How to visit Gonder

Gonder is typically the first or second stop along the historic north circuit

Most visitors spend one or two nights in Gonder, although the major sites can be explored in just one day. 

The main attractions in Gonder are the ancient castle ruins of Fasil Ghebbi, the Fasilides Bath which comes alive during the annual festival of Timkat, and the stunning Debre Birhan Selassie Church

Beyond the sites, Gonder is a vibrant city with plenty of bars, restaurants and markets to explore. It's a great place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere. 

After visiting Gonder, most travellers head up into the Simien Mountains National Park. It is a 2-hour drive from Gonder to the Simiens, and Gonder is the nearest airport town to the park. 

Fasil Ghebbi, The Royal Enclosure in Gondar

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  1. We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

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Fasil Ghebbi

Fasil Ghebbi, The Royal Enclosure in Gondar

Once the epicentre of Ethiopian politics and power, the crumbled ruins of the Royal Enclosure - also known as ‘Fasil Ghebbi’ - are all that remain of a bygone era. An ancient …

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Fasilides' Bath

Fasilides Bath in Gondar Ethiopia

Just outside the heart of the Gondar, past the river Qaha, lies one of Ethiopia's most sacred sites. Still in use today, Fasilides' Bath is an important cultural and historic …

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Debre Birhan Selassie Church

Debre Berhan Selassie Church in Gonder

Don't be fooled by its modest yellow brick exterior, inside awaits a stunning, kaleidoscopic display of creativity in murals, wall paintings, and a ceiling covered with angels. …

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