Focus: Culture, Site Seeing, Nature, Wildlife
Destination: Addis Ababa, Wanchi, Harar, Awash
Mode of transport: Flight + Drive
9 Days 8 Nights
Up on your arrival, greet by our guide at airport, transfer to hotel. You will have a breakfast at the hotel and free time at your hotel. In the afternoon, begin discovering the city and visit of the National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, and Merkato (the largest open-air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel.
In the early morning, meet up at convenient point in Addis Ababa and depart to Wanchi Crater Lake via the town of Ambo town (144 km asphalt road), situated in the western side of the capital. Up on arrival at Wanchi, begin your hiking or horseback riding on the hillside of the crater through the natural forest with a beautiful scenery. Inside the forest, you will observe different tree species, alpine vegetation, aquatic and terrestrial bird species, and mammals. Then, descend down to the natural hot-spring. Soak in the natural mud-pool and take bath in hot-spring for a relaxation and rejuvenation. Picnic lunch (goat steak bites, rice with cooked vegetable, and fruits) will be served at the green fields near to the hot-spring. Afternoon, continue hiking or horseback riding to the villages through the beautiful grassland water streams. You will have a short break to visit one of households in on of the villages to observe their daily lifestyle. Continue hiking to the shore of the lake and take in views of the lake shore from a peaceful dock. Then, our boat will pick you up to cross the lake. On the way, if time allows, stop over at the island of the lake and visit the monastery of Cherkos. Then meet our vehicle and drive back to Addis Ababa.
Morning, flight to Jinka and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit Ari Tribe Village. The Ari tribe is the populous tribe in southern Omo Valley. They inhabit the northern part of the Mago National Park in Ethiopia and have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have fertile lands allowing them to have several types of plantations. An Ari's crop can consist of grains, coffee, fruits and honey. It's also common for them to have large herds of livestock. Overnight in Eco Omo Lodge
Early in the morning, drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribes. The Mursi tribes are one of the Nilo Saharan language speakers and famous for their women putting lip plate, made of clay and up to 15cm in diameter, on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). Then proceed to the village of Bodi tribe. The Bodi tribes The Bodi tribes are known with their men’s ritual contest called Ka'el; body fattening competition by spending for about six months by consuming huge amount of honey and drinks a mixture of blood and milk. The champion of the contest would get lifetime reputation in his village. Overnight in Eco Omo Lodge
After breakfast, drive to Omorrate to visit the Dassanech (aka Geleb) tribe by crossing the Omo river with canoe. The Dassanech tribe are the neighboring tribe of Turkana tribes. They are known with Dimi ceremony. During Dimi fest, men dance with large sticks and the women hold wooden batons, man blesses his daughter's fertility and future marriage, 10 to 30 cattle are slaughtered, oth men and women wear fur capes while they feast and dance. In the late afternoon, visit the Hamar tribe. They are one of the most known tribes in Soutern Ethiopia. They inhabit the territory east of the Omo River and have villages in Turmi and Dimeka. Very colorful bracelets and beads are worn in their hair and around their waists and arms. The practice of body modification is used by cutting themselves and packing the wound with ash and charcoal. Some of the women wear circular wedge necklaces indicating that they are married. Men paint themselves with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony. Hair ornaments worn by the men indicate a previous kill of an enemy or animal. In the evening, you will have a chance to attend Evangadi night dancing and bull jumping ceremony (the rite of passage to manhood for hammer and Bena tribes). Overnight in Paradise Lodge
After breakfast drive to Korcho to visit the Karo tribe. They paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony. The chalk is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to make its color. Face masks are worn at times and they have clay hair buns with feathers in them. Then, further drive to the Kangate to visit the Nyangatom (also known as Bumi or Bume); known to be fierce fighters. The Bumi tribesmen hunt crocodiles using harpoons and a canoe. Scarification is practiced by both men and women in the tribe; the women do it to beautify themselves and the men to signify a kill; both sexes wear a lot of multi colored necklaces and may also have a lower lip plug. Overnight in Paradise Lodge
Morning, drive to Konso. On the way, visit the Arbore tribe; believes singing and dancing eliminates negative energy and with the negative energy gone, the tribe will prosper. The women of the tribe cover their heads with a black cloth and are known to wear very colorful necklaces and earrings. Young children will wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. Body painting is done by the Arbore using natural colors made from soil and stone. Traditional dancing is practiced by the tribe and wealth is measured by the number of cattle a tribesman owns. Then proceed to Konso. After check in, visit Konso tribe and Konso Landscape. The Konso people are the hard-working people and well known for their specially land management, one of Africa’s most fascinating cultures. The Konso landscape is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia. Overnight in Kanta Lodge
In the morning, drive to Arbaminch. After check in to hotel, boat trip on Lake Chamo (the largest lake in Ethiopian rift valley lakes) to visit hippos and Nile Crocodiles at Azo (Crocodile) market on the lake. Late afternoon drive to Chencha village to visit the Dorze tribe who lives in the high land areas and surrounded by bamboo forest and well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. After visit, drive back to Arbaminch. Overnight in Haile Resort
Morning, leisure time at your hotel. In the late afternoon, you will have a shopping / free leisure time. In the evening farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurants in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to your destination. End of the trip.
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