Cultural Tour to South-Omo Valley Tribes I

Program : Cultural Tour to South-OMO Valley Tribes

Code :LTT 017

Transport: surface

Duration :12 days and 11 nights

Day 01: Arrival at Bole International Airport. Reception by your guide and Transfer to hotel for check-in. after short break you will have City tour of Addis Ababa overnight in Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Depart south from Addis via the Great Rift Valley, stopping on the way at Lake Ziway to visit the beautiful birdlife on the shores of the lake. Continue driving to Hawassa for overnight stay

Day 03: In the morning visit the fish market on Lake Hawassa, and then continue to Arba Minch via Dorze village the Dorze people live in the Guge mountains near Arba minch in a cold and misty climate. They are very famous for their skills in cotton-weaving. Many of the traditional clothes of the Ethiopians came from chencha the biggest town in the area. Overnight stay Arbaminich.

Day 04: in the morning take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile market and hippo pods also you will visit Nech sar national park to visit zebras and other wilds animal after the boat trip, continue driving to Jinka via Weyto (market day Sunday) and Key Afar (market day Thursday). Overnight in Jinka

Day 05 Drive from jinka to mursi proceeds to the Mursi people and village for beauty where the mursi women use clay plates into their lips. Afterward drive back to jinka and visit the south omo museum. overnight stay jinka

Day 06: Drive Jinka to Turmi Drive Jinka to Turmi home of the Hamer people. On the way stop in Dimeka if the day you arrive Monday or Saturday admire the very colorful markets of the Hamer and Dassanech tribs are famous for their hairstyles, ornaments, scarification, culture and more… At night see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as Evangadi. Overnight stay Turmi

Day 07: In the morning drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat to visit the Dasennech tribe Afterwards return to Turmi and if there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer wedding ceremony, it will be visited Monday is market day in Turmi. Overnight stay in Turmi

Day 08 Today will be a day trip to visit the people of the Karo tribe. Depart from Turmi on the shores of the Omo River The Karo people are the smallest in number of all of the tribes of the Omo Valley and they are known for their elaborate decorations particularly during local ceremonies. Overnight in Turmi

Day 09: Depart from Turmi to Konso via Erbore in the Weyto valley Friday is market day in Erbore so if passing on this day the market will be visited. Market days in Konso are Mondays and Thursdays. the konso people are famous for their terraced agriculture and for their practice of sculpting wooden totem called ”WAKA” to the mark their gravies. The konso have a special kind of social organization interesting handicrafts and a special architecture which can be seen and experienced best by trekking through the region. Overnight in Konso.

Day 10: In the morning, visit a local Konso village and the “natural New York village” which gets its name from the tall sand formations that resemble skyscrapers. After the visit proceed driving to Yabello for overnight.

Day 11: After breakfast continue south from Yabello to the local Borena village of Dublock to visit the singing wells where the locals form chanting chains of people to remove buckets of water from the long channeled openings of the wells. Afterwards continue to El Sod, a crater lake where salt is mined from the lake for sale and use throughout Ethiopia. After the visit proceed driving to Lake Langano for overnigh   at Savana lodge.

Day 12: In the morning after a refreshing swim in the lake depart from Langano to visit the nearby Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala is a very deep crater lake (over 260 meters deep!) and Lake Abiatta is a soda lake which attracts thousands of flamingos. After the visit, continue back to Addis. Evening Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure .End of Tour.