Day Trip To Blue Nile Gorge & Jemma Valley


The dramatic scenery view of Blue Nile Gorge, Historical monastery of Debrelibanos & Jama valley. The magnificent view of the gorge of Blue Nile lies 200km north from Addis to Bahrdar road over the Entoto Mountain passing through the Sululta Plains. 85 % of the Nile Water originates in Ethiopia, pours out from Lake Tana. The road, after 200 km on the highland, it begins to make dramatic stretches down into the Blue Nile gorge, 1000m below, and this is the most spectacular scenery of the landscape of the area. It is really amazing how the great Nile erodes the rock and makes a marvelous landscape. The Gorge is at 1 km in-depth comparable in scale to the Grand Canyon of America. Next tour visit is the monastery of Debre Libanos monastery founded in the 13th century by Abuse Tekle Haymanot. Overlooking Jema River Gorge, a tributary of the Blue Nile, the monastery owns ecclesiastical, cultural and historical relics; we have also a chance to see birds and baboons. Below the monastery, there is a bridge which is called Portuguese bridge or Egg Bridge. Near by the Bridge a group of Chilada Baboon close encounter as well.

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11 hours 20 minutes
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Why take this tour?

One of Ethiopia’s most dramatic stretches of road begins its serpentine descent to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, 1km below.Blue Nile Gorge, often called Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon is found 213 K.M north of Addis Ababa. This majestic and enormous gorge is known for its magnificent physical feature and alluring natural beauty. After visiting the gorge, you will drive back to Addis en-route visiting Debre Libanos Monastery. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded by the renowned 13th-century mystic, St Teklehaimanot.followed by The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metros to the valley below. We will walk downhill to the 17th century Portuguese Bridge, Here we can expect to see plenty of birdlife & Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon. Leaving the Gorge we drive back to Addis Ababa to arrive Addis late in the afternoon.

What’s included?

  • Lunch

  • Unlimited Bottle of water

  • Coffee and/or Tea

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Professional and Local Guide fee

  • Alcoholic Beverages

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 11h 20m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

During the experience we provided all the safety measures.

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About operator:

Walk in Ethiopia Tour, travel and car rental is a privately owned company established in 2009 by experienced entrepreneur who has been working in the tour and travel sector in Ethiopia for more than a decade.

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