Visit Surma Tribes, Tum, Arba Minch, Konso – 19 Days

Visit Surma Tribes, Tum, Arba Minch, Konso

Visit Surma Tribes, Tum, Arba Minch, Konso,  Key-Afer, Jinka, Mursi, Dimeka, Arbore, Yabello,…..

Itinerary

Program: Nature and Culture Tour

Tour Code: Combined Tour 06

Duration: 18 Nights (19 Days)

Transportation:  Land (4WD)

Tour starts: Addis Ababa

Tour ends: Addis Ababa

Day1: Arrival/ Addis Ababa & City Tour of Addis Ababa

Arrive in the morning and transfer to your Hotel and after Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some images at Mount Entoto and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa.  Overnight – at chosen hotel – Addis Ababa

Day2: Addis – Melka Kunture – Addadi Mariam, Tiya stelae – Jimma

Drive from Addis to Jima (326km.). Visit, Jima Abba Jifar Palace in Jima.  Overnight – at chosen hotel -Jima

Day3: Jimma – Mizan Teferi – Bebeka (225 Km)

Drive from Jimma to Mizan Teferi/Bebeka. Along the road; overlook coffee, tea and spice production. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Bebeka/Mizan Teferi

Day4: Mizan Teferi – Kibish

Drive from Mizan Teferi /Bebeka to Kibish, overlooking the wild coffee in the forest, Dizi, Menit and Surma tribes. Overnight – camped tent – Kibish

Day 5: Full day for Surma Tribes

Full day excursion. Discover the life style of The Surma people in their villages. The Surma women are best known for inserting round clay plates in their lips. Night-Camping – Kibish

Day 6: Tum – Maji – Surma Market

Morning; drive from Tum to Maji. On the way visit some villages of Dizi. At the middle of the day; attend the Saturday market in Maji. This Market is most popular amongst ethnical markets in the River Omo region. Explore Surma and Menit tribes in the market.  Overnight – Tented Camp – Maji

Day 7: Maji to Bebeka Guest House/Mizan Teferi

Drive from Maji to Bebeka/Mizan Teferi. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Bebeka/Mizan Teferi

Day 8: Maji to Jima

Drive from Mizan Teferi to Jima. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Jima

Day9: Jima – Sodo – Arba Minch

Drive from Jima to Arba Minch via Sodo, and people of Wolayta. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Arba Minch

Day10: Nechsar National Park & Lake Chamo.

Drive to Nechsar National Park for bird watching and game viewing : Nechsar is the home of some mammals like the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest (the park was primarily established to protect the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest), Thomson’s gazelle, Berchule’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Dik-Dik, and Baboons. Afternoon; boat trip on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of Crocodiles and Hippopotamus. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge -Arba Minch

Day11: Konso – Key-Afer (Tribal market) – Jinka

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka- roughly 240km. At key Afer; there is a colorful every Thursday market where you can see the Tsemay, Ari and Bena etc people. Drive further to Jinka. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Jinka

Day12: Mursi tribes and Mago National Park. Drive to Mago National Park

Visit the Mursi village, the insertion of wooden and terracotta discs into the ear lobes is a widespread custom and Mursi women also progressively split and stretch their lower lips to make room for similar discs(Mursi tribes have the same culture with Surma tribes settled at upper Omo). In Mago Park; there are no many animals visible during the day, but during night time, thousands of sounds, among which is the trumpeting of elephants may be heard.  Afternoon; visit the ethnological museum of Jinka. Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Jinka

Day 13: Jinka – Dimeka market and Turmi (139 Km)

After breakfast; drive to Turmi (roughly 139km from Jinka). On the way; visit the colorful Dimeka Market (Every Saturday). Note that information will be gathered in advance if there is bull jumping ritual, or a Hamer wedding party in the neighborhood during your stay in Turmi. Overnight – at chosen lodge – Turmi

Day 14: Turmi – Dus, Karo & Nyangatom/ Nyangatom tribes

After breakfast; drive from Turmi to Karo others ethnics (60 km rough road). You will have packed lunch with you for you will be there for full day. Visit some of Karo villages of Dus and Kolcho. The Karo tribes are mainly known for their special hairstyle and body paintings. Take your time here, discover & experience their lifestyle. Drive from Karo some kms and cross the Omo Rive for the Nyangatom/ Nyangaten tribes. Late afternoon; drive back to Turmi. Overnight – at chosen lodge – Turmi

Day 15: Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market

The area around Turmi is where the Hamer & Bena people live, famous for their bull-jumping ceremonies and great body decoration. There is a popular Hamer and Bena market held in Turmi on every Monday, this is what you have to  schedule your  visit for, but the market  will not be full until mid-afternoon, so this morning, after early breakfast, first drive to Omorate (75km),nearby the Omo River and cross the river by local boat. This area is inhabited by the Dassenech (Galeb) people, known for their very interesting house design and body painting. You will stay with them for a couple of hours, then cross the river again and drive back to Turmi, for lunch and a short break from the heat &  visit the Turmi Market. The Hamers dominate this market. The Hamers are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs. Late afternoon; approach to some Hamer villages to discover their lifestyle at home and attend the Evangadi Dance. Overnight – at chosen lodge – Turmi

Day 16: Turmi – Konso

Drive from Turmi to Yabello via Arbore. Visit the Arbore people at their town named Arbore and proceed to Konso. Visit town of Konso (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – The people of Konso are well known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials, carved totems made of wood, decorated graves (mainly the king & his wife), impressive village and etc. Explore The Konso King, totems, Konso villages, and Gesergiyo (New York)-magnificent rock formation.  Overnight – at chosen hotel /lodge– Konso

Day 17: Konso – Yirgalem

After breakfast; drive from Konso to Yirgalem via Yabello (366km from Konso)

On the way; overlook landscapes and the town of Yabello, Dublock Village, Singing Wells & Elsod (Salt House).Lunch at Yabello Motel. And continue to Yirgalem. On the way at Wenago, visit the Tutu Fella stelae field – a unique collection of carved stones. Arrive to Yirgalem after crossing the fertile land, mainly cultivating with bananas, and coffee plantation by the Sidamo people. Visit the forest nearby the Aregash Lodge. At Aregash Lodge, the hyenas appear to the lodge, feeding by people so you can see them at near distance.  Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Yirgalem

Day 18: Yirgalem – Langano

Drive from Yirgalem to Langano (about100km) .Check- in at your /lodge and enjoy with swimming or other activities. Afternoon; Discover  the rift valley lakes of Abijata  & Shalla,  the Ostrich Farm, different species of Aquatic birds like the Pink Flamingos(abundant), Dukes, Gosse, and many others.  Overnight – at chosen hotel lodge – Langano

Day 19: Langano- Addis – Departure

Drive to Addis and departure home in the afternoon (end of the trip)

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request 

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