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Addis Ababa

Day Trip From Addis Ababa To Debre Libanos & Blue Nile Gorge

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Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, North West of Addis Ababa Seimien Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Debre Libanos 1000 Ethiopia

Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded by the renowned 13th century mystic, St Teklehaimanot.
Before driving back to Addis, we will stop at the Jemma River Gorge. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metros to the valley below. We will walk downhill to the 17th century Portuguese Bridge. Here we can expect to see plenty of birdlife including the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, the Red Billed starling, the White winged cliff chat, the White backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco and Hemprich's hornbill. We will also see one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon. Leaving the Gorge we drive back to Addis Ababa.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia

Portuguese bridge near Debre Libanos was erected by the Portuguese in the 16th century; it was actually built at the turn of the 19th century by Ethiopians, albeit in the old Portuguese style. The narrow span makes a pretty picture and the gushing (in the rainy season) cascade just below it is even more impressive

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We pick up from anywhere in Addis Ababa


  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Guide at the sites
  • Driver Allowance
  • Bottled water
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
  • All not Mentioned on The Inclusion
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We took a day trip to the Debre Libanos Monastery and it really was amazing experience the tour guide and the drivers were amazing guys they made the trip one to remember.
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For someone like me who was in his first ever traveling outside my home town, it was wonderful trip.
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We were also late starting out from Addis Ababa but our fantastic driver made good time (while driving very safely) so that we got to the Debre Libanos monastery in time to have a great guided tour. The church was very interesting (beautiful stained glass windows) and the monk
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Although the places were good, company did not manage it professionally. They took us late in the morning, made us wait almost 1 hour for others to come, and when we were in the church, it was already 1:30pm and had only 5min to see the church! Lunch was good but initially asked
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The trip to Debre Libanos was so amazing the monastery have to much history and there are so many historical tools in the museum which really got me surprised. the local guides are also amazing they know so much about the monastery. I can say that I had a perfect day going on
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  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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