5 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Open Up To The Omo Valley Tribes
Arba Minch, Chencha, Jinka, Konso, Mago National Park, Turmi
Discover the daily authentic and uninterrupted life of untouched tribal communities. Drive to different towns to meet people of different tribes namely Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemay. See elephant huts and beehive-shaped houses along with your Omo tour guide.
VISIT THE CHENCHA VILLAGE
Meet at the airport and check-in at your hotel.
In the afternoon, drive 40 km northwest of Arba Minch to Guge Mountains to visit the Dorze and Chencha villages to see the unique 'elephant huts'.
Drive back to Arba Minch with your Ethiopian guide.
Stay overnight at Ezana International Hotel, Arba Minch.
DRIVE TO JINKA VIA KONSO AND KAY AFER
Take an early morning drive to Konso, where colourful costumes, impressive terracing of the land and unusually engraved wooden statues are used as grave markers can be seen.
Keep driving to Key Afer to see the colourful Thursday market and engage with the Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemay people.
Continue driving to the town of Jinka.
Stay overnight at Hassa Hotel.
VISIT THE MURSI TRIBES IN MAGO NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi highlands to engage with Ethiopia's most illustrious tribe.
Back to Jinka for your lunch.
In the afternoon, go to the Ari Village near the town of Jinka for experiencing and learning the culture of Ari tribe and explore how they make their traditional homemade alcoholic drinks.
Stay overnight in Jinka Nassa Hotel.
DRIVE TO TURMI AND VISIT THE HAMER TRIBES
Continue driving through the Omo Valley region to Turmi via Dimeka to meet the Hamer tribe, one of the largest groups in the Valley.
Spend overnight in Bodo Guest House.
DRIVE TO DASSENCHE TRIBE AND DRIVE BACK TO ARBA MINCH
In the morning, drive further down to Omorate, a border town with Northwest Kenya to visit Dasench tribe.
Drive back to Turmi for lunch.
After lunch, head to Yabello and meet Erbore people en route.
Proceed to New-York, a bizarre landscape of sand panicles formed by wind and rain (erosion).
Stop at Konso and then, continue to Arba Minch for an overnight stay at Ezana international hotel. The trip ends here.
Hotel accommodations on double sharing basis.
Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner with one soft drink per meal.
Two water bottles per person.
Comprehensive touring program including entrance fee where applicable according to the itinerary.
Local guides fee.
Professional English speaking national Ethiopian guide with you throughout the trip.
Transfers and all ground transportation in an a/c minibus as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
All necessary government taxes.
Porterage fee at the airport and hotels.
The coffee ceremony, and honey wine drinks.
Traditional farewell dinner in Addis Ababa.
Incidental meals, snacks and drinks.
Video filming and photography fee.
Personal expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry expenses.
Telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs, etc.
Any other expenses except those listed on the inclusion parts.
Once warriors, the Dorze have now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living. They speak an Omotic tongue and the Dorze name is synonymous with the best-woven cotton cloth. The 'elephant huts' of the Dorze are unique and worth seeing. Also, the Dorze beehive-shaped houses are constructed entirely of organic material and have its own small garden surrounded by beds of spices, cabbage and tobacco. Some of Ethiopia’s best-woven cotton comes from Chencha, which is located 8 km northwest of Dorze Village. Men weave and women spin.
Differing from their neighbours, the Konso are pure agriculturists. Famed for their use of the stone terraces that they utilize to such good effect in this dry and barren region of basalt hills. Originally from the east, the Konso live in settlements that are surrounded by stone walls and speak Cushitic language. The age of each town is classified by a generation pole and each family lives in compounds that are accessible only through gateways that require the visitor to enter on all fours thereby rendering any potential attackers vulnerable.
The Bbena and Hamer women usually favour red clay braided hair, shiny like butter and perfumed with a good fragrance. The long beaded skirts of the Tsemay have a stick incorporated in the back to denote a married woman and the men have elaborately plaited hairstyles decorated with feathers and colourful beads.
The Mursi are known all over the world for their decorative lip plates. The plates stretch the lower lip beyond imagination and the women’s beauty, pride and desirability are determined in direct proportion to the size of the plate. The Mursi men and women may appear gracious but the Mursi warriors are not to be sneezed at. Deep crescent incisions on their arms represent each enemy they have killed in battle. The men are also famous for their hairstyle. The various cultural aspects of the tribe will be explained and you will be able to take their photographs but not for free.
The Hamer cultivate millet, vegetables, tobacco and cotton as well as raising cattle and goats. They are known for the fine pottery production and remarkable hairstyling. Hamer women are simply stunning. They wear beaded necklaces and iron coils around their arms and decorate their skin with cowry shells. These decorations indicate the wealth and prestige of a woman’s husband.
Arba Minch, Chencha, Jinka, Konso, Mago National Park, Turmi
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.
- Monday 08:00
- Tuesday 08:00
- Wednesday 08:00
- Thursday 08:00
- Friday 08:00
- Saturday 08:00
- Sunday 08:08
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