In this category, Petra Travel offers tour packages to historical, geographic and cultural attractions in and around Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is a delightful place to explore. It is a city of surprises characterized by diversity and contrasts. Situated at the foothills of Entoto Mountains, Addis Ababa rambles pleasantly across many hillsides and gullies cut through with sparkling streams.
Abundant eucalyptus trees and crispy, clear mountain air endow this African capital with the bracing, pine-scented atmosphere of a highland summer resort. Its cozy espresso bars and patisseries are reminiscent of Rome and the Mediterranean its bustling outdoor markets are colorful reminder of more traditional way of life. Tall skyscrapers, elegant villas, functional bungalows, flats and condominiums gleaming in their marble and anodized aluminum vie for attention alongside traditional homes of wattle and daub, surrounded by cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, conference halls, and theaters. The people, the bursts of music from cafes or shops, the pungent aromas of spicy cooking, of coffee and frankincense, from a unique Ethiopian pastiche and the architecture is as varied as the city itself.
Located in the geographic center of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is ideally situated for excursions to all parts of this remarkable and beautiful country. Excellent roads, and efficient international air connections provided by Ethiopian Airlines, mean that is possible for even the short-stay visitor to see at least some of the main places of interest.
PTT - 38 : Excursion To The Great Rift Valley Lakes
CATERGORY:EXCURSION TO LAKE ZIWAY, LAKE LANGANO, LAKE ABYJATA AND SHALLA AND WONDO GENET
TOUR DURATION: 3 DAY
LAKEZIWAY: - It is a shallow fresh water lake which is the widest of the northern rift valley lakes 400 square Kilo meters in area. Extensive aquatic vegetation has made it a favorite habitat of Horns, storks and cormorants the lake is dotted with five islands form which the three were the site of medieval churches. The largest island known as Debre Tsion or Mount Zion is still a site of the monastery, which holds a number of valuable illustrated manuscripts in fact the oldest written Ethiopian records about Axum were found here supporting the belief that the islands were settled by Axumites who fled during the destruction of the city by the female pagan ruler Yodit Gudit.
LAKE LANGANO:- Situated 210 kilo meters south of Addis Ababa it is the soft brown and copper colored lake set against the blue back drop of the Arsi mountains which soar to 4000 meters it is a also its own bird life and you may see the rare Hemprich’s Horn Bill.
LAKE ABYJATA AND SHALLA: - Both Abyjata and Shalla lakes situated in the heart of the rift are the two exceptionally scenic stretches of water is an exceptionally beautiful and still largely untouched stretch of water with several hot springs that bubble up the shore and flow in the lake its islands are used as the breeding sites for various species of birds.
WENDO GENET: - Situated to the north of Awes it is another popular spa set on top of hill surrounded with a thick forest. The vegetation supports birds like yellow fronted parrot, Hempriche, crowned horn bill and other.
DAY 01: ADDIS ABABA: - Arrived Addis Ababa be met at the Air port and transferred in the Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour that includes the Merkato largest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA - AWASSA: - Drive via Debrizeit to Lake Zeway and have bird watching with a beautiful scenery. Visit the lakes Abjiata Shalla and back to Ziway for lunch proceed to Awassa and enjoy the beautiful sunset at Lake Awassa. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: AWASSA-ADDIS ABABA: - Visit to the fish market early in the morning drives to Lake Langano and have swimming sailing or simply sun bathing at langano. Drive to relax the natural hot springs of Wendo Genet. Drive back to Addis Ababa souvenir shopping fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel