Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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  • Day824

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    www.intrepidtravel.com/en/ethiopia/ethiopian-highlands-northbound-104072/printtripnotes (Stand 2017)

    Die Tour wurde aber von DRAGOMEN durchgeführt!
    Days 1-2: Addis Ababa (Anmerkung: Wir haben damals in „Gonder“ die Tour begonnen)
    We will have free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums and sights. In Addis Ababa we will stay in the “Sarem International Hotel” (a comfortable hotel with good facilities).

    Day 3: Debre Markos
    En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side! In Debre Markos we will stay in a basic local hotel. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!.

    Days 4-6: Bahir Dar
    A small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile. On our first full day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on LakeTana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile. On our second day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. Bahir Dar is a small city located on the banks of Lake Tana. A few kilometres down the river from Bahir Dar are the spectacular Blue Nile Falls - locally known as Tissisat Falls (literally translating as 'water that smokes'), these waterfalls are located in a stunning area which is excellent to trek around. On the lake itself are a number of monasteries on islands and peninsulas, and we take the opportunity to visit at least one on a boat trip on the lake. These churches feature the traditional murals and decorations of the Ethiopian Coptic Church - as Christianity in Ethiopia was isolated after the emergence of Islam in the 7th Century, the religion here took a distinct style and the decorations of the monasteries of Lake Tana reflect that perfectly.

    Days 7-9: Lalibela
    Today we have a full day's drive through the beautiful scenery of central Ethiopia to reach the small medieval town of Lalibela. On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of the world-famous 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela. On the second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. In Lalibela we will stay in a local hotel. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th Century CE. The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem, which has led some experts to date the churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by Muslim leader Saladin. The rock-hewn churches are an awe-inspiring feat of engineering, and each is uniquely-designed and beautifully carved. The village is small, the churches largely visited by devout Ethiopian pilgrims rather than masses of foreign tourists, and therefore retains its original Ethiopian charm and incredible atmosphere. The monastery of Asheten Mariam is hidden in the rugged hills behind the village, and there is a wonderful trek up the cliffs to reach it and take in the incredible views at the top. Near to Lalibela is the ancient church of Yemrehana Kristos, uniquely located in a cave - this can be visited during our free time in Lalibela.

    Wolfgang am 04.05.2017
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  • Day825

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    Days 10-11: Woldiya
    Leaving Lalibela behind us, we have 2 days of driving through increasingly mountainous scenery to reach the town of Mekele. On the first day of this journey we aim to wild camp near the town of Woldiya or Korem. On the second day we will stay in a decent local hotel in Mekele. Estimated Drive Times - 6-8 hours each day. Mekele is the cultural, economic and political hub of the northern region of Tigray. Historians date the town of Mekele back to the 13th Century CE, and it is famous for its rock-hewn churches in the surrounding desert landscapes - these churches are stunning and remote, some of them dating all the way back to the 4th and 5th Centuries. We will aim to visit at least one of these atmospheric old Coptic churches on our journey through the province of Tigray.

    Days 12-13: Aksum
    Today we will visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church), then continue through the increasingly breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours. The next day we will have an included half-day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba. We will have a free afternoon to make optional visits to other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. In Axum we will stay in a basic local hotel. Axum is the site of Ethiopia's oldest city, and was once the centre of the mighty Axumite Empire. This empire flourished in the area between the 1st and 8th Centuries CE, and by the 5th Century controlled much of present-day Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia! The town retains some impressive obelisks from the Axumite era carved from single blocks of granite - the tallest still standing is 23 metres high and was probably transported by elephants from a nearby quarry. The scale of the monuments in this stelae field are testament to the enormous importance that the ancient kingdom of Axum once enjoyed. Close to the town are the extensive ruins of a palace that is said to have belonged to the biblical figure of the Queen of Sheba, who was said to have travelled to Jerusalem to test the wisdom of King Solomon. Also in the town are a complex of several ancient churches - the most famous of these is a small unimposing building known as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, which is rumoured by devout Coptic Christians to house the original Ark of the Covenant (the legendary box that contained the original Ten Commandments), although apparently only one appointed guardian is ever allowed to see it!

    Days 14-15: Adi Arkay
    Leaving Axum behind us, we continue our journey with 2 days of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the small village of Debark, via a wild camp en route. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery! Debark is the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, and on arrival we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options that we will have during our excursion starting the following day. On the first day of our journey we aim to wild camp somewhere nearby to the village of Adi Arkay. On the second day we will stay in a basic hotel in Debark. Estimated Drive Times - 5-7 hours each day. Debark is a tiny settlement that was built in the 1840s along the busy GondarMassawa trading route. There is not much of interest in the town, but it is the gateway to the magnificent Simien Mountains National Park and a decent place to stock up on supplies before visiting the park,

    Wolfgang im April 2017
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  • Day830

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    Days 16-18: Simien Mountains National Park
    Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly beautiful treks and breathtaking views! The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves. We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking. On our first day we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit). The Simien Mountains are known throughout the world for their dramatic and spectacular scenery - jagged mountain peaks flank deep valleys and high altitude plains where only grasses, junipers and giant lobelias grow. The Simiens are one of the major mountain regions of Africa, home to the mountain Ras Dejen, which at 4,543m is the highest mountain in Ethiopia. The National Park was created initially as a protection area for the Walia ibex, a very agile wild goat that inhabits the area. Other wildlife that are commonly seen in the area are geladas (a baboon-type primate with long hair),klipspringers, Ethiopian wolves, and Lammageyer vultures! Perhaps the best highlight of the National Park is the phenomenal mountain scenery, best seen by trekking through the wonderful landscape - standing on top of a sharp precipice and gazing out over the magnificent landscape here will take your breath away, so it's definitely worth taking a bit of time to
    explore.

