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10 Days Meskal Festival (Finding of The True Cross) + Omo Valley Tour

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Ghion Travel and Tours PL

GTT is a professional registered Tour Operation Company based in Ethiopia.

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10 Days Meskal Festival (Finding of The True Cross) + Omo Valley Tour

Meskal Celebration now registered with UNESCO as an element of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Meskel (27 September) commemorates the alleged 4th century discovery of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. The centrepiece of this uniquely Ethiopian festival is the burning of a massive conical pyre called a Damera. The largest ceremony takes place in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, where hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch the colourfully dressed priests chant, pray and dance.

DAY 1

Arrival Addis, City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by Ghion Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis, which includes; Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel Read more

Addis Ababa
DAY 2

Meskal Festival

Morning, after breakfast you will have a sightseeing of Addis Ababa which includes Trinity Cathedral beautiful church with a baroque style of European Architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, National Museum-the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.5 million years back. In the afternoon you will attend the very colorful Meskel Festival (the finding of the true cross) at the Meskel square. Overnight in hotel Read more

Addis Ababa
DAY 3

Drive to Arbaminch

In the morning drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Tiya Stele Site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and Melka Kunture Archeological Site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch and overnight in hotel

Arbaminch
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DAY 4

Chincha Village, Lake Chamo

After breakfast, drive to Chencha Village to visit the Dorze tribe who are well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. Then, drive back to Arbaminch and in the afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit hippos and crocodiles at crocodile market on the lake. Overnight in hotel

Arbaminch
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DAY 5

Drive to Jinka

fter breakfast, drive to Jinka via Woyto. On the way, if it is Thursday or Saturday, visit the colorful Key Afer Market). On these beautiful markets you will have a chance to see Bena, Hamer, Tsemay and Ari peoples together. Then proceed to Jinka. After check in to Hotel, visit Ari Tribe Village. The Ari tribe is the populous tribe in southern Omo Valley. They inhabit the northern part of the Mago National Park in Ethiopia and have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have fertile lands allowing them to have several types of plantations. An Ari's crop can consist of grains, coffee, fruits and honey. It's also common for them to have large herds of livestock. Overnight in hotel/lodge Read more

Jinka
DAY 6

Visit Mursi, Drive to Turmi

After breakfast, drive to the Mursi village through Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are the Nilo Saharan language speaker and famous for their women putting lip plate, made of clay and up to 15cm in diameter, on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). After visit, keep drive to Turmi. Overnight in hotel/lodge Read more

Turmi
DAY 7

Karo and Hamar

After breakfast drive to karicho to visit the Karo tribe. They paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony. The chalk is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to make its color. Face masks are worn at times and they have clay hair buns with feathers in them. ) In the afternoon, visit the Hamar Tribe with their village. They are one of the most known tribes in Soutern Ethiopia. They inhabit the territory east of the Omo River and have villages in Turmi and Dimeka. Very colorful bracelets and beads are worn in their hair and around their waists and arms. The practice of body modification is used by cutting themselves and packing the wound with ash and charcoal. Some of the women wear circular wedge necklaces indicating that they are married. Men paint themselves with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony. Hair ornaments worn by the men indicate a previous kill of an enemy or animal. Overnight in hotel/lodge Read more

Turmi
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DAY 8

Drive to Konso

After breakfast, drive to Konso. On the way, visit Dimeka Market (if it is Tuesday or Satureday), Benna and Tsemay villages. Then keep drive to Konso. After check in, visit Konso tribe and Konso Landscape. The Konso people are the hard working people and well known for their specially land management, one of Africa’s most fascinating cultures. The Konso landscape is one of the world heritage sites in Ethiopia registered by UNESCO. Overnight in hotel/lodge Read more

Konso
DAY 9

Drive to Hawassa

After breakfast, drive to Hawassa. On the way visit the Alaba people Village who are known for the images they paint on the inside and outside of their huts. Then keep drive to Hawassa. Overnight in hotel

Hawassa
DAY 10

Drive to Addis, Departure

After breakfast, relax on the lake shore of Lake Awassa and visit Fish Market of Awassa. Then drive back to Addis. On the way, visit Lake Ziway, the Ethiopian Bird Spectacle, the great Pelicans are the main stars of this astonishing natural live show, which takes place at one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. After visiting, keep drive to Addis. In the afternoon, you will have shopping and leisure time. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, end of the tour. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 3
Location Arbaminch
Day 5
Location Jinka
Hotel Jinka Resort
Day 6
Location Turmi
Hotel Turmi Lodge
Day 8
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge
Day 9
Location Awassa
Hotel Haile Resort
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 3
Location Arbaminch
Day 5
Location Jinka
Day 6
Location Turmi
Hotel Buska Lodge
Day 8
Location Konso
Hotel Kanta Lodge
Day 9
Location Awassa
Hotel Haile Resort

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using the mentioned best hotels and lodges
  • Meal on full board basis; breakfast, lunch and dinner including soft drink/ mineral water
  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance
  • All mentioned entrance, local guide and scout fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Boat fee on Lake Chamo

Package excludes

  • Any flight cost (domestic + international)
  • Porter’s fee at hotel and airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa fees
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Tips and other personal expenses

More information

  • Single room supplement for standard accommodation = USD 360 p/p
  • Single room supplement for comfort accommodation = USD 720 p/p
  • NB: There will be a discount for large group more than 7 participants

REVIEWS

2 Reviews

Emily, United States

I appreciate everything this tour operator did for us! intelligent tour professional and a very lovely tour company! i highly recommend to tourists to use Ghion Travel and Tours

Onesmo Novath, Tanzania, United Republic of

Excellent Ethiopia tours with Ghion Travel & Tours. They have nice services, competent tour guides and their price is affordable. I can highly recommend Ghion Travel & Tours.

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