Travels

Bale mountains, Oromo, Borena

15 days and 14 nights

01. Start tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. After¨ noon (14:00 brs pickup from the hotel): visit Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Drive to the Bale mountains, for spectacular fauna & flora. Visit of the park.. Lunch on the way: dinner & ON Wabe Sbebele hotel Bale Goba.
03. Morning drive & walk at Sanete plateau, with afro¨ alpine vegetation & the chance to spot the endemic Semien fox. Then drive to the Tulndimtu forest for very nice views, different flora and the chance to spot the endemic Mountain Nyala. Precede admiring very nice views and visiting Omo people villages to Dolo. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping Dolo.

04. Visiting Oromo people reach Borena people & villages. Visit one village with particular traditions. ON camping EI Sod, on top of the crater.

05. Early morning, around 6:00 am, walk to the crater to admire Borena people extracting salt from a marshy lake. Visit then the singing wells around El Sod. Drive to Yabelo & proceed to Konso and visit one village. ON hotel or camping near to the king palace. In this occasion there is also a possibility to see his village and palace.

06. THU. Proceed to admire the Thursday Keyafer village market of Tsemay & Erbore people. Then drive to Jinka and visit the Ari people. ON hotel or camping.

07. Enter into the Mago National park & full day for Mursi & Body people VIsiting their villages & culture, way of life & culture. If in the right season and day of the week, possi¨bility of also learning about the donga game (August, Sep¨tember & October). If time permits make a game drive in the late afternoon on the high mountains of the Mago park ON camp near to Elwoha village.

08. Cross the Mago National park & proceed for the Mursi people & villages. If we happen to arrive on the right day, we may also take part to their dance performance. ON camping next to a village.

09. Visit Karo people villages of Lubuk or Duss & Kortcho. Proceed the to the Nyangatom people crossing Omo river, at Kangate. Visit one of their villages, with very interesting cultures. Drive then to the Hamer people at Turmi & ON bungalows or camping at the Evangadi lodge. www.evangadilodge.com
10. MON. Full day visit the Hamer people villages. Walk to a Hamer village; then visit the very colorful Monday market of Hamer, Karo & Dassanech people. Depending on the day of the week, possibility of visiting one of the Hamer people marriage ceremony with the bull jumping and/or the Hamer people dance the Evangadi dance. ON Evangadi lodge Turmi.

11. We proceed to Omorate village, where we’ll visit Dassanech people. Then drive to the Turkana lake, visiting In¨coreana people. Back late afternoon to Turmi. ON Turmi.

12. Vtsit Erbore people & villages, and proceed to Arba M¨inch. ON Swaynes hotel.

13. Boat on lake Chamo admiring crocodiles (the biggest in Africa with length over 7 meters), hippos and birds. Reach the other side of the lake and walk to the Netch Sar park. Visit many animals, as Swaynes Hartbeest, lesser kudu, zebras, birds & more. Reach the mountain top ("Yesghier dildil", which means mountain of paradise) with spectacular view over Chamo & Abaya lakes and the Netch Sar park. Have a lunch. Return same way back to the vehicles; or the cars can reach you at the park,and drive back. Dinner & ON Swaynes hotel. www.swayneshotel.com

14. Drive to the Dorze people, admiring their villages, and particular way of life and houses. And very nice views. Lunch box. Drive then to the Rift Valley of Langano. Dinner & ON Wenney ecolodge.
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15. SAT. Relax at Langano. Possibility of trekking, bird watching, horse riding, cycling, swimming. Lunch. Drive then back to Addis Ababa. Once in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Departure home.