Gondar Emperor’s Castle is a complex of royal palaces and castles in Gondar, Ethiopia. The entire complex covers an area of about 70,000 sqm, and it is dates back to the 17th century and is often referred to by historians as the Camelot of Ethiopia. Located just near the town center one can walk from his/her hotel to the ruins. When in the site the local guide will walk you around while giving brief history of the castles.
Gondar Emperor’s Castle Tour Program
Arrival Bole International Airport
On your arrival at Bole International Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 1: Addis Ababa – Bahar Dar
Pick from the hotel to the airport for the flight to to Bahar Dar. Tour activities in Bahar Dar Include a Visit to the marketplace, boat ride in Lake Tana which is source of the Blue Nile and visit to ancient island monasteries.
Day 2: Bahar Dar – Gondar
Breakfast then depart for Gondar where you will Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built in the early 17th century by Ethiopian kings. The castles were survived several wars include the World War 2. Later proceed to the church of Debre Birhan Selassie who is famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Gondar – Lalibela
Leave Gondar to Lalibela on scheduled flight to visit the magnificent rock-hewn churches which is among the UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic churches were carved directly into the stone mountainside about 800 years ago. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
Leisure breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Addis Ababa. Afternoon you may do the city tour of Addis or shopping. Late night we will provide you with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Erta Ale Volcano Tour in Ethiopia a spectacular trek to active lava lake which comprises of two active volcano craters within a larger oval-shaped caldera. The two caldera exhibit periodic fountaining of lava causing Lava Lake overflows; this creates spectacular incandescence as the pahoehoe lava flows into the larger caldera around the craters and occasionally beyond. Lava flows in the S crater overflowed its rim in November 2010 (BGVN 36:06).
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Program
Day 1:Mekele to Hamed ela
In the morning transfer to the airport for your schedule flight to Mekele. From Makele drive to Hamedela via Berhale (639 meters above sea level). Pass across the Danakil Depression which is full of eye-catching colors due to the presence of sulphur springs. Some points of the depression lying about 100 meters below sea level. Proceed with the journey to small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.
Day 2: Hamd Ela – Dodom (150 meters)
Early breakfast then at 0630 hrs departs to Askoma (150 meters) which is located at the base of new Erta Ale. The distance between Hamd Ela to Askoma is about 80 km and it is the journey of about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. The route is also pass through several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land. Trek 9 km for about 3 hrs from Askoma to the new Erta Ale. Early dinner and trek up to the new Erta Ale reach the peak at 20:00. The Camels carry all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano. Spend a night at the rim watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New Erta Ale is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit which ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. The magma flow moved 3.5 kms south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point.
Day 3: Explore the Volcano
Proceed with the Erta Ale Volcano Tour by enjoying the sunrise at the volcano and Lake Afdera (102 meters) then walk around the craters. The main crater is 613 meters above sea level with and the depth of 200 m and width of 350 m. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. At 7:00 hrs leave to Askoma where you will arrive at at 10:30 am. During winter you may visit Lake Afdera which is the deepest depression on the planet. Lake Afdera is Located about 100 m below the sea level. Proceed to Hamed Ela for overnight at the campsite.
Day 4: Hamed Ela – Mekele
Today you will visit Dallol and Lake Assal which are 130 m below the sea level. This place is famous for salt mining. Observe the locals cutting salts block ready to carry by camels. Later drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele where you will take a schedule flight back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in the hotel. On the next day you will be provided with transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Price: Inquire
The price Includes
All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
Bottles of water for the trip.
Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
Cooking, camping equipment,
Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
Meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation and security during the trip
Budget gorilla trekking in Rwanda to Volcanoes Mountain national park is a tour option ideal for visitors with less time but yet are interested in gorilla trekking. Although it is a budget gorilla trekking but it offers an excellent wildlife experience of a life time.
Budget Gorilla Trekking Safari Program
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National park
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel for a transfer for the journey to Western Rwanda area for check in at Muhabura Hotel. After lunch drive into the park headquarters for a briefing from the park warden. From there proceed with the gorilla trekking till evening and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla Tracking and transfer back to Kigali
Morning after breakfast, depart into the forest to trek the gorilla with picnic lunch. Conduct the gorilla trekking till mid-day when you will break for lunch. After the lunch proceed with the trek searching for the gorillas. Normally the trek takes about 1-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Late afternoon you will drive back to Kigali for your scheduled flight.
