07 NIGHTS 08 DAYS OMO VALLEY AND (CULTURAL TOUR)

Karo ( Omo Valley) (3)

Overview

– This Ethiopian adventure begins and concludes in Addis Ababa
– Our first destination is the Lower Omo Valley which 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 r

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel

Today arrive at Bole International airport, transfer to hotel. After some rest, you will stay the full day city tour of Addis Ababa including a drive to Mount Entoto for the panoramic view and old palace, National Museum which is the resting place of our famous Lucy, Ethnological museum which is the cultural collection place, Trinity Cathedral, and Merkato. Overnight Addis hotel.

Day 2
Drive Arbaminch and afternoon Chencha (Dorze village)

Today we drive to Arbaminch and have lunch on the way. Then proceed to Chencha to see the Dorze tribes and their village. The Dorze are Well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. Admire the wonderful view of Lake Abaya and Chamo. overnight hotel.

Day 3
Arbaminch- Turmi (275kms) 5-6 hours

Morning Turmi visiting the Tsemay, Konso tribes in the way. And as today is Monday or Tuesday we will see the colorful market at Turmi of Dimeka that gives a chance to see many tribes together exchanging goods. If you are lucky you will see the bull jumping ceremony of the Hamer tribes. Overnight lodge/Hotel.

Day 4
Turmi –Omorate- Turmi

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 motorboat or a ferry may be 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. There are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Afternoon visits the Dimeka market which will be a good opportunity to see many tribes together exchanging goods. After the market, if you are lucky you will see the bull Jumping ceremony around Turmi. Overnight lodge/Hotel.

Day 5
Turmi - Karo –Turmi (120kms) Morning Karo and P.M market/Hammer

Today at 7:00 leave your lodge and we’re going to Murulle to meet with the tribe Karo, whose members are known for their adorn bodies with which the various patterns and scars. Afternoon moving in Jinka. Along the way, you can see the decorated tribal Benna, Ari and their village Further drive to Jinka for lunch. Afternoon visits the Jinka Museum and at 16;00 drive to lodge Overnight Jinka resort 2*

Day 6
Jinka – Mursi/Mago park- Jinka- Konso (250kms) 5-6 hours

Morning at 7:00 proceed to Mago national park, Meeting with the Mursi tribe! Women have taken Mursi inserted into the lower lip plate, and the men inflict a scar on the forearm by the number of killed enemies or wild animals. Back to Jinka for lunch and as today is Thursday, you will visit one of the best markets in the Omo Valley at Keyafer Market. Further, drive to Konso night overnight Lodge.

Day 7
Visit Konso and drive to Arbaminch

In the Morning after breakfast, we will visit the UNESCO Cultural site of Konso. Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km arid property of stone-walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. After lunch Proceed to Lake Chamo for an early morning boat excursion to see the Crocodile Market and the Hippos. (Here crocodiles are some of the longest in Africa, With a length of 8 and also above meters.) Overnight hotel.

Day 8
Fly to Addis and departure

Morning time to relax in your resort and around 11:00 depart to the airport for the flight back to Addis. On arrival some city tours, souvenir shopping. Evening farewell dinner at one of the city’s best traditional restaurants to enjoy a variety of Ethiopian cuisines and watch traditional dancing, transfer to the airport and end of the service.

Cost Includes

  • Seven nights room accommodation on a double bed bases as per the above details.
  • Meal on half board bases (breakfast and dinner) with soft and hot drink out of Addis Ababa.
  • All ground transport including the airport transfer in/out (Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 2014 above model car for Omo valley) and minibus /minibus for Addis Ababa
  • Boat trip on lake Chamo in Arbaminch
  • English speaking driver guide and his allowances
  • Complementary water during the whole trip.
  • Local guide fee in all destinations
  • All entrance fee as per the itinerary in villages, parks etc.
  • Scout in the park
  • Any Road and government taxe

Cost Excludes

  • Any meal in Addis except breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Domestic flight ticket ( Arbaminch to Addis is USD --/person if you use ET internationally. Otherwise it is USD ---/person. Price might increase if not ticketed.
  • Any alcoholic drinks,
  • Personal gratitude to driver, guide
  • video/camera shooting fee,
  • What is not included in the inclusive part

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07 NIGHTS 08 DAYS OMO VALLEY AND (CULTURAL TOUR)
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