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Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge, and Cave Tour

Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge, and Cave Tour

Visit the Debre Libanos Monastery, the famed Portuguese Bridge, the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge, and the haunting Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church in just one day with an English-speaking guide. Marvel at breathtaking mountain landscapes and endemic wildlife, like bleeding-heart gelada baboons. After pickup at your hotel or at the airport in Addis Ababa, drive 100 kilometers (68 miles) to the north and pass over undulating mountain ranges that shelter the famous bleeding-heart baboons, as well as various endemic birds. Arrive at Debre Libanos, a monastery complex founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot in 1284 that sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries to the Blue Nile River (Jamma River). Then, experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Nile Gorge, often compared with Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Admire the Portuguese Bridge, built by Ras Darge in the 1890s in a classic Portuguese style. Enjoy the scenic views, interact with the Oromo people, and trek to the Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church where around 300 monks were slaughtered in 1936 by Italian invaders. On the way back to Addis Ababa, make a stop at the Entoto Mountain for panoramic views of Addis Ababa from 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) above sea level. The tour concludes with drop-off at the airport or your hotel

Addis Ababa: Monasteries, Wildlife, & Hike Private Day Trip

Addis Ababa: Monasteries, Wildlife, & Hike Private Day Trip

We will pick you from Addis Ababa Bole Int airport or any hotel in Addis Ababa or houses then drive to north Ethiopia passing through the wonderful chain mountains and densely tree forest of Mount Entoto then after a two hours driving we will be arriving at one of the respected monastery of Ethiopia Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia which is lying northwest of Addis Ababa and it was Founded in the 13th century by Saint Tekle Haymanot and visit the museums that have a lot of ancient bible books collection with religious crosses later take a visit internal parts of the church with the tombs of the founder of the monastery then we will have a 10 min hiking to the cave(served like a praying area for the founder of the monastery ST Tekle Haymanot) finally take a walk and a hiking to the portugse bridge lying at the Blue Nile George to see the wonderful landscapes and Ethiopian endemic baboons which is called the Chelada Baboon and have a chance of seeing Ethiopian Birds. In the evening be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Guided: Day Trip from Addis to Debre Libanos

Guided: Day Trip from Addis to Debre Libanos

Debre Libanos Monastery It is located 100km north of Addis Ababa, in Oromia Region. It takes two hours of scenic driving to get to this historical and holiest site. This is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded in the 13th century by Saint Tekla Haimanot, one of Ethiopia’s most revered saints today. Unfortunately, the original monastery was destroyed by war, but a new monastery was built in 1961 during the era of Emperor Haile Selassie. The monastery sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge formed by Jemma River which is one of the tributaries of the great Blue Nile River. The monastery has impressive and large stained glass windows and stunning mural paintings. Also, there is a church museum where you will visit different Ethiopian Orthodox church objects, Ceremonial Clothes, and other historical relics. You will walk up to the hill for 15 minutes to reach the nearby cave where the Saint prayed for 29 years. According to the legend, the saint stood on one foot for so long that the other foot fell off. People come to the cave every day to receive holy water which is believed to be a sign of the saint’s prayer. The Portuguese bridge This historical bridge is located close to the monastery and is believed to be built by the Portuguese Solders in the 16th century. But there is controversy about the origins of the Bridge. According to some, it was built by Ethiopian Ras Darge in the 19th century. The bridge is built in Portuguese style and the view of the area is simply breathtaking, with a waterfall and a deep gorge leading down to the Jemma River valley. Also, it is a habitat of rare birds and the endemic Gelada Baboons. You will have a walk on the bridge to see the spectacular view and the Jemma River Valley. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the great Blue Nile.

