Starting from $190 per person [1]

1 days touring

Travel by Private Car

Tour Available: All Year Round

Meals: 1 Lunch; [2]

Fitness level required: Low

A tour to Debre Libanos takes only one day. We leave Addis Ababa at 8.00 am and return by 4.30 pm.

First of all we drive to the Debre Libanos monastery. Founded in 1284 by the legendary Ethiopian saint Abuna Tekle Haimanot, Debre Libanos monastery played an important part in spreading Christianity in central Ethiopia. St. Tekle Haimanot with a modern church build in 1960s

Hiking in the area of the Jemma and Gur rivers, spotting endemic Gelada baboons

The visit to the monastery will be followed by lunch in the Ethio-German Park Hotel after which we will return to Addis Ababa. On route, we’ll stop off at the Jemma River gorge and Portuguese bridge.

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Debre Libanos Monastery & The Portuguese Bridge – Day Tour

Day 1: Debre Libanos Day Trip

This great one day trip will depart Addis Ababa at 8.00 am and have you back in the capital by 4.30 pm. The trip highlights include a visit to the Debre Libanos monastery and the Portuguese bridge.

Lunch will be provided at the Ethio-German Park Hotel after visiting the monastery.

Debre Libanos Monastery

Debre Libanos

Founded in 1284 by the legendary Ethiopian saint Abuna Tekle Haimanot, Debre Libanos monastery played an important part in spreading Christianity in central Ethiopia. The church and its surrounds witnessed many historic events, including arrival of the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520, resistance of the Ethiopian patriots during the Italian invasion of 1936 – 1941, and much more.

The modern church was built in 1950, by king Haile Selassie to replace the one destroyed by the fascists. It is located in a small wooded gorge, 3 km off the main road. The landscape around the church is beautiful and serene, wooded hills are boosted by several streams and waterfalls, and the cave where St. Tekle Haimanot prayed until his death (at the age of 98) is also found nearby.

Portuguese Bridge

Debre Libanos

The “Portuguese Bridge” bridge, was not as it’s name suggests built by the Portuguese but was in fact built in the 19th century by an Ethiopian, called Ras Dargein. It as built in the style of the 17th century bridges around the Nile. The view in this area is simply breathtaking, with a waterfall and a deep gorge leading down to the Jemma River valley. It is also a habitat of several rare birds (lammergeyer, Abyssinian ground hornbill, endemic banded barbet, Abyssinian woodpecker and much more) and endemic Gelada baboons.

Meals Included on this Day

Lunch

Private Vechicle

Addis Ababa - Debre Libanos - Addis Ababa

4h

220k

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


Points to note:

[1] The "price per person" amount is a guide price only. Please submit a quote request for a more definite price.

[2] The price for meals includes a soft drink / water plus tea and coffee with each meal. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased at an extra cost.

[3] Hotels listed on individual days of the tour will be booked where possible but may be changed subject to availability.

Starting from $190 per person

1 days touring

Travel by Private Car

Tour Available: All Year Round

Meals: 1 Lunch;

Fitness level required: Low

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting and finishing point of the tour.

Debre Libanos

Debre Libanos, North Shewa, Oromia, Ethiopia

Location of the Debre Libanos monastery.

Fiche

Fiche, Oromia, Ethiopia

Lunch in Fiche

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I highly recommend booking Alexander for a tour of Ethiopia! He is a warm, generous and very knowledable guide, taught me a lot about Ethiopia’s history, ancient mysteries and cultural wonders. He made my trip to Addis Ababa a fun and exciting experience!

Laure Konczaty