NATIONAL PARKS SAFARIS ETHIOPIA

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT

 
 

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE

GHERALTA, ANCIENT ROCK HEWN CHURCHES. How many rock hewn churches can you visit from the Gheralta Lodge?

 

Gheralta

Gheralta is a dry plain with steep outcrops of cliffs and table mountains with very dramatic landscapes. But for most tourists to Ethiopia, the main reason to come to the Gheralta region is for its about 35 churches, the largest concentration of cliff churches of Ethiopia. While Lalibela may be the place with the highest density of rock-hewn churches, the Tigray region has plenty more, most of them being much older, with more paintings, special architecture at remote locations.

 

Maybe not the oldest, but the rock hewn churches om Gheralta often have the most colorful paintings and church treasures, while many are set in the most stunning scenic landscapes.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Most of our hundreds of pictures are favored in Google! Why? Because no other website has so many beautiful high resolution pictures, taken by ourselves. Our pictures not only show you the beauty of Ethiopia, but they also show that we go everywhere, photographing wildlife, plants, people and culture. They show our professionalism, our keen eye for detail and our passion for the culture and nature of Ethiopia. So why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because we don't mislead you like many tour operators do. When the Blue Nile falls are dry.... we tell you. When fog clouds the lava lake of Erte Ale? We let you know. Just drop us a mail and we will check it out for you.

Our tours get you to ALL the cultural places Ethiopia is so famous for, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market.

As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eastern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa. BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes may be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip and book your local flights for an incredibly low price after you booked your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines!

 

Debre Maryan Korkor Church

One of the best known churches in Gheralta is the Debre Maryan Korkor Church, not in the last place because it is at close distance from the Gheralta Lodge and accessible to most people in decent condition.

 

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Debre Maryam Korkor, rock hewn church Gheralta VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Ceiling Debre Maryam Korkor, rock hewn church Gheralta
VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Frescos Debre Maryam Korkor, rock hewn church Gheralta VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Ceiling Debre Maryam Korkor, rock hewn church Gheralta
VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Column Debre Maryam Korkor, rock hewn church Gheralta VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Yohannis Makudi Church, interio, Gheralta
 

Daniel Korkor Church

The Daniel Korkor church is a small church at a distance of about 200 m from the Debre Maryam Korkor Church, where one gets over a latch on the cliff of the same cliff formation.

 

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Daniel Korkor Rock Hewn Church Gheralta VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Entrance Daniel Korkor Rock Hewn Church Gheralta
VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Ceiling Daniel Korkor Rock Hewn Church Gheralta VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Frescos Daniel Korkor Rock Hewn Church Gheralta

 

Gheralta Lodge

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Gheralta Lodge Tigray Ethiopia

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Bedroom Gheralta Lodge Tigray Ethiopia

Gheralta Lodge is a renowned 12 bedroom lodge with stunning mountain views built with local stone, wood and thatch. Italian owned, the food is very good and there is a lovely atmosphere that permeates the lodge.

 

The enclosed farmhouses in Tigray are the most sophisticated traditional houses of Ethiopia that form rather undervalued tourist attractions of Norht Etiopia.

 

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Walled farmhouse Gheralta Tigray Ethiopia VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: farm house with enclosure Gheralta Tigray Ethiopia

 

Gheralta dramatic landscapes

VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Red hot Poker flowers. VISIT GHERALTA ROCK HEWN CHURCHES FROM GHERALTA LODGE [2020]: Rock hewn churches mountain rocks.

Red Hot Poker Lilies and the roughed Gheralta landscape.

The roughed Gheralta mountains during a dramatic display of Ethiopian weather.

 

This historical circuit shows you the a great selection of the Gheralta churches.

ETHIOPIA HISTORICAL PLACES MODULE

 

FLY 5 DAYS ETHIOPIA HISTORICAL PLACES FROM $890! DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN MONUMENTS & NATIONAL PARKS with professional advisor to Ethiopian Park Service

Ethiopia Historical Places by car

9 days. Price: $890 per person, minimum 4. Hotels, meals, transportation, fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals included. Minimum 2 passengers.

Ask for group discount.

