3 Days Culinary Holidays in Ethiopia

  • Addis Ababa - Awassa

Culinary Holiday Ethiopia

Join Muluken Girma of Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours for an exquisite holiday in the land of rich history and culture, Ethiopia. You will experience the majestic Ethiopian natural beauties and wonders, the range of fauna and flora, the wildly galloping wild animals, the multifarious cultural colors, the glorious history of the Ethiopian people, and of course, the authentic Ethiopian cuisine.


  • Learn to prepare Ethiopian dish
  • Visit the Rift Valley Lakes in Awassa
  • Addis Ababa city, museum, and market tour
  • Drive to the peak of Mount Entoto
  • Explore the town of Butajira
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Sidama Lodge

Sidama Lodge will be your home in Addis Ababa. Sidama Lodge gets the name from the Sidama region of Ethiopia, the home of the Sidamo coffee. The area is characterized by lush green countryside making it known as the garden of Ethiopia. It is inhibited by the Sidama people who speak Sidamic and have their own history and culture.

Sidama Lodge provides a home for many artists to display their work providing a unique and relaxing environment for the guests at the lodge. Each bedroom has at least one piece of original art.

Lewi Resort

You will be staying at Lewi Resort during your time at Awassa. The resort is traditional thatched, beautifully appointed, and environmentally conscious, which makes it a unique place. The construction is made on the natural landscape of the place. Majority 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 lake side has cultural restaurant, wine bar, storytelling places, kids play ground, table tennis, badminton, souvenir shop, and so much more.

During the tour, you will learn how to prepare enjera which is the typical Ethiopian pancake. You will visit few interesting sites of Addis Ababa and the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia. Your transportation during the tour will be a comfortable private 2014 Toyota minivan with six seats capacity equipped with air conditioning and seat belts.

Day 1 - City tour of Addis Ababa

On your first day of the tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia where the fossil remains of Lucy is stored. You will visit Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then drive to the peak of Mount Entoto to have a panoramic view of Addis Ababa and visit the oldest church in Addis Ababa.

You will stay at Sidama Lodge for the night.

Day 2 - Trip to Awassa

On your second day, you will drive 250 kilometers south of Addis Ababa visiting the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia and with secession to learn how to prepare enjera at a local family's house at the town of Ziway. You will have lunch at this house. Late in the afternoon, you will enjoy bird watching and the sun set over Lake Awassa.

You will spend the night at Lewi Resort.

Day 3 - Back to Addis Ababa

You will drive back to Addis Ababa via the town of Butajira and visit the steles of Tiya (14th century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site), the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD), and you will also visit and participate in the preparation of a local food called kotcho which is prepared from enset or false banana tree.

  • Trip to Mount Entoto
  • Visit Addis Merkato
  • Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia where the fossil remains of Lucy is stored
  • Visit Rift Valley Lakes
  • Visit the steles of Tiya

This culinary and cultural tour will take place in Addis Ababa, Awassa, and Ziway.

You will learn how to prepare authentic Ethiopian dish such as enjera and kotcho.

There is a spa center at Lewi Resort in Awassa. You can enjoy a variety of treatments at additional costs.

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Air-conditioned ground transportation
  • All entrance (admission) fees
  • Driver's allowance
  • Food preparation and tasting event fees
  • Fuel
  • Professional and experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Trip to Mount Entoto
  • Visit Addis Merkato
  • Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia
  • Visit Rift Valley Lakes
  • Visit the steles of Tiya

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).


  • Review by Chris & Stefi from Luxembourg
    10 out of 10

    "We would be happy to advertise your fantastic tour organization and guiding capabilities since you took such good care of us and showed us so many beautiful (and difficult) parts of your country. We both came away with a better understanding of Ethiopia and how wonderful and strong the people are and how much they want to improve their country and make things better. It was truly an inspiring trip and you opened our eyes by showing us all aspects of life for the people of Ethiopia. We're sure we'll see you again one day. We would like to see the more of your country and would certainly make sure we could travel with you. Best of luck to you and take care Mulu."

