7-Days Tour to Arba Minch, Wolayta Sodo, Awassa, and Bale Mts

Tour Description


 

Tour Code: 7-Days Tour to Arba Minch, Wolayta Sodo, Awassa, and Bale Mts

Attractions: Scenery, birds & Wildlife

Duration: 7 Days &6Nights

Transportation: Surface drive

 

Day 1: Drive to Arab Minch

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (450 Km from Addis). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo (330 Km from Addis).

 

En route make a detour to Dorze (20 Km before Arba Minch) and visit to the Dorze village. The Dorze people are famous for their beehive shaped huts made of Bamboo leaves and weaving culture. A local guide will take you to a compound of the Dorze people to visit their house and see their life style. The housewife will show you how a kind of flour is prepared from the stem of the enset tree (false banana) which is fermented and used to prepare porridge and sour flat bread. Make a walk in the mountains, passing the Dorze settlements, and visit a weaving and a potter’s cooperation. And visit the colorfull market in Dorze town (if you travel on Monday/Thursday). You will have lunch in Dorze lodge.

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

 

Day 2: Boat trip on Lake Chamo and drive to W/Sodo

In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife.

 

After a lunch & brief break, you can drive to Wolayta Sodo (125Km from Arba Minch) for overnight stay that helps us to reduce the travelling time for Wed. 11 July to be on time at Hosanna. Overnight stay in Abebe Zeleke hotel.

 

Day 3: Visit Ajjora waterfalls, Museum & Caves

 

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Areka (27Km from Sodo). & visit Ajjora water falls (apprx. 11Km from Areka). Back to Sodo for lunch & explore the town visit to the mini-Wolayta museum, local market and/or drive to Mocha borago caves known one of the biggest caves in Wolayta region. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel and stay the night there.  Overnight stay in Abebe Zeleke hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (154 Km from Wolayta Sodo) and on the way 90km before Awassa you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest).

 

Upon arriving in Awassa in the late afternoon, you will check into a hotel. Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Oasis International Hotel.

 

Day 5: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish Market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Dinsho (225 Km from Awassa). Upon arrival at Dinsho, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay Dinsho lodge, inside the park.

(Temperature can drop to 50C better to bring thick clothes for cold, trekking shoes, and rain coat and the lodge is basic in services but it is clean & neat).

 

Day 6: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa

 

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. On the way, you will also visit Abiatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs.


Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.

Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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Rate: Upon request   

 

Price includes:

  • Well-maintained and insured 4WD vehicle 
  • Fuel
  • Hotel Room on family  Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, and scout
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Entry visa
  • International flights
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Photography & Video fees,
  • Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)