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This tour is especially designed to promote the Ethiopian Southern Culture and natural routes.  Guests will explore the Aquatic life in Arba Minch which translated from Amharic means the “40 springs” and experience the culture of the South and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Southern Ethiopia through the Omo Valley and the Omo River. Guests will take in the lifestyle of the different southern tribes of Ethiopia, (which are dominated by ethnic groups that speak the “Omotic language” as classified by linguistics).

 

In this route the Konso and Omo Valley are registered by UNESCO.

 

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Itineraries

Day 1

Transport: Surface

• Very easy tour, built for everyone without Age limit or Gender issues. Trekking (does not need special fitness). • 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: o Taking photographs in the cultural villages and of the different tribes you might see may be subject to additional photographing fee. • Be responsible traveler for the environment, for example do not litter! Use available garbage disposals to dump your personal waste etc.

Day 2

Addis Ababa - Arba Minch:

After an early breakfast guests will be driven south to Arba Minch, passing through the breathtaking landscape of Southern Ethiopia, the Great Rift Valley Lakes, on route taking in the culture as we pass through the local villages and glimpse of their life styles. A short stop will be arranged at the Dorze Village of Chencha town situated 3000m above sea level with the highest peak of Guge mountain overlooking the rift valley lakes. The Dorze people are famous for their unique elephant face like houses built from bamboo trees. Their dancing styles and traditional weaving are also contributors to their unique life style. Overnight Arbaminch

Day 3

Arba Minch - Jinka:

After an early breakfast, guests will have a morning visit to the 'crocodile market’ on Lake Chamo. 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 passively basking in the sun. Guests will be able to sight the enormous population of aquatic life such as the giant Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and different species of birds. After a short visit, leave for Jinka town via konso villages. On the way guests may catch a glimpse of the Benna and Tsemai tribes with their interesting cultural fashion, decorating themselves with different beads and ornamentation. Overnight Jinka

Day 4

Jinka – Mursi- Turmi

Early in the morning drive through Mago national park and visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their body patterns, lip plate and earlobes. Afterwards; drive to Turmi, home of the Hamar tribe famous for body and hair decoration. They wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers. Bull-jumping ceremonies and Evangadi dances are the most popular activities peculiar to the tribe. They are one of the most known and second dominant tribe in the southern Ethiopia. On the way, visit the colorful market at Keyafer (Thursday) and Dimeka (Tuesday/ Saturday) village. Overnight Turmi

Day 5

Your Plan

After breakfast, guests will be driven to Murielle; to visit the Karo tribe who settled around the eastern and western bank of the Omo River. Karo’s are known for their different body paintings and decorations for their body paintings for beautification purposes, In the late afternoon guests will be driven to one of the nearest Hamer villages to visit their way of life. (Depending on the season and if it meets the occasion- a visit can be arranged to see their unique traditional dance and bull jumping ceremonies). Overnight Turmi

Day 6

Turmi – Konso – Arbaminch

Drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Konso one of the world Heritage site. Konso, is known for its cultural landscape; particularly its stone wall village and intricately terraced hillsides. Their village is also known for finely woven materials and traditionally carved wooden totem “waka”, which are symbols of grave marks for their clan chief and warriors. After a short visit proceed to Arba minch. Overnight Arba minch

Day 7

Arbaminch – Addis Ababa

Morning drive from Arbaminch to Addis Ababa en route you will visit the world heritage site of Tiya and the Stone Age archaeological site of Melka kunturie. Evening guests will have an arranged fare well dinner at one of Addis’ best traditional restaurant featuring live folkloric music and dance show before being driven to the airport for final departure.
  • Transportation

               – Surface (ground) transport to the sites by air-conditioned latest          vehicles

               – Transfer in and out

               – Boat Service

  • Accommodation

                              – Per the above recommendations in all destination

                              – Double/ Twin bed occupancy basis

  • Entrance fee
  • Meal
  • Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guide service – English Language Speaker Professional Local Guide
  • Scout Service
  • Government Tax

International and domestic flight, all other meals, alcoholic drinks, fax, telephone, Internet, laundry, portage fee, tips, photographing, other personal in nature and others which are not mentioned in the inclusive lists are personal expenses

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