The Great Ethiopian Run (trip)

The Great Ethiopian Run

  • Addis Ababa Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Active & Adventure
Ethiopia, Africa

Contact provider for price10 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours & Travel 12 people max
The Great Ethiopian Run is one of biggest long course 10 K.M road event of its kind  in Africa.  It’s has become one  of the most famous and eagerly awaited annual  social gathering, since its first edition back in 2001.  In November 21, 2010 more than 35,000 people took part  in the event. It’s a great chance to interact with the local community, a chance to run with the world’s greatest long distance athletes of Ethiopia, Kenya and of other countries.

Here comes another chance for you to experience the most amazing fun-run event in the world.This year, the Great Ethiopian Run will be held on November 27, 2011. Run, jog, walk or dance around the 10k course on the vibrant streets of Addis Ababa at 8000 ft.

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours, in collaboration with the organizing committee would be pleased to book tickets and accommodations. To make your experience in Ethiopia even more complete, we would be happy to combine it with cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia or Omo Valley Tribal Exploration, pre or post the event. Below is suggested tour program:

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Ethiopia, Africa

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3 testimonials about the provider, Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours & Travel:

  • Reviewer: David Ishiyama located in South Halliburton, CA U.S.A
    I had a great time and I really enjoyed the tour. I feel that I got a complete experience in Ethiopia.

    Grand Holidays Ethiopia's staff was great. They were very helpful and made the experience very enjoyable.
  • Reviewer: Lukas Scherak located in Vienna , Austria Austria
    Ethiopia is a beautiful country having both historical treasures and beautifully preserved natural reserves. Most of the ethnic groups are friendly. Excellent service, perfectly  trained and friendly staff, very good driver and guide.
  • Reviewer: Abbey Reynolds located in San Diego, CA U.S.A
    Fantastic! Everything was well organized and we stayed at wonderful hotels. the tour guides were amazing & professionals. The sites were world class and they were as impressive as any I have seen.  

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1: November 25: Arrive Addis Ababa

Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa, Bole International Aiport (ADD) you will be assisted and welcomed by Grand Holidays Ethiopia’s staff for the transfer to Hotel.


Founded  in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa  is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea levelwich makes it the third highest capital city in the world next to Lapaz in Quinto.  This hospitable and one of the safest cities in the world, enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F).

With multi-ethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

We can discuss with participants about late  afternoon acclimatization walk/run to Entoto Hill at about 3000 mt.

O/N: hotel -Addis Ababa.

Day 2: November 26: Addis Ababa-Blue Nile River Gorge-Debre Libanos-Acclimatization

Blue Nile Gorge, often called Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon is  found 213 K.M north of Addis Ababa. This   majestic and enormous gorge,  is known for its magnificent physical feature and alluring natural beauty. After visiting the gorge, you will drive back to Addis en-route visiting DebreLibanos Monastery. DebreLibanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded by the renowned 13th century mystic, St Teklehaimanot.


Before driving back to Addis, we will stop at the Jemma River Gorge. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metros to the valley below.

We will walk downhill to the 17th century Portuguese Bridge. Here we can expect to see  lenty of birdlife including the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, the Red Billed starling, the White winged cliff chat, the White backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco and Hemprich's hornbill. We will also see one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon. Going, downhill and uphill is quite an exercise.

Leaving the Gorge we drive back to Addis Ababa to arrive Addis late in the afternoon.

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Day 3: November 27: Great Run


Today is the main day. In the morning, we will drop you at the Meskel Square where the Great Ethiopian Run begins. Here you go…. The rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 4: November 28: Addis Ababa-Axum

In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. The rest of the day, tour of the ancient city of Axum.

Your today’s visit in Axum include: the Stele field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.

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Day 5: November 29: Axum-Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer to Axum Airport for the flight to Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

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Day 6: November 30: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

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Day 7: December 1: Lalibela-Gonder

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the short flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will start your tour of Gondar.

Your tour include: The Royal Enclosure,  the pool of King Fasilidas, and  the famous Deberberhan Sillassie church.

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Day 8: December 2: Gonder-Simien Mountains-Gonder

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Snakaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park and drive back to Gonder.

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Day 9: December 3: Gonder-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar and an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries.

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Day 10: December  4: Bahirdar-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, transfer to the Bahirdar  airport for the flight to Addis Ababa.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party. There will not be better way of ending a trip.  At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back . End of tour!

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