Omo Valley Culture Tour - OSAT 003

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Program Highlights:

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Abeba –transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour

Day 3: Drive Addis Ababa-Arba Minch (505km) 

Day 4: Visit Nechisar National Park & Lake Chamo

Day 5: Drive Konso - Key Afer (ethnic market) – Jinka

Day 6: Discover Mursi tribes and Mago National Park

Day 7: Discover Dimeka market and drive to Turmi

Day 8: Explore the Karo tribes in Dus & Korcho villages, & Nyangaten

Day 9: drive to Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market

Day 10: Discover Arbore & Konso

Day 11: drive Konso – Yabello

Day 12: Discover Singing Wells & Chew Beth (El Sod)

Day 13: Yirgalem – Langano

Day 14: Langano – Addis

Day 15: Departure  






Day1: Arrive at Addis Abeba –transfer to your hotel
Arrival to Addis Ababa: Arrive in the evening transfer to your Hotel. Overnight – at chosen hotel - Addis Ababa

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour
Addis Ababa is centered at the heart of the country. Addis Ababa in Amharic language means “New Flower”. It was founded by Emperor Menelik in 1886. Addis is graced as Africa’s diplomatic capital with the presence of the head quarter for the African Unity, a seat for numerous embassies and is the port of entry for most travelers.After Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Overnight – at chosen hotel - Addis Ababa

Day 3: Drive Addis Ababa-Arba Minch (505km) 
Drive from Addis to Arba Minch. On the way; visit the Jamaican community at shashemene town,senkalle wildelife sanctuary near the town of aje, the hill top of Chencha for Dorze ethnics. Dorze Tribes have their own skill of weaving cotton clothes & their traditional houses. Overnight at chosen hotel /lodge -Arba Minch

Day 4: Visit Nechisar National Park & Lake Chamo
Drive to Nechisar National Park for bird watching and game viewing. In the park, you will see different bird species, In addition to birds, Nechisar is the home of some mammals like the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, Berchule’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Dik-Dik, and Baboons. Afternoon: boat trip on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of Crocodiles and Hippopotamus. Also White pelicans are abundant. Overnight at chosen hotel /lodge -Arba Minch

Day 5: Drive Konso - Key Afer (ethnic market) – Jinka
Drive to Jinka- roughly 240km from arbaminch. At key Afer; there is a colorful market on every Thursday & here you can see the Tsemay, Ari and Bena people. Drive further to Jinka. Overnight – at chosen hotel or lodge – Jinka

Day 6: Discover Mursi tribes and Mago National Park
Drive to Mago National Park & visit the Mursi tribes in their villages. They are well known for their unique lip plates. Women of the Mursi tribe may have their lips cut at the age of 15 or 16.  A small clay plate is then inserted into the lip.  Through the years, larger plates are inserted into the lip causing it to stretch.  The larger the clay plate, the more the woman is worth before she gets married. (Surma tribes – settled on upper Omo River have the same culture with Mursi). In Mago National Park; there are no many animals visible during the day, but during night time, thousands of sounds, among which is the trumpeting of elephants may be heard. If a visit is early morning, Kudu, Dik – Dik and Guinea Fowls are probable to be seen. Drive back to Jinka and visit the ethnological museum of Jinka in the afternoon. Overnight – at chosen hotel or lodge – Jinka





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