Lungo Local Tour Ethiopia
Summary: Tribal Culture and Trekking in Omo Valley
Duration: 19 days 18 nights
Day 1 Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The city tour in Addis Ababa depends on the guest’s arrival time. If you arrive too late for a tour that day, we will have it at the end of your tour. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa.
Drive to Jimma passing through Wolkite and observing the Gurage ethnic group and the Gelgel Gibe Dam enroute. Overnight hotel or lodge in Jimma.
Morning drive to Mizan Teferri, visiting the coffee plantation and the densely forested paths. Here is the area where the
Banchi people are found. Overnight at hotel or lodge.
Drive to Tulgit, passing via the coffee and tea plantations and the Dima village. Overnight camp at Tulgit.
Observing the Surma tribes. Overnight camp at Kibish.
Today we start trekking. Our organized and efficient staff make your mules ready for the long trekking days ahead. Overnight camp.
Trek to Magolagne where we can taste the powerful natural mineral water. Next we trek on to Kolu (the whole trip takes eight to nine hours). Overnight camp at Kolu.
Trek to Yella which is situated on a hill top. From here the panoramic view of the Omo National Park can be seen. The trekking
duration on this day is eight to nine hours. Overnight camp.
Today we trek to the Omo National Park head quarters (it takes three to four hours). We hope to observe a variety of animals here. Overnight camp.
We drive to the Omo River, hopefully passing animals on the way. We cross the river by canoe. Once we leave the river, we will be met by our drivers. From there, we drive to the Mago National Camp to camp for the night
We drive to Turmi passing through the Karo tribes and the Murulle village, We also visit the Hammer tribe. Overnight camp.
In the morning, we take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech
tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a
Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day)
for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is a Jumping of the
Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited.
Overnight in Turmi. Overnight camping, basic hotel or lodge.
After breakfast we will drive to Mago National Park to see the tribes of Mursi. Later, we will return to the town of Jinka and you will see the villages of the Ari tribes and also have a chance to see weaving and pottery. Overnight lodge or hotel in Ginka.
After breakfast, depart from Ginka to Aribrei. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home
to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). Overnight camp.
Early in the morning, we drive to Konso. We will have a breakfast and then visit the Konso people to see the amazing villages of those hard working tribes. We will see the landscapes and terracing, which is recognized by UNESCO. Later, we will visit the village of Konso and the New York land formation. Overnight in Konso.
We drive to Arba Minch to take a boat ride on Lake Chamo
to see the crocodile markets, the hippos and a variety of lake birds. After lunch at Arba Minch, we then drive to Dorze village to see the amazing cultural houses of those tribes. You will have a chance to observe how the tribe makes it food from the so-called false banana tree. In the evening, the tribal people will be gathering in one place to show their cultural dance. You will have a dinner and stay the night in a Dorze lodge or an Arba Minch hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive to the lakeside town of Awasa. On the way, we will be stop at the Rastafarian village of Jamica. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Awassa. Overnight Awasa.
After breakfast, we visit fish markets near Amora Gedel and you will have a boat ride at Lake Awassa to hopefully see different species of birds, along with hippos and alligators. After lunch, we will be driving to the crater lake of Langano and you will have a chance of swimming near
the lake. Overnight Langano lodge or hotel.
Drive to Addis. Depending on your flight time, you will have the chance to shop and/or see local attractions in Addis Ababa. We will also have a farewell dinner before we transfer you to the airport.
The itinerary for the Omo Valley is highly flexible. Local markets are held on specific days. In order to attend the colourful markets, we will have to be there on those days. But there are no specific days for ceremonies or festivals. We have contacts in all of the Omo Valley villages. IF something IS to happen in one village, we will put our planned itinerary aside and drive to another village to be a part of the event.