Visit  Upper and Lower Omo Valley Tribes 19 Days

Visit  Upper and Lower Omo Valley Tribes 19 Days

Visit  Upper and Lower Omo Valley Tribes 19 Days

The Lake Turkana area is regarded by many anthropologists as the cradle of humankind due to the abundance of hominid fossils. It is possible to visit Lake Turkana on Ethiopian side.  It could be customized and included with South Ethiopia cultural tours.  By motor Boat, 3 Days camp, starting at a place called Mugugi until Turkana lake would be enough and possibly drive to Omorate for Dassenech tribe in their village - just after the town of Omorate.

Travel and Visit the Southern Culture and Nature with Lake Turaka and Chew Bahir


Program: South

Tour Code: Mursi 06

Duration: 18 Nights (19 Days)

Transportation: Land (4X4)

Tour starts: Addis Ababa

Tour Ends: Addis Ababa

Day  1: Arrive to Addis Ababa

Morning, arrive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport & meet with us then transfer and check-in hotel. Then City tour of Addis Ababa: driving 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 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 –  Hotel (4*) – Addis Ababa

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Langano (200km)

Drive to towards the Great Rift Valley System, passing through Debre Zeit and by the lakes of Koka and Ziway - if there are birders in the party, we will stop at Lake Ziway and head down to the lake shore where huge numbers of water birds are congregated.  African Pygmy Geese, Yellow-billed Storks, Collared Pratincoles, Lesser and greater Jacanas, African Jacanas, White Pelicans, Fish Eagles, crowned and common cranes are some of the species to be seen here in impressive numbers.

Lake Langano is bilharzias and crocodile free, and visitors can go for a swim, walk along the shores of the lake or go bird watching in the forests along the lake shores. Sabanna Beach Resort Lodge is a very interesting area to relax, swim, and bird watching. Here, at least one overnight is much, much worthy to anybody.

Later in the afternoon; visit Shalla and Abijata Lakes National Park forthe Ostrich Farm, Grant’s gazelle (being seen around protected Ostrich farm area), and aquatic birds like the Pink Flamingos (Lake Abijata), Dukes, Gosse, Hot springs (Lake Shalla) and Oromo Tribes nearby.  Overnight –  Lodge  – Langano

Day 3: Langano–Wondo Genet - Swayne’s hartebeest –Awassa

Drive from Langano to Wondo Genet via Shashemene (situated at a cross roads). The city of Shashemene is home to a Rastafarian community who came mainly from Jamaica.  The last Emperor Haile SelassieI granted them land here in perpetuity. Nearby Shashemene, visit Wondo Genet/place of heaven/. Wondo Genet is a well-developed hot springs resort area.  The hot water comes pushing out of the rocks and you can stand underneath for a natural hydro massage. It is also a naturally heated swimming pool.  The scenery around the lodge is hilly and forested largely with Juniper tree.  While most visitors may prefer to relax around the spa, there are some very good walks in the hills, with plenty of bird life - the endemic Yellow-fronted Parrot, the Black-headed Forest Oriole and the Golden-backed Woodpecker can easily be seen, along with the Red-Winged Starling, Grosbeak Weaver, Mountain Wagtail and Black Roughwing Swallow - and wildlife - Colobus and velvet monkeys, Anubis baboon and bushbuck. Spectacular sunsets can be seen around the area, with a great view of Lake Awassa. At 60km from Shashemene; visit the Swayne’s hartebeest at Sinkille Swaynes Hartebeest wildlife sanctuary (seeing them in groups is 100% guaranteed). Swayne’s hartebeest is a large antelope with humped shoulders, a long narrow face, and lyre-shaped horns. Native to: eastern and southern Africa.

