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Omo Valley Tribes & Great Rift Valley Lakes & Parks


HomeOmo Valley Tribes & Great Rift Valley Lakes & Parks

Tour Code:     JS1
Tour Title:    Omo Valley Tribes & Great Rift Valley Lakes & Parks
Focus:         Tribal, Cultural, Scenery, Nature, Wildlife
Duration:      9 Days & 8 Nights
Transportation: Surface
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa- City Tour
Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel you will have city tour of Addis, Which includes National Museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto- panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, trinity cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in Hotel
Day 2: Addis- Arbaminch
Morning, drive to Arbaminch. On the way, visit Tiya Stele site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and Melka Kunture archeological site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 3: Arbaminch
Morning boat trip on Lake Chamo (the largest lake in Ethiopian rift valley lakes) to visit hippos and Nile Crocodiles at Azo (Crocodile) market on the lake, afternoon drive to Chencha village to visit the Dorze tribe who lives in the high land areas and surrounded by bamboo forest   and well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. After visiting drive back to Arbaminch. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 4: Arbaminch-Jinka
After breakfast, drive to Jinka via Woyto. On the way, if ti is Thursday or Saturday, visit the colorful Key Afer Market). On these beautiful markets you will have a chance to see Bena, Hamer, Tsemay and Ari peoples together. Then proceed to Jinka.
After check in to Hotel, visit Ari Tribe Village. The Ari tribe is the populous tribe in southern Omo Valley. They inhabit the northern part of the Mago National Park in Ethiopia and have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have fertile lands allowing them to have several types of plantations.  An Ari’s crop can consist of grains, coffee, fruits and honey.  It’s also common for them to have large herds of livestock. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 5: Jinka- Turmi
After check in to hotel, drive to the Mursi village through Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are the Nilo Saharan language speaker and famous for their women putting lip plate, made of clay and up to 15cm in diameter, on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). After visit, drive to Turmi. In the late afternoon, visit the Hamar Tribe with their village. They are one of the most known tribes in Soutern Ethiopia.  They inhabit the territory east of the Omo River and have villages in Turmi and Dimeka.Very colorful bracelets and beads are worn in their hair and around their waists and arms.  The practice of body modification is used by cutting themselves and packing the wound with ash and charcoal.  Some of the women wear circular wedge necklaces indicating that they are married.  Men paint themselves with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony.  Hair ornaments worn by the men indicate a previous kill of an enemy or animal. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 6: Turmi – Karo- Turmi
After breakfast drive to karicho to visit the Karo tribe. They paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony.  The chalk is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to make its color.  Face masks are worn at times and they have clay hair buns with feathers in them.). In the evening, you will have a chance to visit Evangadi night dancing and bull jumping ceremony (the rite of passage to manhood for hammer and Bena tribes). Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 7: Turmi- Konso
In the morning, drive to Konso. On the way, visit Dimeka Market (if it is Tuesday or Satureday), Benna and Tsemay villages. Then keep drive to Konso. After check in, visit Konso tribe and Konso Landscape. The Konso people are the hard working people and well known for their specially land management, one of Africa’s most fascinating cultures. The Konso landscape is one of the world heritage sites in Ethiopia registered by UNESCO. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 8: Konso- Hawassa
After breakfast, drive to Hawassa. On the way visit the Alaba people Village who are known for the images they paint on the inside and outside of their huts. Then keep drive to Hawassa. Overnight in hotel/lodge
Day 9: Awasa- Addis Ababa- Departure
After breakfast, relax on the lake shore of Lake Awassa and visit Fish Market of Awassa. Then drive to Addis Ababa. On the way, visit the rift valley lake park of Abjata and Shala with a maximum depth of 250 meters, this makes it the deepest lake in Ethiopia and in Africa north of the equator and has an elevation of 1,567 meters. After visiting, keep drive to Addis. Arrival Addis Ababa and hotel day use room for shower and refreshment. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.
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