Itinerary - Day 12: Lalibela - Addis Ababa - Lake Langano
After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver for the drive to Langano, part of the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley. where there are chains of beautiful lakes. These lakes are famous for their abundant bird life and local fish markets. Driving from Addis to Langano, en-route you will visit different towns and rift valley lakes including, Zway, Debrezeit and Mojo. You will also visit: Lake Zway and Abijata Shalla before you reach Langano. After check in to the lake side Bishangari Lodge, at Langano, the rest of the day you have the choice to relax around the lake or trek on the top of the hill surrounding the lake to enjoy the beautiful scenery across.
Journal: Today is an inflection day in our tour. We have completed our tour of the North, and begin our tour of Southern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley. Thus far our tour transpired in the highlands, weather was temperate, and the focus was on history, ancient churches, monasteries and spectacular vistas. As Yohanes says - the south is a different country. We are expecting hot and dry and a greater focus on the peoples and culture of the Omo Valley.
We are back on an Ethiopian Air Bombardier Q400 and flying from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. Alxe meets us at the airport and we begin the long 250 km drive south. The guys know it's a long haul, and recommend we defer some of the items in the itinerary until we make the return drive to Addis a week hence. Sounds good to us. After lunch, we hit the road.
|The drive to Lake Langano
|Coffee ceremony and fresh greens at a roadside stand on the road to Bishingari
After landing at Addis, we stop at Passion Burger - just outside of the airport for lunch. A burger sounds good to both Sigrid and me so...
|Bishingari Tree House Bar
|Toasts and dinner in Bishingari
This was the menu of the day. See that avocado salad on the menu? It was avocado, tomato, and onion with a light dressing. It was fresh, it looked great, and it was delicious. Avocados are peeled. Onions are peeled. Tomatoes are not.
That's what got us.
Editiors Note: I intend to pre-load and schedule automated blog posts with the daily itinerary for our Ethiopian adventure. For those interested, this may be an easy way to follow along. Since we will not have internet access for most of the trip, my hope is this will make it easier to add some pics and journal commentary if and when we run across an internet connection. If there are no pics or commentary, you'll just have to wait until we get back. We'll see how it goes. UPDATED