, caracals, warthogs, and common jackals as well as 91 species of bird.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 game viewings
  • Boating on Lake Ziway
  • Visit Tiya Stelae
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Service of scouts in national parks
  • Ground transportation with all fuel
  • All entrance fees in each site
  • All types of government taxes
  • Airport transfers (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport / ADD)
  • Daily breakfast and 1 liter of water per day
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Beverages, lunch, and dinner
  • International flights
  • Porters at airports and hotels
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Other expenses of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, and such

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bole International Airport Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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