Program: cultural tour/Omo valley
Tour Duration: 11 night/12 days
Tour code: 1616
Transport : Surface
DAY 1: ADDIS ABABA
Be welcomed at Addis Ababa Bole international airport and transfer to hotel. O/N ADDIS ABABA (HOTEL).
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – ARBA MINCH
Drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Dorze village which are known as their tall houses made from Bamboo tree and banana leafs. O/N ARBA MINCH (LODGE).
DAY 3: ARBA MINCH
Morning visit the Nech Sar National Park to visit mammals like Swains Hartebeest (endemic), Burchil’s Zebra, Grants Gazelle and also endemic birds like the thick-billed raven, the Wattled ibis, and the mysterious Nech Sar nightjar, and in the afternoon have a remarkable boat trip on the rift valley lake of Chamo to visit the ‘crocodile market’ where you can see display of large African Crocodiles, hippopotamus, and low land water birds. O/N ARBA MINCH (LODGE).
DAY 4: ARBA MINCH – KONSO – JINKA
Drive to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces. (If the day is Thursday, stop on your way at Key Afer to visit the most colorful multicultural market in the Lower Omo Valley, which is attended, by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai.) O/N JINKA (Hotel).
DAY 5: JINKA – MURSI – JINKA
After breakfast leave Jinka and drive to Murci village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Murci tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Proceed to Mago National Park. After a picnic lunch in the late afternoon drive back to Jinka. O/N JINKA (LODGE OR HOTEL).
DAY 6: JINKA – TURMI
Drive to Turmi – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. (If today is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a stop at the colorful weekly market of the Hamer and the Benna people at Dimeka.) O/N TURMI (LODGE).
DAY 7: TURMI – KARO – TURMI
Early morning after breakfast Head to Murulle to see the Karo tribe, famous for there body panting (they prepare the ink for the painting from locally available material like flower, soil and animal blood) we will also admire the scenery view of the Omo river from the edge of the village. In the after noon market optional if the day fall in the market day O/N TURMI (LODGE).
DAY 8: TURMI –OMORATE – TURMI
After breakfast drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench (Geleb) tribe by crossing the Omo River which finally joins Lake Turkana. After lunch break went to village to visit the hammer tribe and if you are lucky you may have a chance to see bull jumping or traditional dancing. O/N TURMI (LODGE).
DAY 9: TURMI – YABELLO
Drive to Yabello visiting the Erbore and the Tsemay people en route. After lunch stop at Konso, continue to the region of Oromo Borena and visit their village. The drive this day will let you experience the life of the Oromo Borena people who is well known in cattle rearing. You also visit the Oromo Borena villages and their ‘Singing Well’ from which they cater water to their thousands of cattle by singing. O/N YABELLO (MOTEL).
DAY 10: YABELLO – AWASSA
Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and the other people of Sidama who are renowned for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana. O/N AWASSA (HOTEL).
DAY 11: AWASSA – ADDIS ABABA
Drive back to Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley lakes. At Awassa visit the fish Market where the local people buy fresh fish from the fisher men. En route we will stop on the viewpoints for the Rift Valley Lakes of Shala, Abijyata and Langano. O/N ADDIS ABABA (HOTEL).
DAY 12: ADDIS ABABA
Morning after breakfast you will make a full day city tour of Addis Ababa, that includes National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Saint George Cathedral Museum and Church, Mount Entoto and Merkato and in the evening, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people.
End of tour; then Departure