STT 026/Nature - Culture and Tribes of Omo Valley
Tour code: STT 026
10 Nights / 11 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port After Meet and Greet Service with our sign board at exit of luggage claim and transfer
you to the hotel. O/n stay in a chosen hotel.
Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third largest capital cities of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500masl with a pleasant climate and a background of gardens with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city has founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National and Ethnographic Museum, St. George church and Merkato which is the biggest open air market in Africa. O/n stay in the same Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Dorze via Butajira Road
The Dorze is found under the Omotic language family. They are famous for constructing distinguished beehive shaped huts, terrace cultivation and the best weaving work of Ethiopia. O/n stay at Dorze lodge.
Day 4: Boat trip on Lake Chamo and drive to Konso
Make a Boat trip on Lake Chamo where the longest and fatest crocodiles of Africa take a sunbath on the shores. Hippos hide themselves under the water and you will also see a good range of birds including; weavers, sunbirds, waxbills and colonies of pelicans. Late in the afternoon drive to Konso through 90km asphalt Road.
The Konso are famous for their “Waga’s”, wooden grave Monuments, which are erected in the compounds of Konso Chiefs to honor their ancestors. O/n stay in Konso.
Day 5: Drive to Turmi via Tsemay and Arebore
via a passage way through the hot Weyto Valley, you drive to Turmi in the centre of the Hammer area. O/n stay in Turmi at Buska or Turmi lodge.
Day 6: Excursion to Omorate
Visit the Dassench, so called Geleb peoples, who live on the banks of the Omo River. Cross the river by wooden boats to visit their villages. O/n stay in the same lodge.
Day 7: Drive to Jinka
Visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka, which has a permanent exhibition of the people of Omo valley. O/n stay in Jinka in reserved hotel or lodge.
Day 8: Excursion to Mursi
The Mursi tribes are well known for their big clay plates that the women bear in their lower lip and ear. O/n stay in reserved hotel or lodge.
Day 9: Drive to Yabelo
In the morning you drive to Yabelo through the semi-arid area of Borena. The Borenas are semi-nomadic tribe and you can see a small flock of camels with their Borena owners here and there.O/n stay in Yabelo in reserved Motel or Borena lodge.
Day 10: Drive to Awassa
Drive through the region of the Gedeo and Sidama people known for their vast organic coffee plantations and production of Enset (false banana). The hills and mountains are intensively cultivated in this densely populated area. In Awassa you can also walk around the ditch for a nice sunset and aquatic birds; Malachite & pied Kingfisher, Long necked Cormorants, Storks, Herons, Egyptian goose, and so on. O/ n stay in reserved hotel in Awassa.
Day 11: Drive back to Addis Ababa via the Great Rift Valley Lakes
On this morning first visit the scenic morning Fish market of Awassa where the fisher men sell their fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barbus whereas Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colbous monkeys around the Amora Gedele. Make last day shopping in Addis and in the late afternoon have a farewell dinner and check in for a flight back home.