Omo Valley (11 DAYS)

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11 DAYS - 10 NIGTHS
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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 11 DAYS AND 10 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
  ALL THE WAY SURFACE RIDE LAND
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

 

 

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DAY 01: Arrival + ADDIS ABABA – BUTAJIRA – ARBAMINCH

Starting off from Addis Ababa early morning, you will be heading down South to Arbaminch via Butajira and Hosaina. At Tiya, you will have a brief stopover to visit the UNESCO registered Stele fields of Tiya. Further ahead with lunch break at Hosaina, you will proceed to Arbaminch, arriving late afternoon.
OVERNIGHT PARADISE LODGE /SWAYNE’S HOTEL

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DAY 02: Addis Ababa City Tour

FULL DAY IN ARBAMINCH
Early morning cross Lake Chamo to visit Nech Sar National Park where you will be able to visit the vast savannah grassland with Zebras, Gazelles, Oryx and Swaynes Hartebeest. Have picnic lunch and return back to Arbaminch, en route, in the afternoon you will be able to see Crocodiles, Hippos and Pelicans as well.
OVERNIGHT PARADISE LODGE /SWAYNE’S HOTEL

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DAY 03: ARBAMINCH – DORZE – KONSO

Starting off early morning from Arbaminch, you will head to Dorze, a village overlooking Abaya Lake, located at 2,800meters asl. Dorze is home to the Dorze tribe, same well known for their cotton weaving skills, cone-shaped bamboo huts and kocho, local food made out of false banana. After visiting a local Dorze village, you will return back to Arbaminch and head down South to Konso. Arrival at Konso, you visit the Konso village, terraced farm fields and totems. The Konso are the first to have initiated terrace farming.
OVERNIGHT KANTA LODGE

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DAY 04: KONSO – KEY AFER – JINKA

Starting off from Konso, you will be heading down into the Omo Valley. Arrival at Key Afer, you will be able to join into the local weekly Bena market, same a very colourful market that attracts neighbouring tribes in the region – the Aris from Jinka, the Tsemais from Weito and the Hamers from Dimeka area. Attending to this market will allow you to compare the dressing patterns, ornamentation techniques etc. of the various tribes in the area. Mid-afternoon, you will be proceeding to Jinka, home to the Ari tribe and gateway to Mago National Park.

OVERNIGHT JINKA RESORT /NETSUH MEGNITA

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Day 5: JINKA – MAGO NATIONAL PARK – JINKA

In the morning, you will be heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. Settled in the lowland plains of the Park, you will visit a local village of the Mursis. Returning back to Jinka, you will have a visit of the local Museum, an opportunity that will give you a general insight into the various tribes of the Omo Valley.

OVERNIGHT JINKA RESORT /NETSUH MEGNITA)

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Day 6: JINKA – DIMEKA – TURMI

Leave Jinka for Turmi, driving via Dimeka. Saturday being the weekly market day of the Hamer tribe in Dimeka, you will be able to attend to this market, where the Karo tribes as well join in. After this market visit, you will be proceeding to Turmi.

OVERNIGHT TURMI LODGE /BUSKA LODGE

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Day 7: TURMI – OMORATE – TURMI

In the morning, you will be heading to Omorate. Home to the Dassanech tribe, Omorate is a small town settled on the banks of the Omo River. Crossing the river with a wooden canoe boat, you will be visiting a local Dassanech village. Their huts and lifestyle much different from the rest of the tribes in the Omo, the Dassanech tribe are said to be descendants of the Turkana tribe in North Kenya. Returning back to Turmi early afternoon, you will be able to visit local Hamer villages and get to see their day-to-day living.

OVERNIGHT TURMI LODGE /BUSKA LODGE

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Day 8: TURMI – ARBORE – YABELO

Starting off from Turmi, you will be heading to yabello on your way having a brief stop at Arbore, a small settlement of the Arbore tribe. The Arbores are settled infront of Lake Stephanie and at the Northern edge of Buska Mountain chain that extends 96Kms in the Weito Plains of the Omo Valley. OVERNIGHT YABELLO MOTEL/BORENA LODGE

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Day 9: FULL DAY IN YABELLO

In the morning, you will proceed South to El Sod. At El Sod, you will be walking down into the crater pit where the local Borenas extract salt, same for sale and bartering in local and neighboring markets in the area, same extending all the way into West Somalia and North Kenya as well. Additionally, same limited to the dry season, you may also be able to see the ‘Singing Wells’ – a chain mechanism of the Borenas whereby they chant an attractive melody in their local language while extracting water from dug-out wells, same for drinking purpose for their cattle. It is worth noting here that the livelihood of the Borenas is almost totally based on their cattle and as a result, they go to extreme extent to ensure the wellbeing of their cattle. Returning back to Yabello, for overnight (BLD).

OVERNIGHT YABELLO MOTEL/BORENA LODGE 3

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Day 10: YABELLO – YIRGA CHEFFE – AWASSA

In the morning, you will be heading to Yirgalem, driving through the major coffee growing region of the South. The Sidama region is well known to grow the Sidama coffee, an internationally recognized coffee brand of Ethiopia. Arrival at Awassa, a lively town set on the shores of Lake Awassa. Lake Awassa is the Southernmost Lake of the Rift Valley lakes. OVERNIGHT HAILE RESORT /TADESSE ENJORI HOTEL

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Day 11: AWASSA – ZIWAY – DEBREZEIT – ADDIS ABABA

In the morning, you will be going to Amora Gedel where you will be able to see the local fish market where a variety of birdlife is also to be seen. Mid-morning, you will proceed to Addis Ababa via Shashamane and Ziway with stops at rift valley lakes for its scenic attraction and further on at the Crater Lake region of Debrezeit.

In the evening Stone Age Tours and Travel will invite you a farewell dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with the traditional music and dances from the different ethnic groups, then you will be transferred to Bole International Airport to fly back home.

Though your tour ends today we hope you will cherish forever your experience and memories of Ethiopia.

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