Katavi National Park Safari to explore the most untouched and an unexplored wilderness area isolated from the human settlements. It is one of the Africa’s vast wilderness that is concentrated with a diverse game animals which have not encountered anywhere on the continent!
Katavi Safari is ideal during dry season where roads to the park are accessible. Also on dry season game viewing is possible since animals tends to cram in the remaining pools of Katuma River which is the only remaining source of water which offer visitor amazing wildlife viewing. An incredibly small number of people visit to this park plays a big part in the provision of maximum privacy during game viewing
This park boast a huge number wild animals with an estimated 1,000 buffaloes, 4,000 elephants which can be can in small to large herds. Other animals in Katavi national park are lions, hyenas, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck.
Katavi National Park Safari Information
DEPARTURE: Any day of the week. Subject to availability of accommodation STARTING & ENDING POINT: Mpanda town TRAVELLERS: Minimum 2 person but Solo traveler can also go STYLE: Private Safari VEHICLE: 4×4 Safari vehicle DESTINATION: Katavi National Park ACTIVITIES: Game drives NB: This tour can be tailored to your exact requirements and number of days available.
We start your Katavi National Park Safari by picking you early morning from the hotel in Mpanda town for the journey to Katavi National Park with picnic lunch. Game drive in the park dinner and overnight at Lodge within Sitalike
Day 2: Game drive
After breakfast, Morning and afternoon game drive to Katavi’s inner side exploring animal congregations in the remaining pools of Katuma River. Evening drive back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Katavi Safari Cost:
No of Pax
3 – 5 pax
6 -7 pax
Price Per Person (US $)
Cost Includes Road Transfer from Kigoma to Katavi Game viewing in Katavi NP Park entrance fees Full board accommodation whislt on safari Salary for a professional driver guide Transfer to the Mpanda airport or bust terminal A bottle of water 1 litre per person daily
Cost Excludes Accommodation in Kigoma Traveler medical insurance Air ticket from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma
Ruaha Budget safari is an affordable Ruaha safari starts and ends up in Iringa town. For travelers who prefer to go on this tour are suppose to travel to Iringa and in the following day join the tour. Iringa town is accessible by tarmac road from Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, Arusha and Dar es Salaam. If you have sufficient time and you are in either of the mentioned town you can then board a bus to Iringa town and overnight awaiting for the next day tour.
Ruaha safari with no doubt is the best due to the presence of abundant wildlife and constant changing landscapes which add a magical touch to the whole experience. Despite of being the largest park in Tanzania Ruaha National park receives few number of visitors compared to the northern Tanzania parks like Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti. Situated far off the beaten track, away from crazy camera clicking crowds this rough tract of wilderness pulsates the real energy of an Africa long-forgotten. Visitors come to Ruaha to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and abundance of wildlife, with well-maintained roads and few visitors.
While conducting game drive in ruaha safari you will be able to see a variety of animals and birds. This park is recorded to host the large population of elephants of about 15,000 to 20,000 individuals. In addition to that, it also hosts the largest population of lions with prides of about 30 individuals. It is quite possible to see one of the magnificent black-mane males that dominate some of the prides. If lucky you can also spot them stalking, chasing and killing their prey. These large prides are mostly prefer to kill buffaloes and giraffes for their dinner
The Ruaha safari starts by picking you up from the hotel in Iringa town at 08:30 am and drive for about 2 to 3 hours through the remarkable landscapes of Iringa. Along the way you will see a number of villages full of people busy farming. The dominant tribe of this area is the Hehe who famously known by fearlessly fighting against the German authority during colonial time. Arrive Ruaha for lunch at Tanapa Cottage and in the afternoon continue with the game drive till evening. Today you will enjoy your dinner and spend the night at Tanapa Cottages.
Day 2: Ruaha Safari
The second day of your ruaha budget safari will start by taking breakfast at the lodge followed by morning and afternoon game drive. The game drive will be conducted along the Ruaha River where herds of animals congregate along the banks of the River searching fresh pastures and clean water. Predators such as lions and hyena can easily spotted stalking their prey along the river banks. Hot lunch, dinner and overnight at the Tanapa Cottages.
