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Cultural Tour

Cultural tour in the South circuit

To anthropologists, South Omo is not far from being the proverbial ‘ Living Museum – a museum whose inhabitants seem intent on rituals and decorations. Body scarring, lip piercing and plating, bull jumping – in different parts of South Omo these are all the way of life. Visiting the ethnic groups of the south Omo is like experiencing a living ethnographic museum. The most famous are HAMMER, KARO& MURSI, renewed for their hair style, body decorations and clay lip-plate respectively.

While visiting the villages of the lower Omo valley, please try to coincide the date with at least one market day from the whole trip.

LOWER OMO VALLEY, YABELLO, BALE MOUNTAIN for 14D/13N

DAY 1 – ADDIS ABABA – TIYA – HOSSANA – ARBAMINCH 

On arrival at Bole International airport, you will be met by our company representative and after short stay, you will head South out of Addis Ababa where you will be visiting the UNESCO registered Tiyastele, and MelkaQunture archeological site. Precede driving South West to Arbaminch, en route visiting further ahead the colorfully decorated grass-thatched roofs of the Oromo tribe around HalabaKulito with the surrounding attractive landscape. Overnight stayhotel.

DAY 2 – ARBAMINCH – ARBAMINCH    

After breakfast drive to lack Chamo for boat trip highly contained with aquatic habitats mainly of crocodiles (the biggest in Africa with length over 7m), birds and Hippos which is accompanied by crocodile market.

Get back to Arbaminch and after having lunch drive to Dorze village to visit the colorful Dorze's small market, their handcrafts, their elephant like huts made from bamboo with many rooms inside and cultural settings. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 3 – ARBAMINCH – KONSO – JINKA

Early morning after breakfast you will be heading South to Jinka. En-route visit Karat, home to the Konso tribe, registered as the 9th UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2011. You will visit a village and the panoramic view of the landscape. The Konso Community is much known for their terraced farm fields and notable farming skills, have nine-clan community structure and last but not least ‘Waka’ - wooden totems symbolically placed as grave markers for warriors and respectable community members.

Late afternoon you will be proceeding south into the Lower Omo Valley. Roughly 40kms out of Karat Konso, you will come across the scenic Weito lowlands where you will visit the Tsemai tribe, natives of Weito and its close surroundings. Proceeding further and arriving Jinka. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 4 – JINKA – MAGO NATIONAL PARK –JINKA

At 07:30AM, you will be heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe famous for their lip and plating. Proceeding into the lowlands of the Park with the scenery to be well admired, you will visit a local Mursi village. En route, you may come across a bit of wildlife. After noon returning back to Jinka, you will have a visit of the South Omo Research Center, an opportunity that will give you a detailed insight into the various tribes of the Lower Omo Valley.Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 5 – JINKA –KEY AFER –TURMI

Late morning, you will be heading to Turmi a place for the Hammer tribe en-route visit a very colorful nomadic market called Key Afer Market that attracts neighboring tribes in the area – the Ari tribe from Jinka, the Tsemais from Weito, the local Benas and the Hamers from Dimeka area. But the day must be Thursday

Attending to this market will allow you to compare the dressing patterns, ornamentation techniques etc. of the various tribes in the area. Mid-afternoon, you will be proceeding to Turmi. Overnight stay hotel.

 DAY 6 – TURMI – KORCHO - TURMI

At 8:00AM, you will be heading to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe who settled around the banks of the Omo River, the Karo tribe is known for their body paintings, done for beautification purposes. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, a high ground view seeing off the Omoriver flowing down South into the Turkana Lake.

Early afternoon, you will be returning back to Turmi where you will be spending the rest of the afternoon visiting local Hamer tribal villages in the surrounding. Moreover If the day fits market day, you can visit the most beautiful market in Turmi where hammer women are seen decorated.

If the Bull Jumping and Evangadi dance ceremony of the Hammer tribe is also available in either of the days stayed in Turmi, you can enjoy. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 7 – TURMI – OMERATE - TURMI

You will have day excursion to Omerate home to the Dassenech tribe who are settled on the banks of the Omoriver too. You will have boat crossing in the Omo River with a wooden canoe boat and visit the Dassenech tribe. Late afternoon drive back to Turmi and visit some villages in Turmi.  Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 8 - TURMI - YABELLO  

Drive back to Yabello via Weitodezeret and en-route visit the Erboretribes  and the splendid panoramic views and terraced hills of Konso. After lunch drive to Yabello and meet the Borena/Oromo people.Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 9 – YABELLO – YABELLO    

Full day excursion to visit the singing wells in Dublock and a saline creator lake Ili Sod(Chew bet in  Amharic). Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 10 – YABELLO – HAWASSA    

Drive to Yirgalem, en-route visit Arabica coffee plantations, and coffee processing, as Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee. Also you will visit the Monolithic of Tutu Fand,TututiSteale fields.Overnight stayhotel.

DAY11–HAWASSA–WONDOGENET– BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Amdrive to Bale mountains enjoying the scenery. En-route you will be able to see Tilapia fishing and daily fish marketing by the locals as well as a variety of birdlife can be scanned in Hawassa Lake. Proceed driving and de-route to Wondo Genet enjoying the panoramic view of Wondogenet, interesting and breathe taking densely situated forests. Hiking to the forests and see various specious of birds and Columbus monkey. Enjoy the hot springs.

