Omo Valley – 8 days

Example Itinerary

The below itinerary is based on

The village we start the tour is Subject to Market day of each tribe so that you can have a chance to attend the local markets.

Day 1

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 in Awassa hotel.

Day 2
In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa 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.  If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited.  Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for overnight Ezana Hotel.

Day 3
In the morning, depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos.  Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi.  On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market daySaturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe.  Continue through the Weyto Valley 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 Lodge.

Day 4
In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe.  Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village.  Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village.  If there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony that will be visited.  Overnight in Turmi Lodge.

Day 5
Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar.  Tuesdays and Saturdays are marketdays in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo.  Afterwards, continue to Jinka.  Overnight in Jinka Resort.

Day 6
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 Resort.

Day 7
After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso.  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 a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues.  After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch.  Overnight in Arba Minch Ezana Hotel.

Day 8
Early in the morning, depart from Arba Minch for a full day’s drive to Addis Ababa.  On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest:
–    Tiya – ancient stellae field and UNESCO World Heritage site
–    Adadi Maryam – rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela
–    Melka Kunture – pre-historic tool-making site

End of tour.

This itinerary is flexible, and will likely change in order to coordinate visits with market days in the south, which is a great opportunity to mingle with the people, many of whom travel long distances on foot to attend.

$1200 US Dollar (USD)

Price Includes:
– Accommodation as per the program
– All transfer in and transfer out services
– Ground transportation by 4 WD Toyota Land Cruiser
– Experienced driver, driver allowance
– All fuel expenses and Lubricants Expense
– Professional guide
– Local guides and Scout where needed
– Boat trip on Lake Chamo
– All entrance fees, Village and elders payments
– Bed and Breakfast.

Price Excludes:
– International and domestic flight tickets
– Any alcoholic drinks
– Any videograph or camera fee needed
– Laundry service
– Any expense of Personal items like, internet, fax, telephone
– Services which are not mentioned in the above section.

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