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 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 lake shore 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
What’s not included
- Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
- Airport/Departure Tax
- Personal Tips
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Camera charges