Omo Valley (10 DAYS)

Code: OSAT 006
10 DAYS - 9 NIGTHS
  • konso
  • arv
  • Nebrownii, Etosha
  • aarba minch3
  • karo tribe

Discover the unique wilderness & culture in Omo Valley

This package will leads you to the uncontaminated territories of the South, along difficult tracks, to encounter populations who have lived in complete isolation for centuries, and whose life-style is still truly and deeply African and beyond their culture the area is gifted with many natural attractions… it is here, where you can often see zebras and antelopes roaming freely…

The Lower Omo is land of a remarkable mix of small ethnic groups with unique cultures! They live almost without the current global civilization & technology! Their culture, artifacts, ornaments & decorations they use are simple & unique. The Mursi lip plates, body paintings are incredible, the bull jumping ceremony, donga stick fighting… in omo valley everything is so fabulous to see!

TOUR PROGRAM
Omo Valley
TOUR DURATION 10 DAYS AND 9 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
  ALL THE WAY SURFACE RIDE LAND (4WD)
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

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DAY 01: Arrive in Addis & Drive to-Arba Minch (505km)

Drive from Addis to Arba Minch. On the way; visit the Jamaican community at shashemene town,senkalle wildelife sanctuary here you can visit the endemic swayenes heartbeast 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

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DAY 02: Visit the two lakes Abaya & Chamo

Drive to the lake shore to make 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

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DAY 03: 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 different ethnic groups like: (Tsemay, Ari and Bena). Drive further to Jinka.
Overnight – at chosen hotel or lodge – Jinka

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DAY 04: 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, 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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Day 5: Discover Dimeka market and drive to Turmi

After breakfast; drive to Turmi (roughly 139km from Jinka). On the way; discover the colorful Dimeka Market (Every Saturday). If this program coincides there is bull jumping ceremony or a Hamer wedding party in the neighborhood during your stay in Turmi.
Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi

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Day 6: Explore the Karo tribes in Dus & Korcho villages

After breakfast; drive from Turmi to Karo tribes (60 km rough road) with picnic lunch. Visit Karo tribes in Dus and Korcho. The Karo tribes are mainly known for their special hairstyle and body paintings. Take your time here to discover & experience their lifestyle then late afternoon drive back to turmi.

Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi

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Day 7: Drive to Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market

The area around Turmi is where the Hamer & Bena people live, famous for their bull-jumping ceremonies and great body decoration. There is a popular Hamer and Bena market held in Turmi on every Monday, this is a must to visit, but the market will not be full until mid-afternoon, so this morning, after early breakfast, drive to Omorate (75km),nearby the Omo River and cross the river by local boat. This area is inhabited by the Dassenech (Galeb) people, known for their interesting house design and body painting. You will stay with them for a couple of hours, then cross the river again and drive back to Turmi, for lunch and & visit the Turmi Market. Late afternoon; approach to Hamer villages to discover their lifestyle at home and attend the Evangadi Dance.

Overnight – tented camping at hammer village – Turmi

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Day 8: Discover Arbore & Konso Drive from Turmi to Konso via Arbore

Visit the Arbore people at their village and proceed to Konso. Visit town of Konso (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – The people of Konso are well known for their terraced hillsides, fine woven materials, carved totems made of wood, decorated graves (mainly the king & his wife), impressive village and etc. Explore The Konso King, totems, Konso villages, and Gesergiyo (New York)-magnificent rock formation.

Overnight – at chosen lodge/hotel – Konso

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Day 9: konso – Langano

Drive from konso to Langano On the way, Shalla – Abijata Lakes National Park for ostriches, antelopes, hot springs (at Lake Shalla) and enormous pink Flamingos at Lake Abijata & Lake Langano is a fresh breathtaking atmosphere – beautiful white sand beach is bilharzias and crocodile free. Swimming, trekking and bird watching in the forest are possible activities.

Overnight – at chosen lodge – Langano

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Day 10: Langano – Addis

Drive to Addis Ababa, on the way; visit Lake Ziway (rich in bird life).after lunch in Addis Ababa visit: The National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Replica Skeleton), Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Evening stone age tour and travel will invite you a farewell dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurant with traditional music and dance from different ethnic groups, then you will be transferred to bole international airport to fly back home.

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