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1 week Cultural Tour of the Southern Ethiopia by flight

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Muluken Girma Tamirat

Merit Ethiopian Tours

We specialize in our customised small group/individual food, cultural, and personal interest tours.

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1 week Cultural Tour of the Southern Ethiopia by flight

This is a one week cultural tour of the Lower Omo Valley by flight. During this tour visitors will experience the daily life of the tribal people of the Dorze, Konso, Tsemai, Ari, Benna, Mursi and Hamer. It is ideal tour for people who have relatively shorter time.

DAY 1

FLY South to Arba Minch

Fly south to Arba Minch and before check in to your hotel drive to Chencha to visit the highlanders Dorze people, head to Arba Minch. The Dorze are famous for their typical huts made by weaving branches bamboo trees which measure up to 12 meters when made originally. These huts would be as short as 2 meters with time as termites eat at the bottom, and locals need to adjust the height of the gates accordingly. Late in the afternoon, enjoy the great view of the Rift Valley Lakes of Chamo and Abaya from the comfort of your hotel. O.N - Paradise Lodge Read more

Arba Minch for 1
DAY 2

Head south to Jinka

Today, you will drive 275 km south to Jinka crossing the beautiful Konso Highlands and the Weito Valley. Along the way stop at Key Afer where you will attend the most colorful multi-cultural weekly markets of the Omo Valley which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna and Tsemai. Then, head to Jinka for overnight. O/N - Jinka Resort Hotel Read more

Jinka for two nights
DAY 3

Excursion around Jinka

In the morning, make an excursion crossing the Mago National Park where you will see Dik-Diks, Kudus, and if lucky families of wild dogs. Then, visit the villages of the Mursi people who are typically famous for the women's clay plates which is inserted in their lower lips. According to the anthropologists, they started this practice to look ugly to the eyes of the slave traders that they would not be taken, and with time it becomes one of the measures of beauty so that the girl who carries a wide lip plate receives more cattle in form of dowry during her wedding. After visiting the Mursi, we drive back to Jinka to visit the Cultural Museum of the people of the Lower Omo Valley where we get good information about the culture of the people around. O/N - Jinka Resort Hotel Read more

Jinka for two nights
DAY 4

Drive to Turmi

In the morning, visit the villages of the Ari people to learn how Enjera (Ethiopia’s national bread) is prepared, how they make their house hold utensils from clay, and how they make their strong alcoholic drink by distillation. Then, visiting the other interesting colorful cultural weekly market of the Hamer and Benna people at Dimeka, drive to Turmi. O/N - Turmi Lodge Read more

Turmi for two nights
DAY 5

Day trip around Turmi

After breakfast, drive 80 km to Omo Rate and cross the Omo River with a traditional boat made of tree trunk to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost tribal people of Ethiopia and who also live in Kenya. The Dasenech depend on fishing, seasonal farming on the retreats of the river, and cattle keeping. The women are noted for their handmade leather skirts. In the afternoon, visit a village of the Hamer people around Turmi. O/N - Turmi Lodge Read more

Turmi for 2 nights
DAY 6

Drive back to Arba Minch

Today, you drive 310 back to Arba Minch. Along the way, stop at Konso to visit one of the interesting villages set atop hills and fenced with huge stone walls. The hardworking Konso people are also famous for building beautiful stone terraces to protect soil erosion by rain water, and for their colorful hand woven cotton clothes. These aspects of the Konso people are recently registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. O/N - Paradise Lodge Read more

Arba Minch for one night
DAY 7

Fly back to Addis Ababa

Fly back to Addis, and have a short city tour of Addis Ababa to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia (where ther fossil remains of Lucy (3.25 mil years old) is housed in), Merkato - the biggest outdoor market in the whole of Africa and drive on the main streets of Addis Ababa to see the city's historical monuments, and major landmarks in Addis such as the buildings of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the HQ of the African Union, and the main square in Addis Ababa - Meskel Square. In the evening, you will be my guest at one of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants of the city where you will taste varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals and see LIVE dances of the different people of Ethiopia. End of Tour Read more

DAY 8

Head north to Yabello

After breakfast, head north east to Yabello via Konso. At Konso, stop at one of the interesting villages of the Konso people where you will visit their hill top huge stone walled villages. The hardworking Konso people are also famous for building beautiful stone terraces to protect soil erosion by rain water, and for their colorful hand woven cotton clothes. These aspects of the Konso people are recently registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Around, Yabello visit the villages of the cattle keepers Borena Oromo. O/N – Yabello Motel Read more

Yabello for 1 night
DAY 9

Drive to Awassa

Head north to Awassa visiting the villages of the Sidama people who are noted for their unique round huts covered with False Banana Tree leaves. At Awassa, enjoy one of the best sun sets during the trip as it sets over Lake Awassa (locals call it ‘Love Lake’), and spot various birds along the shore. O/N – Lewi Resort Read more

Awassa for one night
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DAY 10

Drive back to Addis

Head north to Awassa visiting the villages of the Sidama people who are noted for their unique round huts covered with False Banana Tree leaves. At Awassa, enjoy one of the best sun sets during the trip as it sets over Lake Awassa (locals call it ‘Love Lake’), and spot various birds along the shore. O/N – Lewi Resort Read more

End of tour

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Arba Minch
Day 2
Location Jinka
Hotel Jinka Resort
Day 4
Location Turmi
Hotel Turmi Lodge
Day 6
Location Arba Minch
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Arba Minch
Day 3
Location Jinka
Hotel Jinka Resort
Day 5
Location Turmi
Hotel Turmi Lodge
Day 8
Location Yabello
Hotel Yabello Motel
Day 9
Location Awassa
Hotel Lewi Resort

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Comfortable Private Toyota Mini van of 2015 Model with fuel (gasoline) and drivers' allowance
  • Accommodation on a Twin/Double Bed Room Sharing basis
  • Boat Rent to cross the Omo River to visit villages
  • Professional experienced English speaking tour guide for the entire route
  • All Local on-site guides and translators
  • Information services
  • All Entrance fees to visit villages, towns, museums, parks, etc
  • Guide Air fare
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Farewell dinner
  • All related government taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, etc
  • Any meals and drinks
  • Fees to take pictures and videos
  • Visa,
  • Tips
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above

More information

  • The fee to take picture of the local people is about 5 Ethiopian Birr per person (1 US Dollar is about 22.5 Ethiopian Birr)

REVIEWS

2 Reviews

Brian Watson, United States

I just finished a great 7-day trip with Muluken Girma through northern Ethiopia, in mid October 2017. Muluken provided great opportunities to talk with and interact with locals throughout the trip, stopping on the roadside to visit with families, farmers or walking through busy local markets, etc

Diana, United States

Thanks for the service well done...very professional. Our guide Gashaw was very informative and accomodated us in every way and was on time. I'd recommend them for anyone who wants to have a tour of Addis. We will use you again!

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