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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Stop By These Tribal Settlements In Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Awassa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Mago National Park, Turmi

Nature Tour
Culture Tour
Tribal Experience Tour

Join us for this unique Ethiopian tour for visits to archaeological sites of Tiya and Adadi Maryam rock church. The best of this tour is interacting with tribals here of Dorze, Tsemai, Dassenech and Hamer tribes. Do enjoy a traditional Dorze hut stay.

DAY 01

Program Itinerary

  • Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. 

  • On the way, you will visit the archaeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). 

  • Final destination for the day is Awassa, where you will do the overnight stay. 

DAY 02


  • In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and fine cotton weaving.  You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. 

  • If today is the market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will also be explored.

  • Do overnight stay at Dorze in a traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for an overnight stay at Ezana Hotel.

DAY 03

Arba minich

  • In the morning, depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and see the local hippos. 

  • Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way, you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day is Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe. 

  • Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). 

  • Finally, proceed to Turmi, the home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as Evangadi. 

  • Overnight stay at Turmi Lodge.

DAY 04


  • In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. 

  • Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is the market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will also be visited. 

  • Overnight stay at Turmi Lodge.

DAY 05


  • Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar.  Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. 

  • Afterwards, continue to Jinka for an overnight stay at Jinka Resort.

DAY 06

Mago National park

  • In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe.  The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. 

  • In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes.  Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. 

  • Overnight stay at Jinka Resort.

DAY 07

Arba minich

  • After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods.  This is another very popular market in the region. 

  • After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing.  Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. 

  • After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch for overnight stay. 

DAY 08

Addis Ababa

  • Early in the morning, depart from Arba Minch for a full day’s drive to Addis Ababa.  

  • 150 USD Per Adult
  •  Accommodation as per the program (Bed and Breakfast).

  • All transfer in and transfer out services.

  • Ground transportation by 4 WD Toyota Land Cruiser.

  • Experienced driver, driver allowance.

  • All fuel expenses and lubricants expense.

  • Professional Ethiopian tour guide.

  • Local guides and Scout where needed.

  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo.

  • All entrance fees, village and elders payments.

  •  International and domestic flight tickets.

  •  Any alcoholic drinks.

  •  Any video-graph or camera fee needed.

  •  Laundry service.

  •  Any expense of personal items like internet, fax, telephone.

  •  Services which are not mentioned in the above section.

  • This itinerary is flexible, and will likely change in order to coordinate visits with market days in the south, which is a great opportunity to mingle with the local people, many of whom travel long distances on foot to attend.

Addis Ababa, Awassa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Mago National Park, Turmi

Nature Tour
Culture Tour
Tribal Experience Tour

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