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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Discover Highlights Of Southern Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Shashemenn, Jinka, Mago National Park, Turmi, Konso, Bale Mountains National Park, Awassa, Hosaina, Arba Minch

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Tour across Southern Ethiopia, home to more than 16,000,000 inhabitants of all races, languages, and religions making up 20% of the entire Ethiopian population. Visit popular attractions like Lake Chamos and meet local tribes in the region to learn about their culture.

DAY 01

Arrive Addis Abeba

  • Arrive at Bole International Airport, and meet the tour representative.

  • Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.


DAY 02

Addis to Arba Minch

  • Drive to Arba Minch via Hoseana.

  • En route, visit Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church; and Tiya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mysterious Stelae, dating back to the 12th century.

  • Overnight hotel - Arba Minch.

DAY 03

Arba Minch

  • Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; Also get to view hippos and beautiful aquatic birds near the lake.

  • Visit Nechisar Park, known for its 'white grass' only accessible via boat. 

  • Overnight hotel - Arba Minch.

DAY 04

Arba Minch - Jinka

  • Drive to Jinka via Key Afar and visit the weekly market (thursdays only). Wander among the various tribes such as the Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods.

  • Continue towards Jinka.

  • Overnight lodge - Jinka.

DAY 05

Mago National Park Excursion

  • Early morning, drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. The Mursi women are known for the clay plates they insert into their lower lips.

  • If time permits, visit the Omo Valley Museum in Jinka.

  • Overnight lodge - Jinka.

DAY 06

Jinka - Turmi

  • Drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer people who are known for the car marks of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles, and the unique practice of "bull-jumping" which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage.

  • En route to Turmi, visit the Benna and Ari people.

  • Overnight lodge - Turmi.

DAY 07

Omorate Excursion

  • Drive to Omorate and visit the Dassanech people.

  • Return to Turmi for overnight stay. 

DAY 08

Turmi - Konso

  • Drive to Konso, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages.

  • Overnight lodge - Konso.

DAY 09

Konso - Hawassa

  • Drive to the lakeside town of Hawassa.

  • En route, visit a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location. 

  • Overnight resort - Hawassa.

DAY 10

Hawassa - Bale Mountains National Park

  • Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park and meet with the park guide.

  • Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon in time for a leisurely afternoon hike and get a chance to spot two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, and numerous other species.

  • Overnight hotel - Goba.

DAY 11

Bale Mountains National Park - Addis Ababa

  • Drive to Addis Ababa. Optional souvenir shopping if time permits.

  • Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.

  • Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.

  • 1300 USD Per Adult
  • Guide services.

  • Transfers.

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Shashemenn, Jinka, Mago National Park, Turmi, Konso, Bale Mountains National Park, Awassa, Hosaina, Arba Minch

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