OMO VALLEY 11 days

11 days and 10 nights

01. WED. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.
02. THU. Drive to the Rift Valley lake of Awasa. Make a stop to lake Zway, to visit the church over its island (if time permits). Lunch on the way. Dinner and ON Haile resort Awasa
03. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive through the Wolayta people & villages and admiring spectacular green hills. Proceed to Chencha mountain, for the Dorze people, with their unique culture, particular houses and traditions.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Swaynes hotel Arbaminch.
04. SAT. Leave around 0700 am & drive to Turmi, admiring on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay & Hamer people + very attractive views. On the way visit the Saturday’s very colorful Hamer, Karo and Tsemay people market at Dimeka village. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Turmi at the Evangadi lodge (in bungalows or camping. Pls pass us your choice)
05. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to the Nyangatom people crossing the Omo river with small boats at Kangate. Walk to the villages. Then back to Kangate, meet the vehicles and drive about 1 hr to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Late afternoon drive back to Turmi, to visit the Hamer people and their villages + culture
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge
06. MON. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & make a morning excursion to visit the Dassanech people villages at Omorate, at bank of Omo river.
Then back to Turmi to visit the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market.
After the market visit the Hamer people and their villages. With luck we’ll try also to participate to their marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping; and Evangadi dances.
Have meals & ON Turmi at the Evangadi lodge
07. Proceed through the Ari & Benna people and villages, to Jinka. Reach on time to visit the very interesting museum.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.
08. Enter into the Mago National park and admiring different mammals and birds on the way, drive to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Men different scarifications all over their body.
Afternoon drive back to Jinka town.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.
09. THU. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Arbaminch. Being Thursday admire the very colorful Tsemay and Erbore people market at KeyAfer village.
Make also a stop to visit Konso people culture and villages, famous for their terracing agriculture and traditions. Reach Arbaminch late afternoon
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Arbaminch Swaynes hotel
10. Morning drive to the Netch Sar National park to see spectacular views & animals as the endemic Swaynes Hartebeest, zebras & other.
Afternoon make a boat excursion on Chamo lake to admire the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach 6 meters of length), hippos and birds.
Meals & ON Arbaminch Swaynes hotel
11. SUN. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive back to Addis, visiting the Guraghe people villages & very nice views on the way.
Lunch on the way. Have dinner in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. After dinner transfer to the airport for departure (or if the flight is next day, have an overnight in Addis Ababa. The next day you’ll be picked up from your hotel 3 hrs before your flight and transferred at the airport. So on your quotation add one overnight in Addis Ababa)

We also suggest extensions to the Historic route or Danakil depression or the Surma area or people of the north-west in Ethiopia; or to the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or Djibouti or the parks in Tanzania or Kenya, or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)