Tour – 10: Southern Ethiopia ( Omo Valley tribes ) ( 9 days )
Day 01/Thur./ Arrival at Addis Ababa and drive to Awassa (272 km, 5hr)
After arrival we drive to one of the restaurants in Addis and start the drive to Awassa. We drive south down the Rift valley passing lakes Koka, langano, Abiyata and Shalla Lakes. E-n route we stop on the lakes for bird watching. Specially Lake Ziway is very rich of birds. Urther through Shashemene to Awassa and check in Lake Shore hotel located on the best side of lake Awassa. In the afternoon we can have walk around the Lake for bird watching. Over night in Awassa.
Day 02/ Fri./ Awassa – Arba Minch drive, Tourist hotel.
After visiting the traditional fish market called amora Gedel, We drive south down the Rift valley turning west at the town called Shashamane. Then we drive through the rolling hills of Wolayta. En- route you visit the different house styles of the Alaba Oromos, the Wolaita’s, and Hadiya. Short stop to visit the potter’s village. Reach Arba Minch town located between two lakes, Abaya and Chamo and over night stay in Tourist Hotel.
Day 03/Sat./ Arround Arba Minch.
Morning drive to Chencha to visit the colorful Tuesday market of the Dorze people on the top of Guge mountain(3400 meters a.s.l. ). Also visit the Dorze people culture of weaving and their beehive style house made from bamboo. In the afternoon, boat excursion on lake Chamo to see crocodiles and hippos and many birds. This is one of the best sites in the world where you can see the biggest crocodiles. The lake is also rich in variety of aquatic birds. You meet also the local fisher men doing their usual job on boats made in traditional way. EZANA Hotel.
Day 04/Sun./ Arba minch – Konso – Erbore – Turmi, Turmi Lodge.
This days is a day to start to drive in the remote south Ethiopia and to see different people culture in wilderness. Around Konso, you see the people of Derashi, Gidole and Gewada mostly with traditional short skirt. Admire their house style and village complex, and their farming style. Konso people are known for their intricately terraced hill. Konso is a site recorded by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Around Woyto river the people of Tsemay and Benna with their animal skin made clothes and their body is decorated with bids, quarry shells and metals and unique hear styles. After short stop at Woyto village continue to Erbor Tribe village to see one of the colorfull tribe in Omo valley.
We continue the drive to Turmi, the center of Hammar people. The Hamer are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs. They are also famous for their annual celebration of initiation of boys to transform to adult hood, a ceremony called Bull-Jumping. Bull-jumping is a precondition of marriage for men of Hamar people. June up to September, which is after harvest time in the area, is a time for bull-jumping. They rarely do the jumping in other months. Over night in Turmi lodge.
Day 05/ Mon./ Around Turmi( market day) and drive to Jinka, Resort hotel.
After a relaxed breakfast and walking in the surrounding of the area we visit the weekly market of the Hamar people. Saturday is a very colorful and one the vibrant market of the area. Here the Hamar and the Benna people meat for exchange of their products. The tribal people walk to this market from all over the area to buy and sale. This gives you a big hint about the daily life of the people, their products and the traditional materials on daily use.
After the visit if the market drive t Jinka for vernight stay in Resrt hotel.
Day 06/ Tues./Jinka – Mursi – Jinka,( 95 km) Resort Hotel.
We live Jinka after breakfast and to the western direction of Mago park to see the Mursi people. They mostly live in separate villages of small groups. The famous Mursi women sport remarkable lip decorations, flat slabs of dried clay which can be the size of a small plate, inserted into the lower lip. The men are renowned warriors; very slender, they rarely cover up their body which proudly bears the scars of their combats. Drive back to Jinka for over night in Resort Hotel.
Day 07/ Wed./Jinka – key Afer – Konso – Arba Minch, Tourist Hotel
After early start direct to the Eastern direction of Konso. Cross the territory of Ari and Benna people. Your first stop is to visit the Benna people village. Around Woyto river the people of Tsemay and Benna with their animal skin made clothes and their body is decorated with shells, bids, quarry shells and metals and unique hear styles. After the visit continue to Arba Minch via Konso.
Day 08/ Thur./ Drive back to Addis. Overnight in Addis in Panaroma Hotel.
On this drive we are taking another route which can show us the different landscape of the Wolaita, Kembata and Hadiya. After a short stop for lunch in Hossana town we continue the drive and will stop to see the Archaeological site of the Tiya staele.
Arrive Addis late afternoon and check in to Panoroma Hotel.
Day 9/ Fr./ Addis Ababa, city tour, shopping, evening departure.
City tour of Addis which includes the view point from mount Entoto, National Museum of archaeology, The Trinity Cathedral, lunch time, visit of the open air market Mercato, shopping, dinner in traditional restaurant with local dense, transfer to the airport and departure.