Tour Highlight- The story of coffee has its beginnings in Ethiopia, the original home of the coffee plant; coffee Arabica, which still grows wild in the forest of the highlands. While nobody is sure exactly how coffee was originally discovered as a beverage, it is believed that its cultivation and use began as early as the 9th century. Some authorities claim that it was cultivated in the Yemen earlier, around AD 575. The only thing that seems certain is that it originated in Ethiopia, from where it traveled to the Yemen about 600 years ago, and from Arabia it began its journey around the world.
Among the many legends that have developed concerning the origin of coffee, the most popular account is that of Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, from the Kaffa region who lived around 9th c A.D. One day he observed his goats behaving in abnormally exuberant manner, skipping, rearing on their hind legs and bleating loudly. He noticed they might have eaten the bright red berries that grew on the green bushes nearby. Kaldi started following them and saw them, and then he tried a few for himself, and soon felt a novel sense of elation.
He filled his pockets with the berries and ran home to announce his discovery to his wife. ‘They are heaven-sent,’ she declared.
By the 13th century, coffee’s restorative powers were well known in the Islamic world. Coffee was considered a potent medicine, as well as a religious potion that helped keep people wake during prayers. Pilgrims of Islam spread the coffee throughout the Middle East and by the end of the 15th century; coffeehouses had replaced mosques as favored meeting places. With the spread of Ethiopian from Africa, to the Middle East, India, Europe, and the Americas, make it one of the most popular bends of coffee in the world.
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa
Meet and greet your representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain – 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Jimma
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Jimma (345 Km from Addis). On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley. Later, you can visit Jimma Museum and King Abba Jiffar Place. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Honey land hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Bonga
After an early morning breakfast you will drive to Bonga (125 Kms from Jimma) the birth place of coffee. And upon arrival at Bonga, you will visit to a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. You will have lunch at Bonga. After having lunch drive to Ellelo, Adiyo falls, the Dadiben and Gora Hot spring. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaffa Guest house.
Day 5: Trek to Makira
An early morning trek after breakfast will take you to Mankira, the place where coffee Arabica was discovered. En route visit the ancient Adaracha Medhane Alem church and the Gurguto natural Bridge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaffa Guest house.
Day 6: Drive to Bebeka
You will be driven to Bebeka (30 km from Mizan Tefari) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. Later you will visit the largest Coffee Plantation in Ethiopia (covers some 6,000 hectares and is the largest and oldest Coffee Plantation in Ethiopia). In the evening, you will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Bebeka Guest house, or Camping.
Day 7: One more day exploring Coffee day at Bebeka Coffee Plantation
In the morning after having breakfast explore the coffee plantation from seedling to Coffee Bean. Taste the Ethiopian Coffee Arabic at Bebeka. Stay the day in Bebeka. Overnight stay in Bebeka Guest house, or Camping.
Day 8: Drive back to Jimma
In the morning after breakfast you drive back to Jimma. Depending on arrival you can continue a visit to the Jimma attractions. Visit the historical palace of Sultan Abba Jifar (1853 – 1925) that is standing at Jiren. Still stands with its colourful architectural beauty. And continue your visit to Jimma museum that displays most of the historical materials of King Abba Jifar, his kingdom and cultural objects of the local Oromo people and that of the other ethnic groups around Kaffa. Overnight stay in Honey land hotel, Jimma.
Day 9: Drive to Addis Ababa and departure
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive back to Addis Ababa. You will have lunch at Woliso. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.