South Ethiopia: complete tour in Omo valley – MT07

South Ethiopia: complete tour in Omo valley – MT07

Complete itinerary in the South of Ethiopia that includes the interesting visits to Borana and Sidamo to the classic one in the Rift Valley and Omo tribes.
It’s an ideal itinerary for photographers and cultural diversity lovers because, thanks to a relaxed time for the visits, encourages a closer approach to the local populations.

VISITED PLACES

Ziway: one of the lakes of the Rift Valleys that offers a big variety of avifauna, famous also for having hidden on its islands the Ark of Covenant for centuries.
Abiata Shala Park: one of the most interesting park in Ethiopia, there is the possibility to spot fauna and beautiful landscapes.
Dorze: expert farmers, Dorze are famous for the peculiar architecture of their elephant head–shaped huts, but also for the refining process of the false banana flour.
Lake Chamo: offers an amazing boat trip that gives the chance to spot fauna such as African crocodiles, hippos and a big variety of avifauna.
Markets: markets in South Ethiopia are not just a spot for buying and selling, but also a place for an intense social life, ideal location to observe the members of the different tribes in an informal context.
Mursi: the most famous and showy tribe in the Omo Valley, thanks to the women habit of deforming the lower lips with small plates.
Dessanech: With our private boat we will reach the most remote Dessanech villages in the Omo delta, where we can discover a more authentic and natural relation with this tribe.
Hamer: Mostly shepherds, they are very well-known for the beauty and care of their clothes and for the spectacular ancestral ceremonies.
Konso: great farmers, the tireless Konso have literally carved out the unique landscape with terraces and canals, so that Unesco has declared it Human Heritage Site.
Borana: Semi-nomadic livestock breeders are also known for the “singing wells”, spectacular system to extract water based on a harmonious human chain.
Sidamo: important ethnic group of the Rift Valley, they are farmers living in a tropical and lush area.

 

ITINERARY
1- Addis Ababa-Ziway-Langano : boat trip, Lodge
2- Langano-Arba Minch:visit of Abiata Shala park and visit of Dorze. Lodge
3- Arba Minch- Turmi: boat trip on lake Chamo and transfer to Turmi. Lodge
4- Turmi: boat trip on Omo delta. Lodge
5- Turmi: visit of Kara and market. Lodge
6- Turmi – Jinka: Transfer to Jinka and visit of Ari, market and museum. Lodge
7- Jinka- Mursi- Konso: visit of Mursi and Konso village. Lodge
8- Konso- Yabello: visit of Borana and El Sod crater. Hotel
9- Yabello- Yergalem: transfer to Yergalem and visit Sidamo village. Lodge
10- Yergalem-Addis Ababa: Visit fish market in Awassa. Transfer to Addis Abeba and connection to international flight

PERSONALIZATIONS AND EXTENSIONS

It is possible to personalize this itinerary by extending the boat trip on Lake Chamo reaching Nech Sar park to spot also zebras, by camping for some nights in a village in order to promote a closer approach to local populations or by adding 2 or 3 days for trekking in Hamer area (trekking on Buska mountains)

We also suggest the following extensions: