Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours invite you to join them on a culinary tour in Ethiopia. Enjoy Ethiopian nature, culture, and nature on this one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy culinary classes, attend a typical Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and visit interesting local cultural and nature sites! Come and immerse yourself in Ethiopian unique cultures and food. Taste the best of Ethiopia!
Lewi Resort and Spa is traditional thatched, beautifully appointed, and environmentally conscious resort, which makes it a unique place. The construction is made on the natural landscape of the place. Most of the rooms on the lake side are designed with a balcony to enjoy the incredible view of the lake. The traditional village by the lakeside has a cultural restaurant, wine bar, storytelling place, kids playground, table tennis, badminton, souvenir shop, and so much more.
On your first day, you will drive 300 kilometers south of Addis in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. You will visit an interesting and still active church of Adadi Mariam which was hand cut out of a single piece rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela, and the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site is a cemetery where about 40 huge blocks of rocks decorated with carvings and erected in honor of local warriors.
Then, you will attend a local food preparation program to learn how the tribal people of Gurage make porridge and bread from a plant called "enset" or a false banana tree. The plant's root and stalk are used mainly after being buried in the ground for at least three months for fermentation.
Finally, head farther south to Awassa. You will visit the lake in the afternoon, enjoy walking by the shores of Lake Awassa and spotting some birds. You will have one of the best sunsets you would have at it sets over Lake Awassa. Overnight stay will be at Lewi Resort.
In the morning, you will have breakfast of freshly caught fish at the "fish market" of Lake Awassa. Here locals gather to have breakfast of fried fish, and raw fish with hot Ethiopian spices.
Then you will meet a local family in Awassa where you will be thought on how Enjera (Ethiopia's national bread) is made from tiny grains called Teff which is gluten-free, and rich in carbohydrates, calcium, teff, and much more.
Afterward, you will drive back to Addis with a lunch stop at the Rift Valley Lake of Langano. On the way back to Addis, you will have a break at one of the five Crater Lakes of Bishoftu (Debre Ziet) to take part in a typical Ethiopian coffee ceremony. You will see how Ethiopians enjoy their coffee with a ceremony and drink three rounds of cups of coffee.
This is a perfect place to have one of the best coffees you have as Ethiopia is the birthplace of Coffee from the Kaffa province of Western Ethiopia. Finally, you will head back to Addis Ababa on the express road.
In this culinary tour, you will have a visit to Adadi Mariam, the Steles of Tiya, Lake Awassa, which also include a visit to a local family in Awassa. You will also attend a local food preparation program to learn how the tribal people of Gurage make porridge and bread from a plant called "enset" or a false banana tree.
This culinary vacation will take you touring Addis and Awassa in Ethiopia.
During the vacation, you will have the chance to taste a local Ethiopian food which is called "ye fisik beyaynet" which is a mix of a variety of non-vegetarian meal. Meals during cooking classes and during a visit to a local house are included in the price. Dinner and any alcoholic drinks are not included.
Please book your flight to arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).