Southern Ethiopian Tribal Village Tour — 7-Day Itinerary
The following itinerary is an ideal normal tourist route. But there will be many more things to do and places 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.
Depart south from Addis Ababa via the town of Butajira. On the way, we will visit the rock-hewn church of Adadi Maryam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We then continue driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.
We will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If we are there on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, we will visit the markets in either Dorze or nearby Chencha. We will overnight In a traditional family hut with shared toilet facilities in Dorze. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner (BLD) are included).
As we drive from Dorze to Turmi, we will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemay tribe. We continue through the Weyto Valley to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe.
Afterwards, we return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is a jumping of the bulls event — a traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony—that will be visited. At night, we can see evangadi, a traditional courtship dance of the Hamer tribe. We overnight in Turmi in a Hamer village. (BLD)
In the morning, we will drink coffee together with my family. Next, we drive to Omorate to visit the Dassanach tribe. Here we will cross the Omo River by local boat to enter the village. We will camp overnight in the village. (BLD)
Morning drive to Koricho, the beautifully settled village of the Karo people on the banks of the Omo River.
The Karo are considered the masters of body painting. They decorate their bodies with chalk paint, often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl.
Next we go to the village of Duz. We will take a short walk through the local fields to visit another Karo village. We will camp overnight in Duz. (BLD)
We drive to Mursi via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area. It is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo.
Afterwards, we continue to Jinka. We then drive through the Mago National Park to a Mursi tribal village. The Mursi are known for their lower-lip and earlobe plates. We camp overnight in Mursi village. (BLD)
After breakfast, we depart to Arba Minch, via Key Afar and Konso. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemay tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region.
After the visit, we proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). The Konso people are known for their wakas —wooden statues erected in honor of dead heroes. They are also recognized for their innovative agricultural terracing
If we have time, we will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and its cultural display of many waka statues. We overnight in a camp, hotel or lodge in Arba Minch.
Arba Minch-Addis Ababa
Early in the morning, we depart from Arba Minch for a full day’s drive to Addis Ababa. We overnight in a hotel. (BLD)