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  • Review by Johan & Anja from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "On our first trip to the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, we were fortunate to have Muluken as our guide. Though the southern part of Ethiopia is not really touristically developed, Muluken made sure we had great accommodation and that all our wishes - and we had a few! - were met to full satisfaction. It remains as one of our most unforgettable experiences, thanks to no less part to Muluken adjusting the trip to all our requests, monitoring where necessary but letting us freedom whenever needed. The various markets and villages of the different tribes - Hamar, Karo, Dessenech, Mursi. - all made up to an utterly fantastic and unbelievable insight of this to most people unknown part of the world. We were so impressed that we booked another tour with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours, the very same year, this time exploring the west bank of the Omo River, especially the Surma tribes. Again Muluken made sure that all our wishes - sometime springing to mind in the midst of a tour - were fulfilled to complete satisfaction. Which tourist can claim to have visited two impressive Donga fights on one day? Well, we can, thanks to Muluken. It seems as if Muluken is part of the different Surma families; they all know and respect him and give the same affection to us as Muluken's friends (yes, we felt like friends, not just like mere customers). Also Muluken again knew to impress us with his knowledge and his possibility to move with an astonishing flexibility through the different wishes and situations. For us it is a sure thing that we will return to Ethiopia, to our beloved Omo Valley. And it is just as sure that we will pick Muluken as our tour organizer and guide again. It just doesn't get any better. Meet Mule and enjoy!"

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  • Review by Kevien Whitenly from United States
    10 out of 10

    "As a seasoned traveler for 25 years, I led a number of groups of tourists to many countries across the globe. This year I organized my trip with Merit Ethiopian Tours (MEET) to the Omo Valley with 10 people to visit the cultural tribes. Mr. Muluken accompanied us and made sure to put us in the best available hotels, in first class camping, and provide us with delicious meals in the middle of nowhere. He organized very good conditioned four-by-four Toyota Land Cruisers. He and his colleagues were always there to assist us get whatever we needed on time. I don’t hesitate to recommend Mr. Muluken’s service to anyone who is interested to travel to Ethiopia."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "This was an amazing trip and Muluken took very good care of us. He was attentive and quick to repond to our questions and wants. He was also extremely accomodating when it came to making exptra stops along the way, which made the trip longer but worth it. the drive is less than two hours from Addis Ababa but there is plenty to see along the way. The site itself is beautiful but this trip is all about the beautiful and interesting views along the journey"

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  • Review by Lois Wagner from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "Muluken is a knowledgeable and likable young man. He went out of his way to assist us in having a wonderful experience in Ethiopia in August 2013. Flexible and willing to go the extra mile, he ensured that my friend and I had a truly wonderful experience and we fell in love with the country as a result. Together with his driver, Fitsum, we had plenty of fun - and laughter was the order of our days together."

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  • Review by Martin Kiermaier from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Myself and two friends from Vienna have completed a Toyota Land Cruiser excursion from November 23 to December 5, 2010 with Merit Tours. After some internet-research for a suitable agency to rent a four-wheel-drive car, I found your company with a fair proposal. Your were the only agency who offered a base-price for the car with fuel to be paid by the clients. After we met on November 22 at the Queen of Sheba Hotel in Addis Ababa, the decision was quickly made, because you presented an excellent car with only 18000 kilometers on one side and Mr. Bitnaniya as driver - he made a very good and knowledgeable impression from the first moment. There, we concluded our deal in short time and I had to cancel the appointments with two other agencies. The good impression was confirmed after some days of traveling with Mr. Bitnaniya - he drove defensively and cautiously, he was always punctual. He had an excellent knowledge of all the northern and southern regions in Ethiopia. Besides, he speaks very well English and assisted us always with his mobile phone in finding suitable hotels on the route. After approximately 3200 kilometers through all kinds of surface, through two national parks and several dirt roads, we know that we had made an excellent decision to choose Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. So we thank you again for your excellent cooperation."

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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