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SOUTH AND SOUTH WESTERN ROUTE

NOTE: Southern programs are each time flexible according to the clients final arrival date (& international flight schedule) for special events such as the market days & ceremonies during the year.

PROGRAM: Omo Valley
DURATION: 12days and 11 Nights
CODE: STE-SO 001
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrival Addis Ababa.
  2. Drive Abyata, Shala and Langano Lakes, O/N Langano ecolodge
  3. Drive to Wolaita, Chencha (Dorze people). O/N Arbaminch Swayness hotel
  4. Netch Sar National Park and Chamo Lake. O/N Arbaminch.
  5. Arbaminch – Jinka – Tsemay, Air Benna People O/N Jinka in hotel.
  6. Visit Mursi people and O/N Mago National park camp.
  7. Visit Karo people & villages. Precede for Hammer people Turmi (camp or bungalows).
  8. Visit the Hammer people, colorful markets at Dimeka or Turmi (depend on days, Hammer people dance and possible their marriage ceremonies (with the bull jumping). O/N
  9. Omorate for dassanech people & villages & back Turmi for Hammer Villages O/N Turmi
  10. Drive to Konso, through Erbore people. Visit Konso villages. O/N Arbaminch.
  11. Drive Back to Addis O/N chosen htl.
  12. Departure.

PROGRAM: Omo Valley and Borena
DURATION: 15days and 14 Nights
CODE: STE-SO 002
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrive Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour including the National museum Entoto Mountains for views and St George church.
  2. Start your drive AM by going to visit the crater lakes of Debrzeith and the three Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano. Visit these lakes rich in birds, such as pelicans, flamingoes, storks and more, visit Sidamo people houses and culture. Lunch on the way, dinner and O/N lodge.
  3. Continue driving to Arbaminch, in Amharic meaning 40 springs. Admire very interesting views and the Wolayta people , their villages, culture, the cultivation of the false banana tree (from which roots they extract their traditional bread, the Kotcho) and more. Afternoon drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, their particulate weaving works for which they are famous, strange houses, cultivation of sorghum and the false banana and more. Dinner & O/N hotel , with spectacular views over the Chamo and Abaya lakes and the Netch Sar Park.
  4. Morning visit the Netch SAR Park with Spectacular views over the lakes and different Mammals, as the endemic Swaynes Hartebeest, Zebras, lesser kudum and other. Back lunch Arbaminch. Afternoon  make a boat trip on Chamo. Admire crocjodiles and hippos (here crocodiles are some of the longest in Africa, with longest in Africa, with length of 6 and above meters). Dinner and O/N hotel.
  5. Drive to Turmi. Crossing the konso and  Derashe people and villages, with particular culture, traditions, way of life & more. They are famous also for their terracing style agriculture. Continue so crossing Tsemay and Erbore people & villages. They have very colorful hairstyles, way if dressing and living quite peculiar. Continue to the village of Turmi, of the Hammer people. Dinner and O/N Turmi camping or at extra cost at the bungalows of the lodge & campsite. (According to market days, program can be varied by driving first to jinka).
  6. Visit Hammer people. Their villages, possibly some dances, and more. If possible we look for the unique marriage ceremonies, with women slashing, bull jumping and more. If the day you arrive is MON or SAT admire the very colorful markets of the hammer. Karo and Dassanech tribes respectively at Turmi or Dimeka villages. These tribes are famous for their hairstyles, ornaments. Ornaments, scarification, culture and more. O/N Turmi.
  7. Drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo River, to admire the Dassanech villages. If more than one (1) vehicle. Excursion to the Turkana Lake at border of Kenya can be added. Back for dinner and O/N Turmi.
  8. Drive to the karo people. Visit Korcho village, with very nice view over Omo River.as Duss village. On Murulle camp.
  9. Continue for the Mago park and camp at bank of the Neri River. O/N camping.
  10. proceed to the Morsi people & villages. For beauty women use to put clay plates in to their lips. O/N jinka htl or camp.
  11. Continue to Konso. Admiring the Ari, Benna 7 Tsemay people. If market days visit very colorful ones on the way. Visit then Konso famous villages and traditions. ON konso.
  12. Continue for the Borena people & drive to Elsod crater, from where Borena men extract salt. O/N Yableo.
  13.  Crossing Guji people & nice landscapes. Drive to the Rift Valley lake of Awasa & Langano. O/N eco lodge.
  14. Drive to Addis. Afternoon free at leisure or we propose tour of the Mercato biggest open-air market in Africa, and different souvenir shops. Dinner we propose at traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances of the different Ethiopian regions. O/N hotel.
  15. Transfer airport of departure. End of services.

