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Ethiopian tour to the Omo Valley (Surface) - 9 days


USD 1,566

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  • 9 Days

Tewodros Alegaz Getnet

Off-Road Ethiopia Tour Plc

Off-Road Ethiopia tour is a destination management company established by an experienced fellow.

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Ethiopian tour to the Omo Valley (Surface) - 9 days

Ethiopia has a diverse mix of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. It is a country with more than 80 different ethnic groups each with its own language, culture, custom and tradition. One of the most significant areas of Ethiopian culture is its literature, which is represented predominantly by translations from ancient Sabean (Southern Yemen) texts into the ancient language Ge'ez, modern Amharic and Tigrigna languages.

Arrival Addis Ababa

Up on arrival be meet by the staff of Off-Road Ethiopia Tour and if arrival is day time, then proceed for city tour of Addis Ababa. Lunch break. Continue the city tour

Getfam or Nexus Hotel

Addis Ababa-Awassa

After an early breakfast head to Awassa, the newly bustling city and a capital city for the Southern regional state. The city is named after the smallest rift valley lake that gave a lovely breath to the surrounding of the city. En route visit to the crater lakes in the town of Debre-Zeit and also the other shallowest Rift Valley lake of Zeway to spot different type of birds Read more

South Star Hotel or Lewi res

Awassa – Arba Minch

In the morning visit to the biggest open-air fish market of Awassa and drive to Arba Minch. Before getting to Arba Minch take a detour to the small town of Chencha located on the mountain and hosts the Dorze people. These people are known for their Bamboo made houses and cotton woven colorful clothing. Then drive to Arba Minch Read more

Paradise Lodge or Swaynes ho

Arba Minch-Jinka

Take an early breakfast and continue the drive to Jinka, one of the relatively big town in the Omo Valley. Before arriving take time in the town of Arba Minch to have boat tripe on Lake “Chamo” to visit crocodiles and hippos. This drive will be a day to admire the spectacular topography which continues to descend down to the Omo and characterized by warm temperature. If the day falls on Thursday there will be a colorful market in Key Afer where one can have the chance to see different tribes such as the Tsemay and Bena Read more

Eco-OMo Lodge

Jinka -Mago-Mursi-Jinka

After breakfast drive from Jinka town have an excursion to the settlement of the Mursi people known for their lip plating, body decorating and stick fighting culture. Take time by having picture and personal contact with the people and back to Jinka. There is a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Eco-Omo Lodge Read more

Eco-Omo Lodge

Jinka- Turmi

After breakfast in the hotel drive to Turmi, a settlement for the Hamer people very much known for their colorful hair style and bull jumping tradition at times of wedding. The ladies normally are adorned by leather made skirts decorated by sounding pearls and by gleaming aluminum normally fixed to their neck. If the day falls on Saturday there will be a colorful market in Dimeka where one can have the chance to see tribe such as the Hammer Read more

Turmi Lodge

Turmi- Murulle-Turmi

After an early breakfast in the hotel head to Murulle, a settlement for the Karo people famous for their unique body decorating culture. En route have a picnic lunch. Start sightseeing in the village of Dus and back to Turmi for overnight stay

Turmi Lodge

Turmi- Arba Minch

Have breakfast and attend the weekly colorful Monday market of Turmi and then drive back to Arba Minch. En route visit the Erbore people which shares many cultural features with the Oromo people in Borena and continue driving to Konso. Up on arrival in the “Konso”, a settlement for the Konso people. Have lunch break and then go for sightseeing. The Konso with 9 different clans have a tradition of nominating their own King who has got his own Place to live and also servants to work for. He is a symbol of peace and integrity among the Konso with unique dynastical line going on for many hundreds of years. The Konso have a clean, well, built and protected villages with each village having a communal house of living called “Mora” where young boys spend the night protecting the village. They have also a tradition of age initiation for boys to advance from child hood to adult hood. The Konso are very much known for having a wooden made grave sign called “Waka”. Read more

Paradise lodge or Swaynes Ho

Arba Minch – Addis Ababa

Drive from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa via the Hosana road. En route admire the scenery of the road and also visit to the hut of the Gurage people village. These people have a culture of eating false Banana and are known to be hard working in business in the capital Addis and are given the name, the Ethiopian-Chinese. Have shopping time and in the evening be taken for a complementary traditional dinner and transfer out to airport for departure Read more


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 2
Location Hawassa
Hotel South star
Day 3
Location Arba Minch
Day 4
Location Jinka
Day 6
Location Turmi
Hotel Turmi lodge
Day 8
Location Arba Minch


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Half board meal
  • Boat trip
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • All government taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Taking pictures int eh tribal people villages and their open air market is an interpersonal agreement between a traveler and the individual tribal man/woman. have as many small notes as possible to take pictures and bargain prices before you take any picture.


10 Reviews

Susan Rutherford, United States

What a spectacular trip to the Omo! Our driver and guide were excellent - knowledgeable, safe driving, always watching over us, thoughtful, and fun! Considering the remote locations I had expected very poor accommodations and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the lodges were. The villages we visited were fascinating. I could not believe my eyes -- so many different tribes. These were not some "tourist villages" -- this was the real thing. What an incredible trip we had seeing these wonderful sights. Thank you for all your help and guidance in providing me and my friend such a fantastic trip to Ethiopia. Also, thank you for your patience in responding to my MANY email questions sent while planning the trip. Read more

Kirk & Joyce Douglass, United States

As a couple of seasoned travelers who are older we did research our trip about Ethiopia and decided to spend our time with Off Road Travel. We were delighted and not disappointed. We covered the historical north, the cultural east and the Omo valley all in 26 tough but fascinating days. Our driver/guide Fitsum was a caring person as well as a good mechanic who could fix anything and on occasion did. He deferred to the local guides when appropiate but we knew he was equally knowledgeable as they were. ​ We decided to drive the whole way, not take the air route for any segment. The benefits of seeing up close and personal the people, landscape and villages far out weighted the rough roads and the ever present dust. Yes there is dust but if they keep putting asphalt down as saw them doing it should get better in the future. ​ We recommend the Off Road trips. ​ Read more

Jean Pierre & Heleen van Briel, Belgium

We are still enjoying the memory of our marvellous trip in Ethiopia. It was without any doubt one of our most interesting trips we ever did. In fact we had three different travels in one: first, the north with the Christian culture, secondly the natural parks with their magnificent sceneries and thirdly the South, which is an ethnical museum. We want to reconfirm that we were very pleased with the services and the organisation of your company, Off-Road Ethiopia Tour. Read more



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