Omo Valley Tour (Surface) - 11 Days and 10 Nights
Highlights of the Tour:, colorful markets, green jungle and Scenery, Villages, traditions and customs.
DAY 1 : Arrival, Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa. Be meet by staff of Offroad Ethiopia tour and proceed for city tour.
DAY 2 : Drive from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch
After breakfast drive to Arba Minch via the Hosanna Road. En route visit to the Gurage people village. The Gurage are known to be Ethiopian-Chinese as they are very hard working people who have controlled many of the economy in Trade. They have a custom of eating a traditional food called “Kocho” made out of false banana. Take time at the house and their back yard farm and learn from their culture. There is a lunch break at the town of Hosana.Overnight Swayne’s hotel or Paradise Lodge(B & D)
DAY 3 : Arba Minch
After breakfast, head to Chencha. A settlement for the “Dorze” people known for a culture of cotton weaving and also bamboo made, bee-hive shaped houses. Take time in the village visiting houses. Spend time at the market of Chencha which is colorful on Tuesday and then back to Arba Minh. After lunch break head for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the Crocodile and Hippos. Overnight Swayne’s hotel or Paradise Lodge(B & D)
DAY 4 : Drive from Arba Minch to Turmi and Dimeka
In the morning have a breakfast and then drive to Dimeka. Along the road visit the Erbore tribes which are known to be middle men between the lower Omo Valley tribes and the highlanders in exchanging goods. Then proceed to visit the typical Hamer villages in the twon of Turmi. Later drive to Dimeka. The day falls on Saturday and there will be a colorful weekly market in Dimeka where one can have the chance to see the Hamer people in their life of transaction. Then back to Turmi for Overnight. O/n Buska or Turmi Lodge (B & D)
DAY 5 : Drive from Turmi to Murulle
After an early breakfast in the hotel head to Turmi and then proceed driving to Murulle, a settlement for the Karo people famous for their unique body decorating culture. En route have a picnic lunch. Start sightseeing in the village and back to Turmi. Also visit to the Hamer village and overnight. O/n Camping
DAY 6 : Drive from Murulle to Omo Rate and back to Turmi
Breakfast. Drive to Omo Rate, cross the river by boat and visit the Dasenech tribe. Then back to Turmi to visit the weekly Monday market of Turmi. O/n Buska or Turmi Lodge (B & D)
DAY 7 : Drive from Turmi to Jinka
Drive from Turmi to Jinka via Dimeka. In the afternoon visit the Ari villages, their neat compounds, fertile and scenic surrounds. Overnight Orit or Jinka resort Hotel (B & D)
DAY 8 : Jinka
After an early breakfast in the hotel have a day excursion to the settlement of the Mursi people known for their lip plating, body decorating and stick fighting culture. Take time by having picture and personal contact with the people and back to Jinka. There is a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Orit or Jinka resort Hotel (B & D)
DAY 9 : Drive from Jinka to Key Afer then to Yabello
Drive to Yabello. En route visit the weekly colorful market of Key Afer to see the Bena and Tsemay tribes and proceed driving to Konso. The Konso with 9 different clans have a tradition of nominating their own King who has got his own Place to live and also servants to work for. He is a symbol of peace and integrity among the Konso with unique dynastical line going on for many hundreds of years. The Konso have a clean, well, built and protected villages with each village having a communal house of living called “Mora” where young boys spend the night protecting the village. They have also a tradition of age initiation for boys to advance from child hood to adult hood. The Konso are very much known for having a wooden made grave sign called “Waka”. Take time of picture and visit in the village. O/n Kenta Lodge (B & D)
DAY 10 : Drive from Yabello to Yirgalem
In the morning visit to the Elsode crater where people extract black salt and then proceed driving to Yirgalem. This is the road to admire the green coffee farms which generates huge amount of coffee for export and support of the economy. In Yirgalem, have a walk in the lodge to admire the bird and tree species within. O/n Aregash Lodge
DAY 10 : Drive from Yirgalem to Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive to Awassa, the newly bustling city which is the capital for the southern nations region. Also visit the Rastafarians village which is located in Shashemene and to the shallowest rift valley lake of Zeway. In the evening have a complementary traditional dinner with live cultural dancing show & transfer to the Airport for departure back home.
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