Programme details:

This is a 11-day, 11-night programme, in which you will travel to meet the Tribes of Southern Ethiopia.

Day 1: Welcome to Ethiopia

Arrival and welcome at Addis Airport. After taking a rest, if time permits start to explore Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world. The visit includes the Entoto Mountain, the site from which Menelik the founder of Addis Ababa descended down to the plains. Two churches built by Menelik are found there. Menelik is crowned in one of them. Nearby, Menelik’s old palace is still intact and open to visitors. This is a small museum featuring royal attire, war items, furniture, books, etc. From Entoto Mountains there is a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Also included in your tour is the National museum, which ranks among the most important museums in sub- Sahara Africa. Here the recently discovered skeleton of Selma has been on exhibit. Selam was found in December 2000 at Dikika, Afar, in the northern part of Ethiopia. Just like Lucy, Salem is an Australopithecus aphaeresis. However, there is a major difference between the two since Selam lived over 150,000 years before Lucy! Lunch at Lucy restaurant. Finally to Merkato, is the largest open market in East Africa. There you will find items ranging from spices to jewelry, artifacts, etc. There is nothing you cannot find in our vibrant market.

Overnight Bole Ambassador Hotel or equivalent. The Sheraton Hotel can be arranged at additional cost.

Day 2: Addis Ababa to Langano

After breakfast, we drive to Lake Ziway via Meki. Lake Ziway is the largest of the northern group of the Rift Valley Lakes. It lies about 1.5 km east of the town of Ziway, it is best known for its bird life. Leave Ziway and continue to Lake Langano.

Overnight at Savana Lodge

Day 3: Langano to Arba Minch

After breakfast, travels through the rolling hillsides of Wolaitta. After Sodo turn south, and skirt the western shores of Lakes Abay and Chamo, the southernmost of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley Lakes, before arriving in Arba Minch, or “40 springs”. Check into the Paradise Lodge. The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the narrow stretch of forested land, known locally as “the bridge of heaven”, which separates the two lakes. Lunch at your hotel and let afternoon you will enjoy the boat trip on Lake Chamo. The attraction of the boat trip includes viewing of a large number of hippos and crocodiles from a very close range.

Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 4: Arba Minch

After breakfast, we drive to Chencha, to participate in the weekly market of the Dorze .The home of the Dorze people, renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive- shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The main occupations of the region are subsistence farming and weaving. The shama cloth produced around Chencha is regarded to be the finest in Ethiopia: plain white Gabbi robes and brightly colored scarf- like netalas are sold along the roadside. Lunch in Chencha at a Local restaurant. After lunch, visit the house of Dorze society which is very tall house measures from 7-11 m in height. It is made of bamboo and the interior section consists of fireplace, bedroom, store, guests sit, and room for keeping small cattle. In addition to the impressive main house, one can see a special house for honeymoon. The garden is also rich of false banana (enset) plant.

Overnight at the Paradise Lodge.

Day 5: Wed – Arba Minch to Konso to Jinka

Drive to Konso, which is about 96km from Arba Minch. Continue Driving to Jinka (160 Km, 4 hours) via Woito and Key Afer, about 200km. Make a drive through Woito village and then to Key Afer. Visit the Benna tribes which are neighbors with the Hamer tribe and it is believed that the Bena actually originated from them centuries ago. And finally proceed to Jinka.

Overnight at the Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 6: Jinka to Mago National Park to Mursi to Jinka

After breakfast drive to Mago National park; in the park you may see the following animals Bushbuck, Dik Dik, Baboons and Colobus Monkeys. Then drive to Mursi tribe is known by body scarification and (among the women) the wearing of lip plates. They are settled around the Omo River and in the Mago National Park. Due to the climate, they move twice a year between the winter and summer months. They herd cattle and grow crops along the banks of the Omo River. Return back to Jinka for Lunch, after lunch visit the South Omo Museum & the Research Center for more information about the tribes. If time permits, visit Ari Villages which have neat compounds infertile and scenic land with coffee plantations. They have large livestock herds and produce large quantities of honey. The women wear skirts from the banana like a tree, called “Enset”. Ari women are famous for their pottery which they sell to support their families.

Overnight: Eco-Omo Lodge

Day 7: Jinka to Turmi

After breakfast, we drive to Turmi via Key Afer and Dimeka, about127kms on the way, stop in Key Afer for the local market, which is on Thursday This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by neighborhood Hamer, Benna, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Proceed to Turmi via Dimaka by enjoying the Hamer tribes.

Overnight Buska Lodge

Day 8: Turmi to Omorate to Karo to Turmi

Today, we drive to Omorate, it is about 35km, cross the Omo River by Canoe and visits the Dasenech villages (Galeb tribe) then drive back to Turmi. In the afternoon visit the Hamer village. The Hamer are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and colouring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around the arms and legs. Afternoon drive to Muruelle, it is about 67km; visit the Duss and Korcho villages of the Karo people. They are considered masters of body painting, in which they engage when preparing for a dance, feast, or celebration.

Overnight at the Buska Lodge.

Day 9: Turmi to Dimaka Market to Konso

After breakfast, we drive back to Konso.

On the way we spend some time at a small village called Dimaka, where the weekly market was underway. While there was some comparison with the market, we had visited a few days earlier, this was fairly different, with a lower diversity of attending tribes (only Hammer and Banna live close enough to attend) and a different selection of wares on offer. Besides all the various grains and hair-colouring soils there were decorated calabashes and traditional musical instruments vying for space with various skins and jewellery, as well as many more modern plastic objects like buckets and brooms. Tribes and see their dressing styles, houses and way of living. Proceed to Konso via Woito for your dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Konso Kanta lodge

Day 10: Konso to Arba Minch

After breakfast, we take a morning visit Konso Village. The Konso people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves. Enjoy the terrace they make recognized and prized by UNESCO. In addition to this it is worth exploring their village, traditionally the konso live in congested centralized settlements, typically situated on the top of a hill and enclosed by stone walls measuring up to 2m high. These walled hilltop settlements usually have no more than three or four entrance gates, and can be reached only via a limited number of steep footpaths. Lunch at Local restaurant and after lunch drive to Arba Minch for your dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight at Paradise Lodge

Day 11: Arba Minch to Addis

Today, we drive through hosanna and Melka Kunture, on the way visit Tiya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mysterious stelae, thought to be grave markers, dating from the 12th century. Archaeological excavations allowed for the recovery of the prehistoric heritage and of the related scientific information. More than 80 archaeological layers have been identified during 50 years of archaeological research; 30 of them have been extensively excavated over surfaces ranging from 50 m2 to 250 m2. Tens of thousands of lithic tools, faunal and sometime human remains (Homo erectus sensu lato and archaic Homo sapiens) have been discovered. Many more are preserved in an area of more than 100 km2, and wait for future research and for future generations of scholars.

Day room use at Bole Ambassador Hotel or equivalent and Departure.

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