PROGRAM: Omo Valley and Omo park
DURATION: 18days and 17 Nights
CODE: STE-SO 003
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrive AA
  2. Drive Jimma and O/N htl.
  3. Bebeka O/N camp a lodge.
  4. Dizi people O/N camp Tum.
  5. Tulgit for Surma O/N camp.
  6. Kibish for Surma village and O/N camp.
  7. Mui (Omo park headquarter) O/N camp.
  8. Bume people and villages and O/N camp.
  9. Drive to Omo river (Omo Mursi) cars to return. Cross river with a boat & proceed to other vehicles waiting in the other side to return. Omo river camp. 
  10. Visit Mursi people O/N Mago camp.
  11. Visit Karo people & villages. O/N camp.
  12. Hammer People O/N Turmi camp or Bungalows in lodge.
  13. Excursion for Dassanech people at Omorate, bank of Omo River O/N Turmi.
  14. Hammer people villages possibly market & ceremonies as the bull Jumping O/N Turmi.
  15. Erobre Konso people & O/N Arbaminch htl.
  16. Dorze people & boat on Chamo lake O/N Arbaminch
  17. Rift valley lakes of Shale, Abyata, Langano O/N ecolodge.
  18. Back AA.PM free
  19. Departure. 

PROGRAM: Omo Valley Surma
DURATION: 25days and 24 Nights
CODE: STE-SO 004
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrive AA & Tour.
  2. Drive to Nekemte. Coffee plantations.
  3. Gambela, bank of Baro River.
  4. Nure & Anuak people. O/N camp.
  5. Nure & Anuak. Back Gambela
  6. Mizan Teferi.
  7. Tum for Dizi people.
  8. Surma people. On Tulgit camp.
  9. Surma people. Try to find the Donga stick fight game. O/N Kibish camp.
  10. Surma & Dizi. O/N Turmi.
  11. Coffee plantations. Bebeka.
  12. Jima, visit town & Aba Jifar Palace. O/N htl.
  13. Wolayta people – Arbaminch. O/N htl
  14. Dorze people – Chamo Lake for Crocodiles. O/N Arbaminch.
  15. Konso – Derase – Tsemay – Ari – Bena.
  16. Mursi people & villages. O/N camp
  17. Mursi people & villages. O/N camp Mago Park.
  18. Karo people & villages of Duss & Kortcho. O/N camp.
  19. Hammer people & villages. O/N Camp or bungalow.
  20. Hammer dances (Evangadi), look for marriage ceremonies with bull jumping, see villages, market (depending on week day). O/N Turmi.
  21. Erbore people – Konso villages. On Konso.
  22. Borena people – singing wells – Elsod crater – Yabelo.
  23. Awasa & Langano Rift Vally Lakes.O/N Ecolodge.
  24. Shala & Abyata National Park – Relax Langano with horse Riding, bird watching, cycling, fishing & more. O/N Ecolodge.
  25. Drive to AA. Diner with dances. Evening Departure.

PROGRAM: Omo Valley Surma(Sailing the Omo)
DURATION: 13days and 12Nights
CODE: STE-SO 005
TRANSPORT: Surface

  1. Arrive Addis, continue same day to the Rift vally lake of Langano. O/N Langano Ecolodge.
  2. Langano – Arbaminch and afternoon visit Dorze people. O/N htl.
  3. Visit Konso. Derashe Tsemay, Ari and Bena people on the way. O/N Jinka.
  4. Drive to the Mursi people & O/N camp.
  5. Start Rafting Mursi Hanna, Bume people villages. O/N camp.
  6. Visit Mursi people and O/n camp next to Mursi Beret villag.
  7. Visit Mursi & Bume people. O/N next to Kupria Bume village in camp.
  8. Visit Mursi & Mugugi people. O/N Kortcho Camp, with very nice view over the Omo River.
  9. Visit Karo people. O/N Kortcho camp, with very nice view over the Omo River. End of rafting.
  10. Drive to the Hammer. O/N Turmi. Bungalows or camp lodge.
  11. Day for Hammer people, dances, if we find Marriage ceremonies and market days. O/N Turmi.
  12. Visit Erbore and Konso villages. O/N Arbaminch.
  13. Drive back to AA. Evening Departure.

