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OMO VALLEY TRIBES

Arba Minch - Nechisar National Park - Dorze - Mago National Park - Jinka - Omo National Park - Turmi - Hamer - Konso - Awassa

Ethiopia encounters more than 80 ethnic tribe groups. The Omo Valley is a melting pot of cultures that have tried to keep untouched their traditions for generations up to our days. In addition, it is home to abundant wildlife as part of the Great Rift Valley scenery. Starting in Arba Minch with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo surrounded by hippopotamus and crocodiles, this unforgettable tour will take you to different tribes such as the Dorze, famous for their cotton-weaving skills and their bee-hives looking houses, the Mursi and their women with large plates in their lower lips or the Hamer, known for their goatskin outfits and the “bull-jumping” old tradition that young men try to accomplish if they want to get married. You will not be indifferent to this mosaic of unique cultures and ancient traditions.


5 Days (by flight)

Day 1 In the morning, fly to Arba Minch with time to visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 2 Drive to Turmi to see the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping” tradition than the way to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 3 Drive to Murulle to visit the Karo Village, famous for their meticulous body-painting tradition. Drive back to Turmi for overnight (lodge or camping)

Day 4 Drive back to Arba Minch. On the way, visit the Dorze village, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 5 Fly back to Addis Ababa with time to do some shopping or sightseeing. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour

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6 Days

Day 1 Drive to Arba Minch via Hosena. You will be able to see different historical places on the way such as Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church and Tiya, a stelae from the 12th century considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Before reaching Arba Minch, visit the Dorze Village, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

Day 2 Visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. Proceed to Jinka and visit some ethnic tribes such as Gamo and Derashe. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 3 Drive to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi tribe, known for the clay plates used by the women on their lower lip. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 4 Drive to the village of Turmi to visit the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping” tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married. Visit the Benna and Ari people on the way to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 5 Drive to Awassa via Konso, where you can visit the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Day 6 In the morning, visit the fish market of Awassa and drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley Lakes. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour

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8 Days

Day 1 Drive to Arba Minch via Hosena. You will be able to see different historical places on the way such as Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church and Tiya, a stelae from the 12th century considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

Day 2 Visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. Proceed to Jinka and visit some ethnic tribes such as Gamo and Derashe. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 3 Drive to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi tribe, known for the clay plates used by the women on their lower lip. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 4 Drive to the village of Turmi to visit the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping” tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married. Visit the Benna and Ari people on the way to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 5 Drive to Murele and visit the Karo people, famous for their meticulous body-painting tradition. Drive back to Turmi for overnight (lodge or camping)

Day 6 Drive to Konso and visit the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Overnight in Konso (hotel or lodge)

Day 7 Drive to Awassa and visit the Dorze Village on the way, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Awassa (hotel)

Day 8 In the morning, visit the fish market of Awassa and drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley Lakes. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour

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12 Days

Day 1 Drive to Awassa via Butajira. You will be able to see different historical places on the way such as Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church and Tiya, a stele from the 12th century considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight in Awassa (hotel)

Day 2 Visit the fish market on the Lake Awassa and drive to the Dorze Village, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

Day 3 Visit the local market in the morning and head towards Arba Minch to visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotami and abundant bird species. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

Day 4 Depart to Turmi via Weyto, homeland of the Tsemai tribe and continue to Turmi through Erbore. In Turmi you will meet the Hamer ethnic group, known as for the “bull-jumping” tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 5 Excursion to Omorate by crossing the Omo River by boat to visit the Dassenech tribe. Drive back to Turmi to visit the local Hamer Village. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 6 Drive to the village of Kangatan by crossing the Omo River and walking through the local fields to visit the Nyangaton tribe. Afterwards, proceed to the Karo village, known for their body decorations. Drive back for overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 7 Drive to Jinka via Dimeka and visit the local market (Tuesdays and Saturdays). Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 8 Drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi ethnic tribe, known for the clay plates used by the women on their lower lip. In the afternoon, visit the South Omo Museum and Research Center or take a hike to visit the Ari village in the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 9 Drive to Konso via Key Afar and visit the popular market where Benna and Tsemai tribes trade goods (Thursdays). In Konso, you can also visit the market (Mondays and Thursdays). Overnight in Konso (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 10 In Konso, visit the wakas, wooden statues erected in honor of the dead heroes and the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and also known as the natural “New York village”. Proceed to Yabello for overnight (hotel or camping) with time to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary upon arrival

