Lungo Local Tour Ethiopia
Summary: Omo Valley Tribal/Trekking
Duration: 20 days 19 nights
Day 1 Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. If your arrival time allows it and you are rested enough, we will offer you a city tour. Otherwise, the city tour will be offered at the end of the tour. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa.
We drive to Jimma passing through Wolkite, observing the Gurage ethnic group and the Gelgel Gibe Dam enroute. Overnight in Jimma hotel or lodge.
Morning drive to Mizan Teferri, visiting the coffee and tea plantations and the densely forested paths. Here is the area that the Banchi people are found. Overnight hotel or lodge in Milan Teferri.
We drive to Tulgit, passing through more coffee and tea plantations. We also pass through the Dima village. Overnight camp at Tulgit.
We drive to Kibish 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.
This day after breakfast we will be driving to Debre Ziet. On the way, you will see Abyata Shala National Park where hopefully there will be birds, antelope and ostriches. We then drive to Debre Ziet for leisure time where you will have a spa visit and/or some water activities such as kayaking at one of the resorts of Debre Ziet. Overnight Debre Ziet hotel or lodge.
We return to Addis Ababa. Depending on your flight time, you will have an opportunity to shop or sightsee. We will also offer you a farewell dinner before transferring 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.