Tour Code: 9 Days Tailor-made Tour to Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley
Attractions: Tribal Culture, Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, & Birds
Duration: 9 Days &8 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & Boat ride
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.
Depending on your arrival time visit Addis Ababa. You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (275 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch in Ziway.
Continue your drive on the way, you will also visit Lake Abiatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake – over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta ( a soda lake with thousands of flamingos).
You will be arriving in Awassa in the afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Oasis International hotel, Awassa.
Day 3: Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the way you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa).
You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge. http://www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com/
Day 4:Visit Nech Sar National Park and drive to Dorze
In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife and you will also visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.
After a brief break, you will continue driving to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge.http://www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com/
Day 5:Drive to Jinka
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colourfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land – recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).
You will have lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort.
Day 6: Excursion to Mursi & drive to Turmi
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) &visitMursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips). Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch.
Then you drive to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka). Upon arrival in Turmi check into a lodge. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.
Day 7: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe
An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.
Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the Hamer Village to explore the Hamer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.
Day 8: Drive to Arba Minch
After breakfast, you will be driven to Araba Minch (290 Km from Turmi). You will stop for lunch at Konso and will proceed driving to Araba Minch, where upon arrival you will check into a lodge. Dinner will be at the lodge and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge.
Day 9: Drive back to Addis Ababa
After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.
Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
Starting from: $ 1,090 USD per persons
Single Supplement: $ 150
Domestic flights depend on your international flights
Arba Minch – Addis Ababa
- If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = 85 USD
- If not (with other airline) = 250USD
Flight cost subject to change.
- Well-maintained & insured 4WD Vehicle 2013-2016 Model for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance
- Hotel Room on Double room occupancy basis
- Domestic flights (Arba Minch – Addis Ababa)
- All transfer in & out,
- Bottled natural water every day,
- All entrance fees, boat fees, local guide fees, and scout fee,
- Service tax.
Price DOES NOT include:
- Photographing fees,
- Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
- Optional excursions
- International flights, and
- Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.