Day 11 Drive to El Sod, homeland of a crater lake with an enormous salt deposit called the “House of Salt” and visit the land of the Borena tribe, a nomadic ethnic group that lives also in Kenya. Continue driving to Yirgalem for overnight (lodge or camping)

Day 12 Drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley lakes with a stop at Abiatta-Shala National Park. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour.

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WESTERN ETHIOPIA - SURMA

Jimma - Mizan Teferi - Tulgit - Kibish - Yella - Omo National Park - Mago National Park - Turmi - Omorate - Konso - Arba Minch - Nechisar National Park - Awassa

This tour will lead you to one of the richest land in Ethiopia in terms of agriculture and green landscapes. You will be able to sneak in coffee plantations and witness the daily lifestyles of the cattle breeders and farmers. It will be also a great opportunity to see Ethiopian wildlife in the Omo National Park and visit some local tribes to enjoy their ancient traditions. End up your tour with a beautiful trekking route in Wenchi, an old crater lake.


10 Days

Day 1 Drive to Jimma, the center of the western forest coffee land, through its unique landscape rich in Enset (false banana) fields, rugged valleys and gorges descending and ascending over the asphalt. Overnight in Jimma (hotel)

Day 2 Drive to Kaffa (from “kaa”, name of God and “affa”, plant) that is believed to have inspired the name of coffee. On the way you can visit the coffee museum in Bonga until you reach the village of Mizan Teferi, part of the Gambella Region. Overnight in Mizan Teferi (hotel or camping)

Day 3 Proceed to Bebeka, a protected state plantation, and reach the Surma land territory of Kibish for overnight (camping)

Day 4 Drive to the Omo National Park, where you will be able to easily spot different animal species and set up a camping for overnight

Day 5 Visit the Omo National Park, where you will enjoy a safari excursion to observe some endemic species. Overnight in Omo National Park (camping)

Day 6 Drive back to Kibish to visit the Surma tribe, popular for their body paintings and the women’s lip plates. Camping overnight near the river

Day 7 Hike to visit the Suri tribe, known for their cattle activities to witness their daily breakfast based on blood drown from a live cattle. Drive near the Koka River for overnight (camping)

Day 8 Drive back to Mizan Teferi. Overnight in Mizan Teferi (hotel or camping)

Day 9 Drive to Woliso via Jimma and visit the Jifar Palace and the Museum of Jimma. Overnight in Woliso (lodge or hotel)

Day 10 Before departing back to Addis Ababa, enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Wenchi Lake, a former crater mountain with a beautiful trekking route that can be done by horse or feet. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour.

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14 Days

Day 1 Drive to Jimma through Wolkite observing en route the Gurage ethnic group and the Gelgel Gibe dam. Overnight in Jimma (hotel)

Day 2 Drive to Mizan Teferi, visiting the coffee plantation and the densely forested path, where the Banchi people are found. Overnight in Mizan Teferi (hotel or camping)

Day 3 Drive to Tulgit, via the coffee and tea plantations, passing through the Dima village. Overnight in Tulgit (camping)

Day 4 Drive to Kibish to visit the Surma tribes, popular for their body paintings and the women’s lip plates and walk around the village to be ready for a trekking adventure with mules on the next day. Overnight in Kibish (camping)

Day 5 Trek to Kolu via Magolagne (7-8 hours) accompanied by mules. Overnight in Kolu (camping)

