Program: Cultural tour
Tour Duration: 10 night/11 days
Tour code : SET 1615
Transport : Surface
DAY 1: ADDIS ABABA
Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer-in to hotel. If we have time city tour in Addis.O/N ADDIS ABABA (HOTEL)
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – TIYA – ADADI MARIAM – LANGANO
Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). At Lake Langano enjoy swimming and bird watching around. O/N LANGANO.
DAY 3: LANGANO – ARBA MINCH
Drive 300 km south to Arba Minch visiting the tribal people of Alaba who are noted for their beautifully painted houses, Wolita, known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana, and Dorze – who are renowned for their tall huts. O/N ARBAMINCH (LODGE).
DAY 4: ARBA MINCH
In the 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 5: ARBA MINCH –KONSO – JINKA
After breakfast 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 6: JINKA
Today,after breakfast you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley. O/N – JINKA (HOTEL).
DAY 7: JINKA– TURMI
After breakfast 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 8: TURMI
In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Then, with a picnic lunch stop at Murulle, head to Korcho – the village of the Karo people. (OR if the day is Saturday or Tuesday, have an excursion in the afternoon to visit the colorful weekly market of the Hamer at Dimeka, or if Monday at Turmi.) O/N TURMI (LODGE).
DAY 9: TURMI – YABELLO
After breakfast drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore. O/N – YABELLO (MOTEL).
DAY 10: YABELLO – AWASSA
After breakfast drive 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
Visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. Have a free afternoon in Addis. In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals.
End of tour; then Departure.