11 Days Ethiopia Omo Valley Cultural Tour
Addis | Tiya | Adadi Mariam | Langano | Arba Minch | Jinka | Turmi | Yabello | Awassa | Addis/Depart
This itinerary gets travelers “off the beaten path” with an opportunity to learn about and interact with some of Ethiopia’s most unique cultural groups. The itinerary covers many of the tribes in the Omo valley including the Hamer people (known for their bull jumping ceremony), Mursi people (known for their leap plates), Karo (known for their body paintings), Dassenech, Ari, Dorze, Tsemai, etc. In addition to the visit to their respective villages, the itinerary is also scheduled to meet the weekly markets at Key Afer, Dimeka and Turmi. This tour is ideal for photographers and culture lovers.
Day 01: Arrival - Addis Ababa
Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer-in to hotel. Overnight: Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel
Day 02: Addis – Tiya – Adadi Mariam – Langano
Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). At Lake Langano enjoy swimming and bird watching around. Overnight: Sabana Beach Resort or similar
Day 03: Langano – Arba Minch
Drive from Langano to Arba Minch through the fertile land of Wolayta and Alaba regions, The Alaba people are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. And on the way visit Sinkile Wild life Sanctuary, here you will see the endemic Swain’s heart best and other mammals. Overnight: Paradise Lodge or similar
Day 04: Arba Minch
After breakfast drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village, the Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leafs , here you will also see the daily activity of the Doreze people, drive back to Arba Minch for lunch and in the afternoon you will have a boat trip on lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes, on this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos. Overnight: Paradise Lodge or similar
Day 05: Arba Minch – Jinka
Drive 275 km south to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces. Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge or similar
Day 06: Jinka
Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley. Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge or similar
Day 07: Jinka – Turmi
Drive to Turmi – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. (If today is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a stop at the colorful weekly market of the Hamer and the Benna people at Dimeka.) Overnight: Buska Lodge or similar
Day 08: Turmi
In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Then, with a picnic lunch stop at Murulle, head to Korcho – the village of the Karo people. (OR if the day is Saturday or Tuesday, have an excursion in the afternoon to visit the colorful weekly market of the Hamer at Dimeka, or if Monday at Turmi.) Overnight: Buska Lodge or similar
Day 09: Turmi – Yabello
Drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore. Overnight: Yabello Motel or similar
Day 10: Yabello – Awassa
Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and the other people of Sidama who are renowned for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana. Overnight: Haile Resort or Similar
Day 11: Awassa – Addis
Visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. Have a free afternoon in Addis. In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals. Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure
Set Departures: Daily
Who can do this Safari: Everyone
NB: This is an indication of the type of itinerary you can do. You have the option to customize this itinerary to suit your interests in terms of destinations you would like to visit and/or activities you would prefer to do.
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- Pick up and drop off at JKIA - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Bed & Breakfast in Nairobi Hotel.
- Domestic Flights.
- Full Board on Safari
- All transport in designed safari vehicle 4x4WD with a pop up roof for maximum game viewing comfort with a professional English speaking driver/guide.
- All park entrance fees
- The cost of obtaining visas
- Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, tips, porterage etc.
- International flights.
- International departure taxes.
- Travel and medical insurance.
- All other expenses that are purely of a personal nature.
- All other items that are not mentioned in 'our price includes'.
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