The Great Ethiopian Run is one of biggest long distance (10 km) road events of its kind in Africa. It has become one of the most famous and eagerly awaited annual social gatherings since it began in 2001. In 2010, more than 35,000 people took part in the event. It’s a great chance to interact with the local community and a chance to run with the world’s greatest long-distance athletes of Ethiopia, Kenya, and other countries.

    Here is another chance for you to experience the most amazing fun-run event in the world. This year, the Great Ethiopian Run will be held on November 18, 2018. Run, jog, walk, or dance around the 10k course on the vibrant streets of Addis Ababa at 8000 ft. with the locals and meet some of the Olympic champions.

    Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours, in collaboration with the organizing committee, would be pleased to book tickets, accommodations, trainings and pre- or post-tours. To make your experience in Ethiopia even more complete, we can combine it with a cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia or for Omo Valley Tribal Exploration, before or after the event. Below is a suggested tour program:

    Suggested travel dates: November 16, 2021, to November 21, 2021

    Day 1 — November 16, 2021: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport (ADD), you will be welcomed by the staff of Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours and transfered to Yaya Village Resort located in the Sululta Hills. It is owned by the legendary long-distance athlete Haile Gebre Selassie.

    Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level, which makes it the 5th highest capital city in the world. This hospitable and safe city enjoys an excellent climate year-round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F).

    With a multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

    There will be an easy, late afternoon acclimatization training by a professional trainer and a chance to meet with some of Ethiopia's greatest atheletes.

    Overnight: Yaya Village Resort

    Day 2  November 17: Addis Ababa, Blue Nile River Gorge, Debre Libanos

    Early morning there will be acclimatization training. After breakfast, we will take an excursion to Blue Nile Gorge, often called Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon, which is 213 km north of Addis Ababa. This majestic and enormous gorge is known for its magnificent physical features and alluring natural beauty. After visiting the gorge, you will drive back to Addis Ababa visiting the Debre Libanos monastery enroute. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded by the renowned 13th century mystic, St. Teklehaimanot.

    Before driving back to the resort, we will stop at the Jemma River Gorge. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile with  a drop of nearly 1000 meters to the valley below.

    We will walk downhill to the 17th century Portuguese Bridge. Here we can expect to see plenty of birdlife including the Banded Barbet, the Black-Headed Forest Oriole, the White-Billed Starling, the Red-Billed Starling, the White-Winged Cliff Chat, the White-Backed Black Tit, White-Cheeked Turaco, and Hemprich's Hornbill. We will also see one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada, or bleeding heart baboon. 

    In late afternoon, you may chose to relax at the beautiful resort in the spa, by the swimming pool, or by having a relaxing massage. Or, if you feel energetic, take part in late afternoon final training.

    Overnight: Yaya Village Resort

    Day 3  November 18: The Great Run

    Today is the special day. In the morning, we will drop you at Meskel Square, where the Great Ethiopian Run begins. Here you go….see you at the finish line. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Later in the afternoon, join the legendary  at the Pasta Party held at his residence, and enjoy the night with some of the greatest Ethiopian athletes in the world.

    Overnight: Yaya Village Resort

    Day 4  November 19: Addis Ababa, Lalibela

    In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Lalibela.

    For the rest of the day, visit some of the most magnificent rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, which are often referred to by many as one of the “living wonders” of the world. These churches were carved out of one piece of rock in 1200 AD.

    Overnight: Harbe Hotel

    Day 5  November 28: Lalibela, Asheten Mariam

    In the morning, mule ride and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches in the town.

    Overnight: Harbe Hotel

    Day 6  November 20: Lalibela, Gonder

    After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the short flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will start your tour of the ancient city of Gondar.

    Your tour includes the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and the famous Debre Birhan Selassie church.

    Overnight: Goha Hotel

    Day 7  November 21: Gondar, Addis Ababa Departure

    In the morning, transfer to Gondar airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. For the rest of the day, you will have a city tour of Addis Adbaba, which includes the National Museum where Lucy is housed, the Ethngoraphic Museum, and a visit to Mercato, one of the biggest open-air markets in Africa.

