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Tour of Rift Valley by surface for 7 Nights/8 Days

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Tour of Rift Valley by surface for 7 Nights/8 Days

Lake Chamo is 32 kilometers long and 13 wide, with a surface area of 317 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 14 meters with a catchment of about 18757 square kilometers in size. The lake is just to the south of Lake Abaya and the city of Arba Minch, and east of the Guge Mountains. Wildlife include fish like the catfish and Nile Perch, as well as hippopotamus and Nile crocodile abundantly available Konso is an ethnolinguistic group located in the arid highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. Their sharply delimited traditional territory is surrounded by lands of Oromo peoples, to whom the Konso are culturally and linguistically related. They are a Cushitic people. Unlike most Ethiopian peoples, the Konso live in large towns, each governed by an autonomous council of elders. The social status of all males, and of some females, is defined by a generation-grading system. Although a generation grade theoretically encompass the men in an entire region, it does not actually function beyond each town’s borders and therefore does not prevent conflicts between towns. Kinship is reckoned in nine exogamous, patrilineal clans and in lineages that are headed by priests and through which property is inherited. Craftsmen form a distinct social class. Although polygene is accepted, few men can afford more than one wife. The economy of the Konso rests on an exceptionally intensive agricultural involving irrigation and terracing of mountain slopes. Corn (maize) and numerous varieties of sorgum are the staple crops, and cotton and coffee are cash crops. To protect the fields the Konso maintain their cattle in stalls and feed them by hand or supervise their grazing. They use both the milk and the meat of cattle and the meat of sheep and goats as food, and the animals’ dung is collected for fertilizer. Numerous other animals are taboo as food. The Hamer tribe belongs among the tribal people living in the south Omo valley. They are a semi- pastoralist and known in their bull jumping and Evangadi dancing ceremony. If a young man desires to get married, he must jump over back of 7-15 bulls for two rounds without falling down in each way but at the end of each way he dismounts for a while. And if he finishes successfully he will marry according to his choice and he will also joins the ranks of Maza, men group who completed a jumping ceremony. A person must be jump castrated male cattle in order to be successful in his marriage life. But before he jumps, his female relatives are striped by stick in order to show their affection to the Jumper. Above that, young girls and boys dance Evangadi at the night for two or three consecutive days with regard the bull jumping and his parents will take over in preparing a feast for the villagers. The people of Dassanech live near the Ethio-Kenya and Ethio-Sudanese border. They shared their boundaries with the Nyangatom in the northwest, the Hamer in the north and east, the republic of Sudan in the west and Lake Turkana and Kenya in the south. They are also the East Cushitic Language Family, further they are the third populous ethnic group in south omo zone, their livelihood mainly depend on livestock, cattle, goat, and sheep. And they also cultivate sorghum and maize in Omo delta, besides fishing is common. The Mursi people are Nilo-Saharan and speak their own language. They live in the lower Omo Valley of southwestern Ethiopia. Their livelihood basis on mainly in rearing cattle and move from place to place to search for a suitable land for grazing and convenient climate for growing their crops often sorghum and maize. The Omo River meanders for nearly 1000km southwest of Addis Ababa, and 100km north of Kenyan border. The number of the Mursi inhabitants estimated less than 10,000 and live with certain division of villages in the park. Some Mursi practice flood retreat cultivation, particularly in the areas where the tsetse fly prohibits cattle rearing. Honey is collected from beehives made with bark and dung. The most famous Mursi traditions include the fierce stick fighting between the men, and the lip-plate is worn by the women. It is made of clay and often quite large, the plates are inserted into slits in their lower lips. It is thought that the Mursi women wear the plates to attract husband and boost their beauty. The Dorze people are a small ethnic group in Ethiopia who speak a language in the Omotic family. Many Dorze live in villages near the cities of Chench and Arba Minch, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and peoples region. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They also are farmers,who prevent soil erosion, by ingenious terracing of the mountainside. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetabes, spices, and false banana. The Dorze people famous are for their huge huts, resembling a giant beehive. Although these huts look fragile, they can last up to 60 years. Lake Awassa is an endothecia basin in Ethiopia, located in the Rift Valley south of Addis Ababa, this lake measure 16 km long and 9km wide, with a surface area of 129 square kilometers and has a maximum depth of 10 meters with an elevation of 1,708 meters. This lake is the most studied of the Rift Valley lakes in Ethiopia. According to William Taylor, a member of the African Lakes and Rivers Research group at the University of Waterloo, Lake Awassa is, despite its lack of an outflow, “essentially a freshwater lake (conductivity is variable, but less than 1,000) indicating that it must have a subterranean outlet. Abjiata-Shall National Park is 887 sq. km wide; 482sq km of this is covered by the lakes’ water. The altitude ranges from 1500 to 2000 meters. The highest peak is Mt fike, situated between the two lakes. The lakes are terminal, but they are very different in nature. The park was created for many species of aquatic birds, particularly great white pelicans and greater and lesser flamingoes. Lake’s islands are used as breeding sites by many birds including pelicans; and lake abijata is their feeding sanctuary. Other birds in the area include white necked cormorant, African fish eagle, Egyptian geeze, various plover species and herons.