After arrival and check in Dinsho Lodge which is inside the park, you will have excursion around the Lodge to view different animals. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 12 – DINSHO – TULU DIMTU – GEBRE GURACHA - Goba

Am drive to Tulu Dimtu the 2nd highest place in Ethiopia and enjoy with the scenic view and have a visit of some animals and plants. Then proceed to Gebreguracha and have some excursion there. Finally in the late afternoon drive back to Goba.Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 13 – GOBA – HARENNA FOREST –LANGANO  

Early morning after breakfast drive to Harenna forest and enjoy with the densely situated Jungle. In the late afternoon drive back to Goba to proceed to langano Resort. Langano Lake with an area of 230m2 and 46mts depth, is the only lake which is free of Bilharzia. In the morning before departure, you can swim and scan different species of birds on the beach. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 14 – LANGANO – ADDIS ABABA

Am drive to Awash national park which is first national park in Ethiopia. en- route  visit Abjatashalla national park where Ostriches, lesser flamingo’s and Pelicans could be Scand. Nearby sightseeing Abijata lake(14m deep and is a feeding lake for birds) and Shala Lake(260m deep) separated only by 3 km strip of land.

Proceed driving to Addis Ababa en-route visit one of the creator lakes in Debrezeit. After arrival and have short rest in Addis Ababa transfer out for departure home.

 OPTION 2

OMO VALLEY CULTURAL TOUR 9D/8N BY SURFACE AND BOUT

DAY 1- ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA AND CITY TOUR

AM arrival Addis Ababa meet the guide and check in Hotel, this time make yourself acclimatized to the local weather. Then After lunch make an excursion in the capital city. Like national museums (home of Lucy), ethnographic Museum an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia’s rich ethnic diversity, and Trinity cathedral Church in Addis Ababa the largest and most revered of all the churches. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 2- ADDIS ABABA - ARBMINCH 

Drive to Arbaminch(means 40 springs in Amharic) via the rift valley. En-route sightseeing the beautiful landscape, crater lakes in Debrezeit and visit AbayataShala national park. Overnight stay hotel.

 DAY 3 – ARBAMINCH – ARBAMINCH

After breakfast and have lunch box with you, drive to lake Chamo (12 kms away from Arbaminch) highly contained with aquatic habitats mainly of crocodiles (the biggest in Africa with length over 7m), birds and Hippos which is accompanied by crocodile market. After long day excursion by boat on Lake Chamo and crossing to the Nechsar National park to see Zebras, and other big animals, you will get back to Arbaminch. Overnight stay hotel.

 DAY 4 – ARBAMINCH – KONSO 

Early morning after breakfast drive to Dorze village home for Dorze tribe, to visit the colourful Dorze small market, their handcrafts, and their elephant like huts made from bamboo, the different uses of fals banana and cultural settings.

Then precede drive to Karat home to Konso tribe.  Konso people are very famous on their traditional terracing system, their fascinating landscape, their totem poles, unique huts and their cultural settings. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 5 – KONSO - TURMI Better to be on Monday to see more colourful  nomadic markets.

Roughly 40kms out of Konso, you will come across the scenic Weito lowlands where you will visit the Tsemai tribe, natives of Weito village and visit Erbore tribe. Proceeding further via Erbore and arriving at Turmi village to explore the Hamer Monday market and hammer tribe who are specialists on Hair curling and dressing pattern of skins. Attend the Bull Jumping ceremony (a transition to adult hood) or Evangadi dance if any. Depends on its availability of the ceremony.Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 6- TURMI- KORCHO - ALDUBA –TURMI (if the day is Tuesday)

We will be heading to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe who have settled around the banks of the Omo River. The Karo tribe is known for their body paintings. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent.

Early afternoon, we will get back to Alduba Tuesday market where the Bena, Tsemay, and Hamer tribes are available for exchange. Overnight stay hotel.

 DAY 7 – TURMI – OMERATE - JINKA

You will have day excursion to Omerate home to the Dassenech tribe who are settled on the banks of the Omoriver too. You will have boat crossing in the Omo River with a wooden canoe boat. Late afternoon drive to Jinka with beautiful view over the landscape.Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 8 - JINKA – MURSI- KEY AFER- ARBAMINCH

At 07:30AM, you will be heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. Proceeding into the lowlands of the Park with the scenery to be well admired, you will visit a local Mursi village where you will see women with special Lip piercing and plating. The men also make skin scarification to indicate the number of killed wild animals or enemies killed in battle.

Then heading to Key Afer where you can have colourful biggest nomadic market with many tribes participate. Overnight stay hotel.

DAY 9 – ARBAMINCH  -  ADDIS ABABA

Drive to Addis Ababa via Wolayita and Butajira with a panoramic view of the landscape, en-route visit the UNESCO registered Tiyastele, and MelkaQunture archaeological sites. Arrival Addis Ababa late afternoon take a deep breath and just get relaxed, wrap up about the trip. Then you will have a complementary farewell dinner in one of the traditional restaurant where you will be able to taste the best of spicy Ethiopian cuisine while watching live cultural music/dance performance from various ends of Ethiopia. And then transfer to Bole international Airport for departure home.

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