PROGRAM: OMO VALLEY, ARBA-MINCH, MAGO NATIONAL PARK
DURATION: 15days and 14Nights
CODE: STE-SO 006
TRANSPORT: Surface


1) Arrival Addis Ababa. 
2) Drive Abyata, Shala and Langano Lakes, O/N htl. 
3) Drive to Wolaita, Chencha (Dorze people). O/N Arbaminch hotel.
4) Netch Sar National Park and Chamo Lake. O/N Arbaminch htl. 
5) Arbaminch-Jinka-Tsemay, Air, Benna people O/N Jinka. 
6) Visit Mursi people and O/N Mago National park camp (bank of Neri River). 
7) Drive to Murulle and visit the Karo peoples & villages. O/N camp Murulle or Duss. 
8) Visit - Bume people & O/N Turmi at Hammer people (camp or lodge). 
9) Visit the Hammer people, colorful markets at Dimeka or Turmi (depend on days, Hammer people dances and possible their marriage ceremonies (with the bull jumping). O/N camping or in fixed tent at Turmi. 
10) Omorate for Dassanech people & villages & back Turmi for O/N. 
11) Drive to Konso, through Erbore people. O/N camp or local hotel in Konso.
12) Visit Konso village and O/N Arbaminch htl. 
13) Drive to Awasa, & Wondogenet. O/N hotel. 
14) Drive back to Addis. O/N chosen htl 
15) Departure.


PROGRAM: OMO VALLEY: ARBAMINCH, TURMI, KARO, MURSI, And YABELO (15 days, 14 nights) [ps: - called usually OMO Valley]
DURATION: 15days and 14Nights
CODE: STE-SO 007
TRANSPORT: Surface


1) Arrive Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour including the National museum (not on Mondays), Entoto Mountains for views and St Mary church and tour of the capital. O/N (overnight) chosen hotel. 
2) Start your drive AM by going to visit the crater lakes of Debrezeith and the three Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano. Visit these lakes rich in birds, such as pelicans, flamingoes, storks and more. Visit Sidamo people houses and culture. Lunch on the way, dinner and O/N Wenny lodge (3*) or other. 
3) Continue driving to Arbaminch, in Amharic meaning 40 springs. Admire very interesting views and the Wolayta people, their villages, culture, the cultivation of the false banana tree (from which roots they extract their traditional bread, the Kotcho) and more. Afternoon drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, their particular weaving works for which they are famous, strange houses, cultivation of sorghum and the false banana and more. Dinner and O/N Swaynes hotel (3*), with spectacular views over the Chamo and Abaya lakes and the Netch Sar park. There is also a natural path to walk down to the springs, admiring many birds, views and more. 
4) Morning visit the Netch Sar park with spectacular views over the lakes and different mammals, as the endemic Swaynes Hartebeest, Zebras, lesser kudu, and others. Back lunch Arbaminch. Afternoon make a boat trip on Chamo. Admire crocodiles and hippos (here crocodiles are some of the longest in Africa, with length of 6 and also above meters). Dinner and O/N Swaynes hotel. 
5) Drive to Turmi, crossing the Konso and Derashe people and villages, with particular culture, traditions, way of life and more. They are famous also for their terracing style agriculture. Continue so crossing Tsemay and Erbore people and villages. They have very colorful hairstyles, way of dressing and living quite peculiar. Continue to the village of Turmi, of the Hammer people. Dinner and O/N Turmi camping or at extra cost at the tented bungalows of the Evangadi lodge and campsite.[ according to market days, program can be varied by driving first to Jinka]. 
6) Visit Hamer people, their villages, possibly some dances, and more. If possible we look for the unique marriage ceremonies, with women slashing, bull jumping and more. If the day you arrive is MON or SAT admire the very colorful markets of the Hamer, Karo and Dassanech tribes respectively at Turmi or Dimeka villages. These tribes are famous for their hairstyles, ornaments, scarification, culture and more. O/N Turmi. 
7) Drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo River, to admire the Dassanech villages. If more than one (1) Vehicle, excursion to the Turkana Lake at border of Kenya can be added. Back for dinner and O/N Turmi.
8) Drive to the Karo people and villages. Visit Kortcho village, with very nice views over Omo River, as Duss village. Dinner and ON Murulle camping, at bank of Omo River or near a village. 
9) Continue for the Mago Park and camp at bank of the Neri River, admiring different animals, among which different antelopes and birds. O/N camping. 
10) Proceed to the Mursi people and villages. Admire these tribes. Where for beauty women use to put clay plates into their lips, men have different scarification and more particularities, visit their way of life in the villages and other. Continue to Jinka village for dinner and O/N local hotel. 
11) Continue to Konso, admiring the Ari, Benna and Tsemay people. If market days visit very colorful ones on the way. Visit then Konso famous villages and traditions. ON Konso Edget or St Mary hotel (local 2*) 
12) Continue for the Borena people and afternoon drive to Elsod crater, from where Borena men extract salt. Visit some of their villages. O/N Yabelo local htl or camp. 
13) Crossing Guji people and very nice landscapes, drive to the Rift Valley lake of Awasa. O/N Pina htl (3*) 
14) Morning visit the fish market, and then drive to Addis. Lunch at Addis Ababa. Afternoon free at leisure or we propose tour of the Mercato (not on Sundays), biggest open-air market in Africa, and different souvenir shops. Dinner we propose a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances of the different Ethiopian regions. O/N chosen hotel. 
15) Transfer airport for departure. End of services. 
Male, Muguji, Bume & others can be additionally visited on request, by adding more days.


