Ethiopia - Omo Valley Explorer

Ethiopia - Omo Valley Explorer

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers


Day 1 – Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon visit some of the capital’s key sights including the Entoto Mountains, with great views over the city, the Ethnological  Museum and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Overnight Jupiter Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Addis - Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning we will drive to the Bale Mt. National Park, travelling thorough the southeast part of the country, where fertile land is cultivated by the Oromo people. We arrive at Dinsho Park HQ in the afternoon. We will take a trek to see three of the endemic mammals and bird species. Later on we continue our drive to Goba. Overnight at Goba Wabe Shebele Hotel (BLD)

Day 3 – Bale Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast we drive to Senate Plateau through Harenna forest and Tulu Dimtu, the second highest mountain in the country (4377m). We will explore the area, and if we are very lucky, will spot the Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight at Goba Wabe Shebele Hotel (BLD)

Day 4 – Bale to Yirgalem

After breakfast we continue on with a drive to Yirgalem. We will pass through a number of coffee plantations and various fruit cultivating towns with splendid greenery everywhere. Our destination is the Aregash Lodge. A natural retreat of astounding beauty and tranquillity, the Bamboo thatched Tukuls contemplate the traditional Sidama villages nearby. The surrounding forest is home for a diverse range of mammals and birds. A coffee plantation and the nightly visit of hyenas are further attractions to be found in the surrounding area.Overnight Aregash lodge. (BLD)

Day 5 – Konso

Today we will drive to Konso. On the way you will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of coffee plantations and we stop to visit the Tutu Fella Stelae, prehistoric carved stone monuments that have mystified people for many centuries. Overnight stay Kanta Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Konso to Jinka

This morning we travel through the lands of the Derase, Tsemay and Benna people. We stop along the way to meet Ari people and learn about their customs. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. (BLD)

Days 7 - Mago National Park

This morning we will travel to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi people, renowned for their practice of extending their lips with clay plates. In the afternoon we visit the Jinka Museum. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 - Turmi

Our journey today takes us to Turmi. We travel through the lands of the very colourful Hamer people, renowned for their unusual hairstyles. We also spend time with the Karo people, known for their body decoration and scarification. Overnight Buska Lodge or Turmi lodge. (BLD)

Day 9 – Turmi

This morning we will drive to Koricho, a settlement for the Karo ethnic groups, perhaps the most beautiful, with its lofty views over the Omo River and traditional Karo dwelling. Overnight Buska Lodge or Turmi lodge. (BLD)

Day 10 – Turmi to Arbaminch

En route to Arbaminch we will stop off and visit one of the Konso villages and the Konso museum. Overnight Paradise Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Lake Chamo and Dorze

This morning we take a boat trip to view the crocodiles at the Lake. In the afternoon we drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. Overnight Paradise Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 – Rift Valley Lakes

Drive to the Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano, admiring wonderful views and many birds, including pelicans, flamingoes and more. Then relax at the Sabanna Beach Resort, secluded in a natural paradise on the shore of Lake Langano and near to Munessa Forest. There are the options of trekking, bird-watching, horse-riding, boat excursions, cycling and more. Overnight Sabanna Beach Resort or similar.

Day 13 – Addis Ababa

Morning will be at your leisure to relax and swim on the beach. This afternoon, we continue our drive back to Addis for the night. En route we will have a stop at Lake Ziway for some bird watching. In the evening, there is a traditional dinner where you will experience live cultural music and dance. Overnight in a 4* Hotel (BLD)

Day 14 – City Tour and Departure

After breakfast, depending on your departure flight, there may be time for some last minute exploration . A visit is arranged to St George's Cathedral, the National Museum and to Merkato, reputedly the biggest open air market in Africa. The tour concludes with a transfer to Bole International Airport (B, L)

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