Seek adventure and the Ark of the Covenant in Axum on private tour. The Kingdon of Axum / Aksum located in the Horn of Africa, on your custom private tour, see this ancient and mysterious city. It is said that is was home to the famous Queen of Sheba, the final resting place of the three Wise Men (one of them) and the current location of the Ark of the Covenant (housing the Ten Commandments).
You could question yourself and say Why are some of the famous people and artefacts residing in Axum! Some theorists and most Ethiopians are convinced that this is the case so why not visit and see for yourself. Unesco has revealed only a small portion of secrets from the many ancient tombs and ruins there, the excavations are ongoing, and new treasures are being discovered every day. Read More...
Go on an Adventure Guided Private Tour and Find the Lost Ark of the Convenient
Book your guided sightseeing private tours and explore Axum. The great shrine that holds the ten commandments said to be received by Moses is one if the most infamous treasures on the planet and locals believe it to be there.
Enshrined in a treasury next to The Saint Mary of Zion Axum chapel, many worshippers flock to the location to view and worship at the site. The mystery surrounding this great artefact has kept followers and skeptics searching through the decades.
On your private guided tour, you will see the Treasury building which also home to many Crowns and Crosses from the Ethiopian Royal Family.
Top 10 Things to Do in Axum
The Ruins of Axum
On a guided private tour visit the ancient city Ruins Of Aksum they are found close to Ethiopia’s northern border. Aksum symbolises the wealth and importance of the civilisation of the ancient Aksumite Kingdom, which lasted from the 1st to the 8th centuries AD. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century include giant stelae, monolithic obelisks, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles.
Northern Stelae Field
On a Guided private tour of the Stelae Field, you will see that over 85% of the field has not been excavated, so you will be walking around undiscovered treasures and burial grounds. Most of the excavated tombs have been pillaged so to date little is still known about the Aksumite customs and burial rights of these people. The area is striking and a must-see on your trip to Axum.
St Mary of Zion Church
St. Mary of Zion Church is the most sacred place of worship for Christian Ethiopians. On a custom private tour, you will visit the New Church, Old Church, Chapel and Museum which is said to house the Ark of the Covenant. A church or place of worship has stood on this site since the early days of Christianity in Ethiopia don't miss out and book this tour before you leave home.
King Ezana's Inscription
Visit the small shack on a sightseeing private tour where farmers stumbled upon the Ethiopian version of the 'Rosetta stone.' The pillar dates back to 330 AD and honours the Kings victories over his enemies. A rare find for tourists this historical site is a must see on any guided tour of Axum. The shack looks insignificant until you pay your little fee to the caretaker and head inside.
Tomb of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal
Located atop a small hill at the northeastern section of Stelae Field you will see the traditional tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel. Take a guided private tour and learn the vast history of these two rulers. The tombs are huge and boast multiple rooms and sarcophagi. The ornate nature of the tombs are spectacular and breathtaking and can match anything found in Egypt; a must see custom tour.
Dungur Queen of Shebas Palace
Take a guided private tour of the Queen of Sheba's Palace and decide if you think it is the great woman's palace of just a nobleman's mansion. Critics and archaeologists alike are undecided. During recent excavations carvings on the walls depicting a stunning woman has changed a lot of professionals minds and they are now leaning towards it being the Queens Palace, the locals certainly believe it to be so. Explore the observation tower's stunning views or venture through the hidden chambers an
King Bazens Tomb
On a guided private tour of King Bazens Tomb, you will see one of the crudest tombs in history, roughly hewn into the solid rock instead of constructed with beautiful masonry work. This place is unusual and has a slightly magical feel to it as according to the locals. There are rectangular pits above the tomb with burial chambers some finished some incomplete.
Journey High above Aksum on a private tour and at the top of a tall narrow peak, is Abba Pentalewon monastery. Built by Mr.Abba Pentalewon, one of the Nine Saints who is said to have prayed nonstop for 40 years this is a uniquely beautiful place. The stunning views of the monastery and collection of artefacts are all worth the climb. One of the monks will be only happy to bring out the crowns and objects to let you see them.
Arabtu Ensessa Church
The Church of the Four Beasts named aptly after the writers of the Biblical Gospels is a sight to see. Take a guided private tour and see this lovely Church that was rebuilt in the 1950's. The wonderful murals covering most of the interior of the Church are mostly modern but still beautifully mixed with the older artworks. The ceilings and decor are beautiful, book, before you leave as the opening times, are erratic.
It’s quite a rough walk from the path through scrub and over boulders to reach Gobodura Hill on your guided private tour so be prepared. Know as the Wuchate Golo it is one of four quarries in the stelae. Many unmarked stelae are visible and freed from the rock but were mysteriously abandoned. You can clearly see how the stelae were built it is quite remarkable and a must see trip.
Travel Tips for Axum
Best Time To Visit
The best time to book your holiday to Ethiopia and Axum with private tour is at the dry season between the months of October and June. Arrange all your guided private tours before you leave home to assure reservations and avoid disappointment. Travelling during these months, you will see how green and lush this beautiful country is and the great festivals held during these months but keep warm at night time as the temperature can drop.
Axum is very reasonable in terms of other more expensive African cities. You will likely be charged a "Ferengi" price (foreigner rate) which is at least twice the local price. You can try to negotiate this down, it can be fun, but it will be challenging as most of the traders and operators won't budge but give it a go and try. Restaurants, public transport and hotels are still quite cheap and affordable to every traveller.
Know Before Visiting
Book your tours from home and always take an Axum guided private tour to explore the city, remember to stay with your group at all times. Watch out for pick pockets and be cautious around market traders, keep your cash safe and on your person. On your tours make sure to always carry a sealed bottle of water and if you are buying any refreshments follow the tour guides instructions.
On your private tour of Axum be prepared as Ethiopia is in the tropical zone between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. The dry season is from October to June and is the best time to travel around the country. May to September is the rainy season while is doesn’t stop travellers making the journey it makes trekking and touring tough.