Explore The Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes And The UNESCO Site Of Steles Of Tiya - Addis Ababa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    6:00 AM; 7:00 AM; 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM every day
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Addis Ababa Bole International Hotel, and any hotel/lodge in Addis Ababa
    Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy discovering few of Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and visiting the Steles of Tiya (14th Century AD and a UNESCO World Heritage). This is about 11 hours day trip from Addis to visit bird watching and spotting hippos, local family of the Oromo people, have great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Steles of Tiya which date back to the 14th Century, located south of Addis Ababa.

It is a great outing from Addis Ababa: -
- Enjoy spotting various lowland water birds by walking around Lake Ziway (if lucky few hippos).
- Appreciate the superb scenery of the Rift Valley
- Experience the way of life of the countryside people of Oromo.
- Attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tiya Cemetery.

Tour price includes private comfortable Toyota Minivan, fuel (gasoline), family visiting fee, bottled water, coffee, and professional experienced English speaking tour guide.


Get inside tips from a local

Family friendly

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Instant Confirmation

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region

Here, visit about 42 huge stone Steles erected between the 12th and 14th Century AD in honor of local warriors.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Lake Ziway, Ziway, Oromiya Region

Have a remarkable boat trip of about 1 hour on Lake Ziway to spot a number of water birds species, and families of hippos

Duration: 1 hour


Private comfortable Toyota Minivan or Corolla equipped with air conditioning and seat belts

Local family visiting and attending a coffee ceremony fee

Professional experienced English speaking tour guide

Bottled water and local snacks in the van

Air port pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Lake Ziway



Admission (entrance) fees

Food and drinks, unless specified

And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above

Entry/Admission - Tiya World Heritage Site

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

As June, July and August are the rainy season, dress accordingly and get umbrellas.

Infants must sit on laps

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

All tour guides and drivers providing this tour are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Apr-2019

    What an excellent day tour! Headed off early then stopped for breakfast. Visited UNESCO steles site with informative guide. Had home brewed drinks with locals. Visited a traditional African residence then headed for lake Ziway, which was spectacular! Had lunch of fish from the lake, then went out on the lake with another local guide for a bout an hour. Saw hippos and lots of different birds. Headed back after that but stopped on the way for a beer in the sun. The tour guide Kede and driver Belay were great. Couldn't have asked for better! Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a day trip from Addis. Great job guys!