Omo Valley (15 DAYS)

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15 DAYS - 14 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 15 DAYS AND 14 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
  ALL THE WAY SURFACE RIDE LAND (4WD)
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

 

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DAY 01: 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

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DAY 02: 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

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DAY 03: 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

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DAY 04: 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

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Day 05: Drive Konso – Key Afer (ethnic market) – Jinka

Stone age tour and travel plc 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

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Day 06: 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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DAY 07: 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 concied 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 08: Explore the Karo tribes in Dus & Korcho villages, & Nyangaten

After breakfast; drive from Turmi to Karo tribes (60 km rough road) with picnic lunch. Visit Karo tribes in Dus and Kolcho. The Karo tribes are mainly known for their special hairstyle and body paintings. Take your time here, discover & experience their lifestyle Drive from Karo via Murulle some kms and cross the Omo Rive for the Nyangatom/ Nyangaten tribes. Late afternoon; drive back to Turmi.

Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi

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DAY 09: Drive to Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market

Monday, 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 what you have to schedule your visit for, but the market will not be full until midafternoon, so this morning, after early breakfast, first 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 very 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 a short break from the heat & visit the Turmi Market. Late afternoon; approach to some Hamer villages to discover their lifestyle at home and attend the Evangadi Dance.

Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Turmi

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DAY 10: Discover Arbore & Konso

Stone age tour and travel plc Drive from Turmi to Konso via Arbore. Visit the Arbore people at their village named Arbore 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 11: Drive Konso – Yabello

After breakfast; drive to Yabello. On the way, overlook landscapes and villages of Borena people.

Overnight – at chosen hotel – Yabello

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

Drive & explore El Sod (Salt House), Dublock (Borena Village), and Singing Wells. The Borena ethnics move every time in groups across a large area in search of food and water for their herds of zebu cattle. The zebu cattle are poorly adapted to the torrid desert heat so they must be watered regularly at the desert wells – about 20-30 meters deep. While watering their cattle the Borena have special songs. For this reason, morning, you will visit them, singing at their wells. Proceed to Chew Beth (El Sod) and discover people extracting salt there. Drive back to Yabello – Yirgalem. On the way at Wenago, visit the Tutu Fella stelae field – a unique collection of carved stones. The route to Yirgalem is fertile. Yirgalem is a coffee region, and the scenery is extraordinarily lush and evergreen. The accommodation at Aregash Lodge is a traditional Sidamo House, a pleasant peaceful lodge with walks through gardens and forests. There are more than 100 bird species recorded in the area, and on our walks we can see hyena, jackals, and Columbus and velvet monkeys…

Overnight – at Aregash Lodge / hotel – Yirgalem

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DAY 13: Yirgalem – Langano

Drive from Yirgalem to Langano (about100km). On the way, Visit 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 breath taking 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 14: Langano – Addis

Drive to Addis Ababa via Butajira Road. On the way; visit Lake Ziway, Tiya Monuments, Addadi Maryam Semi Monolithic Church and Melka Kunturé archeological site.

Overnight – at former hotel – Addis Ababa

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DAY 15: Departure

In the 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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