PROGRAM: OMO VALLEY MAGO NATIONAL PARK, TURMI, YABELLO
DURATION: 16days and 15Nights
CODE: STE-SO 008
TRANSPORT: Surface

1) Arrival Addis Ababa 
2) Visit lakes Ziway, Shala, Abyata and Langano O/N hotel. 
3) Visit Wolayita people and Chencha (Dorze tribes) O/N Arbaminch htl. 
4) AM Visit Netch Sar National Park and PM boating on Chamo Lake. O/N Arbaminch htl. 
5) Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Ari and Benna people and possibly market. O/N Jinka in hotel or camp. 
6) Drive to Mursi people & villages. O/N Mago National Park (camping at bank of Neri river). 
7) Drive to Murulle, visit Karo tribes and their village. O/N camp Murulle or Duss. 
8) Cross the Omo river to visit the bume. ON Turmi camp or Lodge. 
9) Drive Omorate and visit Dassanech (Gelab) tribe. O/N Turmi, at Hammer people region. (There is also a possibility to drive to Turkana lake shores). 
10) Visit the Hammer market their dances, possibly wedding too, and their villages. O/N Turmi. 
11) Drive to Erbore to visit Erbore people. Continue to Konso and O/N camping or 2* htl. 
12) Visit Konso village and pm drive to Yabelo, for Borana people. O/N camp or 2* htl. 
13) Drive to "El Sod" for Borana (Oromo people) salt extracting spot and stop at Dublock for singing wells as well see some villages. O/N Yabello. 
14) Drive to Awasa. O/N hotel. 
15) Visit the Awassa fish market and drive to Addis Ababa. 
16) Departure.


PROGRAM: NATIONAL PARK, EL-SOD, KONSO, ARBAMINCH, THE RIFT VALLEY LAKES.
DURATION: 16days and 15Nights
CODE: STE-SO 009
TRANSPORT: Surface


1) Arrive Addis Ababa 
2) Addis Ababa-Bale Goba. O/N htl. 
3) Senete plateau and Harrena Escarpment (Views, Vegetation, animals). O/N htl. 
4) Sof Omer cave and back to Goba. O/N htl Goba(or Dodola). 
5) Drive from Goba to Wendo genet resort. O/N Wabe Shebele hotel. 
6) Borena people & O/N Yabelo. 
7) ElSod crater, Dublock singing wells & Borana villages then continue for Konso & their villages. O/N Konso camp of 2* htl. 
8) At Turmi see markets, dances, ceremonies, life style of Hammer beautiful people. O/N Turmi camp or lodge. 
9) Hammer people, markets, dances and other ceremonies . O/N Turmi. 
10) Drive to Omorate and Turkana Lake (Dassanech and Incoreana people), back to Turmi camping.
11) Drive to Karo people & villages. O/N Murulle (bungalow or camp).
12) Enter Mago Park to make Game drive and see the wild life. O/N camp. 
13) Drive to Mursi people. O/N Jinka town (camp or 2* htl). 
14) Drive to Key Afer village for the Ari, Benna and Tsemay peoples O/N Arbaminch htl 3*. 
15) AM Netch Sar Park. PM boating over Chamo lake. O/N Arbaminch htl. 
16) AM Dorze people. PM Rift Valley lake of Shala, Abyata and Langano. O/N Langano htl. 
17) Rift Valley lakes. Back to Addis Ababa PM free. O/N chosen htl. 
18) Departure.


