Biking Tour to the Rift Valley and Bale Mountains

Tour Overview

biking tour from Addis Ababa through one of the outskirt of the capital for long as well as short duration across the high plateau and into the gorge of the Horn of Africa is unforgettable experience for unique adventure travel seekers. This tour passes through some spectacular countryside and traverses some the culturally rich territory of the Ethiopia ethnic groups including Amhara, Oromo, Gurage and more people of the Abyssinian highlands, and samples some of the wonderful hospitality of the country. Overland biking through this ancient wonderful country one can meet and experience the culturally diverse people and the scenery seem to get more and more wonderful every day.

For those looking for the challenge and adventure of a lifetime and want to explore and ride overland through some of Ethiopia’s most rugged and spectacular countryside by bike, OVERLAND Ethiopia Tours offers bicycle tour of Ethiopia. Participants will be exhilarated by the rich culture; 3000 years of history; thriving agricultural; and geographical and environmental diversity of the country. Ethiopia is mélanges of industrious cities and vast rural populations that reflect traditional culture and values. Travelers will have opportunities to meet rural villagers, craftsmen, educators and officials; to learn about the day – to – day life and the changing role of women; to attend and shop in local vibrant markets; to wander in historical, cultural and archeological sites of empires and kingdoms dating back many centuries and to enjoy the extraordinary friendliness of the people and inspirational beauty of the Abyssinian highlands. This awe inspiring corner of Africa is virtually undiscovered by Westerners.

HIGHLIGHT: Bicycle from Addis Ababa across the high plateau of the Horn of Africa. This program explore overland through spectacular countryside and the culturally rich of the Abyssinian highlands.


SKILL LEVEL: Suitable for fit, Intermediate or Expert bicyclers.


MILEAGE DAILY: 25 – 90km, 15 – 56 miles,

CYCLING CONDITIONS: Some mountainous terrain, moderate elevation (2000 – 3000m)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Mostly in campsite, using first class mobile tents, camping gears and hotels according to the availability.

VAN SUPPORT: Yes, we use all the way one 4WD Land Cruiser or Minibus depending on the road condition to carry the Chef, food stuff as well as camping gears.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Walking and hiking.

BIKE: Mountain bike is recommended.

BIKE RENTAL: is not available.

Tour Itinerary

Tour code: OLET 3001

Duration: 18 DAYS AND 17 nights

Means of Transport: ALL THE WAY bicycle

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel

Day 2: Commence visiting the attractions of Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day 3: Begin biking through southern of Addis Ababa. Overnight Camping

Day 4: Keep biking through the Great Rift Valley area. Overnight Camping

Day 5: Continue biking south to Ziway stop at Lake Koka. Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Bike for Langano visiting the Oromo ethnic group. Overnight Hotel

Day 7: Biking to Shashemen; junction for Bale Mountains. Overnight Hotel

Day 8: Ride across villages and settlements to Dodola. Overnight Camping

Day 9: Biking to the Bale Mountains National reserve.  Overnight Camping

Day 10: Walk through Dinsho and Gaysay waking trail. Overnight Camping

Day 11: In the morning resume biking back to Dodola. Overnight Camping

Day 12: Ride to Wendo Genet known for thermal springs.  Overnight Hotel

Day 13: Visit Wendo Genet and the surrounding attraction. Overnight Hotel

Day 14: Keep   biking toward the lake side city of Awassa. Overnight Hotel

Day 15: Cycle to Ziway passing over the rift valley region. Overnight Hotel

Day 16: Bike to Butajira visiting the Guragea tribal village. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Cycle passing villages in the way to Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day 18: Time for shopping and then in the evening departure back to home.

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