13 Days South-Omo-Valley
Route: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch – Dorze Village – Turmi – Konso – Jinka – Mursi – Yabello – Yirgalem – Bale Goba – Awassa – Addis Ababa
Day 1ARRIVAL OF ADDIS ABABA AND SIGHTSEEING
Arrival of Addis Ababa and meet Freeland Ethiopia Tours representative. Then transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.
Day 2DRIVE TO ARBA MINCH
In the morning en route, you will visit the series Rift Valley lakes that are teemed with different bird species.
Day 3BOAT TRIP ON LAKE CHAMO AND EXCURSION TO DORZE VILLAGE
The morning after breakfast make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the largest crocodiles in Africa which measure up to 7 Mts. Afternoon visits Chencha village to visit Dorze people.
Day 4DRIVE TO TURMI VIA KONSO
After breakfast drive to Turmi en-route visiting Tsemay and Benna tribes. Then walk to the villages of the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers spend a pleasant afternoon with friendly Hamar people.
Day 5EXCURSION TO OMORATE
Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenach tribes across the Omo river by wooden local boat then come back to Turmi in the afternoon to visit the nearby hammer tribe village, also possible to see special occasion ceremonies like wedding and ritual.
Day 6DRIVE TO JINKA
Early Excursion to Karo village for the visit of Karotribes with their interesting body decorations and scarification; Then drive to Jinka.
Day 7EXCURSION TO MURSI
In the morning after breakfast excursion to the Mursi tribe village known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips. Then drive back to Jinka.
Day 8DRIVE TO YABELLO VIA KONSO VILLAGE
After breakfast drive to Yabello en route to visit Konso tribes village. The king village is very interesting.
Day 9EXCURSION TO ELSOD CREATOR SALT LAKES AND DRIVE TO YIRGALEM
Early morning excursion to Elosd, the crater salt lake to see the Borena people extracting mud salt for their livestock food and on the way back stop at Dubluk to see the singing well typical of Borena tribes when they serve their cattle from 20 M deep wells. Then proceed driving to Yirgalem.
Day 10DRIVE TO BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, continue driving to Bale Mountains National Park. Visit many of the endemics like Blue-winged goose, Spot-breasted lapwing, Abyssinian long claw, Wattled ibis, Black-headed siskin, Rouget’s rail, Banded barbet, and of course other species, too.
Day 11MORE EXCURSION IN THE BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
In the morning drive towards Sanete Plateau. While crossing a lush green forest, you will enjoy the Semien Wolves, endemic mammals. Also, you will walk slightly down and down across a moorland landscape dotted with white and yellow cushions of flowers, colorful lichen-covered rocks, and sparse Giant Lobelias. You will visit many water birds in the small lakes.
Day 12DRIVE TO AWASSA
The morning after breakfast drive to Awassa. Awassa is a bustling Ethiopian town in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 13DRIVE BACK TO ADDIS AND DEPARTURE
Early morning after breakfast drive back via Awassa and visit the daily local fish market at lake Awassa. Evening farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant and transfer to airport for flight back to home.
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