    In the evening, there will be a Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours complimentary farewell dinner party, an excellent finale to the trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

    To book your space, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now. We would be pleased to help you participate in this great event.

    Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours would be pleased to book you space on the Great Ethiopian Run, which takes place in Addis Ababa. We can combine the Great Run with other tours before or after the event to make your Ethiopia Experience a complete one. See you at the Great Run, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

    With its own calendar (where else can you get 13 months of sunshine?), timekeeping, script, language, cuisine, church, and coffee, Ethiopia is as exotic as countries come.

    The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines are set to unveil a visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia.

    The e-visa is processed and issued online on a single webpage where applicants apply, pay, and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia, and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.

    Ethiopia has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, which were heralded by the commission.

    Tourism as a tool for poverty eradication, local community development, and economic independence is a successful strategy. Ethiopia's goal is to boost tourist revenues to $3 billion this year. In 2013, revenues from tourism were at $2 billion.

    (CNN) — You would be forgiven for thinking it was Spain, Thailand or Italy. But this year the accolade of World's Best Tourism Destination has been given to a surprising candidate: Ethiopia.

    The country has been praised for its outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient culture, leading the European Council on Tourism and Trade to select it out of 31 countries as this year's top holiday spot.

    Tour ID : GHET-017
    Transport : Air and surface
    Activities/Sights: Ancient colorful festivals, ancient history, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, unique tribal culture, game animals, and much more

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia at 20:55. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver and transported on a short drive to Jupiter Hotel (4*). 

    Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level. It is the 5th highest capital city in the world. The city enjoys an excellent climate year-round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With a multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

    After a brief rest in the morning, take a sightseeing city tour of Addis Ababa, which includes the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Mercato, Piassa, and other parts of the city, for the rest of the day.

    In the morning, you will visit the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. The National Museum of Ethiopia is one of the best museums for quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.2 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh — ‘thou art wonderful’ — in the native language), a hominoid woman of the species Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, proving that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to the pre-Axumite civilization.

    The Ethnographic Museum is very different from the National Museum, but equally absorbing. This museum's exhibits include a varied array of artifacts and daily objects related to most ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

    In the afternoon, your city tour of Addis will continue with the Mercato, the largest open-air market on the continent and the other part of the city including Piassa and Churchill Avenue.


    Accommodation: Jupiter Hotel, Addis Ababa

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Gonder, Simien Mountains

    In the morning, fly to Gonder. At Gonder airport, we will meet our driver for the drive to the spectacular Simien Mountains National Park and spend a night at the Simien Lodge, a Gold Winner, Skal Sustainable Tourism Awards 2016, rural accommodation. www.simiens.com

    On the journey from Gonder all the way to Simien Mountains National Park, you will be stunned by the spectacular scenery — especially that which awaits you at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft.) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of upthrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles, and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

    The rest of the day, walk/trek to explore the surroundings of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park. Here you have a good chance of spotting groups of Gelada Baboons, one of Ethiopia’s endemic animals.

    Accommodation: Simien Lodge, Buit Ras (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 3: Simien Mountains, Gondar

    Early in the morning, enjoy the magnificent view with a beautiful sunrise accompanied by troops of Gelada Baboons.

    After breakfast, drive to the ancient city of Gondar. Founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635, Gondar is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches — in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie, which represents a masterpiece of the unique Ethiopian school of traditional art.

    This afternoon, you will explore the ancient city and its famous sites including the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having six different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times; the pool of King Fasilidas, which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany; and the famous Debre Birhan Selassie, which is adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

    Accommodation: Goha Hotel, Gondar (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 4: Gondar, Bahirdar

    After breakfast, we will drive to Bahirdar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Gondar and the Fogera Plains.

    After checking into the hotel, we will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana and visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries — surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country. The lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.

