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Tour to Rift Valley and Yabello by flight and surface for 7 nights/ 8 days

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Tour to Rift Valley and Yabello by flight and 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

Arbaminch boat trip

Arrive at Bole International Air port and transfers to one restaurant for breakfast and afterward visit the historical statues of Addis Ababa of victory and massacre statue. Then transfer to air port for Arbaminch flight. After lunch, Lake drive ti Lake Chamo, which 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 Read more

Arbaminch 1 night
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DAY 2

On the way to Jinka and villages

In the morning drive to Dorze people, who are a small ethnic group in Ethiopia and speaks their own native 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

Jinka 1 Night
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DAY 3

Village and on the way to Turmi

In the morning drive in to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people who are Nilo-Saharan. 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. Drive back to Jinka and after lunch drive to Turmi via Key Afer and Dimeka (Thursday and Tuesday are the colorful market days of Dimeka and Key Afer respectively. Read more

Turmi 2 Nights
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DAY 4

Crossing Omo river and village

After breakfast drive to the people of Dassanech who 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. Drive back to Turmi where it is the capital of Hamer people. 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. Visit the Hamer village and attend the bull jumping ceremony if it takes place by chance. Read more

Turmi 2 Nights
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DAY 5

On the way to Yabello

In the morning depart Turmi to Yabello via Dimeka, Key Afer and Konso. After take a lunch in Konso and continue to drive to Yabello which is 100km asphalted road. Upon arrival drive to Chew Bet and visit the excavation of salt which is the Crater Lake about 800m across and 600m below the crater rim – it is so dark in color that it looks like an oil slick amid the ruddy rocks. Valuable and muddy, black salt has been extracted from the lake for centuries, carried up on the backs of donkeys. It’s a half-hour, knee-trembling walk down and a full-hour, thigh-burning slog back up. Read more

Yabello 1 Night
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DAY 6

On the way to Hawassa and small villages

Early in the morning, depart from Yabello via Yergalem to Awassa, on the way visit the coffee forest and small villages.

Hawassa 1 Night
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DAY 7

Fish market and park

In the morning, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa, then drive to Addis Ababa and on the way visit Abjiata Shalla Park. Lake Shalla, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m. Lake Abijata is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year. If time allows short visit of Langano Lake. In the evening have an invitation of welfare dinner in one of the best restaurant with folk music and dances. Read more

Addis Abeba 1 night
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DAY 8

City tour of Addis Abeba

After breakfast set out for city tour that comprises the National and Ethnographic museums and Entoto palace. The National museum of Ethiopia set aside in four sections for displaying the pre historic and historic findings, paintings and cultural accounts of the country. The Ethnographic museum is situated in the olden palace of Emperor Haile Selassie which attributes for cultural matters of the country. Entoto is the host for the former palace of Emprore Menelik II and the church museum of Saint Mary visit the Ethnological museum (in the former palace of King Hailesillassie), and at end visit different souvenir shops till check in time for departure or 3 hours before takeoff time. End Service. Read more

Addis Abeba
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Arbaminch
Day 2
Location Jinka
Day 3
Location Turmi
Day 3
Location Turmi
Day 5
Location Yabello
Day 6
Location Awassa
Day 7
Location Addis Abeba
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Arbaminch
Day 2
Location Jinka
Day 3
Location Turmi
Day 3
Location Turmi
Day 5
Location Yabello
Hotel Yabello Motel or similar
Day 6
Location Awassa
Day 7
Location Addis Abeba

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 Litters 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.
  • Boat 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

More information

  • The domestic fare for ADDIS ABABA =>ARBAMINCH is $66.00 USD per person (subject to change). This price is applicable if only if the clients use Ethiopian Airlines for the international flight. Otherwise the fare for the above sector will be USD 165 per person.

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