Southern Ethiopia & Omo Valley

 

Southern Ethiopia & Omo Valley

Get to know Ethiopia’s diverse people and national parks in ten days! Drive from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch to Nechisar National Park to Jinka to Mago Park to Turmi to Dimeka to Yabello to Langano and back to Addis Ababa. Explore the magic of Southern Ethiopia and meet tribes such as Wolaita, Tsemai and Dasenech.

Extend your trip by:

  • Lalibela (3 nights/4 days)
  • Awash NP and Harar (4 nights / 5 days)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa

In the morning you arrive in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon you have a city tour of Addis that includes the National Museum, Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa) and Entoto Mountain for the panoramic view of the city on top of driving along main streets of the city. Overnight at Nexus Hotel ****/Panorama Hotel ***.

Day 2: Arbaminch and Rift Valley lakes of Koka

Drive from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch visiting the Rift Valley lakes of Koka and Ziway and also the Wolaita people and their magnificent housing. Overnight at Arbaminch Paradise Lodge***/Tourist Hotel*

Day 3: Nechisar NP and Lake Chamo

In the morning drive to Nechisar National Park to see some wild animals and in the afternoon visit the crocodile farm at Lake Chamo. Overnight at Arbaminch Paradise Lodge***/Tourist Hotel*

Day 4: Jinka

Drive from Arbaminch to Jinka visiting the Tsemai and Benna people on the way. Overnight at Eco Omo Lodge***/Orit Hotel**

Day 5: Mago Park

Excursion from Jinka to Mago Park visiting the Mursi people. In the afternoon visit the Ari people’s village. Overnight at Eco Omo Lodge***/Orit Hotel**

Day 6: Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Turmi visiting the colourful market of Keyafer where many people from the Tsemai, Ari and Benna ethnic groups come together. Overnight at Buska Lodge***/Camping

Day 7: Omorate

Excursion to Omorate to visit the colourfully dressed people of the Omo Valley – the Dasenech. They live on the other side of the Omo River. Use a small local boat to cross the river and visit their village. Then continue to Karo to meet more villagers on the banks of the Omo River. Finally return back to Turmi. Overnight at Buska Lodge***/Camping

Day 8: Dimenka

Drive from Turmi to Dimeka to see the colourful Hammer Market and continue to Yabello visiting the Konso villages. Overnight at Yabello Motel***/Camping

Day 9: Langano

After breakfast, visit the Borena people and drive from Yabello to Langano through the scenic Sidamo plain. In Langano enjoy swimming in the lake and have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Sabana Beach Resort***/Ziway Tourist Hotel*

Day 10: Langano and Addid Abbeba

After spending some time in the attractive area of Langano drive back to Addis. . In the evening you are taken to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Travel Dates

           
13/02/2016
20/02/2016
27/02/2016
05/03/2016
12/03/2016
19/03/2016
02/04/2016
09/04/2016
16/04/2016
23/04/2016
30/04/2016
07/05/2016
14/05/2016
28/05/2016
04/06/2016
18/06/2016
02/07/2016
16/07/2016
23/07/2016
30/07/2016
06/08/2016
13/08/2016
20/08/2016
27/08/2016
03/09/2016
10/09/2016
17/09/2016
24/09/2016
01/10/2016
08/10/2016
15/10/2016
22/10/2016
29/10/2016
12/11/2016
19/11/2016
26/11/2016
03/12/2016
10/12/2016
17/12/2016
24/12/2016

Minimum number of participants: 2

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Extension 1 – Lalibela

Day 10: Addis

After spending some time in the attractive area of Langano, drive back to Addis. Overnight at Nexus Hotel ****/Panorama Hotel ***.

Day 11: Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit of the first cluster of the 12th and 13th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are considered by many as the 8th wonder of the world. This tour takes approximately three hours and is certainly one of the most impressive sights you may have ever seen. Overnight at Cliff Edge Hotel ***/Alef Hotel **.

Day 12: Asheten Mariam

Wake up early for a 07:00 am mule ride up to the monastery of Asheten Mariam. This fantastic activity takes you high up onto an escarpment above the town where you not only see the amazing rock-hewn church but where you have also one of the best views in Ethiopia. After lunch visit the second and third clusters of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Overnight at Cliff Edge Hotel ***/Alef Hotel **.

Day 13: Addis

Fly from Lalibela back to Addis Ababa and have the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you are taken to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Extension 2 – Awash NP and Harar

Day 10: Addis

After spending some time in the attractive area of Langano, drive back to Addis. Overnight at Nexus Hotel ****/Panorama Hotel ***.

Day 11: Awash NP

Fly from Axum to Addis and drive to Awash National Park visiting the Rift Valley lake of Bishoftu at Debre Zeit. After check in to your hotel game drives at the park and visit of the famous Awash Falls. Overnight at Awash Falls Lodge ***/Genet Hotel **.

Day 12: Harar

Drive from Awash to Harar through the scenic Haraghe Mountains watching the coffee and chai plantations left and right of the road. In the evening visit of one of the gates of the Harar wall to see the hyena man feeding his hyena friends. Overnight at Harar Ras Hotel **/Belayneh Hotel *.

Day 13: Harar

Full day visit of Harar which includes the colorful Islamic market, the National Museum and Harari Museum, the house of Ras Mekonen (father of Haile Silassie), a typical Harari house, the 16th century wall of Harar and the house of the renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. Around the end of the day drive from Harar to Dire Dawa. Overnight at Samrat Hotel ***/Ras Hotel *.

Day 14: Addis

Drive or fly from Dire Dawa to Addis. In the evening you are taken to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Rates include

  • All transfers in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Nissan Patrols or minibuses
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in tourist class or standard class as per itinerary
  • Camping including tent, mattress and cooking utensils with lunch and dinner
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees at museums, churches, castles, archeological sites, parks and villages
  • English-speaking tour guide during the whole trip for groups from six participants
  • English-speaking driver-guides or local guides for groups up to five participants
  • Scouts in National Parks and villages

Rates exclude

  • International and domestic flights
  • All meals and drinks except breakfast (and lunch and dinner during camping)
  • Tips and personal expenses
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Rates

Tour Per person in double room Single supplement
Southern Ethiopia – Omo Valley/tourist class € , – € , –
Southern Ethiopia – Omo Valley/standard class € , – € , –
Extension Lalibela/tourist class € , – € , –
Extension Lalibela/standard class € , – € , –
Extension Awash NP and Harar/tourist class € , – € , –
Extension Awash NP and Harar/standard class € , – € , –
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Contact and Booking

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Photos

Pictures are taken by Frank Wirth, Stamp Travel Support.

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