04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS OMO VALLEY(Cultural Tours)

Overview

Duration:  4 nights/ 5 days
Means of Transport:   Surface
Description: Omo Valley:

The Lower Omo Valley is situated within Africa’s famous and, geologically-speaking, rapidly expanding Great Rift Valley. Here, in south-west Ethiopia’s awkwardly named “Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region”, bordering Kenya and Sudan, the great Omo River dominates this dry savanna valley, resulting in some of Africa’s most well developed and best preserved arid-zone riverine forests. The Omo River rises from the Shewan highlands and flows 470 miles (750 kms), mostly southwards, before entering Lake Turkana (previously Lake Rudolf) near the Kenyan border.

The importance of the Lower Omo Valley has been recognized by UNESCO, which has declared it a cultural World Heritage site. It also contains two expansive national parks and several Important Bird Areas. This vast, scenic valley is however most famous for its staggering cultural diversity. Over a dozen distinctive ethnic groups exist here, many of whom live lives little touched by the modern world. This is largely due to the area’s remoteness and prior near-inaccessibility, forming a natural barrier to modernization and the detribalization of the Omo Valley. Our tour aims to spend time with the Dorze, Konso, Arbore, Hamar, Benna, Karo, Ari and Mursi tribes (all now justly famous for their dress, body adornments and unique culture) and we will also encounter other tribes when visiting market villages. In addition, we will of course take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of this remote and fascinating region.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Addis

Evening arrival at Bole airport, meet our staff and transfer to Nexus hotel.

Day 2
Flight to Jinka

Today we fly to Jinka. Up on arrival meet our staff and tnasfer to reataurant for lunch. Afternoon visit the jinka Museum Overnight Jinka Resort.

Day 3
Jinka-Mursi-Turmi (255kms)

Enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Back to Jinka for Lunch and drive to Turmi and visit the Hamer tribes and their village Overnight Turmi lodge/ Buska Similar.

Day 4
Turmi- Omorate- Turmi- Konso (315kms)

This morning we will rise early and drive to the edge of the Omo River. We will cross the river by canoe to the villages of the Dasanech tribes (a motor boat or a ferry maybe available but is not guaranteed). The Dasanech are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Lunch in Turmi and further drive to Konso overnight Kanta Lodge.

Day 5
Konso to Arbaminch (90 kms) and Fly back to Addis

In the morning visit the Konso village which is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO. Enjoy Konso – Gargesie near the village lies a giant cleft, within which many rock formations resembling the outline of their forms in New York. Further drive to Arbaminch to take the flight back to Addis and join the group Overnight hotel.
Price will be given on request

Cost Includes

  • - Four nights room accommodation on a twin bed bases.
  • - Domestic flight (Addis- Jinka// Arbaminch- Addis)
  • - Meal on half board bases (breakfast and dinner) with soft and hot drink.
  • - All ground transport including the airport transfer in/out.
  • - English speaking driver guide and all his allowance.
  • - All entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • - English speaking local guides in all destinations.
  • - Scout fee in the park
  • - All local guide fees in all destinations

Cost Excludes

  • - Lunch
  • - Any alcoholic drinks,
  • - video/camera shooting fee,
  • - What is not included in the inclusive part

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04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS OMO VALLEY(Cultural Tours)
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