PROGRAM: SURMA PEOPLE Cross-OMO Park & River-Omo valley
DURATION: 22days and 21Nights
CODE: STE-SO 010
TRANSPORT: Surface

1) Arrive AA 
2) Drive Jimma O/N htl 
3) Bebeka O/N camp a lodge 
4) Turn for Dizi people O/N camp 
5) Tulgit for Surma O/N camp. 
6) Kibish for Surma villages O/N camp 
7) Back Tulgit O/N camp 
8) Drive Maji O/N camp 
9) Continue to Adikas Dizi & Zilmamo tribes O/N camp. 
10) Proceed for Nuer, headquarter of Omo National park, very rich in wild life. O/N camp. 11) Drive Nuer. Camp. 
12) Bume people & villages O/N camp. 
13) Drive to Omo river (Omo Mursi) cars to return, cross river with a boat & proceed to other vehicles waiting in the other side to return. ON Omo river camp. 
14) Visit Mursi people. O/N Mago camp. 
15) Visit Karo people & villages. O/N Turmi camp or lodge. 
16) Excursion for Dassanech people at Omorate, bank of Omo river. O/N back Turmi.
17) Hammer people villages possibly market & ceremonies as the bull jumping. O/N Turmi. 
18) Erbore people Konso people & villages. O/N Konso at local htl or camp. 
19) Yabelo to see Borena people and El Sod crater. O/N camp or local htl. 
20) Drive Rift Valley lake of LanganoO/N htl 
21) Rift Valley lakes-back AA O/N htl. 
22) Departure


PROGRAM: NEKEMTE, GAMELA TUM, KIBISH, JIMMA
DURATION: 19days and 18Nights
CODE: STE-SO 011
TRANSPORT: Surface

1) Arrival Addis Ababa. 
2) Addis Ababa - Ambo - Nekempte, O/N htl. 
3) Drive to Gambela. O/N camping or hotel.
4) Drive to Itang at Baro River, for the Nuer tribes, O/N camping or local hotel. 
5) Drive to Jikawo, Baro River and Anuak tribes. O/N Camping or hotel. 
6) Back to Gambela. O/N htl . 
7) Drive to Tepi. O/N hotel or camp. 
8) Drive and Dimma (big forests). O/N camping. 
9) Cross the Akobo river to Tum visit the Dizi tribes. Camping. 
10) Drive to Tulgit for Surma people. O/N Camping. 
11) Drive to Kibish, Surma people, O/N camping.. 
12) Kibish-Kormu-Kibish, Surma people, villages, cultures, ceremonies. O/N camping.
13/14) Drive back to Mizan Teferi. O/N htl. 
15) Drive Jimma. O/N Abegaz Hotel. 
16) Visit Aba Jifar Palace and market, and continue for Langano Rift Valley. 
17) Visit the Rift Valley lakes of Shalla, Abyata, Langano, Wondogenet 
18) Back AA. Pm free. 
19). Departure.


PROGRAM: SURMA TREKKING
DURATION: 20days and 19Nights
CODE: STE-SO 012
TRANSPORT: Surface

1) Arrival at Addis Ababa 
2) Drive Jimma (coffee => Kaffa). 
3) Drive Tepi and see Animals. 
4) Drive Tum (Dizi & Tishena people). 
5) Start trekking: Tum-Maji. O/N camp. Dizi people. 
6) Maji-Adikas (Dizi tribes). 
7) Adikas-Kormu (Chai tribes). 
8) Kormu-Kibish (Surma tribes). 
9) Kibish (O/N camp at the river bank). (Always Surma people) 
10) Kibish-Kormu. 
11) Kormu-Adikas. 
12) Adikas-Tum. End of trek. 
13) Drive Mizan Teferi. 
14) See animals-arrive Gambela. 
15) Nuer & Anuak people village. 
16) Drive Gambela. 
17) Drive Nekemte. 
18) Guder falls Wonchi Lake. O/N Ambo in hotel. 
19) Back to Addis. 
20) Departure.
 
National Parks in Ethiopia
  • Semien Mountains National Park (North)
  • Bale Mountains National Park (Southeast)
  • Nech SAR National Park (South)
  • Mago National Park (South)
  • Omo National Park (South)
  • Awash National Park (East)
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