    Accommodation: Avanti Blue Nile Resort, Bahirdar

    Day 5: Bahirdar, Lalibela 

    After breakfast, we will transfer to Gondar Airport for the flight to Lalibela. After checking into Harbe Hotel, we will drive to the site where you will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred to by many as one of “the living wonders of the world”. These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of a 2,600-square-meter natural rock terrace in the 12th century AD by King Lalibela.

    Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft. in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft., and has walls that are up to 6 ft. thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.

    The rock-hewn churches that you will visit today include Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael, and Bete Giorgis.

    Accommodation: Harbe Hotel, Lalibela (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 6: Asheten Mariam, Lalibela

    In the morning, walk or ride on a mule back to the top of the Asheten Mariam Monastery. This is very famous for its 12th century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft. above sea level. We will walk/mule ride through dramatic highland scenery that eventually ends in a beautiful, serene agricultural hamlet.

    After having lunch and resting at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to more of Lalibela’s remarkable churches — their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. After we finish visiting the second group of churches, we will walk to the village through the complex, bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.

    Today, you will be able to witness the special ceremony of Holy Thursday around the rock-hewn churches where the priests perform different ancient Christian practices with the faithful. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem, and Bete Aba Libanos.

    In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house. In the birthplace coffee, Ethiopia’s Kaffa region — from where it gets its name — the berries were originally only eaten, never roasted and ground for a drink. Only since the 13th century has coffee  been made a hot drink. Holding a coffee ceremony is a traditional Ethiopian way of welcoming a guest and giving the guest the best hospitality. It is probably one of the most celebrated Ethiopian traditions, and a tradition of most Ethiopians.

    Accommodation: Harbe Hotel, Lalibela (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 7: Lalibela, Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. 

    Overnight: Jupiter Hotel, Addis Ababa (Meal: B)

    Witness one of “the living wonders of the world” with a visit to the 12th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. On this journey, you will discover an ancient African civilization with a centuries-old culture.


    This cultural tour takes you on Ethiopia’s Historic Route North with the Simien Mountains, splendid Gheralta clusters, the ancient city of Harar, and Awash National Park. You will visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of  Lake Tana, the walled city of Harar, Awash National Park, and the Great Blue Nile Falls, as well as the friendly and charming people.

    Trip Highlights

    • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two of which are national parks 
    • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of “the living wonders of the world”
    • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wildlife of the Simien Mountains
    • Experience breathtaking highland scenery
    • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum, the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant
    • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
    • Take a cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient island monasteries
    • Visit the mighty Blue Nile River and Blue Nile falls
    • Discover an old walled city and the fourth holiest city of Islam
    • Discover the wildlife of Awash National Park
    • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s capital
    • Meet your ancestor Lucy at the National Museum in Addis Ababa 
    • Try the varied Ethiopian food
    • Attend an Ethiopian coffee ceremony

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Bahirdar

    In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 3: Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Bahir Dar

    In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 4: Bahir Dar, Gondar

    After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon, visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Birhan Selassie Church.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 5: Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park

    After an early breakfast, we will drive to Simien Mountains National Park. For the rest of the day, we will trek around the park.
    Overnight: Lodge

    Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park, Axum

    After breakfast, we drive to Axum through the beautiful scenery of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, and Tekeze River Gorge.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 7: Axum, Yeha

    After breakfast, we will visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, we have an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 8: Axum, Hauzien

    In the morning, we drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountainous of Adwa.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 9: Hauzien

    Today, you will explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches and the beautiful surrounding mountains of the area.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 10: Hauzien, Mekele

    In the morning, we drive to Mekele enroute visiting some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, and Dugum Selassie.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 11: Mekele, Lalibela

    After breakfast, we drive north to Lalibela through Sekota. Enroute you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 12: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

    In the morning, we visit the first group of rock-hewn churches built from the 12th century. In the afternoon, we continue visiting the rock-hewn churches in the second group.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 13: Lalibela, Asheten Mariam

    In the morning, we take a mule ride and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery.
    O/N: Hotel

    Day 14: Lalibela, Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, we transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. For the rest of the day, we take a city tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, and Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 15: Addis Ababa, Diredawa, Harar

    In the morning, we fly to Diredawa and continue driving to Harar. For the rest of the day, we visit the ancient city.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 16: Full day in Harar

    In the morning, we visit the colorful open-air African markets and walk around the ancient city. After lunch, we visit the Hadere villages.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 17: Harar, Awash National Park, Nazreth

    In the morning, we drive to Nazreth through Awash National Park.
    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 18: Nazreth, Debre Zeit, Addis Ababa

    In the morning, we drive to Addis Ababa through the crater lakes of Debre Zeit. The rest of the day is left for shopping and preparation for the flight back.

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    This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes on the African continent. Being isolated from the fast-moving world for thousands of years because of its remote location, the Omo Valley is truly a haven for anthropologists and photographers looking for a unique photographic opportunity in a lesser-known and rarely photographed region.

    This photographic expedition will take you on the east and west side of the Omo River. On this photo trip, you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Karo, and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend a couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning about their lifestyle, attending ceremonies and rituals, and taking photos. There will be enough time with good light at different days to photograph their day-to-day activities when they do their body and face paintings, herd their cattle, farm, and more. 

    Trip Highlights

    • Visit and photograph the most remote and authentic tribes in Africa
    • Meet the Suri, maybe the most exotic tribe in the Omo Valley with their colorful body and face painting and clay lip plates
    • See the daily life of the tribes
    • Witness the rituals and traditions of the tribes
    • Visit colorful markets in different villages
    • Enjoy the amazing landscape, nature, and birdlife of the Ethiopian Rift Valley
    • Meet your ancestor Lucy at the National Museum in Addis Ababa

    Tour Guide

    This tour will be led by our experienced, friendly guides who have led many photography tours to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well, and they will guide you for the best time and place to be there. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture, and how to interact with them.

    Our Drivers

    Our drivers are well trained and well travelled in the challenging Omo Valley area. They know the terrain and all the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many travelers who have traveled with them for long periods of time.

    Transportation

    On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s for the most part. There will be one domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch (not included) and one charter flight from Mizan to Addis (included).

    Accommodation

    On this trip, you will be staying in a 4-star hotel in Addis Ababa and the best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will have a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tents, which will be set up and awaiting us when we arrive. We also have cooks for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge batteries as well as mobile showers and toilets in the mobile-tented camp.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfered to the Golden Tulip Hotel. 

    Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level. It is the 5th highest capital city in the world. The city enjoys an excellent climate year-round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

    For the rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting you.

    Overnight: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Abab

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Arba Minch

    We will have a nice breakfast in the morning then a pre-tour briefing when we will share all the necessary information for the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.

    After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa airport for our 40-minute flight to Arba Minch.

    Upon arrival at Arba Minch airport, you will meet with your drivers and drive north to the mountain village of Chencha, located on the southwestern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, which runs north to south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped and bamboo-woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen anywhere in Africa.

    Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is an ideal way to ease into the authentic tribal experience awaiting us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arba Minch enjoying the beautiful view of the sunset as we pass through hundreds of cattle herds as they return from a day of grazing in the fields.

    Overnight: Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch

    Days 3–5: Konso, Turmi

    After breakfast, we will continue driving further southwest to the Omo Valley. As we drive from Arba Minch to Turmi, you will see many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.

    Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Kara, the Mursi, and the Hamer — all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any materials, culture, and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Dassanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shores of the Omo River. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya, and southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Kara, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo the others.

    Our last destination for today is Turmi village, home to the beautiful nomadic Hamer tribe living beside the Keske River. The Hamer display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, custom of elaborate beads, cowries, and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamar women are striking with their beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit a Hamer village with good light for photography.

    For the next 3 nights, we will be based here at Turmi village, the center of the Hamer tribe and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including the Evangadi dance and bull jumping ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. This base allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will also visit the Abore and Dassanech tribes.

