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Tribal Tour and Safari to Ethiopian Great Rift Valley and Omo Valley 10 days

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  • Trip Type Tribal Tour
  • Tour Code GHET-058
  • Private Journey
  • 10 Days
  • In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.

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 Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of who have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, 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 his fellows.

Trip highlights

  • Meet plenty ethnic groups
  • Experience the natural beauty of the country
  • Stunning savannah plains
  • Witness elaborately terraced hillsides
  • Enjoy the ample culture 
  • Elaborate hairstyles and personal adornment
  • Colorful different African Markets 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

In the morning, drive to Arbaminch through the Great Ethiopia Rift Valley.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

In the morning, game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi

After an early breakfast, drive to Jinka en-route visiting different tribes and their villages.
O/N: camping or lodge.

Day 05: Turmi-Omorate

In the cool morning, drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
O/N: camping or lodge.

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

In the morning, drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. The Mursi, undoubtedly the most celebrated residents of South Omo are distinctive group of pastoralists.
Overnight: Jinka Resort Hotel-Jinka.

Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Arbaminch-Chencha-Langano

After breakfast, drive north to Langano en-route visiting different villages and some of the most beautiful Rift Valley Lakes.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Langano-Addis Ababa-Departure

After spending part of the morning time to relax around the lake we will continue driving to Addis Ababa with brief stops at different towns like Mojo and Debrezeit. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa.

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

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