Awi Traditional horse riding and Ethiopian historic route AMan update

Date: January 28- February 7, 2020

Location: North Ethiopia

January 28 :- Day one arrival day and ½ day city tour of Addis Abeba o/n Jupiter hotel
January 29:- Drive to Injibara the capital city of Awi zone administration passing the Blue Nile gorge, Dejen city, DebireMarkos and Finoteselam the capital city AwiAwi Zone is an autonomous administrative unit within Amhara Region and is governed by its local people, the Agaw, who speak Awgni. The Zone is on the western side of the central plateau in Ankasha and BanjaWeredas of what used to be called AgawMedir near the town of FinoteSelam. AgawMedir is relatively flat and fertile with an altitude of c.2,300 m. The lowest parts are at 1,800 m and the highest at 3,100 m on the nearby hills and mountains. The area is crossed by about nine permanent rivers that drain into the Abbay (Blue Nile) and has two crater lakes, Zengena and Tirba.
Zengenalake is a crater lake, 6 km south of KossoBer and only about 300 m from the main road. The average altitude at the rim is 2,480 m and there is a drop of nearly 1,000 m down to the bottom of the crater. Vegetation around the crater rim is dominated by a plantation of Cupressus
January 30 :- Full day attending the ceremony of horse riding which both sexes above 18 years old can participate since it is a competition everybody will decorate his own horse before he or she comes for the competition and the festival will take for some days long.
o/n in local hotel at Injibara.

January 31:- Drive to Bahir Dar en-route you will see the beautiful land scape of Awi zone and will have breakfast at Dangila as soon as you reach bahirdar you will checkin at your hotelWe can relax for a few hours, either in the hotel grounds or take a walk along the lake shore,
In the afternoon you will drive toTissAbaywhich is 30km far from Bahir Dar the local village then your cross blue Nile by boat or if you prefer to walk you cross the portugise or Faliledes bridge and trek to the Kachura hill to visit the Blue Nile falls.o/n Tana or Kuritu lodge.

Before taking an early lunch in the hotel and then leaving by boat for the Zeghie Peninsula, which is known for its 14th century, round, grass roofed churches and their magnificent wall murals. We visit two churches, Betra Mariam and UraKidaneMehret, walking through dense forest with lots of bird life, before returning by boat to our hotel.

Bahir Dar has several clubs and bars where visitors can see traditional and modern Ethiopian music and dancing, and is also quite safe for wandering around at night
and rest for after the visit you drive back to

Bahir Dar o/n Tana hotel or Kuriftu resort hotel.
February 1:- In the early morning cross lake tana by boat and visit the OuraKidaneMihiret Monastery church which is its’ painted by different angles, in order to teach the
people Christianity return to the hotel for your lunch then drive to Gonder if you reach there before 3:00pm you will visit the part of the historical sites of Gonder o/n Goha or Jacaranda hotel.
February 2 :- In the morning visit the historical sites of Gonder which remains from yesterday then drive to the Simien Mountains National Park at Depark you will stop over for entrance payment and to hold local guide and scout which is mandatory in order to help or to get their share from the income of the Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since the late 1960s, the Simien Mountains National Park presents perhaps the most dramatic scenery in Africa – great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains, “the chess pieces of the Gods”, as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 metres, and RasDashen at 4620 metres is the highest in the country and the fourth highest in Africa.

In the Simiens visitors can see the endemic Gelada or bleeding heart baboon, the Walia Ibex, the Simien Wolf (the rarest canid in the world) and rock hyrax, and endemic birds such as the Thick billed Raven, Black headed Siskin, White Collared Pigeon, Wattled Ibis, White billed Starling, Spot breasted Plover and White backed Black Tit. Cruising Lammergeyers are often seen.
then continue driving to the Park after you check in and little rest trek on escarpment of the cliff from sankaber to Ginbahir o/n Simien lodge.
February 3:-Today after early breakfast drive and trek to Buahit and this is advised if it be in the morning time in order to get the Wallia Ibex and Simien Fox this will be by chance if you are there as soon as they came out early in the morning for grazing
In the middle of the day if you hold a lunch box at the lodge you will have your lunch under the shade of the tree if not after lunch at the lodge you will come out to Geech for another trekking and visit of Chiladababon o/n Simienlodge .
February 4:- Today you will drive and visit the remaining part of the visit and will drive back to Gonder in late afternoon o/n Goha or Jacaranda hotel.
February 5:- After early morning breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela on your arrival our agent will wait and transfer you to the hotel ,

At the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries King Lalibela of the Zaghwe dynasty built a series of rock hewn churches – the New Jerusalem as he called it – now rightly acknowledged to be one of the wonders of the world. There are 11 churches in the town named after him, with others in the surrounding countryside. All are still in use today. (The churches are divided into two groups, the division being the River Yordanos or River Jordan.)

It is estimated that the churches took 25 years to construct – for the Kingdom based on Roha (later renamed Lalibela) to have kept a large work force engaged in economically unproductive labour for such a long period means that it disposed of a large economic surplus and was very wealthy. The area then was clearly fertile and agriculturally productive, whereas now deforestation and population pressures on the land have reduced its productivity
after check in and lunch you will visit the 1st group of churches o/n Jerusalem or Mezena hotel.
February 6 :- In the morning drive to visit the YemirehaneKirstos Cave church and return back to the hotel and after lunch visit the 2nd group of churches o/n Jerusalem or Mezena hotel.
February 7:- After early morning breakfast drive to the airport for your flight to Axum and visit the all historical sites of Axum
From around 200 BC to 700 AD, Axum was the seat of an Empire which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia, traded with India and China, minted its own coinage, had its own alphabet and notational system, constructed great engineering works and dams and which was reckoned by the 4th century Persian historian Mani to be one of the four great powers of the ancient world, alongside Persia, China and Rome. Today the visitor can see stelae (the largest single pieces of stone erected anywhere on the world, it is still not understood how they were transported from the quarry 4 km away and erected), the tombs and castles of kings, Axum Museum and Mariamtsion Church, built on the site of Ethiopia’s first church. A chapel within the church compound is believed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians to house the Ark of the Covenant, or the original tablets of Moses on which are inscribed the 10 Commandments (see Graham Hancock’s The Sign and the Seal).

On arrival we transfer to the YehaHotel, situated on a hill overlooking the stellae. We start our tour after an early lunch with a visit to the newly constructed museum, immediately behind thestellae.

We then ascend the hill to the east to see the castle and tomb of King Kalab, passing on the way Mai Shum (or the bath of the Queen of Sheba), and also the stone on which is carved exploits of the Axumite kings in three languages, Ge’ez, Himyar (from Yemen) and Greek.

Coming back into town we will see the tomb of King Basen, whom Orthodox Ethiopians believe was one of the three Magi who brought presents to the infant Jesus.

We then proceed to the grounds the grounds of MariamtsionChurch, we can see the ruins of the old church, and the stone seats of judges.

Inside the grounds we will visit the small museum (women are not allowed inside, nor into the 17th century church built by Emperor Fasilides, but the priests usually bring out some crowns of kings for women visitors to see), and end the day with a visit to the site known locally as Queen Sheba’s Palace, although in fact it is of a later date, the villa of an Axumite notable from around the 1st century AD. Dinner in hotel.o/nSabeanHotel.
February 8:- After your breakfast transfer to the airport for your final departure to Addis and you have farewell dinner at Yodabyssinya cultural reasturant with watching different ethnical group dancing after then you will be transfer to the airport for your final departure way back home and this will be the end of the tour.