Program: Tribal Tour and Safari to Ethiopian Great Rift Valley/Omo Valley
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: 001
Activities: Rift Valley Lakes, national parks, game animal, stunning landscape, unique tribal culture, colorful African markets and so much more
Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.
In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa.O/N: hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch
In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.O/N: hotel.
Day 3: Arbaminch-Lake Chamo
In the morning Dorze village In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus.O/N: hotel.
Day 4: Arbaminch-Keyafer-Jinka
After breakfast, we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.O/N: hotel.
Day 5: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka
In the morning, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago 0/n Hotel
Day 6: Drive to Turmi
Morning visit Ari village then drive to Turmi late this afternoon Explore Hamer village. O/n hotel
Day 7: Make an excursion to Omorate; cross Omo River to the village of Dasenech tribe, visit their village, back to Turmi for lunch. Afternoon make an excursion to Karo village, visit the Karo people who are famous by their body painting. OVERNIGHT CAMPING or lodge
Day 8: Drive back to Arbaminch visiting the Erbore tribe. O/n Hotel
Day 9: Drive back to Addis late this afternoon shopping and in the evening before departure have a farewell party with tradition dance.