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Overview
This Ethiopian adventure begins and concludes in Addis Ababa Our first destination is the Lower Omo Valley which has been recognized by UNESCO, which has declared it a cultural World Heritage site. It also contains two expansive national parks and several Important Bird Areas. This vast, scenic valley is however most famous for its staggering cultural diversity. Over a dozen distinctive ethnic groups exist here, many of whom live lives little touched by the modern world. This is largely due to the area’s remoteness and prior near-inaccessibility, forming a natural barrier to modernization and the detribalization of the Omo Valley. Our tour aims to spend time with the Dorze, Konso, Arbore, Hamar, Benna, Karo, Ari and Mursi tribes (all now justly famous for their dress, body adornments and unique culture) and we will also encounter other tribes when visiting market villages. In addition, we will of course take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of this remote and fascinating region.

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Vehicle Type for Touring

Car or Small Van AC

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival into Bole International airport .Meet your English Speaking Guide and transfer to your hotel .Refresh then meet your guide for your Addis City Tour, we will visit National Museum also called the Archeological museum that houses interesting archeological featuring which includes "Lucy," the 3.2-million-year-old hominid skeleton considered the missing link in the evolutionary study of mankind. Proceed to the Ethnographic museum, which displays a very large collection of Ethiopian crafts and items of historical interest.

After breakfast at the hotel.Check out, meet your English Speaking Driver and transfer to Bole International airport for your onward flight to Arba Minch .Arrival at your hotel for check in and lunch .

Afternoon a drive to Chencha to see the Dorze tribes and their village.
The Dorze are Well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. Admire the wonderful view of Lake Abaya and Chamo.Return to the hotel
Dinner and overnight stay

Early morning breakfast .Check out, meet your English Speaking Guide and drive to lake Chamo for early morning boat excursion to see the Crocodile Market and the Hippos. (Here crocodiles are some of the longest in Africa, with length of 8 and also above meters

Then drive to Jinka and on the way visit the Konso, Tsemay and Ari tribes. Cross the weito Dessert which is the home of the Tsemay tribes

After breakfast at the resort.Check out, meet your English Speaking Guide and enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages.
Here for beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Back to Jinka for Lunch and drive to Turmi and visit the Hamer tribes and their village. Overnight stay

After breakfast This morning We're going to Murulle to meet with the tribe Karo, whose members are known for their adorn bodies with which the various patterns and scars. Afternoon you will visit the beautiful market of the hamer tribes if today is Monday or Tuesday and after the market, if you are lucky you will see the bull Jumping ceremony around Turmi. If today not market day, we will visit one of the Hammer village, their way of life and activities. Back to Turmi. Overnight stay

After breakfast This morning we will rise early and drive to the edge of the Omo River.

We will cross the river by canoe to the villages of the Dasanech tribes (a motor boat or a ferry maybe available but is not guaranteed)

The Dasanech are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns.

Lunch in Turmi and further drive to Konso, with overnight stay.

In the morning visit the Konso village which is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO. Enjoy Konso - GargesieNear the village lies a giant cleft, within which many rock formations resembling the outline of their forms in New York. Further drive to Arbaminch to catch the flight back to Addis.

Transfer to attraction site of St. George cathedral and Museum.

Morning you will have city tour of Addis with a drive up north to Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city, proceed to visit the Trinity Cathedral, the largest and most revered of all the churches, which was built in 1941. Another visit of Merkato which is said to be the biggest market in Africa. Have lunch and transfer to airport to catch your afternoon flight

Inclusions

Accommodation as specified in itinerary
Meals as specified in itinerary
Transfers as specified in itinerary
English Speaking Driver as specified in itinerary
English Speaking Guide as specified in itinerary
Services of an experienced English-speaking driver-guide
All entrance fees and guided excursions as described in
itinerary
All park fees
1 litre bottled water per person per day

Exclusions

International Flights and Airport Taxes
Visa Fees (if applicable)
Medical & Travel Insurance
Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff
Gratuity to tour driver/guide
All expenses of personal nature
Any entrance fees and guided excursions not included in
the above itinerary if not mentioned
Early Check In & Late Check Out
Internal & Domestic Flights (priced separately)

Notes

Optionals on request

Hotels/ Lodges

Golden Tulip Addis Ababa
Eco Omo Resort
Buska Lodge
Kanta Lodge

Trip Highlights

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Mursi, Turmi, Karo, Konso

Departure Period

01 Feb, 2022 to 20 Dec, 2022
AUD 4,486 P P twin share
AUD 5,151 P P single

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