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11 Days Tribal Experience tour itinerary for ethiopia: Sign Up For An Ultimate Village Experience

Addis Ababa, Turmi, Jinka, Jimma, Omo National Park

Nature Tour
Camping Tour
Tribal Experience Tour
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The Surma People

Omo National Park-Ethiopia

Drive around the country and get to meet the various tribes in the region such as Oromo, Kaffa, Surma, Niyangatom, Dassanach, Hammer etc. and get to know more about their daily life, their unique appearance with the lip plates and their rituals.

DAY 01

Addis Ababa - Jimma

  • Commence the tour after arriving in Addis Ababa and meeting the Addis Ababa tour guide and the driver.

  • Drive to Jimma and stop on the way at the villages of the Oromo people and the Gurage people while taking some photos of the spectacular views of the landscape.

Overnight stay at a local hotel in Jima. 

DAY 02

Jima - Bonga

  • Head out for a morning drive to Bonga (125 km from Jimma), the birthplace of coffee with your Ethiopian tour guide.

  • After arriving in Bonga, visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people.

  • Eat lunch at Bonga.

  • After having lunch, drive to Ellelo, Adiyo falls, the Dadiben and the Gora Hot spring.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Cofee Land Hotel

DAY 03

Bonga - Kibish

  • After having breakfast, continue your journey to Kibish and on the way, make a stop at the Bebeka coffee plantation, where coffee, tea, spices and rubber trees are cultivated. Get to learn about local coffee production.

  • Head to the land of the Surma between riparian forests, grassland and bush savanna. The Surma are pastoralists, and the number of cattle they possess determines their everyday life in many ways. The tribe is also well-known for the plates used by their women, and their white ritual body painting and decorating scars.

Overnight stay at a camp in Surma Kibish

DAY 04

Full Day in Kibish Surma

  • Visit the several villages of the Surma and gain some insight in their way of living and traditions. Since it can get very hot during the day, you will visit either early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

  • Spend some time at the river, only five minutes from the camp and hope to witnesses the ritual stick-fight (Donga). Donga fights often take place in September. 

Overnight camping in Kibish

DAY 05


  • Make sure to not to miss out  Donga or marriage ceremony for which you will have one more day.

Overnight camping in Kibish

DAY 06

Kibish – Omo park

  • Drive to the headquarters of the Omo National Park, one of the National Parks in Ethiopia. Located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region on the west bank of the Omo River, the park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometres, about 870 kilometres southwest of Addis Ababa. Across the Omo is the Mago National Park. Although an airstrip was recently built near the park headquarters on the Mui River, this park is not easily reachable.

Overnight at a camp in the Park.

DAY 07

Omo National park – Murule

  • Proceed to Kagaten in the morning to visit the Niyangatom people’s village, known for their necklaces, scarification.

  • While you visit, traditional dancing may be organised.

  • Head to Murule lodge in the afternoon and in the evening, witness a colourful traditional dance of the Kara people.

Overnight stay at Murule lodge.

DAY 08

Murule – Dassanech - Turmi

  • Head for an early morning drive to Dassanace to visit the village of the Dassanach people crossing the Omo river by boat.

  • If you are lucky, you can attend the Dhimi ceremony, a ceremony by which the family shows that they have a young girl who is ready to get married.

  • Then proceed to Turmi, the town of the Hammer people.

Overnight stay at Burka lodge/Paradise lodge

DAY 09

Turmi - Arbore - Turmi

  • Head for an excursion to visit the Arbore village. Arbore people are the trade intermediary and peace settlers among the Omotic people.

  • Arrive back to Turmi late in the afternoon to visit one of the biggest villages of the Hammer people.

Overnight stay at Buska lodge/Paradise lodge

DAY 10


  • Head to Dimeka in the morning and on the way, visit the village of the Hammer people and then visit the Saturday market of the Hammer people in Dimeka.

  • Attend the Bull Jump in the afternoon if possible.

Overnight stay at Buska lodge/Paradise lodge

DAY 11

Jinka – Addis Ababa

  • Transfer to Jinka airport for the flight to Addis Ababa.

  • Have a typical traditional dinner and then transfer to the international airport for the flight back home.

Daytime stay at a hotel on request

  • 1484 USD Per Adult
  • Accomodation throughout the tour as specified on the program on a full board basis except for Addis Ababa bed and breakfast.

  • Comfortable tents with bed and mattress during camping days

  • Well experienced cook during the camping days

  • All entrance, embarkation and formal as well as informal taxes throughout the trip

  • Very good condition 4X4 Toyota land cruiser with a very good driver

  • All fuel expenses.

  • Cook and cooking material.

  • Boat service in crossing the Omo river

  • Flight tickets from Jinka to Addis Ababa.

  • English speaking Ethiopian tour guide throughout the tour.

  • Photo fees.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Tip throughout the tour.

  • International flights

  • The price is the calculated base fare for a group of 8 to 10 people

  • Combination trip Surma  + Omo Valley

  • More information about the tour. Suri (Surma) tribe’s villages: The Suri’s live in a remote corner of south-western Ethiopia, virtually untouched by the modern world. According to Suri oral tradition which came to their present territory near Mount Naita about 200 years ago from the banks of the Nile River. The Surma have a sky god named Tuma. The Suri also believe in spirits and use medicine meant to undertake sacrifices or prayers and directly send them to Tuma. Another belief of the Suri is the rainmaker. Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Suri culture. At the point of puberty, most women have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced. Once the lip is pierced, it’s then stretched, and a lip plate is then placed in the hole of the piercing. 

Addis Ababa, Turmi, Jinka, Jimma, Omo National Park

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