Addis Ababa – Jimma, 354 km—7 hours
Today we leave Addis Ababa to the west. We will travel through a fertile area where the Gurage people live. They are known as very hardworking. The scenic highlight of the day will be the spectacular gorge of the Gibe and Omo rivers. Overnight hotel.
Jimma – Mizan Teferi, 224 km—6 hours
The landscape after Jimma is lush and green. We will travel through the ancient Kingdom of Kaffa. This is the home of coffee. The Kafficho people live in this area. Near Wushwush we find one of the largest tea plantations of Ethiopia. Approaching Mizan Teferi, we enter the area where the Bench people are living. Overnight hotel.
Mizan Teferi – Tulgit, 160 km
From Mizan Teferi it is not too far to Bebeke, where we find the largest coffee plantation of Ethiopia. We traverse the homeland of the Bench, Sheko and Dizi people. Finally, we reach Suri country. Near Dima live a few Anuak people, who originally came here as refugees from Sudan. The landscape is at first lush and green, but later this day we leave the forest behind and descend to the African savanna. Overnight camping.
Tulgit – Kibish, 20 km
The program for the next days are flexible. We can hike to Kibish, meeting Suri people and visiting their villages on the way. We can also make shorter walks and drive to Kibish. The Suri people are related to the Mursi people from the other side of the Omo River. And, like them, are well known for the women wearing lip plates. Overnight camping.
Today we explore more of the Kibish area. If the roads are fine, we might travel south to try to find the nomadic Nyangatom people. When we are lucky, we might witness a Suri stick fighting competition. To do that, we may need to make adjustments to our tour. Overnight camping.
Kibish – Tum, 55 km
We drive back to Tulgit and branch east to reach Tum, home of the Dizi people. Overnight camping.
We drive south in the Omo Valley to visit the Surma people in Yangotom village. Overnight in Yangotom.
Yangatom to Turmi
We take a morning drive to Murele to visit the village of the Karo people. The Karo people put clay paintings on their faces and body. They live on the top plain and in the vicinity of the Omo River.
We will cross the famous Omo River by boat to visit Kangatan, a home of the Bumi people. We return to Turmi for the evening. Overnight at Buska Lodge.
Turmi to Omorate
We take a morning drive to Omorate to visit the Dasenech\Galeb tribes across the Omo River. The Dasenech tribe lives in small huts on a flat plain above the river and is one of the most interesting tribes of the Omo Valley.
If today is Saturday, we will have a chance to visit the Dimeka Market, which the Hamer and Karo tribal people attend. In the afternoon, we visit a Hamer village. We may experience the ceremony of “Bull Jumping.” It usually lasts half a day and begins with the ritual ceremony of boys whipping the backs of girls in their family with sticks. Overnight at Buska Lodge.
Turmi to Jinka
In the afternoon, we drive to visit the Mursi tribe, a minority people living in the Lower Omo Valley. The Mursi tribe is well known for their clay lip-plates. After harvesting season (November-January), you may see “Donga” stick fighting.
A drive from Jinka to Mago then to Mursi village and back is some of the most beautiful scenery in the area due to high hills, mountains, and white grass plains. Overnight hotel.
Jinka to Arba Minch
We drive to Arba Minch via Konso and Woyto to visit the pastoral Konso tribal people. Konso is one of the world heritage sites recorded by UNESCO due to its wonderful stone terracing to protect soil from erosion. The Konso tribal people are the most hardworking people in the region.
Woyto is the territory of the semi-nomadic Tsemay tribal people. We will stop there for a tea or coffee break. We will have another stopover at Arebore to visit the tribal people who are semi-nomadic pastoralists. They are known for their different dressing style.
On this same day, we visit a geological formation near a Konso village. It looks like a set of beautiful skyscrapers and is named New York. Its local name is Gesergio. Overnight in Arba Minch.
Arba Minch to Dorze
We will make a morning visit to Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base of it becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.
Next, we drive to Nechisar National Park in the hope of seeing; zebras, Swain’s hartebeests, Greater kudu, gazelle, Secretary bird, etc. From the top of the Arba Minch National Parks plain, we will have a closer view of Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya.
We then make a boat trip on Lake Chamo in order to visit giant crocodiles and hippos. Overnight in Arba Minch.
Arba Minch to Langano
After breakfast, we drive to Lake Langano. On the way, we will visit the Senkellle Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established to protect the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest. Overnight in Langano.
Langano to Debre Zeyit
After a morning swim in the lake, we depart north to Addis Ababa. On the way, we may visit the Abiata-Shala Lakes National Park. at 236 meters, Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters, is the deepest lake in Ethiopia. Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year. Overnight in Debre Zeyit.
Debre Zeyit to Addis Ababa
The last day of your visit to Ethiopia brings us back to Addis Ababa. A hotel room for day-use is available in Addis. We say goodbye to dear friends with a visit to a cultural restaurant. We will enjoy the great Ethiopian food together with traditional music and dance from all over our fascinating country. After dinner, we take you to the airport for your flight back home.