Hawzien To Axum
Stop At: Gheralta Rock, Hawzen, Mek'ele Ethiopia
Wake up early to catch the sunrise from the inside of a hot air balloon with a spectacular view of the magical scenery of the Gheralta rocks.
We will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the takeoff field. At the takeoff field you will witness firsthand how a hot air balloon is filled and how the process works. To keep you warm, we will serve hot beverages or some fresh juice during this unique experience.
Our pilot will give a short briefing on flight safety and off you go, into the basket to climb the skies. The balloon goes up 300 to 500 meters above the ground and experience one of the most magical sunrises of your life. You will enjoy the amazing views while the sun hits the Gheralta rocks and experience an hour from inside the basket of the hot air balloon. After you touched down again we will have a traditional champagne ceremony to celebrate the flight. Of course we will not leave you with an empty stomach so we will go to a restaurant where we have a delicious breakfast with all the passengers. After the breakfast we bring you back to the hotel and you have the rest of your day to think about this magical experience.
The program will be from 5am till 10am.
Continue your visit of the churches on the way to Axum.
On this day, you will be visiting Debre Damo or Yeha. Yeha is famous for its huge and remarkable temple. According to the 19th-century German scholar Heinrich Miiller, the temple is thought to date back to about seven or eight hundred years before the birth of Christ. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. Beside the remarkable temple stands a church dedicated to Abba Aftse. Abba Aftse was one of the famous nine saints who came to Ethiopia in the 6th century from the eastern Roman Empire to teach the Gospel. The church, sharing the same compound with the temple is rectangular in shape. Proceed to Debre Damo monastery accessible only by rope and not allowed for women.