Day 6 Trek to mount Yella (8-9 Hours), located on the top of the village, where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Omo National Park. Overnight in Yella (camping)

Day 7 Trek to the Omo Park headquarters (3-4 hours), where you can meet the car for afternoon game drive to see a variety of animals. Overnight inside the Omo National Park (camping)

Day 8 Drive to the Omo River. Cross the river on canoe to meet the drivers on the other side to take you to the Mago National Park. Overnight inside the Mago National Park (camping)

Day 9 Drive to Turmi stopping in Karo tribes and Murulle village, and continue visiting the Hammer tribes. Overnight in Turmi (lodge or camping)

Day 10 Excursion to Omorate to visit the Geleb and Dassenech tribe. In the afternoon, visit the Hammer villages, where you may see the “bull jumping” tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married and the local market. Overnight in Turmi (lodge or camping)

Day 11 Drive to Arba Minch through the Erbole, Tsemay and Konso village. On the way, visit the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and also known as the natural “New York village”. Overnight in Arba minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 12 In the morning, visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on theLake Chamo to see the Nile crocodile and hippos and walk a bit inside the park to see some wildlife. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 13 Drive to Awassa via Dorze village (Chencha), known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Awassa (hotel)

Day 14 In the morning, visit the fish market of Awassa and drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley Lakes, stop to see Abijyata-Shalla Park and have lunch in one of the resorts in Langano Lale. Arrive to Addis Ababa with time to do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour

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COFFEE TOUR

Sidama - Awassa - Amoragedel - Dilla Town - Yirgachefe - Bule Hora - Amaro Gayo - Konso - Arba Minch

Ethiopia is considered as the top coffee producer country in Africa. This tour aims at guiding you through the main areas of Ethiopia where the coffee industry is significant. You will witness the unique and ancestral coffee farming and processing with time to enjoy the wildlife of the natural parks and the ancient lifestyles of some ethnic groups.


9 Days

Day 1 Drive to Awassa and visit the coffee plantation around Wondo Genet. After enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding the Awassa Lake, visit the Sidama coffee plantation. Overnight in Awassa (hotel)

Day 2 Early in the morning walk to Amoragedel to enjoy a typical fish market day with the locals. After breakfast, drive to Yirgalem to spend the day surrounded by coffee plantations that produces Sidama coffee, one of the three coffee brands of the well-known Arabica coffee. Overnight in Yirgalem (lodge or camping)

Day 3 Drive to Dilla town. On the way, visit coffee mills and processing factories. After check-in at the hotel, continue driving north to a highland area where they grow forest coffee. There, walk inside the scenic coffee plantation while enjoying the outstanding views of waterfalls. Overnight in Dilla town (hotel)

Day 4 Drive to Yirgachefe, home to the so called coffee brand and have a detour to the UNESCO short listed places of Tuti Fela, where over three hundred steles can be seen. Overnight in Yirgachefe (lodge or camping)

Day 5 Drive to Bule Hora for an excursion to the nearby coffee plantation, famous for its unique farming and processing. Overnight in Bule Hora (hotel or camping)

Day 6 Full-day excursion to visit a rare coffee plantation known as Amaro Gayo and grown by the Guyi ethic group. This coffee has been recognised as coffee of the year for two consecutive times at the New York Cup of Excellence competition. Overnight in Bule Hora (hotel or camping)

Day 7 Five hours drive to the village of Konso where you can witness the century old terrace coffee farming. Then, visit Kesergeyo, Konso King’s Palace and the 800 years old village of Mecheke. Overnight in Konso (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 8 Drive to Arba Minch and visit the Nechisar National Park, where you can take a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. After lunch, visit the highland village of the Dorze tribe, famous for their cotton-weaving skills and their bee-hives looking houses. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 9 Drive back to Addis Ababa. On the way, visit the stelae field of Tiya, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour

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Note that all itineraries are flexible and they can be modified or combined with other itineraries according to your interest, time and budget.
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