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8 Days Camping tour itinerary for ethiopia: Get Acquainted With The Tribal Lifestyle

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Jinka, Konso, Mago National Park, Omo National Park

Boating Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Camping Tour
Get acquainted with the tribal lifestyle

crocodile at Lake Chamo

Arba Minch-Ethiopia

Meet Dorze, Hamer, Mursi, Konso, Benna, Tsemai, and other tribes learn about their culture and well-preserved way of life. Also, visit archaeological sites of Tiya, Lake Chamo, and the rock-hewn church of Adadi Maryam.

DAY 01

Addis -Awassa

  • Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira with your Ethiopia tour guide. 

  • 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. 

Overnight in Awassa (hotel).

DAY 02

Awassa-Arba Minch

  • In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa.

  • Proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.

  • 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 be visited. 

Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for overnight (camping, hotel or lodge).

DAY 03

Arba minch- turmi

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

  • Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. 

  • On the way, you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day 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, home of the Hamer tribe. 

  • At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. 

Overnight in Turmi (camping, hotel or 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 be visited. 

Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or 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 colourful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. 

  • Afterwards, continue to Jinka. 

Overnight in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

DAY 06

Jinka-Mago National park-Jinka

  • 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 in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

DAY 07

Jinka-konso-Arba minch

  • 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 honour 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. 

Overnight in Arba Minch (camping, hotel or lodge).

DAY 08

Arba minch-Addis ababa

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

  • On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archaeological sites of interest: Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage site),  Adadi Maryam (rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela, Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). 

  • 2700 USD Per Adult
  • All entry fees

  • All local (Ethiopian) guide fees

  • 4wheel drive

  • Driver allowance

  • Water in the car

  • All photo fees

  • Boat fee

  • Fuel

  • Market fees

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Jinka, Konso, Mago National Park, Omo National Park

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