Day Trip to Debre Libanos Monastery from Addis Ababa

Journey to Debre Libanos Monastery, a sacred Ethiopian destination, on a day trip from Addis Ababa. Explore the ancient site, visit the tomb of the saint who founded the monastery, and admire the architectural wonder of a church built by Haile Selassie. Descend into a cave to see a holy water spring and witness the Gur River cascading into a canyon. Relax with hotel or airport transfers included.

This excursion highlights:

  • Exploring a 13th-century monastery
  • Unveiling Ethiopia’s religious heritage
  • Admiring a breathtaking waterfall
  • Enjoying a personalized small-group experience
  • Admission fees and transportation included


After an early breakfast, drive outside of Addis Ababa to the site of a 13th century monastery, Debre Libanos, built by the Ethiopian saint, Abune Teklehaimanot. Although the original church was destroyed by Mussolini's forces, it is still a important pilgrimage site for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. As an added bonus, packs of the the endemic Gelada Baboon are often seen nearby. A nearby overlook provides outstanding views of the famous Blue Nile Gorge, which is on par with Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

Enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the sights and songs of many of the native birds. Return to Addis through one of the famous teff growing regions of Ethiopia. (Teff is the grain from which the staple of Ethiopian cuisine, injera, is made.)

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Day Trip to Debre Libanos Monastery from Addis Ababa
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