This trip will take us to admire the natural forest of wondegenet to the largest bird sanctuary of the Great Rift Valley. We will take an in-depth understanding of the different tribes of the south with distinct cultures and way of life.
What to Expect
Day 01: Arrive in Addis and start city tour of the capital founded by the wife of Emperor Menelik at the end of the 19th Century. Very attractive are the two famous museums the National musuem which hosts Lucy, hominid fossil dating back to 3.5 million years ago which belongs to the Australopithecus Afarensis family. Overnight in a Hotel in Addis.
Day 02: Addis-Wondogenet 265km, Departure to Wondogenet. Arrive in Wondogenet and walk through wondogenet forest. The forest is rich of bird life. Overnight in a Hotel in Wondogenet.
Day 03: Wondogene-Arbamincht 275km; Drive to Arbaminch and visit on the way Dorze villages. People famous of their characterstic traditional huts made of twisted bamboo, arrive in Arbaminch dinner and , Overnight lodge in Arbmainch.
Day 04: Arbaminch, Visit in the morning Netch Sar National Park meaning “White Grass” in local language, given to it because of its suggestive plain grassland where one can find numerous mamals among which Zebras, Gazzels, Antilopes and the endemic Swaynes Hartebees found only in Ethiopia. Afternoon excursion by boat on lake Chamo to see corocodiles and hyppos believed to be among of the largest ones in all Africa. Overnight Lodge in Arbmainch.
Day 05: Arbaminch-Jinka 250km; On route visit of the Tsemay people. The Tsemay people, the Tsemay belong to the broad Afro-Asiatic linguistic group and in particular to the lowland east Cushitic family in which the Dassanatch and the Arbore are also part. Overnight Hotel in Jinka.
Day 06: Jinka-Ari villages-Jinka Exploration of the Ari people in the morning mostly by waltking through villages. The Ari inhabit the northern border of the Mago National Park. They have a population of about 120,000. The women wear unique skirts made of special kind of plant which does not wear easily. In the afternoon the Ethnographic museum of Jinka which collects different objects of different South Ethiopian people. Overnight Hotel in Jinka.
Day 07: Jinka-Mursi; drive to the Mursi territory. The Mursi tribe is one of the most interesting tribes belonging to the Nilo-Saharan linguistic group,agro-pastoralists,origionally from the larger Surma group, the Mursi are people who moved east from the surmic nucleus and occupied the land between the Omo and Mago rivers. The unique trait of the Mursi ,shared by other surmic groups,is the spectacularlabial and lobular platesworn by the women and theirstick fight ceremony.Tusk pendants worn by Mursi men is a sign of bravery and status. Overnight Camping Near Mago.
Day 08: Mago-Murle, Cross the Mago park. Mago National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia Ethiopia located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region Southern Nations, Nationalities. the 2162 square kilometers of this park are divided by the Mago river, a tributary of the Omo, into two parts. Overnight camping in Murule.
Day 09: Murle-Turmi 60km, Morning excursion to the Karo People. The Karo, with a population of about 1000, are a small group of people who live on the east banks of the Omo River. The most striking thing about Karo people's symbolic and ornamental expressions is the painted body and face decorations. This is an elaborate process, which ranges from fine and elaborate details to rough, but striking paintings traced with the palms or fingers. Overnight Lodge in Turmi.
Day 10: Turmi-Omorate-Turmi 150km, Morning drive to Omorate for 75km and cross the famous and legendary Omo river with traditional canoes. The Daasanach are traditionally a pastoral people by tradition, but in recent years have become primarily agropastoral. The Daasanach who herd cattle live in dome shaped houses made from a dome frame of branches, covered with woven boxes, used to carry things on donkeys when they migrate. Return to Turmi and explore the Hamer people after lunch. They are a tribe with unique rituals such as a cattle-leaping ceremony that men go through in order to reach adulthood whereupon young women get whipped to prove their love to their kinsmen. Overnight Lodge in Turmi.
Day 11: Turmi-Konso 195km, On-route visit of the Erbore people. The Arbore people, are from the Cushitic language family. They live west of the Woito river (which flows from north to south into the swampy plain which was once lake Stefanie), northeast of the lake, and on the right bank of the lower Sagan. The Arbore claim that they have always lived in their present territory. ON lodge in Konso.
Day 12: Konso-Yabelo 110km, Prior to departure have a look at one of the most impressive villages of the Konso village. There are almost 300,000 Konso confined to a homeland of considerably less than 1000 square kilometers. Konso people are farmers, living in fortified villages bounded by their farming land. They developed a defensive style of building, with villages on hilltops, protected by fortifications around them, lunch in Konso, then proced to Yabello. Overnight Hotel in Yabello.
Day 13: Yabelo-Elsod-Yabelo 240km, Morning drive to El-sod crater meaning in local language “house of salt” The village of El Sod, around 20Km south of Dublock, lies beside on of Ethiopia's largest salt deposits. Known as the house of salt, it's famed for its 100m deep crater lake, one of four in the region. The lake is about 800m across and is so dark, it looks like an oil slick.
Valuable, muddy, black salt has been extract from the lake for centuries. The salt is retrieving from the lake without any mechanization. Overnight Hotel in Yabello
Day 14: Yabelo-Yirgalem 250km, There are lots of skyscraper termite hills on the way from Yabelo to Hageremarima. Stop in some Borana villages. The Borana Oromo, also called the Boran, are a pastoralist ethnic group living in southern Ethiopia of the Oromian Region and northern Kenya. They are a sub-group of the Oromo People, and represent one of the two halves of the original Oromos (the other half being the Barentu). In the afternoon a sightseeing of the wonderful anthropomorphic erected burial stones of Tutufela that date back between 1stBC and 12nd AD. Overnight Lodge in Yirgalem
Day 15: Yirgalem-Langanoo 100km; depart elarly for Awassa and stop at the very intersting Awassa fish market localted on the shore of the lake . Drive to Langanoo and visit the Abyata-shala park. Overnight Lodge in Langano.
Day 16: Langanoo-Addis 190km Drive to Addis, farewell dinner at traditional restorant with folklore music, and departure.
- Full Board accommodation, Land transportation by 4X4 WDS Guide service, Entrance fees to all location
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Baggage insurance
- Alcohol and other personal expenses
- Money for pictures
- Food and drinks
Know Before You Go
Please note all programs are re-written to include traditional market days, National Holidays, Special Ceremonies, personal needs, Distances, and other events based on your departure date and time.