Lalibela safari in Ethiopia is a 2-day tour. This 2 day Ethiopian safari tour starts and ends in Addis Ababa.
2 Day Lalibela Safari in Ethiopia Highlights
On the 2-day Lalibela safari, you’ll visit Ethiopia’s famous attraction. This is a historic African safari tour in Ethiopia that takes you to the churches in Lalibela. Among the churches to be visited is Bet Giyorgis. It is the most famous church of all Ethiopian churches. It was named in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia, St. George. Accommodation on this 2-day Lalibela safari is on bed and breakfast basis.
- Historical Attractions
- Cultural Sceneries
- Religious attractions
- Architectural Wonders
2 Day Lalibela Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Addis Ababa – Lalibela
You will be met on arrival at the Bole International Airport. This can also be at your hotel in Addis Ababa. Our Ethiopia safari representative will brief you on this Lalibela safari in Ethiopia. This is followed by depart on a 0700hrs morning flight to Lalibela.
Lalibela safari takes you to the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. You will be met on arrival and begin your Lalibela safari. You will start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. First, you’ll visit the Northwestern Cluster of churches.
Here we have Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam and Bet Meskel. There is also Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha. Some of the churches do not permit entry for women. You’ll have an opportunity to taste local food at lunch break.
After lunch your visit takes you to the Southeastern Cluster of churches. They are Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.
You will finalize your Lalibela safari with a tour of Bet Giyorgis. This is the most famous of all the Ethiopian churches. Bet Giyorgis was constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia, Saint George.
Today, your overnight will be at Mountain View Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
The Incredible Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
In the heart of Ethiopia is situated one of its holiest towns, known as Lalibela, where a group of eleven monolithic rock-hewn churches stand. They are the biggest monolithic temples in the world, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet much mystery still surrounds their construction.
The age of these buildings is unknown, but legends mention that they were excavated during the reign of Gebre Mesqel Lalibela , who ruled Ethiopia at the beginning of the 13 th century AD. His name means ‘the bees recognize him as a king’.
However, David Phillipson, professor of African archeology at Cambridge University, has proposed that the churches of Merkorios, Gabriel-Rufael, and Danagel were initially carved out of the rock half a millennium earlier, as fortifications or other palace structures in the waning days of the Axumite Kingdom, and that Lalibela’s name simply came to be associated with him after his death.
All eleven churches are arranged in two groups and are connected with passageways 11 meters (36 feet) deep. The largest church, the house of Medhane, stands at a height of 10 meters (33 feet), and is 33 meters (108 feet) long and 22 meters (72 feet) wide.
According to legends, an angel came and asked Lalibela to build the churches. Men and angels worked together to construct them, the men working through the day and the angels working through the night. The churches were hewn out of solid rock from top to bottom, excavated externally and internally, and carved in different styles.
One of the churches, the Bet Giorgis, was devoted to Saint George and, supposedly, the Saint overlooked the building of this church, directing its very construction.
Day 2: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
You will begin your day on Lalibella safari early. This is with a morning breakfast at your hotel in Lalibela. Your Lalibela safari in Ethiopia then embarks on today’s activity.
You will be visiting the remaining churches in Lalibela. These are the churches you did not make to the previous day. This will be followed by a transfer to the airport at Lalibela.
You will enjoy your flight to Addis Ababa. You are expected in Addis Ababa by 1215hrs. You will be picked up and transferred to your Addis Ababa hotel.
For those departing arrival at Bole marks the end of your Lalibela safari in Ethiopia.
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2 Day Lalibela Safari in Ethiopia Costs:
What is included in the 2 Day Lalibela Safari in Ethiopia cost?
- Domestic airfare as listed above (quoted separately below)
- Private ground transportation (including all airport transfers), inclusive of fuel and insurance
- Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar quality, based on availability), double or twin share including breakfast
- Entrance fees to all locations including local guide service
- All applicable taxes
2 Day Lalibela Safari in Ethiopia Price excludes:
- Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa (quoted separately)
- Lunch, dinner and beverages, including all alcoholic beverages
- Camera and/or photo fees
- Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature
What to Carry on the 2 Day Lalibela Safari in Ethiopia
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes