Wenchi Crater Lake Day Trip


9-10 hrs Visit
This private day tour from Addis Ababa takes you through the scenic East African Rift Valley part of Ethiopia to the unique rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, ancient grave site of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage), and experience the daily life of locals with family visit.



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Looking for a day trip outside Addis Ababa? Taking a trip to Wenchi Crater Lake is a nice choice for spending your weekend vacation. Wenchi Crater Lake is 155 km west of Addis Ababa, between Ambo and Weliso. An extinct volcano, the top of which is 3380 meters above sea level, is a crater that contains a large lake, hot mineral springs, waterfalls, beautiful valleys, and farmland. There is an old monastery with a church situated on one of the lake islands.

Start your morning by making a hundred and a half kilometer drive to West of Addis Ababa. Wenchi Crater lake lies at around 3000m (10,000 feet) above sea level in the crater of an extinct volcano in the Oromia region. After paying entrance, parking fees and purchasing the obligatory guide at the office, you drive uphill for a kilometer to reach the departure point. You have the option of hiking the 4 km to the lakeshore on your own or descending on horseback. The downhill trek is full of varied greens on the hillsides and the lake’s surface. After an hour and a couple of villages, a field opens to the shore and a small dock. You will have the opportunity for mule riding, hiking, and a boat trip.

After the visit, return to Addis Ababa. In the evening attends a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served.  Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Entry/Admission – Wenchi Crater Lake
Comfortable private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
Professional experienced English speaking tour guide
Gasoline (Fuel)
Bottled water
Local family visits
Typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance and Coffee
Local meal preparation and host
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All related government taxes
Private tour
Coffee and/or Tea
Lunch – Lunch at a local Ethiopian restaurant

Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Airport/Departure Tax
Personal Tips
Alcoholic Drinks
Camera charges

What you can expect during your visit

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff