YPT will take you on the African adventure of a lifetime this spring.
Starting in Ethiopia, we will venture to the Danakil Depression, one of the most extreme climates found on Earth. We’ll hang out with the Hamar, Mursi, Karo, Dassench and Ari tribes in the Omo valley, and you’ll have a chance to experience their culture, ceremonies and way of life. We’ll experience Addis, the modern capital of Ethiopia and home to the African Union, and finally and most spectacularly, we’ll head to the small town of Lalibela, home to one of the world’s most magnificent and most sacred sights – the famous churches of Lalibela, eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with their roofs at ground level.
After our adventure in Ethiopia end’s we will head to the capital city of Somaliland, Hargeisa; a gateway into the former British protectorate and the self-declared republic of Somaliland. This de-facto state declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991; however, no international organization has recognized its sovereignty.
Still recovering from a brutal civil war, today the area is very safe, and the local people are extremely welcoming and interested in foreign visitors. Somaliland is fundamentally different from the other countries in the region — and almost anywhere else on the planet. We’ll take you to smoke shisha and chew chat with the locals, swim in untouched waters, and visit ancient cave paintings!
To top everything off, we will also be visiting the “North Korea” of Africa, Eritrea. This fascinating country falls well below most travellers’ radars, which makes it a unique and off the beaten track experience. Eritrea boasts a pristine coastline and untouched Red Sea islands as well as some of the best-kept colonial architecture in Africa. On top of all that we’ll take part in the two-day festival to celebrate Eritrea’s independence!
Having been colonized in part by the Turks and Egyptians, Eritrea took on a European flavour with the arrival of the Italians in 1885 during their belated entry in the “scramble for Africa.” The legacies of successive foreign forces, combined with a rich mix of nine local ethnic groups, have created a diverse cultural landscape that offers the best of African, Middle Eastern and European influences.
The Eritrean capital city of Asmara is like a film set from an early Italian movie, with vintage Italian coffee machines and outstanding examples of Art-Deco architecture. Although the country faces numerous hardships, it paradoxically remains one of Africa’s most peaceful, secure, and welcoming destinations.
Contact us now to secure your spot on this once in a lifetime trip!
We use Ethiopian airlines for all our domestic flights. Ethiopian Airlines charges a surcharge for individuals who do not fly into the country with them. As such we have based the tour cost on the basis everyone will be using Ethiopian Airlines to arrive in Addis Ababa for the start of the tour. If you choose another airline, the surcharge of €295 will apply.
In order to give you maximum flexibility in your trip as well as control over mileage programs, we chose not to include the flights between countries but have put recommendations in the itinerary. If you wish us to include the international flights (Addis Ababa to Hargeisa and Hargeisa to Asmara) in your tour price this can be done for an extra €450. This price is valid until two months before tour, after which individual quotes will have to be given due to the fluctuation in flight ticket prices.
Wednesday 6th May – Addis Ababa
Thursday 7th May – Hamede Ela
Friday 8th May – Mekele
Saturday 9th May – Lalibela
Sunday 10th May – Jinka
Monday 11th May – Turmi
Tuesday 12th May – Turmi
Wednesday 13th May – Arbaminch
Thursday 14th May – Addis Ababa
Friday 15th May – Hargeisa
Saturday 16th May – Hargeisa
Sunday 17th May – Laas Geel/Hargeisa
Monday 18th May – Independence Day!
Tuesday 19th May – Berbera
Wednesday 20th May – Hargeisa
Thursday 21st May – Asmara
Friday 22nd May – Asmara
Saturday 23rd May – Asmara
Sunday 24th May – Independence Day!
Monday 25th May – Asmara
Tuesday 26th May – Massaw
Wednesday 27th May – Massawa
Thursday 28th May – Asmara
Friday 29th May – Asmara
Saturday 30th May
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•All domestic transport to complete itinerary (unless otherwise stated)
•All Accommodation based on twin share basis
•Some local tours (unless otherwise stated)
•Visa Fees (Eritrea – 70 USD).
•Single Supplement (€720)
•Personal expenses and drinks
•Local guide tips
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.