Oromia Region Culture & history

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Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge & Cave Church

1. Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge & Cave Church

Visit the impressive Debre Libanos Monastery, the famed Portuguese Bridge, the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge, and the haunting Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church in just one day with an English-speaking guide. Marvel at breathtaking mountain landscapes and endemic wildlife, like bleeding-heart gelada baboons. After pickup at your hotel or at the airport in Addis Ababa, drive 100 kilometers (68 miles) to the north and pass over undulating mountain ranges that shelter the famous bleeding-heart baboons, as well as various endemic birds. Arrive at Debre Libanos, a monastery complex founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot in 1284 that sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries to the Blue Nile River (Jamma River). Then, experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Nile Gorge, often compared with Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Admire the Portuguese Bridge, built by Ras Darge in the 1890s in a classic Portuguese style. Enjoy the scenic views, interact with the Oromo people, and trek to the Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church where around 300 monks were slaughtered in 1936 by Italian invaders. On the way back to Addis Ababa, make a stop at the Entoto Mountain for panoramic views of Addis Ababa from 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) above sea level. The tour concludes with drop-off at the airport or your hotel

From Bole: Tiya, Adadi Mariam, & Melka Kunture Private Trip

2. From Bole: Tiya, Adadi Mariam, & Melka Kunture Private Trip

This private day tour from Addis Ababa takes you through the scenic East African Rift Valley part of Ethiopia to the unique rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, ancient grave site of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage), and experience the daily life of locals with family visit. Appreciate interesting places and activities such as the unique still operational church of Adadi Mariam which is cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD, an ancient cemetery of Tiya, and a traditional village of the Oromo people. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley and learn also how to cook Enjera, an Ethiopian pancake. This is a Tour limited to a maximum of 6 people. This is 9-hour long tour with Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

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This was the perfect way to spend my only free day in Addis Ababa - outside of the big smoke. I shared the tour with one other intrepid business traveler, and with our driver Tarmrat and tour-guide Alex we made a fine four. I was picked up from my hotel and the tour began with a short trip around some Addis landmarks, with Alex explaining the importance of Ethiopia and Ethiopian culture in the region and on the continent. Alex was also very knowledgeable as we pinged off random questions about this and that throughout the day. We experienced everything this tour promised - this spectacular baboon and his 20 or so family members, not to mention some live action as he chased away some wannabees, monasteries with surprising and frankly the most beautiful modern stain-glassed windows I have seen, spectacular scenery from the top of the Rift Valley, and some very lovely walks including to a cave chapel. Lunch was great; vegetarian if you wished, and finished with a perfect coffee ceremony

A fantastic, eye opening day to a lovely waterfall beside the Portuguese Bridge. The falls on shear cliffs over the Jamma River valley with green terraces far below is a scene you will remember for a long time. Zerefa the guide and Tamrat our expert driver made the day smooth and memorable. Knowledgeable and conscientious guides. We also visited an Omoro house and passed through villages and rolling countryside populated by goats, donkeys, and cattle. Along the road to the monastery and church (note these are not the ancient churches dug into the ground, which are farther north) we also encountered a troupe of baboons. The best part of the day was a detour we took to get back into Addis due to traffic along the normal route. Traversing steep neighborhoods of outer Addis gave a window into the street life of Addis. Beautiful and humbling trip

We had a very good time on our trip. The activity was safe and there was real attention to our interests.