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Ethiopia South Omo Tour Program – 9 Days

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Duration

9

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Explore Omo, a Zone in the Ethiopian Southern Nations on this 9 Day tour with Continent Tours. Highlights of this tour includes; A night in Arba Minch, Scenic route to Mountain Village, A boat ride on Lake Chamo, A visit to the Konso people, Explore the Hamer tribe, excursion to Omorati, Jinka, Mago National Park and Mursi Village.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend a night in Arba Minch, a town bordered by lush mountains and home to two of Ethiopia’s largest Rift Valley lakes.
  • Visit a very scenic route to the mountain village of Chencha, home of the Dorze people.
  • Enjoy a one-hour boat ride on Lake Chamo towards Azo Gebeya, the so-called “crocodile market”.
  • Visit Konso people; one of the hardest working groups in the country.
  • Explore the Hamer tribe, they are one of the most beautiful and dignified people in the Omo basin.
  • Excursion to Omorati to visit Dassanech and Murulle to visit Karo tribe.
  • Visit Jinka Museum which is a South Omo Research Centre Museum,
  • Excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL
DAY 01: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival at Bole International airport Addis Ababa, and completion of the entry formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives outside the terminal (Entry into the terminal has been prohibited for non-passengers temporarily) and be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Jupiter international Hotel/ Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 02: FLY ADDIS – ARBA MINCH /VISIT DORZE VILLAGE ON THE WAY
DAY 02: FLY ADDIS – ARBA MINCH /VISIT DORZE VILLAGE ON THE WAY

This day you will fly to Arba Minch. Arba Minch is named for the numerous local springs that produce a groundwater forest. In Amharic, Arba Minch means “forty springs.”

The town itself is divided into two distinct settlements. Buses and taxis connect Shecha (on higher ground) and downtown Sikela. Shecha is the uptown administrative center. Just two and a half miles away is Sikela, home to the commercial, industrial, and downtown residential areas. On the eastern side of Sikela lies the gate to Nechisar National Park, which covers the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south.

Up on arrival, you will drive to a very scenic route to the mountain village of Chencha, home of the Dorze people. Renowned for their cotton weaving, called Shammas and their distinctive house- towering beehive-shaped structures made from woven thatch.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 03: BOAT TRIP AT LAKE CHAMO AND DRIVE TO KONSO (~90 KM & ~ 2 HRS. DRIVE)
DAY 03: BOAT TRIP AT LAKE CHAMO AND DRIVE TO KONSO (~90 KM & ~ 2 HRS. DRIVE)

In the morning, you will enjoy a one-hour boat ride on Lake Chamo towards Azo Gebeya, the so-called “crocodile market” – which is not a market at all, but a gathering place for crocodiles and pelicans: one of the best features of the park. The attraction of the boat trip includes viewing hippos and crocodiles from a very close range. Later, you will drive to Konso.

The Konso region is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its rich culture. The Konso people live in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be one of the hardest working groups in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county’s best coffee. They have an articulate tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased.

Overnight: Kanta Lodge /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 04: DRIVE KONSO – TURMI AND VISIT HAMER VILLAGE
DAY 04: DRIVE KONSO – TURMI AND VISIT HAMER VILLAGE

Early morning, you will drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer tribe, they are one of the most beautiful and dignified people in the Omo basin. The women wear elegant leather skirts festooned with tiny pearls. Personal appearance is important to the Hamer, and they are striking indeed: their features and adornments include high cheekbones, elaborate beads and leather, elaborate hairstyles and thick copper necklaces.

Overnight: Buska Lodge / Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 05: EXCURSION TO MURULLE AND VISIT KARO TRIBE / DRIVE BACK TO TURMI (~132 KM & ~ 2:40 HRS. DRIVE)
DAY 05: EXCURSION TO MURULLE AND VISIT KARO TRIBE / DRIVE BACK TO TURMI (~132 KM & ~ 2:40 HRS. DRIVE)

Today you will venture to Murulle to visit the Karo people, who reside along the banks of the Lower Omo River. The Karo incorporate rich cultural symbolism into their rituals and use ornate body art, intricate headdress, and body scarification to emphasize beauty and status within their community. This small but lively tribe numbers under 1,000, but they are the main non-nomadic agriculturalist group in the Lower Omo Valley.

