Omo Valley Tour (Surface) - 8 Days and 7 Nights
Highlights of the Tour:, colorful markets, green jungle and Scenery, Villages, traditions and customs.
DAY 1 : Arrival Addis Ababa and Drive 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 2 : Drive from Arba Minch to Murulle - Turmi
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. O/n Buska or Turmi Lodge (B & D)
DAY 3 : Drive from Murulle-Turmi to Dimeka-Turmi
In the morning have a breakfast and 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 4 : 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 5 : Drive to Mursi and Back to 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 drive back to Jinka. There is a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Orit or Jinka resort Hotel (B & D)
DAY 6 : Drive from Jinka to Konso
Drive to Konso. En route visit the weekly small 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 7 : Drive from Konso to Awassa
Drive from Konso to Awassa, the newly bustling city which is the capital for the southern nations region. En route visit the hot spring at Wendo genet. Up on arrival in the city have a walk by the side of Lake Awassa, the smallest Rift Valley lake to admire the variety of bird species. O/n Lewi or Haile Resort
DAY 8 : Drive from Awassa to Addis Ababa
Drive back to Addis Ababa visiting the fish market of Awassa. Also visit the Rastafarians village which is located in Shashemene. Also visit 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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