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5 Days trip to South Omo valley

Tour title: Trip to the South Omo Valley Tribes

Tour code: ET 29

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Attractions: Tribal Cultures, wildlife, natural scenery, biodiversity

Transportation: car

Day 1. Addis Ababa – Arbaminch: Early in the morning, you will start driving towards the south to reach the lake side town of Arbaminch. This drive will take you through one of the most fertile and greener part of the country. Few kilometers before reaching Arbaminch, you drive to the village of Dorzie people, who are known for their bamboo made beehive like houses and weaving culture. After experiencing their life style, you will drive to Arbaminch. Overnight: Hotel

Day 2. Arbaminch – Jinka: After breakfast, you will embark on a boat to visit the 'crocodile market' on Lake Chamo, where you can see plenty of crocs coming together to sunbath by the shore of the lake. You will also see birds fishing and hippos immersed in the water. The scenery surrounding the lake is breath taking. Then, proceed to Jinka (the capital of the Omo valley region) through Konso. You will be driving by the villages of Benna, Tsemay and Ari tribes. Overnight: Hotel

Day 3. Jinka -Mursi – Turmi: This morning drive will take you to Mago NP to visit the Mursi tribe.You would encounter some game animals that suddenly emerge to the road sometimes. The Mursi are known for their lip plating, earlobes and stick fighting (Donga). Afterward, drive back to Turmi and spend the rest of the day exploring around the villages and environment of Hamer people. Depending on availability, you would attend the Bull Jumping ceremony, an initiation of Hamer tribe in which a man should run on the back of lined up cattle. Overnight: Hotel

Day 4. Turmi - Konso – Arbaminch: On the way back to Arbaminch, you will stop over Konso. It is a tribe renowned for its collective labor work and terraces built on their land. Their fascinating villages and landscape is registered by UNESCO as the 9th World Heritage Site of Ethiopia. Then after, drive to Arbaminch. Overnight: Hotel

Day 5. Arbaminch - Addis Ababa: Drive back to Addis Ababa. On the way stop to visit the traditional houses of the tribes of Halaba, Welayta, Silte, Gurage and Oromo.

End of the tour!

7 Days Camping Tour to South Omo Valley Tribes

Tour title: Camping Tour to the South Omo Valley Tribes

Tour code: ET 30

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Attractions:Tribal Cultures, wildlife, natural scenery, biodiversity

Transportation: car

Day 1. Addis - Arbaminch - Dorzie: Fly from Addis to Arbaminch, After a short break in Arbaminch, you will ascend up to The Gughe Mountains, the west escarpment of The Rift Valley, to get to the village of Dorzie people who are known for their bamboo made beehive like houses and weaving culture. Overnight in Dorzie Village, cultural lodge

Day 2. Dorzie - konso – Jinka: After breakfast, you will embark on a boat to visit the 'crocodile market' on Lake Chamo, where you can see plenty of crocs coming together to sunbath by the shore of the lake. You will also see birds fishing and hippos immersed in the water. The scenery surrounding the lake is breath taking.precede the drive to Jinka (the capital of Omo valley region) through Konso. On the way, you will stop to visit Konso Village. It is a tribe renowned for its collective labor work and terraces built in their land.Their fascinating villages and landscape is registered by UNESCO as the 9th World Heritage Site of Ethiopia. En route, you will be driving by the villages of Tsemay, Ari and Bena tribes. Overnight; camping in Ari Tribe Village

Day 3. Ari – Mursi: Experience an active life in Ari Tribe and continue to visit the Mursi, who occupy the land a little after the Mago NP, The Mursi are known for their lip plats, earlobes and stick fight (Donga ) - a form of initiation. You may also encounter some game animals that suddenly emerge on the road sometimes. Overnight: Camping in one of the Mursi villages

Day 4. Mursi – karo: This morning, attend the traditional breakfast ceremony of Mursi, that is, a mix of milk and blood taken from live cow vessel by piercing with an arrow. Then drive southward to visit the people of the Karo tribe.The Karo people are the smallest number tribe from all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate decorations, particularly during local ceremonies. You also see the whole process of body paintings there and share more cultural activities. Overnight: camping in the village of Karo people.

