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Experience Ethiopian Tribal Culture
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Trekking, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English

Description

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.

  • Addis Ababa to Awassa expand_more
    • 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 Awassa.

    • Overnight Lake view resort in Awassa.

  • Awassa to Arbaminch expand_more
    • 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 Arbaminch Tourist hotel in Arba Minch.

  • In Arba Minch expand_more

    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 Arbaminch Tourist hotel in Arba Minch.

  • Arbaminch to Turmi expand_more
    • 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 Kizo Lodge in Turmi.

  • Excursion to Omorate expand_more
    • 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 Kizo Lodge in Turmi.

  • Turmi to Jinka expand_more
    • 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 Nasa Pension in Jinka .

  • Excursion to Mursi Tribe expand_more
    • 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 Nasa Pension in Jinka.

  • Jinka to Konso expand_more
    • 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 Kanta Lodge in Konso.

  • Konso to Langano expand_more
    • 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 at Savanah lodge.

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

    2. 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.

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

    4. End of the trip 

What's Included
  • 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.

  • Accommodation on the basis of B/B (Bed and breakfast)

  • 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.

What's Excluded
  • Any flight
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks 
Meeting Point

Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or any hotel within Addis Ababa.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Grzegorz

    Truly outstanding! Beka was much more than just a regular guide. My dad and I did a 10-day tour of Danakil, Lalibela and South Omo Valley. It went perfectly, all delivered as agreed beforehand. But in fact, we got so much more than that! Our every wish was catered to, be it looking for peanuts all over Addis, sending my postcards after we have left  or attending a genuine bull-jumping ceremony. Our major concern with the Omo tribes was to stay away from human zoo stuff and any circus bullshit set up as a tourist trap. It find it fair enough; we did not meet any other tourists in the villages. Beka handled all the tips for locals, rushed us through airport lines and made every effort to reduce the costs as we had instructed him. I can sincerely say that was the journey of our lives. I could not wish for a better guide. Great thanks to Beka!

  • Claire

    My husband and I wanted to visit Ethiopia to trek to the birthplace of coffee. Beka helped us organize a wonderful tour. When things came up or didn't go as planned, Beka always stepped in to make everything right. For example, once we arrived in rural Ethiopia to begin our trek, we realized that our phones didn't have enough space for all of our photos, and the hotel's WIFI wasn't fast enough for us to upload pictures at the end of each day. So, Beka went out and found us an SD card so that we could backup our photos and be able to document our trip the way we wanted. I grew up travelling, and have visited over 100 countries--this is one of the best tours I have ever had. If I visit Ethiopia again, I will definately organize another tour with Beka--he is a great person and an awesome guide.

  • ALEXANDRA

    Beka was a highlight in our sightseeing of Addis. He showed a lot of regions, Museums, Coffeeshops, different areas, Market, Churches etc of the city, always being super quick in communication, totally reliable in timetables, in good mood and a very good driver. Really aware of many things he gave us information about the history and the presence of the country which was all but superficial. And now that we left, he is still helping us with finding stamps and  posting our letters . The guide you need in Äthiopia. 

  • Maphuka

    It was indeed a great tour given by Beka and will definately choose him again should I decide to explore. Great personality and very helpful, energetic, knowledgeable and informed about the areas.

  • Don

    My experience with Beka was different than that with a typical tour guide. I had contacted him to help me have a papyrus reed boat built for an expedition down the Blue Nile.

    What first seemed like an easy task soon became a nightmare for Beka, requiring multiple trips between Addis and Bahar Dar, and increasingly panicked emails from me. Throghout it all, Beka assured me that he would take care of it, and he did. His philosophy is that word is bond, and he lives by that. He is conscientious, pleasant, and flexible. Five stars.

  • Matteo

    I contacted Beka with a challenging request to help us in building a tour in the south Omo River Valley which allowed meto get closer to the tribes, taking pictures but also understanding Ethiopia.  He customized the tour based on my interests and also being so flexible to change it to make us even happier. I would reccomend him for your trip in Ethiopia and enjoy an amazing country, its food and people!

  • Jakub Urbanski

    Definitely the best choice.  We've just returned from a week tailor-made trip to Danakil, and I have to admit that from the very first moment everything was perfect.  I really value his  great knowledge (Beka is an antropologist and has immense knowledge in ethnography), fluent English, not to mention unmatched flexibility. Beka makes not only excellent guide, but first and foremost a great companion!

  • Adam Maciejewski

    I've choosen Beka after careful analysis of potential service providers. And in short - it was a very good choice. Beka offered all needed information, a reliable service, was always on-time and always with sincere smile. And what I like especially: excellent English, intelligence and ability to be supportive, not intrusive. 

  • Guillermo

    I just returned from a 12 day trip to Omo Valley and areas around. My friend and I did extensive research and contacted many tour companies and guides. I cannot say how happy I am that we chose Beka Girma as our tour guide.

    From the very beginning, Beka was great at communicating with us. He was very responsive to our e-mails, texts, chats and will reply to our concerns right away.

    Flexibility was a key factor and Beka was very easy to work with.

    Beka made sure that my friend and I were safe and comfortable even at times when we had to “rough it”.

    During an unexpected turn of the trip, Beka and his driver Abi were great in handling the situation.

    South Etiopia and the local tribes are not areas that can be explored independently. It is important to have a reliable and knowledgeable guide. Beka was great and surpassed all expectations. During stops at larger towns he would take us out to explore nightlife in those places. Thanks for the beers!!

    I would definitely recommend Beka Girma for any trip to Ethiopia. Should anyone have any questions I will be more than happy to communicate via e-mail: willyns@hotmail.com

    Beka my friend, thank you very much for everything you did!

    Guillermo Salazar

  • ROBERT

     Beka was a consummate professional in every way.  From the first itinerary he sent me, all of the email communications between us, greeting me at the airport and getting me back to the airport and everything in between. I greatly enjoyed my adventure to the rift and Omo valleys. Our trips to the markets, villages, and trips in the SUV where always and entertaining.  He has a graduate degree in cultural anthropology, so no question went unanswered. Top notch and 5 stars Beka. 

  • Jessica

    I travelled with Beka on a tour to visit the tribes of the Omo Valley. Beka's knowledgeable contributions on Ethiopian history, culture and customs added a valuable dimension to our experience. His friendly and calm manner made him a reassuring and caring presence on the trip. Thank you Beka.

  • Jean

    I have been fortunate to travel with Beka a few times. He speaks excellent English, is very knowledgeable about Ethiopia, and clearly wants his visitors to have the best possible experience of this amazing country. With his MA in social anthropology we had a great experience amongst the southern tribal groups. I definitely recommend his services, nothing is too much trouble for him.

  • Hillevi

    Beka Girma is an exellent guide. He knows a lot about the most anscient of Ethiopias thrilling history, the antropaleontology. He will not only show you archeological sites, he will also explain and make vivid the early history of humankind. For visitors from all over the world he will explain that part of history which we all, regardless of nationality, have in common.

    At the same, while having the large time-perspective, he is also very well oriented in contemporary Ethiopian society. He could give you a lot of insights about what is moving on and under the surface in contemporary Ethiopia.

    Moreover, he is a caring person, he cares about his country and its people, about the environment and about you as a visitor. With Beka you will be in good hands.

    Beka speaks very good English.

    I don't know exactly what Beka is offering for the moment because I had him as a guide a couple of years ago but I guess you could get a personally customized tour with him following your own interests and he will for sure give you a good experience.

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USD 1900.00 / person

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