Ethiopia Historical Places by plane

5 days. Price: $890 per person approximately, pending flight costs. Transportation, entry fees, meals, etc. Prices may vary depending on fluctuating air fairs. The itinerary will be adjusted according to flights Minimum 2 passengers.  Longer itineraries at additional hotel costs allow for a more relaxed program.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR, road distance ± 580km;

  1. Stop at the bridge across the Blue Nile Gorge, comparable in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA and supposedly the largest canyon of Africa;

  2. In the evening visit the Blue Nile falls if arrival before dark;

  3. Hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR

  1. Morning Flight to Bahir Dar

  2. Visit Blue Nile Falls and Portuguese Bridge;

  3. Hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 2: LAKE TANA - BLUE NILE FALLS, road distance ± 35km

  1. Day excursion by boat on Lake Tana to visit several of the famous Lake Tana churches and monasteries;

  2. Visit of the Blue Nile Falls;

  3. Sleep at Hotel.

Day 2: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR - by car

  1. Early morning half day excursion by boat on Lake Tana to visit several of the famous Lake Tana churches and the origin of the Blue Nile to watch Hippos;

  2. Afternoon drive to Gondar;

  3. Visit Royal Citadel with the palaces of 6 kings;

  4. Visit Fasimile's Bathroom;

  5. Hotel in Gondar.

Day 3: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR, road distance ± 175km

  1. The Devil's Nose Rock, is a basaltic monolith or hoodoo, located near the village of Addis Zemen, 75km north Bahir Dar on the road to Gondar. On its top is an important roost and possibly nesting place for Ruepell's and other vultures.

  2. Check in in the hotel at Gondar after which a visit to Mentewab's Dining Room (Kusquam) and/or Fasimile's Bathroom depending on available time;

  3. Hotel in Gondar.

Day 3: GONDAR - LALIBELA

  1. Time permitting Visit Mentewab's Castle very early in the morning;

  2. Morning flight to Lalibela;

  3. Church treasures museum Lalibela;

  4. Visit the Northern and Southern rock hewn church complexes;

  5. Hotel in Lalibela.

 

Day 4: GONDAR - AXUM, road distance ± 350km

  1. Early in the morning visit the City fortress with the palaces of 6 kings;

  2. Road trip to Axum;

  3. Coffee ceremony;

  4. Hotel in Axum.

Day 4 LALIBELA - AXUM

  1. Early morning excursion to the Southern Complex;

  2. Flight to Axum;

  3. Visit the Stelae compound;

  4. Visit the Tsion Mariam  Church where the Arc of the Covenant is held and the 16th century church on the same complex, which is much more interesting;

  5. Visit Emperor Kaleb's Palace;

  6. Coffee ceremony at a ceremony in a friend's home

  7. Hotel.

 

Day 5: AXUM - MEKELLE, road distance  ± 250km

  1. Visit the famous beautiful Stellae at Axum;

  2. Visit Queen Sheba's Palace (officially Dongar Palace);

  3. Gudit Stelae Field opposite the palace;

  4. Debre Liqanos Monastery;

  5. Queen Sheba's Pool (May Shum);

  6. Enzana Enscription, a 3-lingual stone describing a battle of King Enzana

  7. King Basen's Tomb;

  8. Ride to Mekelle;

  9. On the way, visit Yeha Temple;

  10. Hotel in Mekelle.

Day 5: AXUM - ADDIS ABABA

  1. Visit Queen Sheba's Palace (officially Dongar Palace);

  2. Gudit Stelae Field opposite the palace;

  3. Debre Liqanos Monastery;

  4. Queen Sheba's Pool (May Shum);

  5. Enzana Enscription, a 3-lingual stone describing a battle of King Enzana

  6. King Basen's Tomb;

  7. Flight to Addis Ababa.

 

Day 6: MEKELE - WUKRO - MEKELLE, road distance  ± 45km

  1. Visit Rock Hewn Churches in Wukro;

  2. Visit Palace Emperor Yohannes IV;

  3. Hotel in Mekelle.

 

Day 7: MEKELE - LALIBELA, road distance ± 430km

  1. Leave early in the morning for Lalibela;

  2. Church treasures museum Lalibela

  3. Hotel in Lalibela.

 

Day 8: LALIBELA - DESSIE, road distance ± 300km

  1. Visit the churches of Lalibela;

  2. Drive to Dessie;

  3. Hotel in Dessie.

 

Day 9: DESSIE - ADDIS ABABA road distance ± 340km

  1. last day of the Ethiopia Historical Places and return trip to Addis Ababa;

  2. Transfer to hotel.

 

 

Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 1 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and then continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $40 - $70 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!

 

What makes us different from so many other tour operators?

Just look at the quality of our high resolution pictures. We took them all ourselves. We have thousands of high resolution pictures on this website, that you can see enlarged by clicking on them. These pictures show that we have been everywhere in the country of your interest and really know the details. We are professional explorers and biologists with MSc and PhD.

 

National Parks Tours Worldwide, a social responsibility and conservation company, is a brand name of the World Institute for Conservation & Environment, registered in the Netherlands with headquarters in the USA.

Phone USA:

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Phone Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

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