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Overview
Experience the Great Rift Valley, much of Africa's volcanic activity is concentrated along the immense 6000 km long crack in the earth's surface known as the Great Rift Valley. Great Rift Valley is great because it is extensive and it was formed by the sinking and tearing apart of the earth. The largest valley on the earth, the Great Rift Valley is one of the planet's most outstanding features. Visit some of the South Ethiopia tribes and the Omo valley, 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.

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Vehicle Type for Touring

Multi seater AC van

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive at Bole International airport, transfer to hotel

After some rest, meet your guide and enjoy a city tour of Addis Ababa including a drive to Mount Entoto for the panoramic view and old palace, National museum which is the resting place of our famous Lucy, Ethnological museum which is the cultural collection place, Trinity Cathedral and Merkato

After breakfast at the hotel.Today we leave Addis Ababa and drive to Hawassa via the Great east Africa Rift valley visiting lake Koka, Zeway, Langano. Lunch in Zeway and continue to Abjata Shalla National park which is the best place for aquatic birds and some wild life.

We also visit the Oromo people and experience their way of life and their villages .Arrival at the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure . Overnight stay

07:30 depart from hotel and visit the fish market near lake Awassa and then drive to Arba Minch in Amharic meaning 40 springs, admire very interesting views and visit the Alaba, Wolayta and Gamo people on the way.

Proceed to visit the Dorze people, their villages, culture, the cultivation of the false banana tree, from which roots they extract their traditional bread, the kotcho and their beehive-shaped houses at Chencha before arriving in Arba Minch around 17:30. overnight stay.

After breakfast at the hotel, today depart for Turmi, visiting the Tsemay, Konso tribes en-route and as today is Monday or Tuesday we will see the colorful market at Turmi of Dimeka that gives a chance to see many tribes together exchanging goods. If you are lucky you will see the bull jumping ceremony of the Hamer tribes, proceed to your hotel . Rest of the day at leisure with overnight stay.

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. There are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns.

Afternoon visit the Dimeka market which will be a good opportunity to see many tribes together exchanging goods.

After the market, if you are lucky you will see the bull Jumping ceremony around Turmi.Arrival at the hotel, rest of the evening at leisure .

07:00 Meet your guide and head to Murulle to meet with the tribe Karo, whose members are known for their adorn bodies with which the various patterns and scars. Afternoon moving in Jinka.

Along the way, you can see the decorated tribal Benna, Ari and their village Further drive to Jinka for lunch. Afternoon visit the Jinka Museum and at 16:00 drive to lodge. Overnight stay.

07:00 proceed to Mago national park, meeting with the Mursi tribe!

Women have taken Mursi inserted into the lower lip plate, and the men inflict a scar on the forearm by the number of killed enemies or wild animals.

Back to Jinka for lunch and as today is Thursday, you will visit one of the best market in the omo Valley at Keyafer Market.

Proceed to Konso. Overnight stay.

After breakfast at the hotel.Meet your guide and depart for a visit to the UNESCO Cultural site of Konso. Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km arid properties of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia.

After lunch proceed 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. Overnight stay

After breakfast at the hotel.11:00 Meet your guide, transfer to the airport for your onward flight service

Upon arrival into Addis, meet your guide and embark on a City tour of Addis Ababa .Also enjoy some souvenir shopping.

Evening farewell dinner at one of the city’s best traditional restaurants to enjoy a variety of Ethiopian cuisines and watch traditional dancing, transfer to airport

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
Unlimited 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
Early Check In & Late Check Out
Internal & Domestic Flights (priced separately)
 Lunch

Notes

Optionals on request at additional cost.
Internal flights at an additional cost.

Hotels/ Lodges- 4 star

The Hub hotel
Haile Resort Hawassa
Haile Resort Arbaminch
Paradise lodge Turmi
Buska/Paradise lodge Turmi
Omo safari lodge
New Kanta Lodge/ Konso Korebta Lodge

Trip Highlights

Addis Ababa-Langano-Hawassa-Awassa-Arba Minch-Turmi-Omora-Jinka-Konso-

Departure Period

01 Feb, 2022 to 20 Dec, 2022
AUD 3,804 P P twin share
AUD 4,328 P P single

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