Omo Valley “the unique wilderness” - 7 days
- Tour Type: Cultural Tour
- Limited To: 12 Guests only
- Duration: 7 Days
- Price: From USD: 1.772,-
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 whom 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.
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.
You can book this tour on any date as an individual journey!
Depending on the category you booked on this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 or 3 star hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in good hotels or in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.
This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife. Your guide also will check if there is a colourful market in the area.
Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.
On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.
*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Axum to Lalibela and then to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Jupiter Hotel (4 Star).
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all 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".
A half day city tour is included in the rate. You visit the National Museum (Lucy), one of the churches in Addis, the Merkato and enjoy the view from the Entoto Mountain.
Overnight: Hotel Jupiter Bole
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch-Tia Stele (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (B-D)
In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through though Butajira en While driving further south you will stop at Tiya, where you will see the southern-most example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stele which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These steles are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 - 30 and buried in fetal positions. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stele field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m.
After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the different small villages Welyita at Sodo and Alaba at Tembaro.
Overnight: Paradise Lodge
Day 3: Arbaminch-Jinka (B-Picnic Lunch-D)
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso, Tsemai, and Ari.
The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. Between Konso and Jinka, will also have brief stops to visit the different cultural people and their villages like: Tsemay around Weito River, the Benna at Keyafer and the Ari at Kako Village.
Overnight: Omo Eco-Jinka. (Meal: B/L/D)
Day 4: Jinka-Mago-Mursi-Turmi (B-Picnic Lunch-D)
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. The Mursi are best known for their unique item of decoration, lip plates. Women of Mursi wear circular clay plate on their lower lip and the bigger a woman can wear, the greater her value when she gets married.
After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and drive to Turmi.
Overnight: Buska Lodge
Day 5: Turmi-Omorate (B-Picnic Lunch-D)
In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. The Desanech are nomadic pastoralists found across the western bank of the Omo River south of Lake Turkana very close to the Kenyan boarder.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Hamer Village. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. At the same village we might enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
Overnight: Buska Lodge
Day 6: Turmi-Arbaminch (B-D)
In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.
In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles. Hippopotamus and many beautiful aquatic birds including the lovely Kingfisher and African Fish Eagle are also easily seen.
Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arbaminch
Day 7: Arbaminch –Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)
In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the different small towns like Shashemene where Rastafarian lives, Ziway and one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes Ziway.
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.
At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back home. End of tour!
B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner
Rates are per person in USD
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Rate per person: 1.772,-
Single suppl.: 243,-
Group size: max. 12
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- roundtrip as per program
- transport in mini- or coaster bus with AC
- all necessary transfers
- 9 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
- all meals as stated in the program
- all entrance fees
- boattrip on Lake Tana
- English speaking, qualified national tour guide
- farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
- visa fees
- meals not stated in the program
- all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
- domestic flights
The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.