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MAZ Tour

SHORT DAY TREKKING AROUND ADDIS ABABA

  • TOUR CODE: MAZ 025

  • ADD- DEBRE BIRHAN - MENZ GUASSA TREKKING

  • Duration: 03 Night/ 04 Days

  • Transport: By Car

Guassa Grass or Festuca Abyssinica is the Amharic name for this grass which occurs where drainage is good and the soil is deep. It grows on steep to moderately steep slopes up to an altitude of 3500m. Guassa grass has a close association with every member of the Guassa community, who regard it as their community “life blood”.

Day 1: Arrive at the GCCA (Guassa Community Conservation Area) community lodge at regreg around lunch time, meet up with guide and check in.

After a brief rest, take a short trek to the nearby mountain top, it is an ideal spot from which to trek and commands stunning views over the Guassa plateau and the chance of sighting the Ethiopian wolf. Along the trail, the guide will interpret the natural surroundings as well as the history and local conservation efforts. Return to Regreg for a briefing and orientation for the upcoming trek.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, trek from Regreg to Atse Wiha camping ground for 5 to 6 hours. Walk through the afro alpine meadows to a valley hosting thousands of giant lobelias. The trail then winds its way into the moorland where visitors will experience the highland flora and an impressive array of animal life, hopefully including the endemic gelada Ethiopian wolf. Have a picnic lunch in these majestic surrounding and on the way, keep an eye open for the rare and graceful bird of prey, the Lammergeyer or bearded vulture. This raptor, considered the lord of the high plateau, can often be seen soaring in searching of food. In the late afternoon, the mules will be sent back to their base and camp will be set up at Atse wiha.

Day 3: The scenic trail to cheguarit Meda (4-5 hrs) offers splendid views of the untouched juniper forest of yegana, now rare in Ethiopia, as well as views to the lowlands. Before the final ascent towards the camp, discover a cluster of stone houses in the traditional Menz village at Tebeb.

The Menz people are known for their two-storey stone huts with thatched roofs and their woven wool rugs and traditional blankets, and are considered to be some of Ethiopia’s finest weavers. Before heading back to the camp experience a traditional coffee with villagers. In the evening, it is possible to arrange a traditional Menz dance ceremony around the campfire.

Day 4: Short trek to the main road to meet up with the vehicle and then drive back to Addis Ababa.

Option One

Duration: 02 Night/ 03 Days

Day 01 & 02: As for the 3 nights/ 4 days tour detail above.

Days 03: As day 04 above, but taking in the visit to the month traditional village at Tebeb.

Option Two

Duration: 01 night/ 2 Days

Day 01: As for day 1 on previous itinerary.

Day 02: After an early breakfast, trek for two hours to Sefed Meda before driving back to Addis or onwards to the historic north.

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