    Overnight: Buska Lodge

    Days 68: Kara, Dus

    This morning, we will have a chance for one final photoshoot with the Hamer before our drive to the Kara tribe, who reside on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body and face painting, which they practice on a daily basis. Before their rituals and dances, they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using various-colored soil, minerals, plant pigments, flowers, white chalk, and black charcoal. Men are decorated with red clay hair buns they have prepared for days.

    For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Kara and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals and following them as they herd their cattle and farm.

    Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of the Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next 3 days. This will allow us to get to know the Kara tribe better.

    Overnight: Mobile Camping, Dus

    Days 912: Dus, Kibish, the Exotic Suri Tribes

    Today, we start our day very early as we prepare to depart for the real adventure awaiting on the other side of the Omo River in the Land of the Suri. After breakfast, we drive to the other side of the Omo River to Kibish, home of the exotic Suri tribes. ‘Exotic’ finds true meaning here.

    The Suri tribes are nomadic pastoralists and the men live in the cattle camps. They live on drinking raw blood and milk from  live cows. During our stay at Kibish, we will visit cattle camps and witness rituals and cultural activities at different villages. There will definitely be many great photographic opportunities and a chance to interact with the tribes.

    We will set up our mobile camp at Kibish, very close to the villages we will be visiting the following days. After a snack and when it is cooler, we will walk to the Kibish River where we will find the Suri tribes along the river. This will be a wonderful  opportunity to photography the tribe in their daily activity in good light.

    Here we will have another 3 full days to explore the Suri tribes. The Suri are one of the most attractive and decorative tribes in the whole of Africa. They paint their body in colorful detail and make various headpieces from wildflowers other natural ingredients. The women wear a lip plate made of clay. The bigger the plate, the more beautiful the woman is considered to be. The art on the body and the scarification are created with thorns from trees and razor blades. You can’t help but feel that you are transported thousands of years back in time and witnessing an ancient tradition unchanged to this date isolated from the fast changing world.

    In this captivating region, you will be privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolism that remains an integral part of everyday life.

    Overnight: Mobile Camping, Kibish

    Day 13: Kibish, Mizan, Addis Ababa, Charter Flight

    In the morning, we will drive to Mizan to catch our private charter flight to Addis Ababa. The charter flight will save us 2 long days of driving. Upon arrival, we will meet our driver for the drive to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and to freshen up.

    In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country — the perfect ending to your trip! After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.

    Rate per person in USD

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    Rate per person: on request
    Single Supplement: on request

    Group Size: 4–8

    Extra Night in Addis Ababa
    In double: 125.00 per person
    In single: 145.00

     

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    Included

    • Roundtrip as per program
    • Transport in 4x4 with AC
    • All necessary transfers
    • 6 nights in hotels and lodges (4-star hotel in Addis Ababa)
    • 6 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
    • All meals in the south (breakfast only in Addis Ababa)
    • All entrance fees
    • English-speaking, qualified tour guide
    • Farewell dinner (flight schedule permitting)
    • Taxes
    • Photo fees

    Not Included

    • Visa fee
    • Tips
    • Meals in Addis Ababa (breakfast only)
    • Personal expenses
    • Domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch

    Duration of the Tour

    Depending on your flight schedule, an additional night in Addis Ababa may be necessary.

    Call: +0251-116-183163 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

     

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    This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes on the African continent.

    These photographic expeditions will take you on the east side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Kara, and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend a couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their lifestyle, attending ceremonies and rituals, and taking photos. There will be enough time with good light on different days to photograph their day-to-day activities, their body and face painting, herding of cattle, farming, and more.

    Being isolated from the fast-moving world because of its remote location for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a haven for anthropologists and photographers looking for a unique photographic opportunity to a lesser-known and seldom-photographed region. 

    Tour Guide

    This tour will be led by our experienced, friendly guides who have led many photography tours to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well, and they will guide you for the best time and place to be there. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture, and how to interact with them.

    Our Drivers

    Our drivers are well trained and well travelled in the challenging Omo Valley area. They know all the terrain and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many travelers who have traveled with them for long periods of time.

