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Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa
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Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa

By Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Recommended by 100% of travelers
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Ages 0-99
Duration: 7–9 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water and local snacks
  • Local on-site guides
  • Professional experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local family visits
  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Attendance and Coffe
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
What's not included
  • Entrance fees and any other expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Adwa 00 Museum, 2QM3+788, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    If you don't want a pick up from your location, we meet you at the North Gate of Adwa 00 Museum
Pickup details
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (if visitors are just arriving) OR from any hotel, lodge, or place of stay in Addis Ababa
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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    • Bole Addis Ababa International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
      If you are flying out the same day, we drop you at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10131P9

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • If you are visiting between June and September, expect wet weather and be prepared accordingly
    • If you are not eating Ethiopian food at small local restaurants, please bring packed lunch with you
    • Women are expected to be fully dressed and cover hairs when visiting the Debre Libanos Monastery
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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

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    Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa price starts from $272.77. Discover and book Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa on Tripadvisor
    What is the Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa cancellation policy?
    Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa on Tripadvisor
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    Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa is hosted by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10131P9

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      Written February 26, 2024
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      I had just 24hrs to explore the amazing city of Addis Ababa, and as a solo lady traveler, safety was my number 1 priority. After looking at many tours and reviews I decided to go with Merit Tours. My tour guide Zele was so professional, warm and absolutely knowledgeable of Ethiopian and world culture. I felt completely safe and actually was able to fully immerse myself in the culture. The driver was also really great. Every stop on the tour was well explained and one of the highlights was definitely the local coffee ceremony up Mount Entoto. Zele provided the tour in English and we had a wonderful time at the museum, markets, and all the monuments. He was also kind enough to take some photos for me and even recommend a salon where I could get my hair braided! This company and tour guide far exceeded my expectations. I would 100% recommend for solo travelers, and anyone else looking for an fully immersive cultural experience.
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    GoPlaces20458733775
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    Apr 2024 • Family
    Thanks for your help and sending Biruk to guide us through your beautiful country and people. Trip to the monastery was great and lot of historical information was given at the museum. Portuguese bridge was wonderful and we walked down to see the waterfall. The full day city tour next day to the museums was very informative.
    Good luck
    Written April 13, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Dear Mukesh, Thank you for choosing Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours for exploring Addis Ababa and sites around Debre Libanos Monastery! We're thrilled to hear Biruk's knowledge and patience made your two days tour in and around Debre Libanos unforgettable! It sounds like you had a fantastic journey, from exploring the historic Debre Libanos Monastery to witnessing the power of the Jemma River Gorge. We're glad Biruk's expertise brought the history and beauty of these places to life. I will share your feedback with Biruk. He will be delighted to hear your kind words! We strive to ensure every guest has an enriching experience, and your feedback motivates us to keep providing exceptional service. We hope to welcome you back to Ethiopia someday to explore more interesting sites! Warm regards, Muluken G.
    Written April 13, 2024
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    Amy
    Pensacola, FL66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Excellent tour to Debre Libros Monastery and the Jemma River Gorge. Also included a stop at a farm. My guides were Abem and Biruk. They were very professional and knowledgeable about the culture and history of Ethiopia. I was picked up at the airport promptly at the designated time. Great communication from Muluken prior to my arrival in Ethiopia and with Biruk once I arrived. Ethiopia is beautiful and I wish I had more time to spend there. The tour was well worth the money. Beautiful scenery and fascinating history. The lunch and coffee at the Portuguese Bridge was really delicious and authentic. I enjoyed this tour and wouldn’t hesitate to use this company again.
    Written March 14, 2023
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    Hello, Thanks a lot for booking the day trip to Debre Libanos Monastery with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours! Thank you for remembering and taking the time to leave us a review! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed the day tour from Addis Ababa with Abem and Biruk. It was a pleasure to communicate with you before your arrival to Ethiopia. We can’t wait to show you more interesting places in Ethiopia. Thank you again and best wishes, Muluken
    Written March 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Guendalina71
    Rome, Italy14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    I had the pleasure to experience and get to know Ethiopia with an amazing guided tour!
    A special mention to my guide Mr. Biruk, the whole day was just AMAZING. Everything was perfect and way better that I’ve could possibly imagined.
    The tour was really well organised, probably the best that I’ve experienced in my life. A great balance of nature, culture and local experience.
    Thank you very much.
    Guendalina
    Written March 7, 2023
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    Dear Guendalina, Hello! Thank you so much for arranging your visits to Debre Libanos Monastery and other sites nearby with us! It is a great pleasure to hear you enjoyed the day trip from Addis Ababa with Biruk! Thank you again for sharing your experience online on TripAdvisor. We are always at your service whenever you look for best private excursions or multi-days tours in Ethiopia! All the best, Muluken
    Written March 8, 2023
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    Barry H
    Sausalito, CA55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Solo
    Very knowledgeable guide not just about sights but Ethiopian history, culture, people, politics. In my travels I depend on my guide to be a window into the country I am visiting. Muluken was a great help in this regard. I highly recommend him and his company Merit Ethiopia Experience Tours
    Written February 15, 2023
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    Dear Barry, Thank you very much for organizing your 1-day tour from Addis Ababa to visit Debre Libanos Monastery with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It was truly a pleasure meeting you and being your guide. I have also learnt a lot from your travel experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback of your day trip with me! I hope to show you more of Ethiopia someday. Wishing you all the best in the rest of your trip in East Africa, Muluken
    Written February 15, 2023
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    Kenji K
    United States1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    I would highly recommend this day trip from Addis Ababa, which has given us many meaningful memories from start to finish. From the intimate coffee ceremony with an Oromo family, a scenic and informative drive (I even used my Bluetooth to bump some of my favorite road trip tunes – Wagon Wheel, Industry Baby...), and visits to the beautiful monastery, scenic outlook, and Portuguese bridge – all were highlights of our travel in-country. Muluken knew all the best places to pop out for a landscape photograph, to spot rare wildlife or cultural activities, or to duck aside for a bathroom break.

