From $55 per person

Day trips & more

Addis Escapes - Short trips out of the city

Addis Ababa is not the most pleasant city to spend your leisure days with your friends and family.

However, the highlands, lakes and parks around town can be amazing when you know where to go. We take you there for a day or more to refresh your mind.


We offer for you ...

SimienEcoTours offers you the full package and you travel worry-free in these times. On all our Addis Escape offers cancellation is possible up to 2 days before departure. Services included depending on your selected package, but we make you travel without worries and organize everything you need.

To this end, we implemented new safety practices and standards for our trips and trained our staffs.

We give you the idea of what is possible and you can tailor the trip according to your wishes. Arrange lodging, departure dates and special wishes with one of our Travel Experts.

  • Worry-free travel packages
  • Safe Travel Guidelines
  • Tailored trips to your taste

Memorable Impressions

Our Addis Escape Offers


Spanning central Ethiopia, the Great African Rift Valley landscape is rife with deep canyons and spectacular escarpments.

The Ankober Highlands are one of these places where you wander along shepherds' trails close to the sky along a steep escarpment with amazing views into the lowlands of the Afar Triangle almost 2,000 meters below your feet. Stop for a bite in some villages or for a glass of kosso araki - the local liquor.

The perfect short escape for a minimum of two days with overnights in the Ankober Palace Lodge, a beautifully built replica of the old Menelik II. palace.

2+ Days / 1+ Nights

From $150 per person

Along the Escarpment of the Great African Rift Valley


A wonderful option as a day trip from the capital is exploring the Canyon of the Gur Rivery. No less impressive than the Nile Gorge, the Gur River formed a massive valley that you can explore. Some easy trails lead along the flat escarpment where Gelada Baboons come up for feeding and some more challenging trails lead into the lowlands where you can mingle with the locals. Plenty of birds of pray and the endemic Harwood's Francolin are found here.

Some basic but pleasant lodging options in the area make an overnight stay also possible.

1+ Days

From $55 per person

Hiking & Wildlife in the Gur Canyon

Wenchi Crater Lake in the vicinity of Addis Ababa is yet a pretty much unexplored gem which can be easily combined with a relaxing stay at the green gardens of Negash Resort in Wolisso. Take a refreshing dip in their pool or a massage in the spa after getting back from your explorations in the nature of Lake Wenchi. Our car is available anytime to bring you to the lake for some walking, boating or horse riding or you even go on a hike along the trails at the crater. You will be surprised by the pristine beauty of the churches, villages, valleys and hot springs of the area.

2+ Days / 1+ Nights

From $150 per person

Relaxing & Hiking at Wenchi Crater Lake

Best Value Deal

Entrance fees and permissions

All meals & picknicks

Transfers and travels

For all 2+days trips: pleasant accommodation


For bike tours: bike rental

For camping: all equipment

Alcoholic drinks

Sleeping bag (for camping)


Travel and health insurance

Visa fees


Photo and video fees

Extras and personal expenditures

Local guides

Some trips incl. English speaking SimienEcoTours guide

Taxes & administrative fees

Plan your trip with SimienEcoTours!

Chat with our Travel Experts who can build the right itinerary for you.


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Speak with one of our Travel Experts to plan your trip out of the city. We are always happy to tailor your trip to your choice to maximize your experience.

When you book with us you benefit from our low-risk booking terms due to the pandemic. For all Addis Escapes cancellation is a free of charge until 2 days prior to your trip.


On the departure day our driver will pick you and take care of you with true Ethiopian hospitality. All you need to do is enjoy all the amazing places you will see.



What our guests say ...

We are rarely getting out of town although there is such amazing things waiting just behond the city borders of Addis Ababa. Our guide knew the places where to expect the Gelada Baboons and we had a great time and a gorgeous picknick with views over the Jemma Valley.

Mekonnen, September 2020

I went with some colleagues to Ankober. Thanks, SimienEcoTours for taking us on the trails that I would have never found by myself. The coffee ceremony in a farmers house was special as well as a memorable sunrise over the Great African Rift Valley.

Riccardo P., June 2020

We had a nice time with our friendly driver Abresh showing us the nature's beauty on a hike around Lake Wenchi. Lodging was very pleasant in the family-friendly garden lodge in Wolisso with swimming pool and lots of birds up in the trees.

Claudine Moiré, July 2020

Why Should You Tour With Us?


We offer better places, fair working conditions, work with liable partners and local communities, engage in charity projects, create awareness, have CSR certification in progress.

You get full assistance by our travel experts and guides, from the first email throughout the whole trip, we plan your dream journey together, hassle free and with no hidden cost.

We have European management, international experience, deep country knowledge, experienced drivers, professional and regularly trained multilingual guides.




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