This fantastic photography safari takes you as close as possible to the wilderness. Meet our closest neighbours in evolution, the Hamadryas baboons. Climb Ethiopia’s mountains for outstanding wildlife observations and photography. Follow us to the Simien Mountains and meet Gelada baboons in a breath-taking landscape. Observe some of the last lammergeier and Walia Ibex in the wild. Close encounters are guaranteed! Also explore the unique cultural and historic sites surrounded by a fantastic landscape. Explore Ethiopia – the hidden treasure of Africa.
Photo Safari Ethiopia
Follow us to the Simien mountains and meet Gelada Baboons in breathtaking landscapes. Observe some of the last Lammergeier, Walia Ibex and Hamdryas baboons in the wild. Get as close as possible to the animals and enjoy this fantastic photography safari.
Day 1: Arrival in Gondar and continue to Simien Mountains National Park
Welcome to Ethiopia. You arrive in Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia which always refers as the Camelot of Africa because of its fascinating castles. Afterwards you visit Youleka, the village of the Bete Israelis (also known as Ethiopian Jews or Felashas) which picturesquely lies close to Kossoye before we continue to the Simien mountins, our destination.
Overnight at Simien Park Lodge. (FB)
Day 2: Simien Mountains National Park
Simien Mountains National Park is located in the North Gondar zone of the Amhara region. Its territory covers the Simien mountains and also includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia. The national park is home to a number of endangered endemic species, including the Ethiopian wolf and the Walia Ibex, the Gelada baboon and the caracal. More than 50 species of birds inhabit the park, among them the impressive Lammergeier with its three meters’ wingspan. You spend the whole day in the Sankaber region of the park to take amazing shots of Gelada baboons and the breath-taking scenery. Overnight at Simien Park Lodge. (FB)
Day 3: Simien Mountains National Park
Today you explore the Cheneq area of the park. Passing through marvellous landscape you reach various spectacular viewpoints such as Inatye situated at 4, 70 meters about sea level where fascinating landscape pictures of the valleys below can be realised. Here you also have the opportunity to observe the Walia Ibex and the Lammergeier which is why you spend most of the time at this spot. Overnight at Simien Park Lodge. (FB)
Day 4 and 5: More Baboons and birds
Another 2 days we are on the hunt for impressive pictures in the early morning and the late afternoon for Baboons and birds. Overnight at Simien Park Lodge. (FB)
Day 6 Return to Gondar
Upon arrival in Gondar city tour through the medieval capital of Ethiopia. Emperor Fasilidas founded Gondar as his imperial seat in 1632. It then became a great commercial centre from the 17th to the mid-19th century. The tour includes the fortress-city and royal enclosure of Fasil Gibbi as well as the imperial bath. During the Ethiopian-orthodox holiday Timkat a nearby river is diverted to fill an area the size of a small swimming pool. Worshippers plunge into the cold water in a re-enactment of the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan. You also visit the famous Debre Birhan Silassie church, the only church that was saved from Mahdist invasion in the 1880s, according to the legend, by a swarm of bees, which routed the invaders. The walls and ceiling are completely covered with murals. The angels’ faces on the ceiling have become a common motif in Ethiopian design. Overnight at Goha Hotel. (HB)
Day 7: Flight back to Addis Ababa
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. There, another sightseeing tour is scheduled which includes the Archaeological Museum where the oldest hominid fossil is exhibited, the superb Holy Trinity Cathedral (also known as St. George Cathedral) and the Merkato which is the largest open-air market in Africa. You additionally pass by some prominent statues and monuments of the city. In the evening, you are taken to one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis where you enjoy dinner and traditional folkloric dances with coffee ceremony. Overnight at a 4 star Hotel in town.
Day 8: Departure
Today is a relaxed day. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home. (B&B)
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02/11/2024 – 09/11/2024
09.11/2024 – 16/11/2024
- Overnight in sharing twin rooms in hotels, lodges and camps as per itinerary or similar
- 5 nights Simien Mountain Lodge FB
- 1 night Goha Hotel Gondar HB
- 1 night Addis 4 Star Hotel HB
- all park entrance fees
- local guides
- Safari vehicles from/ to Gondar with max 4 persons per car group size max 8 Pax
- English/German speaking Photographer Tour Guide Transfers in Addis
- International and domestic flights
- All meals and drinks except breakfast (and lunch and dinner during camping)
- Tips and other expenses of personal nature