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Tour to Upper and Lower Omo Valley 14 Nights/15 days

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Tour to Upper and Lower Omo Valley 14 Nights/15 days

RIFT VALLEY OR SOUTHERN TRIP 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

Driving to Jimma

Depart from Addis Ababa to Jimma via Weliso, which is home to the Gurage people, identified as “one of the hardest working group in Ethiopia”. On the way sightseeing of the beautiful landscapes through the Gibe River Valley.

Jimma, 1 night
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DAY 2

Drive to Mizan via Kaffa

Early in the morning drive to Mizan Tefari via Bonga. Bonga is the capital of an ancient Kingdom of Kaffa and the birthplace of coffee. It is the only spot in our globe we find a wild coffee. It is also one of the place where covered with densely populated forests. Visit the traditional Kaffa houses and learn their unique culture. Read more

Mizan Tefri, 1 night
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DAY 3

Visit coffee plantation

After breakfast, drive from Mizan Tefari to Kibish. On the way, visit the Bebeka coffee plantation, where the cultivated organic coffee trees as well as rubber trees are available. It is also possible to learn about the coffee processing techniques on the way.

Kibish, 1 night
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DAY 4

visiting the surma people village

A full day visit of the Surma tribe near the village of Kibish. The Surma people are similar to the Mursi people. The women are known knocked out their bottom teeth like the Mursi ladies wear huge lip discs.They decorate their body in different arts and live in the Omo River stretches through the lush, green forests, disappearing tribes live in their timeless grass huts. Read more

kibish, 1 night
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DAY 5

Omo national park

In the morning, depart Kibish to the Omo National Park and proceed to the camp at Mui. The Omo National Park is home to some of the last big game in Ethiopia and tribes. The Park is one of the Ethiopia's richest nature sanctuary and located on the west bank of the Omo River, the park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers, about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa. Read more

omo national Park
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DAY 6

Drive to Turmi

Early in the morning, depart from Omo Park to the village of Kangatan. Here you will cross the Omo River and take a short walk through the local fields to visit a village of the Nyangatom tribe. After the visit, return across the river and proceed to the Karo village of Korcho, with a stunning location looking over the Omo River. The Karo people, while the smallest tribe of the Omo Valley in number, are also known to be the most decorated. Afterwards, drive back to Turmi for another opportunity to see Jumping of the Bulls. Read more

Turmi 2 nights
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DAY 7

Visting Dassench and Hamer people

In the morning, cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village for a visit. 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. Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hammer village. If there is Bull jumping traditional Hammer coming-of-age ceremony, which will be visited. Read more

Turmi, 2 nights
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DAY 8

Drive to Jinka through Dimeka

After breakfast, drive to Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hammer, Benna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. Jinka is the capital of the lower omo valley and the locally the Ari people live here. They are notable in the production of coffee and handicraft. Read more

Jinka, 2 night
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DAY 9

Drive to Mago National park

In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. In the afternoon drive to Mursi people in the Mago National Park.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. Read more

Jinka 2 Nights
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DAY 10

drive to Konso

After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Konso, via Key Afar. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays).

Konso, 1 night
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DAY 11

visiting Konso

The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Depending on the time availability it is also possible to visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers. After the visit, proceed to ArbaMinch. Read more

Arba Minch, 2 nights
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DAY 12

Boat trip on Chamo and Chencha people

Early in the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile and the local hippos. Afterwards, proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above ArbaMinch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited. Read more

Arba Minch, 2 Nights
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DAY 13

Drive to Awassa

After breakfast, depart from ArbaMinch to Awassa. On the way visit the handicraft art galleries in Arba Minch. On the way from Arba Minch to Awassa Lake Abay stretches along the way. It is asphalted road via Weliata Sodo and Shashmene town.

Awassa, 1 night
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DAY 14

Drive to Langano

In the morning, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa. Afterwards, proceed north to Lake Langano. On the way you may stop in WondoGenet, former Emperor Haile Selassie’s favorite weekend getaway spot. Here you can take a shower in the therapeutic hot spring waters, swim in the pool and a short hike in the forest. Proceed to Lake Langano for. Read more

Langano, 1 night
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DAY 15

Drive to Addis Ababa

After having a breakfast drive back north to Addis Ababa. On the way, you may visit the Abijata-Shalla National 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, visit the national museum of Ethiopia and souvenirs shops. At the night invite the welfare dinner in one traditional restaurant. Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Jimma
Day 2
Location Mizan Teferi
Hotel Salayish Hotel or similar
Day 3
Location Kibish
Hotel Camping
Day 4
Location Kibish
Hotel Camping
Day 5
Location Omo National Park
Hotel Camping
Day 6
Location Turmi
Day 6
Location Turmi
Day 8
Location Jinka
Day 8
Location Jinka
Day 10
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge or similar
Day 11
Location Arbaminch
Day 11
Location Arbaminch
Day 13
Location Awassa
Day 14
Location Langano
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Jimma
Day 2
Location Mizan Teferi
Hotel Salayish Hotel or similar
Day 3
Location Kibish
Hotel Camping
Day 4
Location Kibish
Hotel Camping
Day 5
Location Omo national Park
Hotel Camping
Day 6
Location Turmi
Day 6
Location Turmi
Day 8
Location Jinka
Day 8
Location Jinka
Day 10
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge or similar
Day 11
Location Arbaminch
Day 11
Location Arbaminch
Day 13
Location Awassa
Day 14
Location Langano

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.
  • 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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