Day 3: Ruaha Safari – Iringa
Early game drives in Ruaha national park and at 10:00 am back to the lodge for breakfast. After the breakfast we pack our luggage and depart for the journey back to Iringa town via the maasai cultural boma which is located at Tunga malenga village near the park. Enjoy the maasai dance which will be performed by the worriers and the girls and learn a bit about the Maasai culture and tradition. While in there you will also get the chance to enter inside the maasai huts and experience it. Proceed to Iringa where you be dropped at the hotel.
End of the Ruaha Budget Safari.
Ruaha Budget Safari Price:
Number of Pax
Price Per Person
US $ 750
US $ 680
US $ 600
US $ 580
For Solo traveler US $ 1100
Ruaha Safari Cost Includes
Return transfer from Iringa to Ruaha on 4×4 private safari vehicle
Game viewing in an open roof safari vehicle.
Park entrance fees as it is explained on the itinerary
Full board accommodation in Tanapa Cottages
Fee for professional driver guide
A bottle of pure drinking water 1 liter per person daily
Accommodation on the arrival and last day in Iringa
Breakfast and lunch in Iringa
Tips/Gratuity for the driver guide
Travellers’ medical insurance
Items of the personal nature
Entrance fee to the Maasai Cultural tour ( $ 50 per group)
Interesting Facts About Ruaha National Park
What is Ruaha Famous for?
Ruaha national park is famous for its outstanding game sighting experiences. In addition to that the park receives less number of visitors in a year compared to parks such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro which makes it an amazing destination. Due to various researches it was found that the park hosts about 10% of the entire world’s lion population. To prove this during safari in Ruaha, visitors can happen to spot large prides of lions comprises of up 25 adults lions. Normally the pride of this size tends to hunt large game such as giraffe and buffalo.
When one visit ruaha national park can see largest herds of elephants since the park has the highest concentration of elephants in East Africa. Rare antelope species such as greater and lesser kudu, roan sable antelope can found here. lichtenstein’s hartebeest, topi, southern and bohor reedbuck are also found here.
Generally the common animals of Ruaha National park includes elephants, zebra, lion, giraffe, hunting dogs, greater and lesser kudu, gazelles, striped hyenas, sable and roan antelopes, ostrichs, crocodiles and hippos. There are also about 540 species of birds in Ruaha.
How Do I get to Ruaha National Park?
Travelers who want to on Safari to Ruaha National park they can fly from Dar es Salaam or other destination by chartered or scheduled flights to the park airstrips. However visitors who go on ruaha budget safari can just drive from Iringa town, Mikumi and other destinations located within the southern circuit.
How much is the Ruaha budget safari (Ruaha Safari)?
A budget safari to Ruaha National park costs from $ 580 per person to $ 1100 per person depends on the group size. The minimum group size should be two people where the cost per person is $ 750. However a solo traveler can also go for Ruaha Safari but the price will a bit higher up to $ 1500 per trip.
Tanzania adventure travel to Tarangire and Ngorongoro crater where you can see a large herds of elephants, prides of lions, tree climbing pythons and many others. The crater boats the highest concentration of mammals than any other parks in Tanzania. In addition to that the legendary famous safari animals “The Big Five” as well as lions and hyenas can often observed scrambling on a carcass at the crater.
In the morning you depart from your hotel in Arusha drive to Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara National Park is among the smallest park in Tanzania hosting a variety of mammals and diverse vegetation range from Savannah to evergreen forest. The most attractive features of Lake Manyara national park include the rift valley escarpment, the ground water forest and the tree climbing lions. This park is also the home to thousands of flamingos birds which can observed as colored clouds over the lake. Lunch will be served at the lodge followed by afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro
An early morning breakfast will be served at the lodge, then drive to Ngorongoro Crater, with game viewing en route. Descend down the crater for a half day game drive. Ascend from the Crater to your lodge located on the Ngorongoro Forest for Dinner and overnight. If you are lucky enough expect a visit during the evening of elephants near the lodges. It is fantastic!
Day 3: Ngorongoro – Tarangire
After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park. Take your lunch at the lodge and later in the afternoon start a game drive to spot elephant families, baboons etc. Later in the evening proceed to Arusha for drop off at your hotel. “End of your Tour”
Cost in US $
2 – 3 people: US $ 980 per person
4- 5 people: US $ 750 per person
6 -7 people: US $ 700 per person
Tour Cost Includes
Transport in a 4×4 open hatched land cruisers/Land rovers