Day 5. Karo – Dassenech: Visit the village of Karo again in the morning when life is very active. Proceed further south to visit the Dassenech tribe and the Omo River. Dassenech is a tribe found in the most southerly part of Ethiopia and settled along the river bank of Omo. Experience the traditional way of crossing The Omo River to visit one of their villages. Overnight: camping in the village of Dassenech tribe, just by the bank of Omo River.

Day 6. Dassenech – Hamar: After the usual morning activities, drive to Turmi and spend the rest of the day exploring around the villages and environment of HAMAR people.Depending on the availability, you would attend the Bull Jumping ceremony, an initiation of Hamer tribe in which a man should run on the back of lined up cattle. Overnight; camping in Hamar village or use Bedroom in an average local hotel

Day 7. Turmi – Arbaminch: Drive back to Arbaminch early in the morning. After lunch, check-in the Airport for your flight to Addis. You will be invited to a Farewells party in one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurants.

End of the tour!

8 Days Tour to South Omo & Rift Valley

Tour title:Trip to the South Omo Tribes & Rift Valley Region

Tour code: ET 31

uration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Attractions: Tribal Cultures, wildlife, natural scenery, biodiversity

Transportation: car

Day 1. Addis Ababa – Hawasa: Drive from the highland city of Addis to the Rift Valley lake side town of Hawassa. En route, you will visit Melka Kunture (the most important archaeological site in the Horn of Africa), and Tiya (the UNESCO registered World Heritage Site of pre historic greave mark steles). Lake Ziway, known for birds, Abijata - Shala NP, and Shashemene (village of the Ras Teferian community in Ethiopia) can also be visited. Overnight: Hotel

Day 2. Awassa –Yabello: Drive southward to Yabello, the capital town of the Borena people. En route, you will visit the villages of Sidama, Gedio people and Yabello sanctuary which protects some animals like Burchell's Zebra, lesser and greater kudu, Grant's gazelle and many indigenous birds. Overnight: Hotel

Day 3. Yabello-El sod-Konsso: Early in the morning, you will drive to El Sod a Crater Lake from which local people extract salt for household consumption and profit sales. Walking down to the lake and coming back to the edge of the lake will take about 2:30 hours. Then, proceed to visit the singing well where a chanting chain of people haul buckets of water from the well to its lip. In this way they can provide water for hundreds of cattle every day. After lunch, continue drive to Konsso. On the way visit the Borena village. Overnight: Hotel

Day 4. Konsso–Jinka: After breakfast,visit the village of Konsso people who are known for making terracing on their fields.Drive to Jinka via Key Afer, the famous Thursday market where the Benna, Hamer,Ari and Tsemay come together. This move will transform you from the Rift Valley to the famous tribal South Omo Valley of Ethiopia. You will also visit the villages of Tsemay, and Ari. Overnight: Hotel

Day 5. Jinka - Mursi – Turmi: Early morning drive to Mago NP to visit the village of Mursi people. They are known for their lip plates, ear lobes and body scarification. Then, return to Jinka. After lunch, you will visit the Omo valley museum to get further information about the region. Then, proceed to Turmi. Overnight: Hotel

Day 6. Turmi - Omorate / Karo: Turmi is a capital town of the south omo valley people of Hamar. This day you will have a choice either to go to Karo, or Omorate in addition to the activity around the Hammer people village. Overnight: Hotel

Day 7. Turmi- Arba Minch: In the morning you start driving to Arba Minch. Depending on the day, you will attend very color full local markets in Demeka (attended by Hammar, Benna, Karo and Basheda people), or Key Afer (benna and tsemay people), or Wayto (Tsemay, Benna and Gewada people), or Kato (by konsso and Derashe people).After you get in Arbaminch ascend the Gughe mountain to visit the Dorzie people who are known for their bamboo made beehive like houses and weaving culture. Overnight: Hotel

Day 8. Arbaminch - Addis Ababa: After breakfast, you will embark on a boat to visit the 'crocodile market' on Lake Chamo, where you can see plenty of crocs coming together to sunbath by the shore of the lake. You will also see birds fishing and hippos immersed in the water. The scenery surrounding the lake is breath taking. Fly back to Addis Ababa.

