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5 Day Maze National Park and Senkele Sanctuary Safari

Lewi Resort wolayita Sodo, Sodo, Ethiopia

Dream Safari in Ethiopia

Discover Ethiopia, Africa, the way it was meant to be seen, in a personalized tour designed around your interests and hosted by Ethioder Tours and Travel. Spectacular sights and intriguing encounters with unique cultures await you. Charming village scenes and bustling markets. Fascinating flora and fauna. It’s the adventure of a lifetime - an awe-inspiring, memory-making experience. Set out on the trip you’ve always dreamed of and will always remember.


  • Vaccines needed: Yellow fever and cholera (for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-­infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia)
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Swaynes hartebeest, Anubus baboon, lion
  • Starting point and ending point: Addis Ababa


  • 3-day guided safari
  • Visit Ajora falls, Tiya stealla and Adadi Mariam church
  • Spot Swaynes hartebeest, Anubus baboon, lion, and more
  • Explore Maze National Park and Senkelle Swayne Hartebeest Sanctuary
  • All entry, park, conservation, camping, and guiding fees included
  • Airport transfer and 4-seater 4x4 vehicle for the safari
  • Daily meals and bottled water provided
  • 4 nights accommodation


5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport
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You will be accommodated in various accommodations in twin bed basis. You will be spending your first night in Lewi Resort in Sodo, followed by two nights in camp in Maze National Park, and final one night at Rediet Hotel in Butajira.


Day 1: Addis Ababa to Sodo - Senkele Sanctuary

Ethioder Tour and Travel will collect you from your place of accommodation or at the airport in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD). Drive to Senkele via Shashemene and have lunch on your way. You will arrive in Senkele Sanctuary and visit the famous Senkele and Swayneshartbeest. And overnight in Sodo at Lewi Resort

Day 2: Sodo - Maze National Park

Drive to Maze National Park and set your camp there and start visiting Orbi, Bohor red buck, buffalo, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anubus baboon, vervet monkey, lion, leopard, wild cats, serval cat are among others common species. Stay overnight at camp site.

Day 3: Maze National Park

You will be staying overnight at the camp at Maze National Park.

Day 4: Maze National Park - Ajora Falls - Butajira

Take an early morning drive to the amazing Ajora double falls namely Sokie and Ajacho. Drive to Butajira and stay overnight in Butajira at Rediet Hotel.

Day 5: Butajira - Tiya - Adadi Mariam - Addis Ababa

Visit the standing stone stella in Tiya and the Adadi Mariam church. After which drive to Addis Ababa.

Included excursions

  • Visit Ajora double falls - Sokie and Ajacho
  • Visit the stone stella in Tiya and the Adadi Mariam church


This safari trip will take place in Ethiopia. You will be visiting the following locations - Senkelle Sanctuary, Maze National Park, Ajora Falls, Tiya stealla, Adadi Mariam church, and Butajira.

Maze National Park

Maze National Park is one of the wildlife conservation areas known for its good population of the critically endangered endemic Swayne’s Hartebeests population and located 460 kilometers and 235 south west of Addis Ababa and Hawassa, respectively, in Gamo-Gofa Zone. The park is fortunate in possessing a number of rivers and streams which ultimately drains to Omo River. The name of the park derived after the largest river that crosses the park called Maze River.

The park is covered by savannah grassland with scattered deciduous broad leaved trees as well as Riverine association along the main watercourses. Maze National Park supports a wide range of Savannah species. So far 39 larger and medium sized mammals and 196 birds species have been recorded.

It is one of the three sites in the world where good population of the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest’s population still survive. Besides, orbi, Bohor red buck, buffalo, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anubus baboon, vervet monkey, lion, leopard, wild cats, serval cat are among others common species.

Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary

Senkelle Wldlife Sanctuary is located 48 kilometers west of Hawassa, it is 340 kilometers south of Addis Ababa and covers an area of 54 kilometer square. The sanctuary was originally established to protect the endemic and endangered antelope species called Swayne’s hartebeests.

The sanctuary is located in between Oromia and SNNPRS and managed by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority. The open acacia woodland of the reserve is quite scenic and some of the animals are easily spotted, specially the Swayne’s hartebeests, the population of which 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, common jackals as well as 91 species of bird.


This tour includes daily breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be provided during stay in camp. Also, one liter of water would be given per person daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 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

  • English-speaking driver guide
  • 3-day safari experience
  • Spot Swaynes Hartebeest, Anubus baboon, vervet monkey, lion, leopard and more
  • Visit Senkele Sanctuary and Maze National Park
  • Visit Ajora double falls - Sokie and Ajacho
  • Visit the stone stella in Tiya and the Adadi Mariam church
  • Transport based of four-seater 4x4 vehicle
  • All ground transportation with all fuel and driver costs
  • All transfers and visits everywhere according to the itinerary
  • All entrance fees in each sites and parks
  • All types of government taxes
  • Service of scouts in national parks
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 bottle of water per day per person
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Beverages
  • Dinner and lunch while on your stay in the hotel
  • 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 45% 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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