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11 Days Tribal Experience tour itinerary for ethiopia: Mingle With The South Omo Valley Tribes

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Hamer, Konso, Awassa, Jinka, Lake Chamo, Mago National Park, Nechisar National Park, Omorate, Turmi

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Mingle with the South Omo Valley Tribes

South Omo Tribes woman

Hamer-Ethiopia

Head to South Omo Valley, where a mosaic of indigenous tribes are located with intriguing cultural value, beautiful landscape and diversified tribes with their own unique village settlements for a century. This package will also offer you to explore the best possible exotic and colourful weekly traditional markets that add unique value to your holiday. All of this is yours in this package will guarantee you a fantastic journey of discovery to the Omo Valley Tribes.

DAY 01

Addis Abeba

  • Transfer to the hotel.

  • Then you will have a full day city tour in Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you see the famous fossil Lucy, who was 3.2 million years old, the Ethnographic Museum, Entoto St. Mary Museum, St. Trinity Cathedral church, and Merkato market, the largest open-air market in Africa. 

Overnight hotel.

DAY 02

Addis Ababa - Awassa

  • Drive to Awassa via Butajira.

  • On the way, visit the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam, which beliefs carved by King Lalibela at the end of 12th century and the steles of Tiya, which carved from monolithic stones and used as Tomb for the soldiers who died between the age of 18 and 22. And also the Stele of Tiya registered on the UNESCO Album as one of the World Heritage Sites. 

Overnight hotel

DAY 03

awassa - Arba minch

  • After breakfast, drive to the Lake Awassa to visit the colourful water birds and fish market, where people are buying fresh fish from fishermen.

  • Drive directly to the lakeside town of Arba Minch.

  • On the way, visit two different villages; one is Alaba village and the second one is the Dorze people who live on the Guge Mountain and are famous for their beehive bamboo house and weaving skill. Their society is very well-known for making traditional cloth. 

Overnight hotel

DAY 04

Arba minch - Nechi Sar National Park

  • Drive to Nechi Sar National Park to visit many species of birds and mammals. Nechi Sar National Park, located in the rift valley. It is enriched with many species of birds and mammals such as African orange-bellied parrots, bustards, weavers, Somber rock-chat, yellow-throated serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy baits, Lesser striped swallow, and Anubis Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc.

  • After lunch, take a boat trip on the 3rd largest lake in Ethiopia called Chamo which famous for big crocodile, hippos, and water birds. 

Overnight same hotel

DAY 05

arba minch - Jinka

  • After breakfast, drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer.

  • On the way, visit the Konso village, where you see the colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land, annually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers and community house. In the community house called Mora, all the young boys above 12 years old expected to stay every night in it till their marriage.

  • Then drive to Weyto for lunch.

  • After lunch, continue driving to the town of Jinka.

  • En-route visit the Tsemay people, who give right for girls to choose their husband before marriage. During this time, if the girl pregnant, which is not acceptable in the community. In the Tsemay society, the brides eating together only during their honeymoon time and the rest of their life will not eat together. If the day is Thursday, there is a colourful market at Key Afer for Tsemay and Benna people. 

Overnight in hotel

DAY 06

jinka - Mago National Park - Turmi

  • Drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people with their village. The Mursi are well known for the large clay discs that the women wear inserted in their slit lower lips; the Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 years and then after they cut their lips, they put small wooden plugs and change every night with the big one to stretch the lips till their lips can hold 6 inches round clay. The Mursi men wear very little, although a cotton wrap is becoming more & more common.

  • After lunch, drive to Turmi via Dimeka. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a chance to see the colourful weekly market at Dimeka.

Overnight in hotel

DAY 07

Turmi

  • Drive to Korocho village to visit the Karo tribe. They are famous for body decoration during the ceremony; in the olden time, men are famous for body scars. By counting the scars, you can identify how many people he killed.

  • In the afternoon, visit the Hammer village, where you see kids playing in the compound and women decorate their hair by using red soil, water and cow butter. Hamer people have a bull Jumping ceremony; this ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood. During the ceremony, you see the real Hamer traditional dance called Eveangadi; and also the women from the jumper’s families are being wiped by his friend’s to show their love to the Jumper. 

Overnight in hotel

DAY 08

Turmi

  • Drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench people, who live across the Omo river.

  • Then, drive back to Turmi. If the day is Monday, there is a weekly market at Turmi for the Hamer people. 

Overnight same camping

DAY 09

turmi - Arba minch

  • Drive to Arba Minch via Arbore.

  • On the way, stop at Arbore tribe, who practice circumcision before marriage for the girls. After circumcision program, she will stay two months in her husband’s family house.

  • On the way, you have a chance to see so many tribes.  

Overnight hotel 

DAY 10

Arba Minch - Lake Langano

  • Drive to Lake Langano (which is the only lake in Ethiopia free from water diseases) via the town of Shashemane, where Rasta people (Jamaicans who worship Emperor Haile Sellassie).

  • On the way, visit one of the Welayata people with their village. 

Overnight hotel

DAY 11

Addis Abeba - back to your country

  • Have time to enjoy on the lake till 10:30 and then drive back to Addis.

  • On the way, visit Lake Zeway, where you see the colourful water birds and it is the largest lake from the Northern Rift Valley Lakes.

  • In the evening after the dinner program in one of the traditional restaurant, transfer to the airport for departure. 

  • 1875 USD Per Adult , 1120 USD Per Child (* Children prices: Until 8 years are free of charge, until 12 years are child price and above 12 years are charged as adults.)
  • Children prices: till 8 free, till 12 years are 1120 and then above 12 years 1875

  • South Omo Tribes: South Omo Valley, where a mosaic of indigenous tribes intriguing cultural value, beautiful landscape and diversified tribes with their own unique village settlements for a century. This package will also offer you to explore the best possible exotic and colourful weekly traditional markets that add unique value to your holiday. All of this is yours in this package will guarantee you a fantastic journey of discovery to the Omo Valley Tribes.

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Hamer, Konso, Awassa, Jinka, Lake Chamo, Mago National Park, Nechisar National Park, Omorate, Turmi

Bird
Bird Watching Tour
Nature
Nature Tour
Tribal
Tribal Experience Tour
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