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Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa provided by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours

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

Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
7–9 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7–9 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 10131P9
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees and any other expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
Duration
7–9 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (if visitors are just arriving) OR from any hotel, lodge, or place of stay in Addis Ababa
  • Airports:
  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees and any other expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (if visitors are just arriving) OR from any hotel, lodge, or place of stay in Addis Ababa
  • Airports:
  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7–9 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 12, 2021
A note from Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa
All tour guides and drivers providing the day tour from Addis Ababa are vaccinated for COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Debre Libanos Monastery
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Portuguese Bridge
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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11 reviews
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Ryan S
Belo Horizonte, MG282 contributions
Dec 2020
Fantastic. I had a tour with Muluken (guide) 2.5 years ago, and this was great, just like last time. Muluken is a great guide, friendly, knowledgeable & he is the exact type of guide I look for on a tour. He is authentically friendly, not forced or fake. He gives information clearly, not just spitting it out fast / confusing. He wants you to learn about and appreciate his country. It was the highlight of our trip.
Written December 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EthiopiaTours88
Dear Ryan and Carolina, Thank you very much for booking the day tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery with me!! It was a pleasure to meet you after 2.5 years. Thank you very much really for taking time to rate, review and share your feedback about my guiding performance and your day trip around Addis Ababa with me. I look forward to organize you a longer tour to visit more of Addis Ababa and around someday. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy NEW YEAR! Best, Muluken
Written December 27, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia239 contributions
It was a great day to spend around Addis Ababa on a day trip north of Addis Ababa to visit Debre Libanos Monastery (13th Century AD and biggest in Ethiopia), enjoy fantastic views of the Jemma River Gorge, appreciate perfectly under use Portuguese Bridge, and see the Ethiopian endemic Gelada Baboons.
Written March 31, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EthiopiaTours88
Thank you for using Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours day tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and Portuguese Bridge!!
Written April 14, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brino a
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
The Merit Ethiopian Experience was fantastic, I only had a few days free in Ethiopia and Muluken was able to provide an unforgettable personal experience. Everything was as promised and went smoothly.
Muluken is very pleasant, well informed and was able to provide me with much knowledge about Ethiopian culture, history, economics and politics.
The itinerary Muluken suggested, a day tour to the Debre Libanos Monastry and Jemma river gorge. The local guides at each stop were excellent.
For me the highlights were sampling the local food at popular local restaurants, stopping at the homes of villagers, meeting them and seeing how they live. This gave me great insight into modern day Ethiopia, the wonderful diverse cultures and the challenges the country faces.
Muluken and his team are to be recommended for the excellent, informative and exciting tours.

Brian
Written November 5, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EthiopiaTours88
Dear Brian, Selam! Thank you very much for using Merit Ethiopian Experience Tour’s Day Tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge! It is very rewarding to read how you enjoyed your tour around Addis Ababa with me. It is extra incentive to keep delivering best tours in Ethiopia. Thank you so much once again for choosing Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours to organize your guided day trip from Addis Ababa!! Please keep in touch for any travel services you may need in Ethiopia anytime Best of wishes, Muluken Girma
Written November 8, 2019
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David K
Woodville, Australia12 contributions
Oct 2019
Muluken picked myself and two friends up from the hotel and we then had to walk a little while to the van due to road closures for the Irrecha Festival. The walk itself was an experience and the drive to the countryside where we stopped at a small village was very interesting. The Debre Libanos Monastery was stimulating and the museum was an added bonus. The next stop was the Portuguese Bridge and we were lucky enough to see a troop of Gelada baboons crossing the bridge. Muluken and the driver were extremely friendly and Muluken was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any question. I would thoroughly recommend Muluken and this tour.
Written October 28, 2019
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EthiopiaTours88
Dear Penny, Hello! Thank you very much for booking Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa with me!! Thank you so much also for not forgetting to leave review and rate my day tour from Addis Ababa and my tour guiding service!! I really appreciate it. I hope you had a great time for the rest of your tour of Northern Ethiopia and Harar in the east. Thanks a lot again Get in touch with us for your travel services in Ethiopia anytime With best wishes, Muluken G.
Written October 29, 2019
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Marlynne P
Salt Lake City, UT792 contributions
Although we didn’t do this particular tour, we did drive out for the day and thought it was worthwhile. The countryside is engaging and the farming tribes quite interesting. The monastery is peaceful with stunning stained glass frescos.
Written October 11, 2019
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EthiopiaTours88
Dear Visitor, Hello! Thank you very much for booking your private day tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma Gorge with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! Thank you also for rating and reviewing your tour with us!! It is great to know you enjoyed it. We are here to make your tour in Ethiopia worth taking. Thanks again and best wishes, Muluken G.
Written October 12, 2019
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CatherineReichardt
London, UK182 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I had an 18 hour layover between flights in Addis on a business trip, and decided that I'd use this as the opportunity to do some reconnaissance to confirm whether or not Ethiopia was somewhere that our family would like to visit in the future.
I absolutely loved the trip, which provided a fascinating and varied introduction to the country's landscape, nature and wildlife (particularly endemic species).
The highlight for me was Portuguese Bridge and the Jemma River gorge. The landscape is stunning, and using a local guide means that you get an excellent perspective on the wildlife. I am a keen birder, so was very excited to see Rupell's black winged cliff chat (whose distinctive call you'll hear reverberating through the gorge), sunbirds and two species of vulture - hooded vulture and lammergeier - as well as several other species.
We were also able to spend some time watching a family group of gelada baboon who - despite having fearsome canines, are vegetarian - who were digging for roots and bulbs.
Lunch was delicious - injera flat bread with a selection of stews, sauces and vegetables, eaten in the traditional style with hands and washed down with a cold Habesha beer. As I visited during Lent, the food was vegetarian, featuring lentils, cabbage and beetroot, so vegetarians could request this meat-free version outside of the fasting season.
Mulu speaks excellent English, and I found him friendly, well informed and very accommodating. When I indicated that I didn't want to attend a coffee ceremony because I have a food intolerance (and didn't want to risk offending my hosts by not drinking what they'd made for me), he was totally unfazed, and rearranged the schedule accordingly. He was happy to make unscheduled stops to explore things that I was interested in (including a lengthy stop by a stand of bushes alive with seed eating birds) and took me to a supermarket in Addis where I could buy local honey and tea to bring home with me. Most importantly, I never felt as though I was being rushed.
I would highly recommend this tour, and on this basis, I am confident that we will be back as a family to explore Ethiopia in the future.
Written March 29, 2019
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EthiopiaTours88
Dear Cathy, Thank you very much for booking the day tour from Addis Ababa to the Debre Libanos monastery, Portuguese Bridge, and Jemma River Gorge with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It is an honor to host you on this day trip! Thank you for your informative facts of the day tour as you mentioned on your review. We hope to see you for more tour of Ethiopia someday with your family. Thanks again for all With best wishes, Muluken
Written March 29, 2019
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Cameron
7 contributions
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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EthiopiaTours88
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
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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EthiopiaTours88
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

