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Ethiopia Cultural Tour to the Omo Valley - 09 Days

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A Young Mursi WomanThe Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia is a little visited area of Ethiopia containing some of the most colorful tribes and ethnic groups. The fascinating costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance of the Benna, Hamer, Mursi, Karo, Geleb, Arbore and Borena people are very special.

In the Omo Valley region many of the tribal groups have changed little over hundreds of years and they offer the visitor extraordinary insight into a variety of traditional cultures. On this trip, you get truly off the beaten track, exploring little visited villages and vibrant tribal markets of the Southern Ethiopia

Day 01 : Arrive in Addis - city tour of Addis Ababa

Mount Entoto ViewOn arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to Ambassador Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given.

The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974.

You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis.

Overnight Ambassador Hotel

Day 02 : Drive Arba Minch

Drive to Arba Minch via Hosahena, about 460km south of Addis Ababa. This drive will take you along the scenic farmlands of Gurage People. We will also drive through the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys. You arrive late in the afternoon at Arba Minch - meaning 'Forty Springs' in Amharic. Arba Minch takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town.

Overnight Paradise Lodge

Day 03 : Visit Doze Village - Boat trip - Lake Chamo

Hippos in Lake ChamoAfter breakfast visit the Dorze tribe and their village, famed for their bee hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They are also farmers, who prevent soil erosion by ingenious terracing of the mountainsides.

Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, tobacco and enset (false-banana or musa ensete). Afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo. Boat trip on Lake Chamo is along the best anywhere in Ethiopia.

One can spot many Hippos and the world's most spectacular concentrations of Giant Crocodiles. The water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable.

Overnight Paradise Lodge

Day 04 : Drive Jinka en route visit Key Afer Market

After break fast drive to Konso where colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the Land and unusually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers can be seen. Further along the route visit the Woito people live in the area around Woito River and Tsemay village.

Continue driving down to the south to the small town of Key Afer.op at this little town and visit the Key Afer Tribal Market.Late afternoon you will arrive in Jinka.

Overnight in Jinka Resort Hotel

Day 05 : Jinka - Mursi - Jinka

After breakfast leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted.

Proceed to Mago National Park. After a picnic lunch in the late afternoon drive back to Jinka.

Overnight Jinka Resort Hotel

Day 06 : Jinka - Turmi - visit the Demeka Market

After breakfast drive to Turmi through Dimeka for the visit of Hamer people and their village. Turmi is a small town, which is the base to visit the Hamer village. Hamers have remarkable hairstyles made from ochre, water, and binding resin.

They rub the mixture into their hair then twist the strands repeatedly to create coppery-coloured locks. This is a sign of wealth and welfare. Hamers are considered to be masters of body decoration.

Overnight local hotel or camping at Turmi

Day 07 : Turmi - Yabello

Drive to Yabello visiting the Arbore and the Tsemay people en route. After lunch stop at Konso, continue to the region of Oromo Borena and visit their village. The drive this day will let you experience the life of the Oromo Borena people who is well known in cattle rearing.

You also visit the Oromo Borena villages and their 'Singing Well' from which they cater water to their thousands of cattle by singing.

Overnight Yabello Motel

Day 08 : Yabello - Lake Awassa

Drive from Yabello to Awassa over a beautiful Sidamo Mountains and coffee plantation. On the way, stop at Wenago to visit the Tutu Fella stelae field – an unusual collection of carved stones. We then continue to Lake Awassa, which is surrounded by mountains and populated by countless species of birds.

Overnight in Awassa at Pina Hotel

Day 09 : Awassa - Addis Ababa Then Departure

Drive back to Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley lakes. At Awasssa visit the fish Market where the local people buy fresh fish from the fisher men.

En route we will stop on the viewpoints for the Rift Valley Lakes of Shala, Abyta and Langano. In the Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups. Then after transfer out to the airport for departure back to home.

Price includes
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • All accommodation based on twin room occupancy
  • Meals in Addis, on bed & breakfast basis
  • Meals out of Addis, on full board basis
  • All entrance fees at sites, churches, parks and villages.
  • All transfers and in Addis Ababa using mini-bus
  • Transport including insurance, fuel and all costs of the driver.
  • Professional English speaking Tour Guide
  • Local Guide and scout fees in parks and villages
  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo and Omo River
  • Cook who prepares meals while camping
  • Camping tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and cooking utensils
  • Dinner in Addis to enjoy traditional Ethiopian food and Music
  • A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time
  • Government taxes
Price doesn’t include
  • International flights
  • Lunch and Dinner in Addis Ababa
  • Any kind of drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc
  • All what is not included in the list above
Ethiopia Cultural Tour to the Omo Valley - 09 Days

Feedback From Clients

Jonnie James – Highland

My memories will always include the smell of wild African sage, the beautiful clouds, tall green grass, wild dogs with "Mickey-Mouse" ears that look tame enough to pet, the sounds of birds and hippos outside our tent, and the graciousness of the beautiful African people. I’m ready for another Safari again!|

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