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Short tours 

for those on business 

or in transit

You are in Ethiopia for a few days, on business or in transit and quite rightly want to take in something of the country before leaving. 

This section, with 12 itineraries for 1 and 2 day tours - Travel Ethiopia’s Short Tours - will help you to make best use of your time, explaining what there is to see and do in the time available. Ethiopia is a fascinating and diverse country and once you have sampled it, it is inevitable that you will come back for more.

For both your short and longer trips Travel Ethiopia will provide advice on the itinerary, good vehicles, experienced guides and the best service at reasonable rates. 


If you take Addis Ababa as the hub, there are 6 main roads coming out like spokes to the North, North East, South East, South, South West and West.

To the north is the Gojjam road, to Debre Libanos, the Blue Nile Gorge and Bahir Dar. The road to the northeast is the Asmara Road, which will take visitors to the Senbete Market, Kombolcha and Dessie. 

The road to the south east forks about 70 km from Addis Ababa at Mojo, with one fork leading east to Awash, and then forking again with roads leading east to Dire Dawa and Harer and north east to the Red Sea ports of Dijbouti and Assab. From Mojo the other fork heads south, passing the Rift Valley lakes and continuing to Moyale and the border with Kenya.

The road directly south is the Butajira road, the road to the southwest is the Jimma Road, while the road to the West is the Ambo Road - the last two meets in Gambela on the border with Sudan.

On these routes there are a variety of attractions for visitors, from historic and religious sites, to bird life and wild life and places of scenic beauty. For convenience sake we will take each route in turn, starting with Addis Ababa itself. While some visitors may be less interested in bird life, the birds we can expect to see will be mentioned in each tour.

These 1 and 2 day itineraries are planned for road travel, but Travel Ethiopia can arrange two-day tours by air to one of the four towns on the Historic Route, or the city of Harer via Dire Dawa. 

Click on the blue links below for itineraries; click the email link at the bottom of any page to send us questions or request more details:

Addis Ababa City tours  - half-day & full day 

Debre Libanos, Jemma River Gorge - 1 day

Senbete (Sunday market) - 1 day

Debre Berhan and Ankober - 1 day

Menagesha Forest and Addis Alem - 1 day

Melka Konture, Adadi Mariam, Tiya - 1 day

Ambo and Wonchi Crater Lake - 1 day

Sodere hot springs - 1 day

Awash National Park - 2 days

Rift Valley Lakes - 2 days

Wondo Genet - 2 days

Lake Awassa - 2 days

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Last modified: November 09, 1999