Experience the magic of Ethiopia with this incredible package with Big Five Tours & Expeditions®


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Destination spotlight: Ethiopia

As the oldest independent country in Africa, Ethiopia has a fascinating past to explore, and offers a wide variety of adventures for lovers of history, culture, nature, people, and even coffee.

As Ethiopia returns to the international stage, travel with Big Five on the President’s Pick: Historic Routes of Ethiopia, a 10-day discovery of this dynamic re-emerging country.

President’s Pick: Historic Routes of Ethiopia

February 8, 2019
10 Days
From $750 per person per day*

Note from Ashish Sanghrajka, President of Big Five Tours & Expeditions: “After leaving Kenya, my family and I spent a bit of time in Ethiopia on our way to the US. As a child in Kenya, one of my closest childhood friends was from Addis as well, so my desire to see Big Five in Ethiopia has been there for many years. And now, I am confident that the guide infrastructure is ready as well. Welcome to an amazing country!”

  • Day 1: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Day 2: Addis Ababa / Bahir Dar

  • Day 3: Bahire Dar / Simien Mountains National Park

  • Day 4: Simien Mountains National Park

  • Day 5: Simien Mountains National Park / Gondar

  • Day 6: Gondar / Axum

  • Day 7: Axum / Lalibela

  • Day 8: Lalibela

  • Day 9: Lalibela / Addis Ababa

  • Day 10: Addis Ababa / Depart

More on Ethiopia:

For lovers of history, distinctive cultures and architecture, this is one of the earliest sites to show evidence of the emergence of modern humans, Homo sapiens. Although older specimens have been discovered, the most memorable is likely Lucy, an Australopithecus afarensis, one of the most complete and best-preserved adult Australopithecine fossils ever uncovered. Found in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar region, Lucy is estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago.

If you are a devotee of coffee, give a nod to Ethiopia where the humble coffee bean originated. It also boasts one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world.  But it is Ethiopia’s status as the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world and home to the world’s fourth-holiest Islamic city that Ethiopia has lured travelers over the centuries.  The 3,000-year-old medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and Gheralta and the castles of Gondar, the “Camelot of Africa,” draw you in with their simple drama and beauty.  

The Ethiopian Highlands are the largest continuous mountain ranges in Africa, home to some of the wildest and most striking habitats on the planet. The ancient Great Rift Valley region is 30 million years old and created Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Here are found Sudan cheetah, Ethiopian lion, civet, the Ethiopian wolf, serval, African bush elephant, bushpig, gazelle, ibex, kudu, dik-dik, oribi, zebra, hyena, baboon, and numerous species of monkey.

Culture, history, natural beauty and a variety of adventures make Ethiopia one of the most appealing and exciting evolving destinations today. Ethiopia is that kind of place – a land that offers travelers opportunities to experience striking discoveries, impressive places and welcoming people.


To plan the details of your Big Five adventure to Ethiopia, get in touch! We love helping turn travel dreams into realities.

*Included in the tour Cost:

  • Hotel and lodge accommodations as proposed, including taxes and fees

  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch or box lunch, D-dinner)

  • Services of an English-speaking guide during all included excursions on a private basis

  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Entrances at parks, sites, and monuments

  • Comprehensive assortment of pre-tour materials and amenities

  • Big Five’s 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance

Not included in the tour cost:

  • Any airfares unless specified under inclusions. Any airport taxes (All taxes are government imposed and subject to change without notice). Passport and visa fees. Travel insurance. Excess baggage or shipping charges. Items of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone / fax / internet charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified in the itinerary.