A perfect Day trip Debre Libanos and Portuguese bridge

A perfect Day trip Debre Libanos and Portuguese bridge

It takes about two hours to drive north on the Gojjam road to get to Debre Libanos. In Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, Debre Libanos is a major monastic center. The famous mystic Saint Teclehaimanot founded the monastery there in the 1300s. There is a small cave near the new church where he is said to have stood on one leg for seven years until the other one gave out and fell off. On this walk, people can learn about history and culture while also watching birds. As we go through the Sululta Plain, we can stop at an Oromo round house to get a feel for the way of life there. There will also be birds like Common Cranes, Wheat ears, Black-winged Plovers, and Blue-winged Geese. We will first stop at the Jemma gorge when we get to Debre Libanos. One of the rivers that flows into the Nile is the Jemma. The valley below is almost 1000 meters below. The Black-headed Forest Oriole, the White-billed Starling, the Red-billed Starling, the White-winged Cliff Chat, the White-cheeked Turaco, and the Hemprich's Hornbill are some of the birds that we might see here in the gorge and in the forest around the church. The Gelada, or bleeding-heart baboon, is an animal that is only found in Ethiopia. Lamergeyer's, Ruppell's, and Lappet-faced vultures will be among the birds we see in the gorge. We leave the Gorge and go to the church. People can climb up to the cave of St. Teklehaimanot after seeing the church. Near the cave, monks may show tourists the bodies of about 300 monks who were killed by Italian troops in 1936. Mussolini and the Nazi government thought that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was an important part of Ethiopian independence. They believed that by killing a lot of people in the Church, they would force the Ethiopian people to submit. The act of violence only made people more determined to fight back. Go back to Addis Ababa after the visit by car.

Day Trip Around Addis Ababa

Day Trip Around Addis Ababa

On arrival we will meet you at the airport then drive to north Ethiopia passing through the wonderful chain mountains and densely tree forest of Mount Entoto then after a two hours driving we will be arriving at one of the respected monastery of Ethiopia. Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia which is lying northwest of Addis Ababa and it was Founded in the 13th century by Saint Tekle Haymanot we will visit the museums that have a lot of ancient bible books collection with religious crosses later we will see the internal parts of the church with the tombs of the founder of the monastery then we will have a 10 min hiking to the cave(served like a praying area for the founder of the monastery ST Tekle Haymanot. Finally we will take you to the Portuguese Bridge lying at the Blue Nile George to see the wonderful landscapes and Ethiopian endemic baboons which is called the Chelada Baboon and you will have a chance of seeing Ethiopian Birds. Finally we will take you to the Portuguese Bridge lying at the Blue Nile George to see the wonderful landscapes and Ethiopian endemic baboons which is called the Chelada Baboon and you will have a chance of seeing Ethiopian Birds.

Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos monastery,Blue Nile Gorge, Nature

Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos monastery,Blue Nile Gorge, Nature

day trps/outdoor fom addis ababa to debre libanos monastery – portuguese bridge and jemma river gorge. customizable tours. a visit to debre libanos and ras darge’s bridge is a popular day trip out of addis. we recommend not including the blue nile gorge on a one-day tour as too much driving is involved. See our overnight tour. we will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast for an early departure (around 7.30 hours) and leave addis ababa to the north. we are passing through the entoto hills, which offer stunning views of the capital. ample time is available to stop to enjoy the beautiful landscape, meet the people busy with their daily work and take pictures. after a two-hour drive, we arrive at debre libanos where we visit the church and the recently opened museum. a short, steep, path leads us to the cave where Tekle Haimanot has been praying. we enjoy a late lunch with breathtaking views over the jimma river gorge. after lunch, we make a short walk to ras darge’s bridge before we are heading back to addis ababa. we will drop you at your hotel late afternoon (around 18.00 hours)

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4.7
(9 reviews)

I was not aware it would be a private tour. Which it make it even better. Seya ( the guide) was super kind to answer all my questions and made the day great. I recommend it to see somenthing different not that far from Addis. It is 100km but within the rush hour it can take really looooong. And I was lucky enough to be on Saint Mary's day, which made the experience even better. Meals, coffee and water was provided as per itinerary. Pick up was on time. Can only recommend them.

Great day out! Once out of Addis you are soon driving through some stunning countryside before you even get to the locations. friendly and knowledgeable guide and driver. Good lunch and luckyto see the baboons up close. definitely worth booking this trip if you like great views and some history.

Such a good trip! A pleasure to be guided by Zerefa. Lots of interesting information and good talks. We were amazed by Ethiopian nature and was so lucky to meet wild baboons and able to get close to them. Def recommend when in Addis Ababa

Mr Zee was extremely good tour guide as he was knowledgable of the area, engaging and flexible to take us to addition places to see more local sites. The tour is highly recommended.

I spent an amazing day and I would definitely contact the guide when I come back to Ethiopia!