    Days 19-21: Gondar
    Today we head back out to the mountains to Debark, and then finally join the tarmac road again to reach the ancient royal city of Gondar! On the next day, we will have an included half-day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church. In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. The historic city of Gondar is a magnificent city of castles and palaces, and is sometimes known as the 'Camelot of Africa'. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas in the mid-17th Century, who built the incredible European-style castle in the centre of the town. Successive kings put in their own additions to this royal complex, and Gondar remained Ethiopia's royal capital until Emperor Tewodros II moved it to Magadala to the south east. At the Debre Birhan Selassie Church we can see the famous ceiling, which is painted with hundreds of faces of angels, and hear about the church's fascinating yet violent history.

    Wolfgang am 26.04.2017
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  • Day36

    Nachdem ich in Ziway das Glück herausforderte und gewann (sieben auf einen Streich!) ging es nach einem tränenreichen Abschied nun endlich los. Wir haben unsere Aufnahmen fertig und widmen uns nun dem Reisen. Erster Stop Hawassa mit lokal¡gebauten Bier! Die erste Nacht habe ich in der wohl komfortabelsten Hängematte der Welt verbracht und nun ist Frühstück angesagt! Dann geht es in Hawassa auf sightseeing und Erforschungstour. Es bleibt spannend!Read more

  • Day44

    Nach einigen kuhlen Tagen in addis sind wir nun gen Norden gezogen um neue Gefilde zu erkunden! Die Busfahrt war der Horror, aber es gab ne super Aussicht! Zwischendrin wurde geklettert und getrunken, "wenn ich du wäre" gespielt (das kopftuch uns der Glitzer Hut) , jazz gehört, ein wenig die Stadt erkundet und neue Leute kennen gelernt. Morgen geht es dann auf den See und die Inseln anschauen, dann übermorgen an die Nilfälle!Read more

  • Day46

    Bahirdar, die bisher schönste Stadt, wie ich finde. Lake Tana ist umwerfend und die Umgebung ist großartig. Wir waren auf dem See unterwegs und haben gandalf getroffen, eigentlich auf dem Weg nach Mordor, aber auch Zauberer brauchen mal Urlaub. Nach einem mega kuhlen Tag auf dem See und großartigen Essen danach haben wir uns vom kanadischen Teil der Entourage überreden lassen feiern zu gehen. Fing gut an, ließ stark nach. Das versprochene Konzert war quasi Mini Playback Show mit einem Typen der hier und da mal dazwischen gebrüllt hat. Großes Kino. Nach dem dann einer der Locals nicht mit einen "Nein" umgehen konnte und ich ihm freundlich(echt jetzt!) versuchte klar zumachen, dass wir lieber ohne ihm feiern würden lief alles etwas aus dem Ruder. Long story short, die Locals haben sich um ihm gekümmert und kurzerhand drei Polizisten samt AK und Schlagstock ins Geschehen eingebunden. Weg war er. Heute ging es zu den Nilfällen... Und jetzt geht es weiter nach Gondar!Read more

  • Day1

    Los gehts! Nach 7 Stunden Flug landen wir endlich in Addis Ababa. Naja, der Flughafen ist nicht gerade der schöneste und viel zu voll und laut, aber irgendwie schaffen wir es und sitzen vier Stunden später in einem viel kleinern Flugzeug, dass uns nach Malawi bringen soll. Auf die nächsten fünf Stunden..

  • Day1

    Auf meinem Abenteuer quer durch Äthiopien, hatte es mich heute nach Lalibela verschlagen. Dort durfte natürlich ein Besuch bei der berühmten Felsenkirche nicht fehlen. Das um 1250 entstandene Bauwerk ist zugleich eines der bekanntesten Wahrzeichen Äthiopiens.

  • Day196

    Mittwoch 06:52 Uhr Ortszeit sitze ich am Flughafen Addis Ababa. Die erste Etappe ist geschafft. Es war ein angenehmer Flug mit Ethiopian Airlines. Da der Flug nicht ausgebucht war hatten Uwe und ich 3 Plätze für uns. Zur warmen Mahlzeit am Abend kann ich nichts sagen, denn mangels Hunger hatten wir den warmen Teil abgelehnt und uns mit Brötchen, Cräcker, Butter, Käse und Erdbeerkuchen zufrieden gegeben. Dazu einen Wein und die Nachtruhe könnte beginnen. Kurz vor der Landung gab es zu meiner Überraschung statt Snack ein komplettes Frühstück. Zur Wahl standen Omelette oder Waffeln. Ich entschied mich als Naschkatze für die Waffel. Lecker warm und mit Vanillesoße und Kirschen ein Traum. Dazu ein Brötchen, Butter, Marmelade und Melone.
    So nun heißt es warten. Um 10:20 Uhr geht es weiter Richtung Sansibar.

    Die Zeit kann man für einen Bummel nutzen. Der Flughafen Addis Abeba ist eher klein, verfügt aber dennoch über einige Geschäfte und Restaurants. Freies Wlan war nicht verfügbar.

    Für alle die diesen Flughafen mal ansteuern, die Sanitären Einrichtungen sind nicht die saubersten. Desinfektionstücher oder Gel sollte man in der Tasche haben.
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