DAY 1

Short city Tour in Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport and after transfer in to hotel depending on arrival time, arrange a city tour of Addis Ababa. It can include one or two sites. The most known sites are National museum of Ethiopia which is the host of the eldest skeleton ‘Lucy’; Ethnographic museum that set aside to the diversified ethnical, cultural, traditional and religious heritage of the country; Holy Trinity Cathedral is constructed in 1955 and boasts wonderful architectural feature and painting; Entoto, which is situated in the northern tip of the city to see the museum and the palace of Emperor Menelik II, and “Merkato”, the largest open air market in Africa. Read more

Addis Ababa, 1 Night
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DAY 2

Drive to Arba Minch

Depart Addis Ababa to Arba Minch in the south-western exit of Addis Ababa. En-route visit visit Abjiata shalla lakes and these lakes are known in hosting a number of aquatic birds like the great white pelican and an abundant number of Pink Flamingo and there is a breeding ground for many birds between the two lakes at a place called Chitu. Other birds spotted are: red-billed horn-bills, Didirc’s cuckoos, Abyssinian rollers, superb starling etc. These lakes are best preferred for bird watching and excursions and the best time of the year to visit them is between November and December. Then continue to drive to Arba Minch. Read more

Arba Minch, 2 Nights
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DAY 3

Boat trip and Dorze people

In the morning drive to Lake Chamo is 32 kilometers long and 13 wide, with a surface area of 317 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 14 meters with a catchment of about 18757 square kilometers in size. The lake is just to the south of Lake Abaya and the city of Arba Minch, and east of the Guge Mountains. Wildlife include fish like the catfish and Nile Perch, as well as hippopotamus and Nile crocodile abundantly available. In the afternoon after lunch The Dorze people are a small ethnic group in Ethiopia who speak a language in the Omotic family. Many Dorze live in villages near the cities of Chench and Arba Minch, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and peoples region. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They also are farmers,who prevent soil erosion, by ingenious terracing of the mountainside. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetabes, spices, and false banana. The Dorze people famous are for their huge huts, resembling a giant beehive. Although these huts look fragile, they can last up to 60 years. Read more

Arba Minch, 2 Nights
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DAY 4

Drive to Turmi

After breakfast drive to Turmi via Weito on the way visit Konso which is an ethinolinguistic group located in the arid highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. Their sharply delimited traditional territory is surrounded by lands of Oromo peoples, to whom the Konso are culturally and linguistically related. They are a Cushitic people. Unlike most Ethiopian peoples, the Konso live in large towns, each governed by an autonomous council of elders. The social status of all males, and of some females, is defined by a generation-grading system. Although a generation grade theoretically encompass the men in an entire region, it does not actually function beyond each town’s borders and therefore does not prevent conflicts between towns. Kinship is reckoned in nine exogamous, patrilineal clans and in lineages that are headed by priests and through which property is inherited. Craftsmen form a distinct social class. Although polygene is accepted, few men can afford more than one wife. The economy of the Konso rests on an exceptionally intensive agricultural involving irrigation and terracing of mountain slopes. Corn (maize) and numerous varieties of sorgum are the staple crops, and cotton and coffee are cash crops. To protect the fields the Konso maintain their cattle in stalls and feed them by hand or supervise their grazing. They use both the milk and the meat of cattle and the meat of sheep and goats as food, and the animals’ dung is collected for fertilizer. Numerous other animals are taboo as food. Read more

