On this day trip away from Addis, you will get to experience the impressive Debre Libanos Monastery, beautiful mountain scenery, the famed ‘Portugese Bridge’ built in the 1890s, the Nile Gorge with its abundant endemic birdlife and gelada baboons…and much more.


Founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot, within a steep riverine canyon in 1284, Debre Libanos later became the political centre of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and is where Emperor Lebna Dengal received the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520. The Italian army destroyed the original church in a 1937 massacre that claimed the lives of 800 monks, deacons and lay worshippers. The modern church, its domed roof decorated with stained-glass windows, remains an important pilgrimage site. Also of interest are the medieval cave church where Tekle Haymanot used to pray, the ‘Portuguese Bridge’ built in the 1890s by Ras Darge, and the gelada baboons and abundant birdlife that inhabit the gorge. The Monastry is located at 90km from Addis.


  • We pick you from your hotel at around 7.30am
  • We drive through the Entoto Hills, which provide for a stunning viewpoint  of Addis Ababa. We give you enough time to enjoy the view, beautiful landscape and socialize with locals
  • Drive 2 hours to Debre Libanos Monastry
  • We visit the Monastry and the recently opened Museum
  • Late lunch is served at a restaurant with breathtaking views of the Jemma River Gorge
  • We take a short walk to Ras Darge’s bridge (“Portugese Bridge”) before driving back to Addis


  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Local tour guide
  • Lunch, including a bottle of water and hot drinks
  • Museum entrance fees


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tip for tour guide
  • Other cost not offered in this program


To ensure a pleasant experience, we recommend you carry the following:

  • Passport/National ID
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light dress/cloth

Available departures

Hotel pick-up: 7.30am
Trip starts: 8am
Trip ends: 6pm
Note: Minimum of TWO people is required for the trip
This tour is closed during public holidays

Select your tour date using the calendar below to book this tour.

This is a daily tour.