The Karo are differentiated from neighboring tribes by placing a higher emphasis on body and face painting. They paint themselves daily with colored ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal, and pulverized iron ore - all resources found in this area. Karo body painting is a deep aspect of their culture; they are communicating as well as decorating. The experience of visiting the people of this incredibly rich, proud, yet adapting culture gives amazing insight into Ethiopia’s indigenous people.

Overnight: Buska Lodge / Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 06: EXCURSION TO OMORATE / VISIT DASSANECH TRIBE / DRIVE BACK TO TURMI (~ 150 KM & ~ 3 HRS. DRIVE)
DAY 06: EXCURSION TO OMORATE / VISIT DASSANECH TRIBE / DRIVE BACK TO TURMI (~ 150 KM & ~ 3 HRS. DRIVE)

Today’s Excursion will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassanech tribes across the Omo River by wooden local boat to have an interesting cultural experience with inhabitants of the Lower Omo River Valley.

If the day is Tuesday or Saturday, you will drive to the Dimeka market, 28 km north of Turmi, is the biggest town in Hamer territory and its Saturday market is the most atmospheric and liveliest of the big ones. It has a great crafts section, with jewelers, woodcarvings, masks, and pottery. Ask your guide to take you to the tej bets that are just behind the market – around noon they're full of Hamer men and women enjoying calabashes of honey wine or sorghum beer. The cattle market, which is held in the morning about 400m further north, is also not to be missed. There's little reason to stop here besides the markets.

Overnight: Buska lodge / Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 07: DRIVE TURMI - JINKA AND VISIT JINKA MUSEUM (~ 118 KM & ~ 2:20 HRS. DRIVE)
DAY 07: DRIVE TURMI - JINKA AND VISIT JINKA MUSEUM (~ 118 KM & ~ 2:20 HRS. DRIVE)

Today you will drive to Jinka and Visit the South Omo Research Centre Museum, dedicated to preserving certain aspects of traditional tribal life in the Omo Valley. Chronicling the transformation of the tribes, the museum exhibits several tools and clothing items in its hall. Set in a stone hilltop building overlooking the city, the research center also has a library, a large garden, and excellent views of Jinka.

Overnight: Eco–Omo Lodge/ Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 08: EXCURSION TO MAGO / VISIT MURSI VILLAGE / DRIVE BACK TO JINKA (~ 120 KM & ~ 2:15 HRS DRIVE)
DAY 08: EXCURSION TO MAGO / VISIT MURSI VILLAGE / DRIVE BACK TO JINKA (~ 120 KM & ~ 2:15 HRS DRIVE)

Take a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and earlobes. The men are famous for their hairstyles.

The tribe is famed for its fierce warrior disposition and wildly decorative appearance, with large circular clay labrets that the women wear in the lower lip. The larger the lip plate, the greater the woman’s value when she is married. She removes her plate for eating and sleeping. We may see some women, especially elder women, without their lip plates. They are easily distinguished by how their long, distended lips hang down from their mouths.

You will drive back to Jinka for your overnight accommodation late afternoon.

Overnight: Eco – Omo Lodge /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 9: FLY JINKA – ADDIS (~ 1 HR. FLIGHT) / DEPARTURE
DAY 9: FLY JINKA – ADDIS (~ 1 HR. FLIGHT) / DEPARTURE

Today you will be transferred to the airport to catch your local flight to Addis. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel accommodations on double/twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast basis
  • All private airport transfers
  • Ground transport as per the given program
  • An English speaking professional escort guide throughout the trip
  • Unlimited drinking water throughout the trip
  • Local guide fee
  • Boat trip at Lake Chamo
  • Scout
  • All entrances listed in the itinerary
  • Day use on the last day
  • 15% VAT
  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Early check-in
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Photographing / video if any
  • Porter
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Any personal related expenses

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