Bunnik Tour’s new Ethiopia in Depth itinerary invites curious travellers keen on seeing a different side of Africa become immersed in an unexpected and diverse destination.

Grab a pen, open your notebook, and jot down these destinations.

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park, Axum, Lalibela, Jinka, Mago National Park, Konso, Sagan River, Arba Minch and Lake Chamo.

While these names might not mean much right now they will be on every adventurous traveller’s lips in 2019 with these locations inside Ethiopia’s borders set to become some of next year’s top travel targets.

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Africa is increasingly popular, with fans of the continent seeking new spots to see, and Bunnik Tours is coming to the party with a small-group journey that explores a location boasting everything from colourful culture and remarkable landscapes to magnificent wildlife and even great eating.

Bunnik’s Ethiopia in Depth is a 20-day expedition from Australia designed to immerse travellers in a “different side of Africa’’ by “offering striking scenery, incredible cuisine, intriguing history and fascinating culture’’.

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And with the Aussie-owned company’s signature touches – small groups of no more than 12 passengers, knowledgeable guides, comfortable accommodation, and experiences added to help guests peer below the destination’s surface – those venturing into Ethiopia with Bunnik can be sure of a superior experience.

These small groups are especially significant when touring Africa as travellers can spend more time talking to guides, enjoy access to unique local encounters off-limits to bigger bunches, spend fewer minutes waiting for tardy companions, and build friendships with like-minded roamers.

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Ethiopia in Depth starts in Addis Ababa where there’s not only a sightseeing tour exploring the settlement’s history but an exclusive walk visiting interesting eateries to hear tales behind favourite dishes as well as spotlighting unusual neighbourhoods.

Then it’s south to Jinka and Konso, where Mago National Park and Sagan River are on the itinerary, with the loop also including Arba Minch and a cruise on Lake Chomo to spot the crocs and hippos inhabiting the waterway.

On day eight fly north to explore some of Lake Tana’s 37 islands and Blue Nile Falls before venturing into Simien Mountain National Park which is home to wildlife including the Ethiopian wolf, walia ibex and gelada baboon.

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The journey’s final leg includes stays in Gondar, Axum and Lalibela which are communities telling stories about culture, history, royalty, religion, art and architecture.

Bunnik Tours is a family-owned business with CEO Dennis Bunnik noting Ethiopia offers holidaymakers an encounter that’s different to traditional eastern-African safaris and says Lalibela’s 12th-century churches are especially worth seeing.

You had better go back to your notebook and highlight those Ethiopian destinations in neon yellow as it sounds like you’ll be needing that list a lot in 2019.

 

VISIT ETHIOPIA IN DEPTH

For more information visit Ethiopia in Depth page on the Bunnik Tours website below and save $500 per person when booking, paying a deposit, and making a progress payment by January 25, 2019.

 

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Written by Sarah Nicholson, KARRYON contributor

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