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Visit markets and explore villages of the Arbore, Karo, Hamar, Daasanach, Tsemay, Mursi, Konso, the Suri, Dorse, Bena and Ari people. A fascinating trip of discovery with some of Africa’s most ancient tribes.

  • Addis Ababa
  • Arba Minch
  • Jinka, Turmi
  • Mago, Mursi,
  • Omorate, Hamer
  • Tiya, Melka Kontre

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The Konso VillageThe Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. Lovely walled village. Properly lived in and meet genuine feeling inhabitants. Lots of walled alleys to wander down and where locals respect space and photos of village included in entry price. Buy handicrafts at reasonable prices. Friendly people.
Hamer VillageThe 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 will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
Melka Kunture Pre-Historic SiteSituated on the south face of the Awash River Gorge opposite Melka Awash, it’s regarded to be one of the most important Stone Age sites in Ethiopia. This site is best known for the numerous Stone-Age artifacts that have been unearthed along the river including a variety of cleavers, hand-axes, and other tools made from basalt and other hard rocks. The site has also proved to be an important source of fossils of extinct mammals.
Tiya Archaeological SiteListed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stelae field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m. Experience the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stelae 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 cleavers n 18 – 30 and buried in fetal positions.

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Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.

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”.

Overnight at Jupiter Hotel Addis Ababa.

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Day 2: Addis Ababa | Arba minch

Morning drive south of Addis Ababa through the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley to Arba minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.

After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the different towns and villages like Shasemene, Welyita at Sodo and Alaba at Tembaro.

 Overnight at Paradise Lodge – Arba minch. LDBB  

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Day 3 : Arba Minch | Konso | Jinka

After an early breakfast, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo (Crocodile Market) 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. Proceed to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso, Tsemay, Ari and Bena.

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 at Eco Omo Lodge – Jinka. LDBB


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Day 4 : Jinka | Margo | Mursi | Turmi

Early breakfast and depart 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 women can wear, the greater her value when she get married. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and drive to Turmi. 

Overnight at Buska/Turmi Lodge – Turmi. LDBB


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Day 5: Turmi | Omorate | Turmi

In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Dassenech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. The Dassenech 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 will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing)

Overnight at Buska/Turmi Lodge – Turmi. LDBB


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Day 6 : Turmi | Arba minch

After breakfast drive back to Arba minch 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.

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Day 7 : Arba Minch | Melka Kunture | Tiya | Adadi Mariam | Addis Ababa & Depart

In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa; en route visit the Melka Kunture, Adadi Mariam and Tiya Stelae.

After visiting the Melka Kontre Archeological site, drive to Mariam rock-hewn church. Proceed further south you will stop at Tiya, where you will see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stelae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stelae field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m.

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!


  • Visit the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.
  • Boat cruise over Lake Chamo (Crocodile Market) 
  • Visit different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso, Tsemay, Ari and Bena.
  • Visit the Mursi are best known for their unique item of decoration, lip plates.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Francisco International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Transfers Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Visa fees
Guide gratuity