simon e
Madrid, Spain8 contributions
Aug 2019
We took the tour on the rainy season, and the landscapes where just incredible... those cloudy mountains around Debre Libanos are beautiful. Also, it was some kind of religious festivity and the monastery was quite busy with people going to pray. The Portuguese Bridge and the river are also incredibly beautiful. Thanks to our guide, Kede, and our driver, Emush, for this wonderful day out!
Written August 17, 2019
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EthiopiaTours88
Dear Simon, Hello! Thank you very much for booking your private Day Tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery, Portuguese Bridge, and Jemma River Gorge with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It is really a pleasure to know you enjoyed your day tour with Kede and Emush. We wish to show you more of Ethiopia some day. Thanks again for booking your tour and rating/leaving review of your experience with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours! With best wishes, Muluken G.
Written August 18, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Olga L
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I originally only booked Muluken at Merit for a tour of Debre Libanos but then decided to book him for a tour of Tiya and a half-day tour of Addis as well. He was a fantastic guide and it felt like I saw Ethiopia through the eyes of a local, rather than as a tourist. Visiting with the Oromo people was especially interesting and everywhere we went across Ethiopia, people seemed to recognize Muluken! Highly recommend. He was able to customize my itinerary a little based on my hectic flight schedule, so that we could fit in as much as possible.
Written July 13, 2019
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EthiopiaTours88
Dear Olga, Hello!! Thank you very much for booking Day Trip from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery, Day Trip from Addis Ababa to the rock church of Adadi Mariam and Steles of Tiya and City Tour of Addis Ababa with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours for three consecutive days!! It was really a pleasure to show you the historical, cultural, religious and natural sites of Addis Ababa and around! Thanks a lot you again for taking time to rate and review your experience with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. I look forward to show you interesting places in Ethiopia someday. Wishing you all the best, Muluken G.
Written July 14, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Great experience, highly recommended!
Absolutely great experience! Our guide, Biruk, was highly knowledgable and very friendly and has shown and explaine
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Great Time
I had a great time and was well provided for by Muluken. We had an amazing time, and this was an amazing value con
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Two days tour to Harar
We had booked for this trip for the end of April 2020. Muluken made every effort to adapt the itinerary to fit in w
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Highly recommended
A well thought out tour giving a good glimpse of Addis local life. The family visit especially seemed very genuine
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Nice experience
It was very nice. Our guide Biruk was very well informed and showed us many interesting things. :) He gave us many
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Trip to Awash Falls
They arranged our transportation to Awash Falls. Driver (Solomon) and his van were excellent. Solomon was safe and
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Best around Addis Ababa
If in Addis Ababa for layover or more than one day, take Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. You will enjoy it!
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An excellent day trip from Addis Ababa
We have had a fantastic experience with Muluken, who has organised a personalised day tour from Addis Ababa on the
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For the first time after 63 years I was happy to return to Addis Abeba. I got in contact with Muluken Girma, the mo
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A wonderful day in Addis Ababa! Muluken is a great guide!
Muluken was a wonderful and informative guide. He and our driver helped us see a lot of Addis Ababba in just one da
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Perfect Addis in one day!
Very nice and relaxed trip, with loads of experiences. Really feel like we got to see the best of Addis. Love the f
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Well organised and professional service
We found Muluken through Trip Advisor. We wanted a local guide to help us plan trips in Ethiopia as we were visitin
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Fantastic Tour in Addis Abeba !
The tour was fantastic for the stop over we had in Addis. Biruk our guide was well educated and told us a lot about
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A great first day in Addis
Really great day with Getahun and Jamal. We were two friends traveling together and although we usually don’t do or
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Flexible and Engaged
Muluken ensures that every one of his clients has a unique experience. We visited multiple sites over the course o
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