End of the tour!!!

13 days tour to Bale, Rift & South Omo Valley

Tour title: Trip to Bale Mountains, South Omo Valley Tribes & Rift Valley Region

Tour code: ET 32

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Attractions: Tribal Cultures, wildlife, natural scenery, biodiversity

Transportation: Walking, & car

Day 1. Addis Ababa - Bale Mountains NP: Drive to Bake via Debre Zeyt. On the way stop over Ziway for bird watching and Shashemene to visit the village of Ras Teferian community.

Day 2. Explore Bale Mountains NP: Drive into Bale NP, ascend up to the top of Tullu Dimtu(4,377m) the 2nd highst mountain in the country. Drive further to Harrena, the largest remaining rainforest in Ethiopia. On the way spot the rarest endemic animal, Ethiopian wolf and plenty of birds. Eventually you will drive back to Bale Goba.

Day 3. Bale – Awassa: Early morning, start driving to Awassa. En route stop over Dinsho, headquarter of Bale NP and spot the main concentration of Bale's mountain Nyala(endemic) and other mammals like Menlik's bushbuck(endemic), Bohor's reedbuck, warthogs and colubos monkey. Stop also at Wondogenet, the former palace of Hailesilasie, to swim in the pool filled with natural hot spring water.

Day 4. Awassa – Yabello: In the morning drive further south to Yabello passing through a fantastically scenic land scape covered with natural forest and coffee plants. Visit Tutu Fella, cluster of phallic shaped steles. Make the final stop over Yabello Sanctuary to see Burchell's Zebra (sure to spot) and many more birds.

Day 5. Yabello - El Sod – Konso: Early morning, drive to El Sod (chew bate), a crater lake where people extract salt for household consumption or sale. Afterwards, visit too many cattle gathered around the 'Singing Wells', where a chanting chain of people haul buckets of water from the well to its lip. After Lunch, drive to Konso.

Day 6. Konso – Jinka: After breakfast, visit the Konso who are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques. Hence, their fascinating villages and landscape is registered by UNESCO as the 9th World Heritage Site of Ethiopia. Lunch will be followed by a drive to Jinka with stop overs to visit the villages of Tsemay and Ari tribes.

Day 7. Jinka -Mursi –Turmi: This morning drive will take you to Mago NP to visit the Mursi tribe. Depending on your luck, you would encounter with some game animals who suddenly emerge to the road sometimes. The Mursi are known internationally for their lip plating, earlobes and stick fight (Donga) - a form of initiation. The drive will continue to Turmi after having lunch in Jinka. En route, visit Benna tribe.

Day 8. Excursion to Omorate: In the morning, drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local dug out boat to visit the Dasennech tribe. Return to Turmi and in the afternoon, visit Hamer village. At night, see the traditional night dance of the Hamer people, known as Evangadi.

Day 9. Excursion to Karo: It is a morning trip to visit the people of the Karo tribe. The Karo people are the smallest number tribe from all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate body painting and decorations, particularly during local ceremonies. Then drive to Dimeka to attend the eye catching local market attend by Hamer, Benna and Karo people.

Day 10. Turmi – Arbaminch: Early morning, visit Hammar villages when it is very active. Then drive to Arbaminch via Arbore, one of the fascinating and photogenic tribes of the Omo Valley.

Day 11. Explore Arbaminch: Early morning, drive to Nechsar NP, where you will see Zebra, Gazzel, and other animals. After lunch boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile market, where plenty of them come together by the lake shore for sunbathing.

Day 12. Arbaminch – Langano: Drive to Lake Langano. On the way you will stop over the village of Dorzie people who are known for their bamboo made beehive like houses and weaving culture. Visit also the Hallaba villages and attend local markets.

Day 13. Langano - Addis Ababa: After breakfast, explore Abijata - Shalla NP to see wild animals, natural hot spring water and fantastic scenery. Then, drive back to Addis via Debre Zeyt.

End of the tour!!!

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