8 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Follow The South Cultural Route To Omo Valley
Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Konso, Turmi
Go on the South Cultural Route of Ethiopia. In the Omo Valley, you will get to meet Dorze, Mursi, Benna, Tsemai, Hamar and Karo tribes. Other highlights include a boat ride on Lake Chamo, Ethnographic Museum, heritage site of Tiya, the Stone Age archaeological site of Melka Kunture, and more.
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by our representative.
Depending on your arrival time, a city tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged. City tour of Addis Ababa includes National Museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic Museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church its unique architecture and iconic window paintings painted by the famous Ethiopian painter Afwerk Tekle and Merkato: the biggest open-air market in East Africa.
addis ababa-Arba Minch
Drive to Arbaminch through the Great Rift Valley Lakes with wonderful cultural and natural wilderness attractions, the worthwhile sceneries, local villages and lifestyles.
Drive to the Dorze Village of Chencha town situated 3000m above sea level with the highest peak of Guge mountain. Dorze people who are famous for their unique elephant face houses built from bamboo tree, Unique dancing, traditional weaving and the unique lifestyle.
Afternoon, you will visit the ‘crocodile market on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of aquatic life such as the Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and different species of birds and the unique lifestyle.
Morning, you will visit the ‘crocodile market on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of aquatic life such as the Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and different species of birds.
After lunch, drive to Jinka via Konso. On the way, you may see Benna and Tsemai tribes with their interesting dressing style, different beads and ornamentation.
Jinka – Mursi- Turmi
Early in the morning, drive to visit the Mursi tribes through Mago NP where you may encounter some game animals that suddenly emerge to the road. The Mursi are known for their Patterns, lip plate earlobes and stick fighting (Donga).
Afterwards, drive to Turmi, home of the Hamar tribe famous that enjoys body decoration like the other Omo area tribes and wear quantities of colourful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers, bull-jumping ceremonies and Evangadi dances. They are one of the most known and second dominant tribe in southern Ethiopia.
On the way, visit the colourful Dimeka Market (Every Tuesday/ Saturday), small village town in the districts of Hammer tribe.
Late in the afternoon, tour the Hammer’s villages to discover their lifestyle at home and their traditional practices.
Turmi – Murule – Turmi
In the morning, you will be heading to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe. The people have settled around the eastern bank of the Omo River. The Karo tribe is very well known for their body paintings, for beautifying purposes. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, the Omo River flowing down South into the Turkana Lake.
Late afternoon, you will drive to one of the nearest Hamer villages to visit their way of life. Unique traditional dance and bull jumping ceremony would be optional and depends on the season.
Turmi – Konso – Arba minch
Drive to Arba Minch.
On the way, visit Konso one of the world Heritage town. Konso is known for its stone wall village and cultural landscape, particularly their intricately terraced hillsides. They village is also known for fine woven materials, traditional wooden curved totem “waka” as a symbol of grave marks for their clan chief and warriors.
Arba minch – Addis Ababa
Morning, drive from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa.
En-route, you will visit the world heritage site of Tiya and the Stone Age archaeological site of Melka Kunture.
Evening, you will have farewell dinner at one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa and fly back home.
Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using 4/3 star hotels in Addis & best available lodges & hotels in other destinations out Addis.
Meal on half board basis; breakfast and dinner
All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance using brand new Coaster Bus (10-20 pax).
All entrance, local guide and scout fees
Professional English speaking local guides
Boat on Lake
Any international & domestic flight cost
Tips and other personal expenses
Can arrange the tour based on your interest.
Being home for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU), Addis Ababa is referred to as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s economy, social and political activity.
Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Konso, Turmi
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