16-Days Tour to Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley

Tour Description

 

Tour Code:  16 Days Tailor-made Tour to Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley

Attractions: Tribal Culture, Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, & Birds

Duration: 16Days &15Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, Flight & Boat ride

 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

 

You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

 

After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel apartment, Addis Ababa

 

Day 2: Drive to Awash National Park

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Awash National Park (225 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Lake Basaka and its aquatic birds. Up on arrival at the park, you will check into a lodge. In the late afternoon, you will do sightseeing at the Awash waterfalls and see the wild life. In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Awash Falls Lodge.

 

Day 3: Drive to Langano

 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Langano (311Km from Awash NP), where on your way make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. Lake Ziway, the shallowest lake in the Rift Valley chain of lakes which depth 7m. You will stop for lunch at Ziway.  Your arrival in Langano will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort or Boarati Lodge.

 

Day 4: Drive to Yirega Alem

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). They you will drive to Yirega Alem (130 Km from Langano). You will have lunch in Awassa.

 

Then you will drive to Yiregalem (50 Km from Awassa). On arrival check in to the lodge. After a brief break explore the surrounding Sidama Village and its organic garden coffee. Overnight stay in Aregash Lodge.

 

Day 5: Drive to Arba Minch through Wolayta Sodo

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (330 Km from Yirega Alem). On the visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the way you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa).

 

You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 6: Excursion to Dorze – Chencha

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch). The Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). Drive to Chencha (8 Km from Dorze town) visit the Saturday Chencha Market. You will have a picnic lunch.

 

Late in the afternoon drive back to Arba Minch. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

For more detail information please, visit to Roots of Ethiopia (www.rootsofethiopia.com).

 

Day 7:Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town via Arebore - Tsemay

 

After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (280 Km from Arba Minch). You will have lunch in Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch). The continue your drive to Turmi via Arebore-Tsemay while visit the Arebore (Erebore) village. You will arrive in Turmi late in the afternoon. Check-in to the lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 8:Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench

 

An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.

 

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck.

Or you will also visit the Hammer Monday Market in Turmi. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 9: Excursion to Dimeka to visit Tuesday Hammer Market

 

An early morning drive will take you to Dimeka to visit the Tuesday Hammer market (56 Km from Turmi). Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. 

 

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 10: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo Village

 

An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). You will spend the day visiting the Karo village. You will have lunch in the bush, take picnic lunch. Late in the afternoon drive back to Turmi for overnight stay. In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 11: Drive to Jinka

 

After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Turmi), visiting an interesting village on the way. You will continue travelling to Key Afer and visit the Thursday Key afar market. You will have lunch in Key afar.  You will proceed driving to Jinka (40 Km from Key afar).

You will arrive in Jinka early/midafternoon. Check in to hotel/resort. Take your own time. Rest, relax or walk by yourself in the town and/or follow your own program. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel/resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit hotel.

 

Day 12: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips). Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch. 

 

After lunch, you will visit to the nearby Ari village and museum in Jinka. Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Konso

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Konso (160 Km from Jinka, famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

 

You will arrive early in the afternoon. Checking in to the lodge. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Konso Village. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge, Konso.

 

Day 14:Visit the Konso Village and drive back to Arba Minch

 

After breakfast you will be driven to not touristic & UNESCO registered Konso village, where you will spend the day visiting and taking pictures. You will have lunch in Kanta lodge. Early/mid in the afternoon drive to Arba Minch (90 Km from Konso). Check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 15: Visit Nech Sar National Park

 

In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife and you will also visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.

 

In the afternoon follow your own program. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 16: Flight back to Addis Ababa

 

Check-in 02:30 PM Depart 04:30 PM Arrival  05:00PM

 

You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

N.B: A Day room will be booked, upon your request.

 

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Rate:

Starting from: $ 2,145 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 125

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch – Addis Ababa

 

·      If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = ?? USD

·       If not (with other airline) = ?? USD

Flight cost subject to change.

Price includes:

·       Well-maintained and insured 4WD vehicles  Model 2013-2015

·       Fuel

·       All transfers in & out

·       Hotel Room on Double  Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)

·       All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees

·       Bottled natural water every day,

·       Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

 

·       Entry visa

·       International flights

·       Domestic flight (Addis Ababa –Arba Minch – Addis Ababa)

·       Meals (Lunch & Dinner)

·       Photography & Video fees,

·       Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)