Group Size: Minimum 2 passengers.
Discover the local people and villages of the Omo Valley on this tour of South Western Ethiopia. Spend time at the villages and witness their traditions and culture as well as the marvellous scenery, local wildlife and birds along the way. Some of the ethnic people you will have the opportunity to visit include the Dorze people, famed for their bamboo bee-hive shaped houses, the Konso people, noted for their intricately terraced hillsides and wooden totems. Along the Omo River includes the Arbore, Bume, Galeb, Karo, Hamer and Mursi peoples whose contact with the modern world has come only within the last few years.
Day 1 - Addis Ababa
On arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy an afternoon city tour. The tour incudes a drive to view the city from Mt Entoto and visit the imperial compound which holds two churches, Mariam and the Arechangel Raguel. Returning to the city you will visit the Archaeological Museum and then return to your hotel.
Hilton Addis Ababa is a classic hotel set on 15 acres of lush foliage. Enjoy the geo-thermal outdoor swimming pool, squash court and an 18-hole mini-golf course.
Day 2 - Arba Minch
Today is an early start with a long journey time to your next destination. You will head down the western side of the Great Rift Valley and pass through Butajira, Hossana and Sodo. (B)
The travel time to Arba Minch is approximately 9 hours with stops along the way including Melka Kunture, Tiya and Adadi Mariam. Passing the southern most lakes of the Rift Valley you arrive to your accommodation.
The lodge is situated on a hill overlooking the narrow stretch of forested land, known locally as “the bridge of heaven”, which separates the two local lakes. It has been described as one of the best views in Africa.
Day 3 – Jinka
Today you head south to Kosno, whose people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems which are used to decorate their graves, and after visiting continue to Jinka for your next accommodation. (B)
Market Days in Kosno are Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Market Days in Jinka are Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Eco Omo Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly permanent safari tents lodge constructed in harmony with its natural surrounding on the border of the Neri River, just outside Jinka on the way to Mago and Omo National Parks in the heart of Omo Valley.
Day 4 – Jinka
Today you will spend the day in the Mago National Park with the possible chance to view some wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, gazelle, Topi, zebra and numerous birdlife. This is also the home of the Mursi people who are known for their body scarification and wearing lip plates. Return to the lodge. (B)
Day 5 – Turmi
Heading further South you will pass through Key Afer, Dimeke to Turmi for your next stop. The next four days will be spent visiting various villages and experience the lives of the different ethnic cultures. (B)
Market Day in Turmi is Mondays.
Market Days in Key Afer are Thursdays and Saturdays.
Buska Lodge is an eco-lodge offering travellers the best accommodation and meal service in this region. Buska Lodge overlooks the plains of Buska Mountain and has been constructed to blend beautifully in to the natural surroundings.
Day 6 – Turmi
Today you will drive to Murle to visit the villages of the Karo People. This ethnic group is known for their skills in face and body painting. (B)
Day 7 – Turmi
Today journey towards the Omo River and Omo Rate passing Kangate and the villages of the Bume people to then visit the Galeb villages. Crossing the river in a local boat to visit the villages. Return to the lodge. (B)
Day 8 – Turmi
Today is spent visiting the Hamer villages around the Turmi area. The Hamer people take pride in their appearance with sahving and colouring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets on their arms and legs. If you are lucky you may witness a bull jumping ceremony which is a rite of passage for young men marking their transition to manhood. (B)
Market Days in Dimeke are Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Day 9 - Arba Minch
Starting the return journey today you will head to Arba Minch via the northern end of Chew Bahir and through Erbore and Tsemay. Arriving in the late afternoon. (B)
Market Day in Erbore is Saturdays.
Day 10 – Hawassa
Departing after breakfast you will head north towards Hawassa with a stop in Chencha, home of the Dorze people, and Sodo before arriving at your next accommodation. (B)
Market Day in Chench is Thursdays (afternoon).
A warm southern Ethiopian welcome awaits you at Haile Resort, a low-rise resort-style hotel encompassing of tropical beauty. The idyllic lake of Hawassa with its spectacular lake view and azure waters offers a unique experience of Ethiopian culture. The Haile Resort captures the spirit of the island in a resort that combines its abundant natural beauty with refined luxury. The resort is located in 52000 sqm of beautiful sub-tropical beauty with a 1000 sqm lake front. The Resort offers a rich variety of dining experiences ranging from all day dining restaurant serving global cuisine, to multi cuisine Restaurant and a signature of Asian and Classic Haike restaurant under the direction of the executive chef.
Day 11 - End of Ethiopia Cultural Tour
Today you will continue your journey to Addis Ababa and your onward arrangements. If time permits you will have some time to shop before being dropped at the airport. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 17 Feb 18 - 31 Dec 18 $3,780 $4,430
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.