• Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour
  • Northern Ethiopia Tour

Northern Ethiopia tour safari is a 14 day African safari in Ethiopia. The Northern Ethiopia tour safari commences and ends in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to several world heritage sites in Ethiopia.

This road safari tour in Ethiopia will start with a city tour of Addis Ababa. This Ethiopia safari combines culture, history and wildlife. You’ll get to experience the best of religious architectural design in Lalibela on this Ethiopia tour.

Look forward to interact with the unique Gelada baboons that are endemic to Ethiopian highlands. The Northern Ethiopia tour safari also allows you to trek the Simien Mounatins enjoying some of the beautiful views here.

Among the highlights of the 14 Day Northern Ethiopia tour safari includes, spectacular landscape around Ankober. This is where emperor Menelik once had his palace. It has breath-taking views over the Rift Valley.

The Northern Ethiopia tour safari allows you to visits to the markets of Addis Ababa Senbete and Bati. This are some of the biggest and most colorful markets in Northern Ethiopia.

Other places of interest in the Northern Ethiopia tour safari tour include

  • Blue Nile Falls, Bahir Dar
  • Boat trip on lake Tana with unique island monasteries and nature
  • Former imperial town of Gondar (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Breath-taking landscapes of the Simien Mountains with many endemic animals (UNESCO world natural site)
  • Former imperial town of Axum with many relics of a several thousand-year-old civilizations. (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Trekking to the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray in the Gheralta Mountains
  • Lalibela, the unofficial 8th wonder of the world (UNESCO world heritage site)

Northern Ethiopia Tour Safari Destinations

Addis Ababa

Your Northern Ethopia tour safari starts from the capital, Addis Ababa. This has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world.

Northern Ethiopia tour safari

Addis Ababa is Africa’s fourth-largest city and its diplomatic capital. It is also a traffic-choked, sprawling city of no discernible beauty that many foreign visitors try to transit as quickly as possible.

However, by skipping out on the contradictions of this complex city on your Northern Ethopia tour safari will run the risk of failing to understand Ethiopia altogether. Apart from anything else, Addis is the best place in the country to sample Ethiopian food, and has some wonderful museums and places to stay.

Debre Markos

Debre Markos, former capital of Gojjam Province, is a city and woreda in northwest Ethiopia. Your Northern Ethiopia tour safari will be taking you to the Misrak Gojjam Zone of the Amhara Administrative Region.

Debre Markos has a latitude and longitude of 10°20′N 37°43′E, and an elevation of 2,446 meters. The city is named Debre Markos after its principal church, which was constructed in 1869 and dedicated to St. Markos.

Debre Markos was the capital of Tekle Haymanot, Nigus of Gojjam. During his reign and as a result the population of Debre Markos “fluctuated greatly with the presence of absence of the army” of the Negus.

When the Nigus resided in the town, it had between 20,000 and 40,000 inhabitants; in his absence, between 5,000 and 6,000.

Northern Ethiopia tour safari

The explorer Pellegrino Matteucci (b. 1850) arrived at what was at that time named Monkorer on 3 June 1879. He explored the neighboring area, then departed 20 June for Adwa and Massawa.

Bahir Dar

Your Northern Ethiopia tour safari then heads to Bahir Dar. It is the capital city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. It’s a port on the south shore of the huge inland Lake Tana. Dek Island is one of many islands in the lake that are home to medieval monasteries.

On the Zege Peninsula, the Ura Kidane Mihret monastery is known for its elaborate, colorful murals. The Blue Nile River snakes southeast of the city toward the towering cliffs at the Blue Nile Falls.

Bahir Dar is 600 kilometres north of Addis Ababa. It provides the setting and starting point for the majority of Ethiopian tours. The Northern Ethiopia tour safari here takes you to the edge of the beautiful Lake Tana, and surrounded by cool mountain air.

Bahir Dar is a great contrast to Addis and a gentle introduction to the north of Ethiopia. The town has a well-served airport that connects it to Addis Ababa and the entire north of the country, which is why most Ethiopia tours end here too.


Gondar, or Gonder, is a city in northern Ethiopia. It’s known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors.

Dominating Gondar is the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides. It combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles. Outside the complex is Debre Berhan Selassie church, with an interior of elaborate murals, including a ceiling of faces.

Northern Ethiopia tour safari

Gondar has been called the Camelot of Africa because of its castles and fortress-like battlements. The very presence of these castles in Africa make them a rare and imposing sight.

It has rich in history, ambassadors of the Moguls of the Ottoman Empire and of Louis XVI of France were once entertained here.

Gondar was the imperial capital from the 17th to mid-19th centuries. Today visitors on Northern Ethiopia tour safari can see the imperial compound, with castles still in good condition. Some recently restored by UNESCO after bombings in World War II.

There is also the bath of King Fasilides. At Timkat (Ethiopian Epiphany) a nearby river’s course is purposely changed to bring its flow in to fill an area the size of a small swimming pool.

This is the sight of a traditional re-enactment of the baptism of Christ, where worshippers plunge into the pool every January 19th.

Siemen Mountains

The Semien Mountains, in northern Ethiopia, north east of Gondar in Amhara region. They are part of the Ethiopian Highlands.

They are a World Heritage Site and include the Simien Mountains National Park. Your Northern Ethiopia tour safari takes you to mountains that consist of plateaus separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. Your will be here for Simien Mountains trekking.

The Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife. It has breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture.

The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe. Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 meters above sea level (m asl.

They are covered with grasses, isolated trees (Erica &bored) and the bizarre Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum). These are found on the high plateau that ends abruptly at 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments.


Axum is also referred to as Aksum, a city in northern Ethiopia. Your Northern Ethiopia tour safari will be here for its tall, carved obelisks, relics of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum. Most are in the northern Stelae Park, including a huge fallen pillar, now in pieces.

Northern Ethiopia tour safari

Centuries-old St. Mary of Zion is a Christian church and pilgrimage site believed to have housed the biblical Ark of the Covenant. The neighboring Chapel of the Tablet is said to contain the Ark today.

It is possibly the greatest historical site that you’ve never heard of. The town was once the center of a great ancient civilization. It is notable for its huge and iconic obelisks. It is rumored to have been the home of the Queen of Sheba.

Axum is also believed by some to house the Ark of the Covenant. The small town of Axum in the Tigray region is seen as the holiest city in Ethiopia.

The Northern Ethiopia tour safari goes to the home to the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, which according to Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church is where the Ark of the Covenant came to rest. In addition to this place of pilgrimage, the main attraction is what was the main city of the Axum empire.

Axum dates back to the 1st century AD and saw its heyday in the 4th-7th centuries. The empire collapsed with the rise of Islam, as Muslim merchants closed off the Axum Empire trading routes across the Red Sea.


A Northern Ethiopia tour safari to Lalibela takes you to a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It’s known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians.

Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.

Lalibela tour takes you back to history and mystery of a city frozen in stone. Its soul alive with the rites and awe of Christianity at its most ancient and unbending. No matter what you’ve heard about or seen in Lalibela, nothing can prepare you for the reality of seeing it for yourself.

Lalibela safari here does not only take you to a World Heritage site, but truly a world wonder. You can spend a night vigil here during one of the big religious festivals. This is when white-robed pilgrims in their hundreds crowd the courtyards of the churches. You will on the Northern Ethiopia tour safari, witness Christianity in its most raw and powerful form.