Addis- MenageshaSuba Forest
After breakfast drive to the western outskirt of Addis Ababa to Menagesha forest. It is the mountainous area having the shape of an upside-down pudding basin and is covered more or less entirely in thick heath and on the other side it is fully covered with indigenous trees which become a habitat for endemic species of birds and animals. Late afternoon drive back to Addis.
Addis / Debre-Zeit / Lake-Koka / Lake-Ziway
After breakfast drive to DebreZiet to visit the Crater Lakes with their birdlife. Proceed through the rift-valley region to artificial Lake of Koka to spot various species of birds. Continue driving to Lake Ziway- (the largest Northern Ethiopian rift-valley Lake, it is the home of 5 little volcanic Islands) here you will spot various species of water birds. Drive back to Addis.
MelkaKunture, Adadi Mariam &Tiya
AM, depart south-west of Addis Ababa for visiting:
Melka-Kunture (50km) where fossils of prehistory age and more than 1.5 million years stone tools have been discovered.
Adadi Mariam Cave Church (17km further) believed to date back to the 13th century and gives a good indication of the Lalibela 12th century rock-hewn churches.
35 km drive from the turn-off to Adadi Maryam you reach TiyaStelae Fields where prehistoric monoliths somewhat similar to the Axum stelae are seen.
Picnic lunch en-route and afternoon easy drive back to Addis Ababa.
Debere Libanos Monastery
After breakfast, drive north of Addis Ababa to Debereliba nose monastery passingtroughSululta Plains .
Ambo & Wenchi Crater Lake
The road to Ambo (125km west of Addis) takes you through the capital’s water supply reservoir Gefersa where a range of bush and wetland bird species including as many as a quarter of Ethiopia’s 29 endemic birds are found. To reach the Crater Lake Wenchi drive further 27km from Ambo. Walk or mule ride roughly 2km to the crater rim and after enjoying the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside return to Ambo town, have lunch and relax swimming in the hot mineral water pool before driving back to Addis Ababa.
The road to Ankober passes through impressively rugged scenery and after about 130km drive you reach DebreBerhan town where you’ll have a coffee break and then drive further a few km, turn on the gravel road and drive zigzagging along several hills scattered all over the cultivated plateau. The gravel road leads to the lofty massive mountain known as Kundi (over 3500 masl) overlooking the Great Rift Valley. From this chilly height covered with eucalyptus forest you may trek down to Ankober Palace Lodge (2870 masl) where you’ll have your lunch enjoying the wonderful scenery.
After lunch before driving back to Addis visiting one of the surrounding churches with its artifacts as well as poetry and music school may give you an insight into the life of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the countryside. Religion playing such an important role in the Ethiopian society, festivals and ceremonies provide many high points in the calendar; only the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates not less than 150 festivities per year.
The various ethnic groups have their own new years and other festivals and ceremonies, some unique to that culture while others are common to many.
The following are the most famous festivals common to most cultures. Nevertheless, although every festival has some features common to all, each ethnic group has its own version.