Afternoon, drive to Lake Awassa to observe one of Ethiopia’s most beautiful lakes and is home to a significant population of birds, and by walking along the shores, one can also see Colobus and velvet monkeys and baboons.Drive back to Langano for Overnight – at Haile Resort Hotel (4*) – Awassa -Capital City of the Southern Nations

Day 4: Awassa -Dorze Tribes on the hill top of Chencha- Minch (305km)

Drive to Arba Minch. On the way,visit the Dorze Village for cotton weaving tradition at their home and market place on the hill top of Chencha. Dorze Tribes are very, very known tribe in weaving and offering best quality weaving products in traditional way. Then drive to Arba Minch. Overnight – Paradise Lodge or similar – Arba Minch

 Day 5: Visit Nechisar National Park & Lake Chamo

Drive to Nechisar National Park (Nechisar National Park) for bird watching and game viewing. In the park, you will see different bird species, including the rare Greater Kestrel, Orange River Francolin, Yellow throated sand grouse, Desert Cistcolas, Bustard, secretary Bird and etc. Some nightjar species such as Slender tailed and star Spotted Nightjars, Donaldson Smith’s and Dusky Nightjars have been recorded. In addition to birds, Nechisar 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. Also White pelicans are abundant. Overnight – Arba Minch

Day 6: Konso (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Drive from Arba Minch to Konso and  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  Lodge/ Hotel – Konso

Day 7: Konso - Key Afer (ethnic market) – Jinka

Thursday;Drive from Konso to Jinka. At Key Afer; there is a colorful, on every Thursday market where you can see the Tsemay, Ari and Bena and etc people. Drive further to Jinka. Overnight – Hotel  – Jinka

Day 8: Mursi tribes and Mago National Park

Friday; drive to Mago National Park & visit the Mursi tribes in their villages. The insertion of wooden and terracotta / Clay/ discs into the ear lobes is a widespread custom amongst Mursi tribes. Progressively, Mursi women split and stretch their lower lips to make room for similar bigger discs (Surma tribes – settled on upper Omo River have the same culture with Mursi). In Mago National 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. If a visit is early morning, Kudu, Dik – Dik and Guinea Fowls are probable to be seen. Drive back to Jinka and visit the ethnological museum of Jinka in the afternoon. Overnight – Hotel  – Jinka

Day 9: Discover Dimeka market and drive to Turmi (139 Km)

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

Day 10: Omorate – Dassenech/Galeb –Turmi market

Monday;the area around Turmi is where the Hamer & Bena people live, famous for their bull-jumping ceremonies and great body decoration. Turmi Market is a popular Market in Lower Omo. The market will not be full until noon. So, morning, drive from Murule to Omorate, 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 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 –  Lodge – Turmi

Day 11: Murule

Drive from Turmi to Karo tribes (60 km rough road) with picnic lunch. Visit Karo tribes in Dus and Kolcho. The Karo tribes are mainly known for their special hairstyle and body paintings. Take your time here, discover & experience their lifestyle. Overnight – Lodge or tented camp – Murule

Day 12: Murule - Omo National Park

Drive from Murulé and cross the Omo River on the new Bridge that connected Upper and lower Omo River for the Nyangaten/ Nyangaten tribes and drive to Omo National Park. Omo National Park:  looking for wildlife: Buffalo/rare/, Swayne Hartebeest, elephant/rare/, leopard/rare/, cheetah/rare/, lions/rare/, kudu, dik- dik, hyena, monkeys – such as velvet monkeys, common monkeys, Colobus Monkeys ....and birdlife. For the wildlife, an experienced wildlife guide will also join at the park’s head office. Overnight- tented camp at the Park’s Head Quarter – Omo Park

Day 13: Surma Tribes

Drive from the Park to Kibish (main town of Surma tribe). Overnight – Tented camp – Kibish

Day 14:  Surma Villages

Full day Excursion in Surma Villages:  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. Overnight – Tented camp – Kibish

Day 15: Visit the Surma Beret and Surma body paintings

Discover the Surma Body paintings and Surma Young Boys barbering their hair at Beret Area. Beret is a place where Surma Cattle stay during the night. Overnight – Tented camp – Kibish (possibly in Tulgit)

Day 16: Mizan Teferi

Drive to Mizan Teferi. On the way, stop/overlook the wild coffee plantation and tea plantation area (around Beseka). Overnight – at best hotel- Mizan Teferi

Day 17: Jima

Drive to Jima over fertile Land.  Hotel – Jima

Day 18:  Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa (spare time to relax and ready to Northern Part).Overnight – Addis Ababa

Day 19: Addis Ababa and departure

Based on departure time, shopping, dinner if evening at best live cultural dance and transfer the airport for departure (end of the trip)

The Itinerary can be amended as per your interest. 

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