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Ethiopia Cultural Tour (Omo Valley Tour)

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Duration

8 Days/7 Nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

20 people

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Languages

English, Espanol, Francais

Overview

This Ethiopian adventure begins and concludes in Addis Ababa.

Our first destination is the Lower Omo Valley which has been recognized by UNESCO, which has declared it a cultural World Heritage site. It also contains two expansive national parks and several Important Bird Areas. This vast, scenic valley is however most famous for its staggering cultural diversity. Over a dozen distinctive ethnic groups exist here, many of whom live lives little touched by the modern world. This is largely due to the area’s remoteness and prior near-inaccessibility, forming a natural barrier to modernization and the detribalization of the Omo Valley. Our tour aims to spend time with the Dorze, Konso, Arbore, Hamar, Benna, Karo, Ari and Mursi tribes (all now justly famous for their dress, body adornments and unique culture) and we will also encounter other tribes when visiting market villages. In addition, we will of course take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of this remote and fascinating region.

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Itinerary

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Day 1, Addis Ababa Arrival

Flight to Addis arriving at Bole International airport, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. After some rest we will have Addis Ababa city tour National Museum also called the Archeological museum that houses interesting archeological featuring which includes “Lucy,” the 3.2-million-year-old hominid skeleton considered the missing link in the evolutionary study of mankind. Proceed to the Ethnographic museum, which displays a very large collection of Ethiopian crafts and items of historical interest. Overnight Golden Tulip/ Similar.

http://www.goldentulipaddisababa.com

Day 2, Flight to Arbaminch and afternoon Chencha (Dorze village)

Today we fly to Arbaminch and have lunch in the hotel. Afternoon a drive to Chencha to see the Dorze tribes and their village. The Dorze are Well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. Admire the wonderful view of Lake Abaya and Chamo. overnight Haile Resort Arbaminch.

Day 3, Arba Minch- Jinka (285kms)

Early morning breakfast and drive to lake Chamo for early morning boat excursion to see the Crocodile Market and the Hippos. (Here crocodiles are some of the longest in Africa , With length of 8 and also above meters.). Then drive to Jinka and on the way visit the Konso, Tsemay and Ari tribes. Cross the weito Dessert which is the home of the Tsemay tribes, Overnight Eco Omo resort

http://www.eco-omo.com/

Day 4, Jinka-Mursi-Turmi (255kms)

Enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Back to Jinka for lunch and drive to Turmi and visit the Hamer tribes and their village Overnight Paradise new lodge Turmi / Buska Lodge.

Day 5, Turmi – karo – Turmi

This morning We’re going to Murulle to meet with the tribe Karo, whose members are known for their adorn bodies with which the various patterns and scars. Afternoon you will visit the beautiful market of the Hamer tribes if today is Monday or Tuesday and after the market, if you are lucky you will see the bull Jumping ceremony around Turmi. If today not market day, we will visit one of the Hammer village, their way of life and activities. Back to Turmi Overnight Paradise new lodge Turmi / Buska.

Day 6, Turmi- Omorate- Turmi- Konso (315kms)

This morning we will rise early and drive to the edge of the Omo River. We will cross the river by canoe to the villages of the Dasanech tribes (a motorboat or a ferry may be available but is not guaranteed). The Dasanech are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya, and Southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Lunch in Turmi and further drive to Konso overnight Kanta Lodge.

Day 7, Konso to Arbaminch (90kms) and fly back to Addis

In the morning visit the Konso village which is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO. Enjoy Konso – GargesieNear the village lies a giant cleft, within which many rock formations resembling the outline of their forms in New York. Further, drive to Arbaminch to catch the flight back to Addis. Transfer to attraction site of St. George Cathedral and Museum. Overnight Golden Tulip/ Capital Hotel and Spa.

http://www.goldentulipaddisababa.com

Day 8, Addis Ababa city tour and departure

Morning you will have a city tour of Addis with a drive up north to Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city, proceed to visit the Trinity Cathedral, the largest and most revered of all the churches, which was built in 1941. Another visit to Merkato is said to be the biggest market in Africa. Have lunch and transfer to the airport to catch your afternoon flight that departs 16:50.

Included/Excluded

  • Seven nights room accommodation on a double bed base as per the above details.
  • Meal on half board bases (breakfast and dinner) with a soft and hot drink out of Addis Ababa
  • All ground transport including the airport transfer in/out (Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 2014 above model car for Omo valley) and minibus /coaster bus for Addis Ababa
  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo in Arbaminch
  • English speaking professional guide all along the trip with you.
  • Guide flight cost
  • Complimentary water during the whole trip.
  • Local guide fee in all destinations
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary in villages, parks, etc.
  • Scout in the park
  • Any Road and government taxes
  • Domestic flight cost (Addis- Arbaminch- Addis)
  • Any meal in Addis except breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Any alcoholic drinks,
  • Personal gratitude to driver, guide
  • Video/camera shooting fee,
  • What is not included in the inclusive part

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