    Transportation

    On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s for the most part. There will be one domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch

    Accommodation 

    On this trip, you will be staying in a 4-star hotel in Addis Ababa and the best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will have a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tents, which will be set up and awaiting us when we arrive. We also have cooks for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge batteries as well as mobile showers and toilets in the mobile-tented camp.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfered to Golden Tulip Hotel.

    Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level. It is the 5th highest capital city in the world. The city enjoys an excellent climate year-round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

    The rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting you.

    Overnight: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Arba Minch

    We will have a nice breakfast in the morning then a pre-tour briefing when we will share all the necessary information for the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.

    After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa airport for our 40-minute flight to Arba Minch.

    Upon arrival at Arba Minch airport, you will meet with your drivers and drive north to the mountain village of Chencha, located on the southwestern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, which runs north to south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped and bamboo-woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen anywhere in Africa.

    Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is an ideal way to ease into the authentic tribal experience awaiting us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arba Minch enjoying the beautiful view of the sunset as we pass through hundreds of cattle herds as they return from a day of grazing in the fields.

    Overnight: Paradise Lodge, Arbaminch (Meals: B, L, D)

    Days 3–5: Arba Minch, Turmi

    After breakfast, we will continue driving further southwest to the Omo Valley. As we drive from Arba Minch to Turmi, you will see many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.

    Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Kara, the Mursi, and the Hamer — all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any materials, culture, and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Dassanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shores of the Omo River. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya, and southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Kara, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo the others.

    Our last destination for today is Turmi village, home to the beautiful nomadic Hamer tribe living beside the Keske River. The Hamer display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, custom of elaborate beads, cowries, and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamar women are striking with their beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit a Hamer village with good light for photography.

    For the next 3 nights, we will be based here at Turmi village, the center of the Hamer tribe and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including the Evangadi dance and bull jumping ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. This base allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will also visit the Abore and Dassanech tribes. 

    Overnight: Buska Lodge (Meals: B, L, D)

    Days 6–9: Kara, Dus

    This morning, we will have a chance for one final photoshoot with the Hamer before our drive to the Kara tribe, who reside on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body and face painting, which they practice on a daily basis. Before their rituals and dances, they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using various-colored soil, minerals, plant pigments, flowers, white chalk, and black charcoal. Men are decorated with red clay hair buns they have prepared for days.

    For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Kara and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals and following them as they herd their cattle and farm.

    Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of the Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next 3 days. This will allow us to get to know the Kara tribe better.

    Overnight: Mobile Camping (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 9: Dus, Konso

    Today we leave this exceptional region to go to Konso. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terraces (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and unusual engraved wooden statues of grave markers. The villages are protected with huge stone walls. (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 10: Konso, Langano

    After breakfast, we drive north to beautiful Lake Langano. On the way, we will stop at different villages. Later in the afternoon, you can relax on the beach (bilharzia free) and enjoy the birds at the lake. (Meals: B, L, D)

    Day 11: Langano, Addis Ababa

    The morning is free for leisure. After lunch, we drive back to Addis Ababa. Depending on the flight schedule, a farewell dinner with local specialties and cultural dances can be organized. Transfer to airport. End of tour. (Meals: B, L, D)

    B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

    Rates on request

    Group size: 4–8

     

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    Included

    • Roundtrip as per program
    • Transport in a 4x4 with AC
    • All necessary transfers
    • 7 nights accommodation in good hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis Ababa) in double rooms
    • 3 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
    • All meals as stated in the program
    • All entrance fees
    • English-speaking, qualified national tour guide
    • Farewell dinner (flight schedule permitting)
    • Taxes
    • Photo fees

    Not Included

    • Visa fees
    • Tips
    • Meals not stated in the program
    • All expenses of a personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
    • Domestic flights

    Tour Duration

    The tour duration shown above begins and ends in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the duration of the holiday may be longer with flights, and an additional night in Addis Ababa may be necessary.

    Call +0251-116-183163 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

     

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