Turmi, 2 nights
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DAY 5

trip to Hamer and Dassench people

After breakfast excursion drives to Omorate to visit the Dassanatch people on the other side of the Omo River, the people of Dassanech live near the Ethio-Kenya and Ethio-Sudanese border. They shared their boundaries with the Nyangatom in the northwest, the Hamer in the north and east, the republic of Sudan in the west and Lake Turkana and Kenya in the south. They are also the East Cushitic Language Family, further they are the third populous ethnic group in south omo zone, their livelihood mainly depend on livestock, cattle, goat, and sheep. And they also cultivate sorghum and maize in Omo delta, besides fishing is common. Monday is a Market day at Turmi. The Hamer tribe belongs among the tribal people living in the south Omo valley. They are a semi- pastoralist and known in their bull jumping and Evangadi dancing ceremony. If a young man desires to get married, he must jump over back of 7-15 bulls for two rounds without falling down in each way but at the end of each way he dismounts for a while. And if he finishes successfully he will marry according to his choice and he will also joins the ranks of Maza, men group who completed a jumping ceremony. A person must be jump castrated male cattle in order to be successful in his marriage life. But before he jumps, his female relatives are striped by stick in order to show their affection to the Jumper. Above that, young girls and boys dance Evangadi at the night for two or three consecutive days with regard the bull jumping and his parents will take over in preparing a feast for the villagers.Therefore, it will have an opportunity to visit the Hammar people and their local products in their colorful market. In the afternoon leave the heart of the Hammar land across Dimeka to Jinka. En-route visits the Hammar and Banna cattle herders. On the way there will be a short stop at Dimeka to visit what is known as Tuesday Women’s Market of Dimeka (when the days lies on Tuesday) where the Hammar, Benna and sometimes Tsemay. Read more

Turmi, 2 nights
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DAY 6

Experience the Mursi tribe in Mago Natio

After breakfast drive to Mursi people who are Nilo-Saharan and speak their own indigenous language. They live in the lower Omo Valley of southwestern Ethiopia. Their livelihood basis on mainly in rearing cattle and move from place to place to search for a suitable land for grazing and convenient climate for growing their crops often sorghum and maize. The Omo River meanders for nearly 1000km southwest of Addis Ababa, and 100km north of Kenyan border. The number of the Mursi inhabitants estimated less than 10,000 and live with certain division of villages in the park. Some Mursi practice flood retreat cultivation, particularly in the areas where the tsetse fly prohibits cattle rearing. Honey is collected from beehives made with bark and dung. The most famous Mursi traditions include the fierce stick fighting between the men, and the lip-plate is worn by the women. It is made of clay and often quite large, the plates are inserted into slits in their lower lips. It is thought that the Mursi women wear the plates to attract husband and boost their beauty. After lunch drive to Konso via Key Afer. Read more

Konso, 1 Night
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DAY 7

Drive to Awassa

After breakfast drive to Awassa which is the capital of South Nation and Nationality of Ethiopia via Arba Minch and Sodo. Along the way Lake Abaya is stretched long distance. This lake is the largest rift valley lake in Ethiopia.

Awassa, 1 Night
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DAY 8

Drive back to Addis Ababa and short city

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa, up on arrival take the time to visit the National\Archaeological museum in which the oldest skeleton ‘Lucy’ and other archaeological as well as historical findings are kept here. Then proceed to see the built up Trinity cathedral church, which has been constructed for the celebration of the 25th years anniversary of Emperor Hailesselasie coronation in 1955. The interior part is decorated by stainless glass window paintings of the Most Honor, Laureate Artist Afwork Tekel and shopping. In the evening, a welfare dinner will be ready in traditional restaurant before transfer in to Bole International Airport for departure Read more

Departur
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Abeba
Day 2
Location Arbaminch
Day 2
Location Arbaminch
Day 4
Location Turmi
Day 5
Location Jinka
Day 6
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge or similar
Day 7
Location Awassa
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Abeba
Hotel Nexus Hotel
Day 2
Location Arbaminch
Day 2
Location Arbaminch
Day 4
Location Turmi
Hotel Turmi Lodge
Day 5
Location Jinka
Hotel Jinka Resort
Day 6
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge
Day 7
Location Awassa

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • • Accommodation on Twin / Double bed sharing basis in 4* hotel in Addis Ababa and best available Hotels / Lodge outside Addis Ababa.
  • • Meals on F/B
  • • Per day purified bottled water three Liters p/person.
  • • Ground transportation by Jeep (P/Jeep Maximum 4 passengers)
  • • Professional English speaking guide and local guide
  • • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • • Scout, policies and Militaries as deemed necessary.
  • • Bout Trip Arba- Minch Lake Chamo & Omo Valley
  • • All Government Taxes.

Package excludes

  • • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks.
  • • Any international flights & domestics flights
  • • Commercial videos and photographs
  • • Entrance for special ceremonies
  • • Laundry service
  • • Tips and telephone calls
  • • All type of expenses which are not listed on package inclusions part

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