Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge, and Cave Tour - Full day

Experience breathtaking countryside landscapes and the Ethiopian rural way of life on a tour from Addis Ababa. Discover the Portuguese Bridge, endemic baboons at the Nile Gorge, and a cave monastery.

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  • Duration 7 hoursCheck availability to see starting times.
  • Live tour guideEnglish
  • Pickup included Hotel pickup: Please wait in the hotel lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
  • Airport pickup: The driver or guide will be holding a sign with your last name on it outside the airport where the yellow taxis are parked.


  • Experience monastic life at the Debre Libanos Monastery, founded within a steep riverine canyon in 1284
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views and landscapes of the Blue Nile Gorge
  • Take a short hike to the stone-arch Portuguese Bridge
  • Discover the wildlife around the monastery, including endemic bleeding-heart baboons and birdlife
  • Soak up panoramic views of Addis Ababa from Entoto Hill at 3,300 meters above sea level
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Visit the impressive Debre Libanos Monastery, the famed Portuguese Bridge, the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge, and the haunting Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church in just one day with an English-speaking guide. Marvel at breathtaking mountain landscapes and endemic wildlife, like bleeding-heart gelada baboons. After pickup at your hotel or at the airport in Addis Ababa, drive 100 kilometers (68 miles) to the north and pass over undulating mountain ranges that shelter the famous bleeding-heart baboons, as well as various endemic birds. Arrive at Debre Libanos, a monastery complex founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot in 1284 that sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries to the Blue Nile River (Jamma River). Then, experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Nile Gorge, often compared with Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Admire the Portuguese Bridge, built by Ras Darge in the 1890s in a classic Portuguese style. Enjoy the scenic views, interact with the Oromo people, and trek to the Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church where around 300 monks were slaughtered in 1936 by Italian invaders. On the way back to Addis Ababa, make a stop at Entoto Mountain for panoramic views of Addis Ababa from 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) above sea level. The tour concludes with drop-off at the airport or your hotel
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Ground Transportation
  • Entry fees
  • Local tour guide
  • Lunch with water and hot drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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