Omo Valley Cultural Express - 9 Day

 

Day 00:

  • As per own flight arrangements, depart from your home country to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Day 01:

  • On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
  • We will start our site-seeing by National Museum which houses some of the country’s historic treasures.
  • Visit the two major highlights of the city, the Ethnographic Museum and the church of the Holy Trinity.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02:

  • After breakfast, drive to the famous lakeside town of Arba Minch. En route visit the villages of Gurage for their staple food of Kocho made from the false banana.
  • We drive through one of the most colourful and scenic areas of Southern Ethiopia, a land that is inhabited by the Wolayita people, who were once nomads but are now farmers.
  • Before arriving to the town of Arba Minch, a long section of the road offers magnificent views of Lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink in colour.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03:

  • Morning drive 40kms northwest of Arba Minch to Guge Mountains to visit the Dorze and Chencha villages.
  • Afternoon a boat trip on the blue waters of Lake Chamo to see the crocodiles, hippos & aquatic bird species.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 04:

  • Early morning drive to Konso where colourfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land and unusually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers can be seen.
  • Keep driving to Key Afer, if the day is Thursday, we will have a chance to visit the colourful Thursday market where we should see and photographed the Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemay people.
  • After visiting the market we drive on to the small town of Jinka.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 05:

  • Early morning drive to Mago National Park, from here, visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia’s unique tribes lives.
  • Back to Jinka for your lunch.
  • In the afternoon go to the Ari Village near by the town of Jinka for experiencing and learning the culture of Ari tribe and explore how they make their traditional homemade alcoholic drinks.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 06:

  • This day, we will continue driving through the Omo Valley region to Turmi via Dimeka. The Hamer tribe is one of the largest groups in the Valley.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 07:

  • This day morning, we continue through the savannah along tracks that are barely visible, passing through a vast meadowland with shrubs and umbellifers (‘umbrella’ acacia trees) for an excursion to the Murulle area.
  • We arrive at Korcho village with beautiful views over the Omo River to see the Karo ethnic group.
  • En route have a picnic lunch.
  • We then drive back to the village of Turmi.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 08:

  • This day we will drive to Yabello visiting the Erbore people en route.
  • Then we will proceed to the New-York; a bizarre landscape of sand panicles formed by wind and rain (erosion).
  • After lunch stop at Konso, continue Arba Minch for our overnight stops.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 09:

  • This day, we drive back to Addis and enjoy more of the Rift Valley landscape and the stunning views over the Lakes of Abijata and Shala.
  • We have the possibility of visiting the Ostrich farm at Abijata Shala National Park.
  • We will arrive in Addis Ababa in late afternoon and transfer to the Hotel and have a room as a day use for wash/change and get ready for the evening flight.
  • You might be interested for the last minute souvenir shopping at the markets.
  • In the evening, we will go out to one of the best cultural restaurant for the Farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant with live traditional dances program.
  • You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.