HIGHLIGHTS

Misty highland meadows and tall escarpment forests make up much of Southern Ethiopia, but the region is also incised by the gaping kilometre-deep tectonic scar we know as the Great Rift Valley, its acacia-swathed floor dotted with beautiful lakes renowned for their diverse profusion of birds. The ethnic diversity of this astonishing region embraces modern cities such as Hawassa and Arba Minch, but also the walled hilltop warrens of the Konso Cultural Landscape, the remote tribes of South Omo, the singing wells of the desert-dwelling Borena, towering Dorze homesteads and thousand year old island monasteries.

Tour Code

EH-121

Tour Name

South Cultural Tours

Country

Ethiopia

Capital City

Addis Ababa

Validity

Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018

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ITINERARY

Duration: 8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS

Starting Point: Addis Ababa

Ending Point: Addis Ababa

Itinerary Information

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  • Day 1: Addis Ababa

    Arrive at Bole international airport and be met and assisted by ET-holidays representative. Depending on your arrival time, you will have Addis Ababa city tour. Addis Ababa sightseeing will include Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of Addis Ababa ,National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil ‘Lucy’, Trinity cathedral church, Ethnographic museum the then palace of Emperor Hailesellase known as little Ethiopia and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa. Enroute you will visit significant historical monuments of Addis Ababa. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 2: Addis Ababa - Arba Minch

    You will be transferred to airport for your flight to Arba Minch. On your arrival in Arbaminch, you will directly drive to Dorze Village, 42km North West of Arbaminch at about 3000m above sea level. Dorze people are famous for their unique elephant face houses built from bamboo tree, Unique dancing, traditional weaving and the authentic life style. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 3: Drive to Jinka

    Morning you will visit the 'crocodile market' on Lake Chamo. This will be a great experience where you will see the Hippos, crocodiles and plenty of aquatic birds side by side. The surrounding scenery is breath taking. After lunch drive to Jinka via konso. Enroute you may encounter Benna and Tsemai tribes with their interesting dressing patterns and ornamentation. After check in to your hotel in Jinka you will visit the Ari village. Ari people are privileged to have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have most fertile land for growing several types of plantations. The women are known for selling pottery and wearing skirts made from banana trees. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 4: Jinka – Mursi- Turmi

    Early in the morning you will drive to visit the Mursi tribes through Mago National park where you may encounter some game animals that suddenly emerge to the road sometimes. The Mursi are known for their lip plate, earlobes and stick fighting (Donga). After Lunch, drive to Turmi, home of the Hamar tribe. The Hamar women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. Famous for their hairstyle — a crown of long dread-lock braids covered in ocher — the Hamer women are the most colorful of the Omo people. And spend the rest of the day exploring around the villages. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 5: Turmi – Murule – Turmi

    In the morning, you will be heading to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe. The people have settled around the eastern bank of the Omo River. The Karo tribe is very well known for their body paintings and scarification. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, the Omo River flowing down South into Lake Turkana. In the late afternoon we drive to the closer village of the Hamer tribe which is worth to visit the Hamer way of life who are famous for their unique traditional night dance ”Evangadi” (Bull jumping ritual depending on the season) Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 6: Turmi – Konso – Arbaminch

    Drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Konso (one of the world Heritage town). Konso is known for its stone wall village and cultural landscape particularly recognized for their communal sustainable work of terrace system registered by UNESCO. Their village is also well known for traditional wooden totem “waka” as a symbol of grave marks for their clan chief and warriors. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 7: Arbaminch – Hawassa

    Morning drive from Arbaminch to Hawassa en route you will visit Alaba village. In the late afternoon you will admire the sunset over Lake Hawassa. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Hotel

  • Day 8: Hawassa – Addis Ababa

    Morning visit the daily local fish market at the shore of Lake Hawassa. This market will give you an experience where local people enjoy different variety of fish cuisines including the Ethiopian version “Sushi”. Here, a lot of aquatic birds can be spotted. Then, proceed driving to Addis Ababa. En route, visit the birds on Lake Ziway, including one of the largest birds: the marabou stork. In the evening you will have fare well dinner at traditional restaurant and departure back to home. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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