Discover Ethiopian Tribal Culture in Omo Valley and explore the Great Rift Valley with its lakes and its wilderness area.
You will observe many tribes with different traditions and ways of life : Mursi, Konso, Hamer, Benna, Karo, Erbore, Bumi, Omorate, Tsemay, Ari… who have preserved intact their culture and old customs.
You will visit villages and lively markets which are meeting places for people from different ethnic groups and from mile around.
You will also appreciate sceneries, beautiful nature and animals in the Great Rift Valley and in the Omo Valley.
- Debre Zeit
- Lake Langano
- Arbaminch (Erbore, Dorze Tribes…)
- Mago National Park (Mursi, Benna, Tsemay tribes…)
- Turmi (Hamer, Ari, Dessanech tribes…)
- Yangatom (Bome, Karo, Hamer tribes…)
- Yrga Alem
Day 1. Addis Ababa city tour (B-L-D)
Arrival in Addis Abeba. Welcome by your tour guide. City Tour to the sights of Addis Ababa: The Trinity-Cathedral, the National museum, Ethnological museum, the Entoto-Mountain with its panoramic view over the capital, The St. George-Cathedral and the “Mercato”, the most important open air market in East Africa.
O/N in a good 3-star Hotel or GT Guest House in Addis Ababa or similar Hotel.
Day 2. Addis Ababa – Devre Zeit – Langano (B-L-D)
Morning Drive into the Ethiopian Rift Valley, on the way 3-hours Trekking Zakula Mountain visit church, lake. On the way back, you see panoramic view over the Mountain. Back to Debre Zeit. Afternoon, drive to Langano.
O/N Africa Vacation Club or Savanna Resort.
Day 3. Langano – Arbaminch (B-L-D)
On the way, visit Alaba painting house village and afternoon visit the Dorze village. The Dorze construct interesting huts in the shape of bee-hives and are also famous for their weaving products. Today a colorful market takes place here. Later continue driving to Arbaminch.
O/N in Paradise Lodge or Hotel.
Day 4. Arbaminch – Konso (B-L-D)
Morning boat trip on Lake Chamo near Arbaminch. In the lake, surrounded by the Nech Sar National Park, you can watch crocodiles and hippos. Continue to drive to Konso. Afternoon, have a small insight in the cultural specialties of the Konso and visit the rock formation “New York”.
O/N Kanta Lodge.
Day 5. Konso – Mago National Park – Jinka – Turmi (B-L-D)
Morning drive to Jinka into the Mago National Park, where the Mursi tribe lives. They are known for the disks of clay or wood inserted in the lower lips of the women.
Visit of a Mursi village. With some luck, you can also watch wild animals in the dense savanna. In the afternoon drive back Jinka. Lunch. Drive until the small town Key Afer, you visit the colorful market, where the local tribes Benna, Tsemay, and Ari gather. In the late afternoon arrival in Turmi.
O/N in Buska Lodge (with additional price) or camping.
Day 6. Turmi – Yagatom – Dimeka – Turmi (B-L-D)
Morning Drive to Yangatom crossing Omo River visit Bome tribes; drive back to Dimeka, to see the colorful market of the Hamer and Karo people. Excursion in the region of the Hamer and Karo people with visit of their villages and traditional lifestyle. In the afternoon return back to Turmi visit Hamer village or if available, you can see traditional Hamer Bull jumping.
O/N in Buska Lodge (with additional price) or camping.
Day 7. Turmi – Omo Rate – Konso (B-L-D)
Early morning, excursion in the surroundings of Turmi to visit the Dessanech people and village in Omo Rate, at crossing the big Omo River, near to the border with Kenya. In the afternoon return back to Turmi. After lunch drive to Konso passing the villages of the Erbore tribes.
O/N in Kanta Lodge.
Day 8. Konso – Yirga Alem (B-L-D)
Morning drive to Yirga Alem. On the way, visit Borana tribes. If possible, visit the “Singing Wells” of the Borana people who live near Yabello. Afternoon, drive across the Coffee Region Sidama, visit Dila steles and have a short visit of the local coffee processing.
O/N in Aregashe Lodge.
Day 9. Yirga Alem – Awasa – Woliso (B-L-D)
Morning drive to Awassa, visit fish market. Continue drive. On the way, visit lake Ziway, lake Shetan, the steles of Tiya, the Adadi Mariyam rock-hewn church and the archaeological site Melka Kunture. Late afternoon, arrival in Woliso.
O/N in Negash Lodge.
Day 10. Woliso – Wonchi – Addis Ababa (B-L-D)
Morning drive to Wonchi, visit magnificent crater lake Wonchi (46 km from Woliso): located South of Ambo at 3 220m. 4 hours trekking around the crater lake. Return to Addis Ababa and arrival in the afternoon. Free time for shopping, having a walk or further visits of sights. In the evening traditional farewell-dinner with presentations of traditional dances.
End of the tour. Departure.
Included in the tour package :
- Overnight accommodations in hotels as indicated (or comparable standard).
- For the camping comfortable tents and all necessary equipment is provided
- Boarding as indicated (B= Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D= Dinner)
- Professional English-French German Italian Japan speaking guide
- All excursions and transports as indicated
- Boat excursions as indicated
- Entrance fees for all sights and visits as indicated
- Soft drinks and water
Services not included :
- International & internal flights
- Visa fees
- Not indicated meals
- No alcoholic drink
- Video camera- fees
- Not mentioned visits and excursions
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