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Southern Ethiopia (8 days)

About this Tour:

This tour is ideal for travellers who want to explore within short time Ethiopia’s South with its fantastic landscapes and unique tribes of the Omo Valley. This tour can be perfectly combined with one of our other short Ethiopia tours or with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or the Seychelles.

Highlights:

  • Stelae of Tiya (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Boat Safari on lake Chamo with frica’s biggest crocodiles, hippos and numerous bird species
  • Mago National Park and Omo Valley (UNESCO world heritage site) with unique tribes
  • Visit of the colourful markets of Key Afer and Dimeka in the Omo Valley
  • Authentic encounters with locals during visits of several communities
  • Visit of the Konso region (UNESCO world heritage site)

Short Info:

  •  Tour code: WET-SE-8
  •  Can be conducted throughout the whole year
  •  Next date for seat-in group tour (max. 8 Pax):
  •  Hotel standard: can be chosen as basic or higher standard
  •  Number of domestic flights: 1
  •  Required fitness level: no requirements

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa and City Tour

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport you will be met by a Welcome Ethiopia Tours representative and be taken to your reserved hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we have various sightseeing options:

  • Mount Entotowith the best views over the capital.
  • Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where you can see a variety of artifacts from all the different regions reflecting the history and culture of the country
  • National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old bones of Lucy.
  • George Cathedral, where paintings by the famous Ethiopian artist Afework Tekele and other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritage of the past are displayed.
  • Trinity Cathedral: this is the burial place of members of the imperial family and noted patriots; the cathedral is the most magnificent of its kind in the country, ornamented with carvings, mosaics and other artistic works.
  • The Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa

Hotel:
Basic:
Lobelia Hotel or similar, Addis Ababa (www.hotellobeliaaddis.com)
Higher Standard: Getfam Hotel or similar 4-star hotel, Addis Ababa (www.getfamhotel.com)

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch (465km)

After breakfast, we drive to Arba Minch (approx. 7hrs.), with a stop on the way at Tiya (80km from Addis Ababa) to explore the Stelae field of Tiya, listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Mysterious engraved stelae stretch across Southern Ethiopia. The field comprises some 45 stones of up to 2-3m in height. We then continue to Arba Minch with some fantastic scenery, including the best spot to view the two rift valley lakes, Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the South. We will arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon.and you may relax at the lodge with stunning views from the terrace.

Overnight: 
Basic: Swayne’s Hotel or similar, Arba Minch
Higher Standard: Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch (www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com)

Day 3: Arbaminch – Lake Chamo – Arbaminch

Morning:
After breakfast, we will visit Dorze people with some fantastic scenery, including the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys. The Dorze village is found high in the Guge Mountains overlooking lake Abaya and lake Chamo.

Afternoon:
We undertake a boat cruise on lake Chamo and search for Africa’s biggest crocodiles (up to 6m long), hippos and a large variety of bird life.

Overnight: 
Basic: Swayne’s Hotel or similar, Arba Minch
Higher Standard: Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch (www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com)

Day 4:  Arbaminch – Konso – Key Afer Market – Jinka (240 km)

After breakfast, we drive to Konso approx. (travelling time 3.5 hrs.). Konso is another UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. We will visit the village compound and the the local museum, and usually we are also welcomed in the Konso chief’s compound, which includes the family graveyard and house mummies. The Konso people have a rich agrarian culture and construct ingenious terraces and walls that encircle their fields and villages for protection against livestock damage and flooding.
From Konso we continue our journey to the colourful market of Key Afer (Thursdays only) frequented by several tribes of the Omo valley, such as Derase, Tsemay, Benna and Ari, before reaching Jinka in the late afternoon.

Overnight:
Basic:
Jinka Resort or Camping at Eco-Omo Lodge, Jinka
Higher Standard: Eco-Omo Lodge, Jinka (www.eco-omo.com)

 

Day 5: Jinka – Mago National Park (Mursi) — Turmi (160 km)

Morning:
We enter the Mago National park (travelling time approx. 2hrs), admiring different animals and birds on the way; and proceed to visit to the Mursi tribe and their villages. One of the most unique tribes in Africa. Here women use huge round lips plates for beauty reasons

Afternoon:
After lunch, we continue our trip to Turmi (approx. 3 hrs), where we will meet the fascinating Hamer tribe. Turmi is our base to explore the Southern tribes of the Omo Valley. The whole region of the Southern Omo is UNESCO world heritage site since 1980.

Overnight:
Basic:
Turmi Lodge or Camping near Buska Lodge, Turmi
Higher Standard:
Buska Lodge, Turmi (www.buskalodge.com)

Hamer woman, Ethiopia

Day 6: Turmi – Dimeka Market – Turmi

Morning:
After breakfast, we visit the colourful market in Dimeka near Turmi (Saturdays only), frequented by several tribes of the Omo valley.

Afternoon:
Turmi is well known for its traditional events and with some luck we will even participate in a Hamer marriage ceremony, with its bull jumping ceremony and more! In the late afternoon, we will also visit a nearby Hamer village and encounter the tribe in its daily life surroundings. With some luck, we may even witness a moonshine dance (Evangadi), a traditional dance of young Hamer men and women.

Overnight:
Basic:
Turmi Lodge or Camping near Buska lodge, Turmi
Higher Standard:
Buska Lodge, Turmi (www.buskalodge.com)

Day 7: Turmi – Omorate – Konso

Morning: Turmi – Omorate- Turmi (140 km):
Today we take an excursion to visit the Dassanech Ethnic group (70 km, one way), famous for their nomad lifestyle and very interesting decoration and scarification on their bodies. There are also great views of the Omo river when crossing in a dugout canoe.

Afternoon: Turmi – Konso (180 km)
After lunch, we drive back to Konso (approx. 3.5 hrs.). We will reach the well-kept Kanta Lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight:
Kanta Lodge, Konso

Day 8: Konso – Arba Minch – Addis Ababa (flight)

Morning:
We drive from Konso to Arba Minch (1 h).

Afternoon:
We fly back to Addis Ababa with flight ET134 at 13.35. Arrival at 14.30h. You will be picked up at Bole Airport and be transferred to your reserved hotel (day room)

Evening:
In the evening, you will be invited for a traditional Ethiopian dinner and dance show at a renowned restaurant of Addis Ababa. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

 

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