2017 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy)

Available Anytime – $4345

Single supplement – $365

This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other rates available on request.

Price Includes:

  • 1 night Intercontinental Hotel
  • 2 nights Paradise Lodge
  • 2 nights Yabello Motel
  • 3 nights Buska Lodge
  • 2 nights Jinka Resort
  • Day room use at Intercontinental Hotel
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Vehicle for 11 days
  • English-speaking guide for 11 days
  • Half-day Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
  • Arrival/Departure transfers in Addis
  • Farewell dinner
  • Water
  • Scout
  • Full-day City Tour

Price Does Not Include:

  • Domestic flights (for clients and English-speaking guide)
  • Lunch and dinner in Addis, except for farewell dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks and drinks outside mealtime
  • Video camera and photographic fees
  • Porters fees
  • Tips and any other expenses of a personal nature

Day 1: Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa. A representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel. After some time to refresh yourself, explore the 115-year-old town, which celebrated its millennium in 2007. Your day’s sightseeing includes the National Museum, where the fossilized hominid Lucy resides; the Ethnological Museum in the former palace of the Emperor Haile Selassie; the former palace of King Menelik; and more. The last stop is at the Grand Market, or Merkato, bursting with artisan crafts including hand-wrought silver crosses, woodcarvings, and colorful textiles. Dinner will be accompanied by traditional folkloric music and dances. Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 2: Addis – Arba Minch
After breakfast, drive to Lake Chamo and take a boat ride to visit the Crocodile Market. Enjoy lunch, then travel to Chencha to visit the Dorze village, where the people are famous for traditional cloth weaving. Continue on to Arba Minch, the largest town in Southern Ethiopia, which lies at an elevation of approximately 1,300 meters. Here in the foothills of the Rift Valley, some stunning views can be had in all directions, including the 4000-meter mountain range which lies to the west of Arba Minch. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 3: Arba Minch – Yabello
Enjoy breakfast, then drive to Agere Mariam to be spoiled with the sights of natural vegetation and locals dressed in native clothing. You will have a picnic lunch at Agere Mariam and then continue driving to the rolling plains of Yabello, home of the Gujji and Borena tribes. Overnight at Yabello Motel.

Day 4: Yabello
This morning, visit Elsod and the Singing Well. Later make your way to Borena to visit the local tribes, who have been cattle herders since the 15th century, when they first established themselves in Southern Ethiopia near the border with Kenya. The Borena live in seasonal settlements, moving several times per year depending upon the pasture for their cattle. They are an aggressive group, very quick to defend themselves or attack intruders; like many of the other groups in the area, an important male rite of passage is the killing of another man. The traditional bride price consists of cloth, coffee, sugar, and cattle, and the traditional role of women is to take care of the house. Overnight at Yabello Motel.

Day 5: Yabello – Turmi
Drive to Konso where you will visit a mountain village. The Konso territory, on the eastern rim of the lower Omo Valley, lies in mountainous terrain at an altitude of approximately 1,500 meters. Despite plentiful rain, it is difficult terrain for agriculture due to the steep inclines and erosion; the Konso therefore have created elaborate terracing buttressed with stone. The Konso worship the sky god “Wag,” venerate serpents, and display elements of an ancestor cult, commemorating dead heroes with carved wooden figures known as “Waga” or “something of grandfathers.” They are skilled in weaving, pottery, and other crafts, making colorful cotton material, blankets, and various utensils. After taking your leave of the Konso village, continue to the Tsemay village and meet the people who live in the area around Woito River. Overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 6: Turmi
After breakfast, you’ll visit the Hamer people, a semi-nomadic tribe with a total population of about fifteen thousand who, like the Borena, are farmers. Although they are known for their skills in pottery, beekeeping, and blacksmithing, their herds, especially their cattle, are the focus of their culture and of their socioeconomic life. Even their vocabulary reflects this. The Hamer are a superstitious people who believe that evil and bad luck (mingi) exists in certain unholy or impure things; Hamer parents would rather lose a child than risk crop failure, drought, or ill health in the family. Both men and women place great value in their appearance and decorate themselves beautifully. Overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 7: Turmi – Karo – Turmi
Enjoy breakfast before your drive to the village of Duss to visit the Karo Tribes, who live close to the Omo River. Today the Karo number less than six hundred individuals – as such, they are an endangered people. They differ from all the other ethnic groups of the Omo in that they live in one main village. The Karo are especially noted for their exuberant body painting, dances, and celebrations. Before a celebration or dance, the Karo decorate their bodies with chalk paint, often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. Return to Turmi in the evening. Overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 8: Turmi – Dimeka – Jinka
After breakfast, enjoy the culture of Turmi village, then drive to Demaka to see a typical Hamer market (held on Saturday). Demaka is the central village of the Hamer people, who are known for their spectacular cattle jumping ceremony, which constitutes the rite of passage for young men. Overnight at Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 9: Jinka – Mursi – Jinka
Drive to the highlands to visit the Mursi tribes, who are famous for their lip plates. There are several theories as to why the use of lip plates was adopted: one, to discourage slave traders; another, to prevent evil from entering the body; and the third, to indicate the number of cattle required by the wearer’s family for her hand in marriage (the bigger the plate, the more cattle). The Mursi are pastoral and raise cattle on the high plateaus bordering the Omo River in the Gamo Gofa region. Their tradition is to leave the Omo Valley during the rainy season, beginning in May or June, and move onto the higher plateaus. After your visit, return to Jinka. Overnight at Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 10: Jinka – Arba Minch
After breakfast, drive through the village of Tsemi and continue toward the Woito River to Konso Land. Stop for a picnic lunch, then continue your journey to Arba Minch to see the Gardulla tribes and the faulted depression of Lake Chamo. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 11: Arba Minch – Addis Ababa
Today you will travel back to Addis Ababa via Hosanna and Butagira, visiting the Gurage tribes along the way. Gurage houses are famous for the neatness and symmetry of their circular structures, which are held together without the use of nails. The people take pride in their hospitality and often serve coffee boiled in a large clay pot, traditionally flavored with salt and butter and roasted grain. Continue driving to Addis via the Tiya agrological site. On arrival in Addis, check into a day room and take a little time to refresh yourself before your farewell dinner and homeward departure.

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