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This is a four-day nature, culture and wildlife tour of Africa’s Great Rift Valley that crosses through Ethiopia. Guests will experience the local way of life in the locations we travel, spend time in the Dorze village with the community, explore the wildlife of Lake Chamo in Arba Minch which translated from Amharic means the “40 springs”, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of part of Rift Valley.

UNESCO World Heritage Site on this tour will include Steles of Tiya

  • Very easy tour, built for everyone without Age limit or Gender issues. Trekking (does not need special fitness) but needs comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Most of the sites in this tour are cultural legacies, so it is advised to follow the instruction of your escort and local guide and remain respectful to the local beliefs at all destinations for example:
    • Prepare a shawl or a ‘netela’ (as locals call it), when visiting churches or the Rastafarian Head Quarters etc.
    • Taking photographs in the cultural villages and of the different tribes is subject to photographing fee.
  • Be a responsible traveler for the environment, for example do not litter! Use available garbage disposals to dump your personal waste etc.

Tips for personal preparation:

  • Sun glasses, binocular, sun creams, comfortable trekking shoes for walking, headlamps or small torches, head gear such as hat/cap for sun protection and aspirin – in case of altitude sickness and the likes, can improve the quality of your outdoor experience.
  • Protective containers to store cameras/ cell phones & other electronic gear from sun/ rain protection

 

Tour Sites: Melka Qunture Archeological Site, Tiya Stele, Arbaminch, Shashemane and Hawassa

Itineraries

Day 1

Addis Ababa - Arbaminch

Early morning drive to Arba minch, on the way visiting Melka Kunture archeological site and the steles of Tiya. Melka Kunture Archeological site is an excavation site of the early human beings where human fossil & stone tools have been discovered. At the Steles of Tiya, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), guests will be mystified by about 37 stone monuments/ obelisks decorated with carvings marking graves that were erected in the 13th -14th Century AD. Lunch will be in the heart of Butajira town and the journey will continue to Arba Minch passing outstanding scenery and the local lifestyle of the communities we pass. Overnight Hotel in Arba minch.

Day 2

Arba Minch – Dorze Tribe – Chamo Lake – Arba Minch

Arba Minch features two twin rift valley lakes known as the Abaya and Chamo lakes. After breakfast, guests will enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Chamo Lake, to explore the aquatic life and see the enormous African Nile crocodiles, hippos, and several lowland water birds. The Chamo Lake is known to be the sole lake in Ethiopia that is ecologically balanced thus the crocodiles and other wildlife situated there are found to be more peaceful. After lunch, guests will drive for an hour to Chencha town which is home to the Dorze community and guests will experience the Dorze Tribe’s tabacco party on market days. A visit will be arranged for interested guests to visit the inside of the tribal huts made out of bamboo, learn how the Dorze people prepare their bread from the root of False Banana Trees, (Enset). Upon return to the hotel at sunset, guests will be invited to take in the incredible view of what locals refer to the “Bridge of God” where the twin lakes meet. Overnight Hotel in Arba minch.

Day 3

Arba Minch – Shashemene – Hawassa

Early breakfast in the morning then a quick pit spot to visit the Alaba tribe before driving to Shashemane and Hawassa. Lunch would be at Shashemene at the infamous BOLT house, a local Caribbean Restaurant run by a family of Jamaicans who repatriated over 40 years ago. Shashemane was the land grant given to the black people of the Diaspora by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Haile Selassie, who wished to return to Africa and live out their lives upon the African soil. Out of all the black diaspora, the Rastafarians from all over the world took up the opportunity, given up their lives in the west to settle and blend into the African way of life. If time permits, guests can visit the banana Art Gallery owned by another Rastafarian repatriate who has been living and teaching his art in Shashemane for over 30 years. Filled with the rich history and hopes of the Rastafarians, guests will then be driven to Hawassa in time to catch a stroll on the shores of the “Black lake” at sunset. Overnight in Hawassa.

Day 4

Hawasa (Fish Market)– Lake Lanagno – Lake Ziway- Addis Ababa:

After breakfast, an early morning visit to Hawassa’s famous Fish Market known as ‘Amora Gedel’ by the locals. Here guests will get to see the way of life of the local fishermen and are welcome to try the different traditional cooking styles of fresh fish on the lake, whether whole fried in a traditional wok or for the more adventurous traveler served “tartar” (half raw) Ethiopian style. As guests continue their return to Addis Ababa, they will enjoy a stopover at the famous Lake Langano: known for its minerals and recreations, Lake Ziway: recognized for its many monasteries and bird watching boat rides and finally the crater lakes at Bishoftu / Debrezeit before arriving in Addis Ababa to complete the tour.
  • Transportation

               -Surface (ground) transport to the sites

               – Boat Service in Arba Minch

  • Accommodation

                              – Twin or double and single bed occupancy basis

  • Entrance fee & English Speaking professional guide services
  • Government Tax

All other meals (Lunch and Dinner), international and domestic flight, alcoholic drinks, fax, telephone, internet, laundry, portage fee, tips, photographing, other personal in nature and others which are not mentioned in the inclusive.

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