    The monastery portion commends itself for the Afewerk Tekle stained glass, the passionate monk (quite passionate about the Lord!) describing the life of the faith community, and the active pilgrims visiting the church for prayer and healing. I will never forget arriving and standing in front of the site entrance, like a rock in a stream flanked by moving waters, as passed by us throngs of worshipping elders in mottled robes, with prayer sticks and weathered faces – the scent of incense and crisp mountain breeze hanging in the air.

    Ethiopia is a land of tremendous mystery and contradiction, both human and natural. By all accounts, you should not miss this opportunity to spend less than a day encountering some of the nation's most beautiful sights and sounds from sacred histories stretching back many centuries. And there is no one better than the well-prepared Muluken as your guide (we also loved having a nice long chat with our driver Jamal)!
    Written January 12, 2023
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    Dear Kenji and Brianna, Hello!! What a lovely well-written review we have here?! Thank you so much for booking the day tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours! I am really honored to be your tour guide and earn such a great review. I honestly can’t tell you how emotionally fulfilled I am. Helping visitors in personalizing their tours and enjoy their visits always make me excited and feel successful. This one is among the few specials. Seeing how you felt and moved emotionally when stopping at the viewpoint to see the Jemma Gorge is something I never forget. Thank you so much for organizing your tour in Ethiopia including the day tour to Debre Libanos Monastery and around from Addis Ababa with me. I am very glad and grateful for sharing your 1-day tour experience near Addis with me in details. I will share your review with Jemal. I hope he enjoy the chat with you as well. We are always here to make your private tours to Ethiopia a successful one again. Thanks a lot again, Kenji! Warmest regards, Muluken
    Written January 13, 2023
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    Jelle E
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Friends
    The tour was buetifull we went out with Biruk, he really did his best during the tour, we felt very welcome during the tour and the tourguide and driver did everything they could to help us and have a confortable tour. Please be awere that visiting the Portugese bridge has some physical obstacles (you need to clime up and down) but outside of that it was a lovely tour!

    I would recommend everyone to do this tour and watch the buetifull views offerd during this tour, we even saw Baboons (a lot) and some special birds! I would do this tour again!
    Written November 30, 2022
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    Dear Jelle, Thank you so much for booking the day excursion from Addis to Debre Libanos with Merit Ethiopian Tours! We really appreciate you take the time to write a review of your 1-day trip from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and around!! It is really thrilling to know you find our guided tour interesting! It is very great of you that you mentioned the rough walkways crossing the Portuguese Bridge. We’ll make sure all visitors know what to expect exactly. Thank you so much again! We hope to see you in Ethiopia someday. Best wishes, Muluken
    Written December 1, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Rola
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Solo
    Woww. The entire trip was amazing. From the airport pickup to the drop off. Both Biruk & Amush were super nice, very polite, very informative, and actually went out of their way to answer every question and request and trust me I had many😁 the trip is a little too long but they both made sure to make it worth it. Everything was perfect the coffee ceremony, the breathtaking views at the Portuguese Bridge, the church, the food and above all the baboons. Check the pics. Highly recommended.
    Written November 25, 2022
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    Dear Rola, Hello!! Thank you so much for choosing Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours! It was a pleasure to communicate with you in organizing your private day trip from Addis Ababa. And, reading your review and knowing you enjoyed the guided day tour is so fulfilling. I really appreciate you taking time to share your experience (with photos) with Biruk and Emush! We hope to see you someday for a longer vacation in Ethiopia. Thank you again Rola Blessings, Muluken
    Written November 26, 2022
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    Andre M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022
    Simply the best experience, we had an amazing day. Driving country roads, meeting a farming family and being taken into their home and seeing their way of life. A real eye opener. Jemma River Gorge has the most outstanding scenery along with the Portuguese Bridge. Our guide was brilliant. This is a must do experience.
    Written November 13, 2022
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    Dear Visitor, What a lovely review from you!! Thank you so much for booking the 1-day trip from Addis Ababa with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours! It is really rewarding to know you enjoyed the day tour to Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma Gorge from Addis Ababa. Thank you very much again for taking time to share your tour experience with our tour guide – Biruk! He is one of our best tour guides. I will share your review with him. We are always at your service to provide you best tours and experiences in Addis Ababa and around. With best wishes, Muluken
    Written November 14, 2022
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    Cameron
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    Muluken is such a kind and genuine person. Something about his energy and attitude made my day trip to Debre Libanos so enjoyable. I highly recommend using him for your trip to Ethiopia.
    Written May 9, 2022
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    Dear Cameron, Thank you very much for organizing your day trip from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and around with me! It was a pleasure to take you and Danay on the 1-day excursion from Addis Ababa. Thank you so much also for keeping your words and write such a lovely review and ratings!! I hope I with my team at Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours will take you on a longer multi-days tour of Ethiopia someday Thanks a lot again Cameron With best regards, Muluken G.
    Written May 9, 2022
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    denverconcrete
    Denver, CO1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022
    It was a great day traveling out though the countryside , got to see everything we talked about, great job you guys.
    Written January 31, 2022
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    Dear Richard, Thank you so much for arranging the day trip from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It was a pleasure to be your tour guide and show you around. Thank you very much again for rating our tour service and writing review on the private tour from Addis Ababa we organized. We look forward to be of any help in visiting Ethiopia someday. Enjoy the rest of your vacation in Ethiopia Best wishes, Muluken
    Written February 1, 2022
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