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30 Day Surma & Omo Valley Tribal Visits & Bale Mountain NP Trekking Itinerary

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Lungo Local Tour Ethiopia 

Summary: Cultural tribal visits in Omo Valley/Bale Mountain NP trekking

Duration: 30 days 29 nights

Day 1 Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Lungo local tour representative 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.

Day 2
We drive to Jimma passing through Wolkite, observing the Gurage ethnic group and the Gelgel Gibe Dam enroute. Overnight in Jimma hotel or lodge.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

We drive to Tulgit, passing through more coffee and tea plantations. We also pass through the Dima village. Overnight camp at Tulgit.

Day 5

Together with lungo We drive to Kibish observing the Surma tribes. Overnight camp at Kibish,

Day 6

Today we start trekking. Our organized and efficient staff make your mules ready for the long trekking days ahead. Overnight camp.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

Together with lungo 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

Day 11

We drive to Turmi passing through the Karo tribes and the Murulle village, We also visit the Hammer tribe. Overnight  camp.

Day 12

After breakfast we proceed to the Karo village of Korcho, with a stunning location looking over the Omo River.  The Karo people, while the smallest tribe of the Omo Valley in number, are also known to be the most decorated.  After the visit, return to Turmi for another opportunity to see Jumping of the Bulls.  Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or lodge).

Day 13 

In the morning, 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 Jumping of the Bulls (a traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony that will be visited).  Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or lodge).

Day 14

Early morning drive to Ginka through Key Afar. We attend the colorful Thursday market in Keyafer, Tuesday market Alduba (Demeka) and Monday market in Turmi. On the way, you will visit the Bena and Ari tribes after having lunch. Overnight in  Ginka hotel or lodge.

Day 15

After breakfast together with lungo 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.

Day 16
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.

Day 17
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.

Day 18

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.

Day 19

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.

Day 20

Together with lungo Drive from Awassa to the Bale Mountains National Park.  Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike. We hope to spot two endemic mammals that frequent the area:  Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala.  Birds in this area include; the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.   Overnight camping near park entrance.

Day 21

We begin our trek to Sodota. Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 6-7 hours. Camping at Sodota.

Day 22

Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.  Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance of seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 5-6 hours of trekking. Camping at Wasama.

Day 23

Trek to Gebre Gurracha. Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 6-7 hours. Camping at Gebre Gurracha.

Day 24

Take a short trek to Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Dodola.  Overnight at hotel or lodge.

Day 25

After breakfast, together with lungo we will drive to Langano on the way visit abjata and shala park then to refresh our body by swimming and relaxing at Lake Langano. Overnight lodge or hotel.

Day 26

We will continue to relax on the shore of Lake Langano. Overnight lodge or hotel

Day 27

Drive to Addis Ababa. On the way, we will visit Lake Zeway for its bird species and fish products. Lunch stop in Mojo. You will arrive in Addis Ababa after visiting the Crater lakes in Debre Zeit. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa.

Day 28

We begin our sightseeing of Addis with a drive up to Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis. Descend down and drive to the National Museum where you will have a chance to see the ‘Lucy’ fossil. Visit and proceed to the Holy Trinity Church built during the WWII. Then proceed to Ethnographic museum, which used to be the palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. Our last stop will be the merkato, the biggest market in East Africa. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa.

Day 29

Full day shopping in merkato

Day 30

Together with lungo This is the last day prior to your departure. You can have time on your own for shopping or relaxing in the hotel. We will have a farewell dinner together before transferring you to the airport for your flight home.


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 contact 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.

We suggest a walking tour if you are interested in social life, living conditions, problems, development projects, politics and the many an told stories of the tribal people. That would allow you time to visit with families and observe their daily- life activities. It is good way to experience real life in Ethiopia.

The above itineray is an ideal normal touristic tout. But there will be many more things to do and place to visit. We prefer not to list them all here. That way we can keep your interests and desires as the focal point for the final itinerary. Possibly, the unwritten part of our trip will be the best part of all.

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People to meet

Views to gaze

Stories to hear

Culture to attend and life to experience

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Posted on

May 29, 2019