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10 Days Nature tour itinerary for ethiopia: Experience Ethiopian Tribal Culture

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Butajira, Hamer, Jinka, Konso, Lake Langano, Mago National Park, Turmi

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Experience Ethiopian tribal culture


Arba Minch-Ethiopia

Explore the pre-historic tool making site and an ancient stelae field on this tour. Visit the village and experience their culture & daily life. Moreover, you will also enjoy a boat trip to spend some time in the crocodile market and watch hippos.

DAY 01

In Addis Ababa Tour

  • Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way, you will visit the archeological 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 Hawassa.

  • Overnight in Awassa (hotel).

DAY 02

Drive to Lake Ziway via Butajira

  • In the morning, after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Hawassa and then 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.

  • You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people.

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

DAY 03

Drive to Arba Minch

  • In the morning, visit the 'Arba Minch' which means forty spring, after which the town is named.

  • In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the "crocodile market" and the local hippos.

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

DAY 04

Visiting Turmi, Home of the Hamer Tribe

  • After breakfast, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way, you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day is Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe.

  • Continue 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 05

Visiting the Dassenech Tribe

  • In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here, you will cross the Omo River and enter a Dassenech village.

  • Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village.

  • Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or lodge).

DAY 06

Market day in Dimeka

  • 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 07

Visiting Mursi Tribe

  • 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 08

Visit Benna and Tsemai Tribe

  • After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Konso, via Key Afar. 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 honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing.

  • Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues.If time permits, you can also visit the "natural New York Village", named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers.

  • Overnight in Konso (camping, hotel or lodge).

DAY 09

Visit Lake Langano

  • After breakfast, depart from Konso to Lake Langano.

  • On the way you will visit the Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established to protect the endemic Swayne's Hartebeest.

  • Continue to Lake Langano for overnight stay (camping or lodge).

DAY 10

Visiting North Addis Ababa

  • After a morning swim in the lake, depart north to Addis Ababa.

  • On the way, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m.

  • Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.

  • 1800 USD Per Adult
  • Transport - All transfers and ground transportation by A/C + 15 seat latest Toyota mini bus or 4WD latest Toyota land cruiser with a driver, fuel, and comprehensive insurance coverage.

  • Tour Guides - Will be guided by a professional English-speaking guide.

  • Meals & Accommodation - Includes bed nights as per the itinerary, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Drinks - Non-alcoholic soft drinks, two liters of bottled water per person per day.

  • Fees & Payments - All entrance fee as per the program, Porters fee at airports and hotels and 15% Government tax.

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Butajira, Hamer, Jinka, Konso, Lake Langano, Mago National Park, Turmi

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