Short Information of the Tour.
Tour Code: AETT 009 Cultural and Photography Tour Program of Southern Ethiopia
Attraction: Cultural, History, Religion, Tribes, Nomads, Scenery and Wildlife
Duration: 9 Days
Transportation: Surface Drive, and Boat ride
Time: Throughout the Year
This Nine Days tour itinerary offers a combination of cultural, natural, Tribes, Nomads and historical parts of the Southern Ethiopia, a visit to Addis Ababa, Chencha, Arba minch, Konso, Jinka, Mago, Turmi and Yabelo will be the main destination of the tour.
Upon arrival, Meet and greet you Access Eco Trekking Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to your hotel.
Day. 1: Addis – Chencha
Early in the morning, Drive from Addis to Chencha via Hosaena. On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest:
Tiya ancient stellae field a UNESCO World Heritage site
Adadi Maryam – rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela
Melka Kunture – pre-historic tool-making site
Finally, proceed to Dorze village, high in the Guge Mountains and visit Chancha. From this view you will be see on the left way Abaya and in the right way Chamo lakes. If you are lucky, you will see Gellada Baboons (Bleeding Heart Monkey).
The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.
Overnight: Camping. (B, L, D)
Day. 2: Chencha – Arba minch – Konso
An early morning drive will take us to Arba minch city. After breakfast in Arbamich, we will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo to see the huge Nile Crocodiles and Hippos. After lunch drive to Konso.
Overnight: At Konso. (B, L, D)
Day. 3: Koso – Jinka
In the morning before departing for Jinka we will have time to visit the King of Konso, the “Waka” – konso grave marking for their dead and “New York” – natural sand formations that look like sky scrapers. The intricate landscape terracing of the Konsos is fascinating. From Konso we continue our journey to Jinka. on the way we pass through Key Afar is home to the Benna tribe.
Dinner and overnight at Jinka. (B, L, D)
Day. 4: Jinka – Mago – Turmi
In the morning, drive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills and visit a local Ari village then drive to Turmi.
Dinner and overnight in Turmi. (B, L, D)
Day. 5: Turmi
In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a local Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited. At night you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as Evangadi.
Overnight: in Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day. 6: Turmi
Drive to Murulle, Dus and Koricho. Here you will find the Karo people who, while they are the smallest tribe of the Omo Valley in number, they are also known to be the most decorated. Return to Turmi for another opportunity to find Bull Jumping ceremony. Dinner and overnight in Turmi.
Day. 7: Turmi – Yabelo
On the way to Konso we will visit and pass though Arbori and Woyto tribes. The drive from Konos to Yabelo passes thought scenic desert and Acacia forest where the Borenna tribe roam with their cattle, goats and camels. Lunch in Konso.
Dinner and overnight in Yabelo. (B, L, D)
Day. 8: Yabelo – Awassa
Yabelo to Awassa is the true coffee land of the South. The whole area is coffee growing. You will see the magical beans at close range – from processing to the tasting. Lunch en route.
Dinner and overnight in Awassa. (B, L, D)
Day. 9: Awassa – Addis Ababa
An early morning walk by Lake Awassa will be fascinating as one can set a number of birds – some endemic. A little drive after breakfast will take us to “Fish Market”. A colorful scene will await us fishermen sell their night’s catch for the towns people. Pelicans compete with Marabous for a bit a leftover. Continue on journey of Addis. On the way we visit the beautiful Rift Valley Lakes. 50 Kms. from Addis we will visit the crater lakes of lakes of Debre Zeit (Besheftu) Lunch en route. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant with cultural live music.
Overnight in Hotel or departure to your country. (B, L, D)
End of Tour.