Example Itinerary

OMO VALLEY – 5 DAYS 

The starting village of this itinerary is based on the Market day of each tribe so that you can have a chance to attend the local markets.

Day 1

Fly from Addis to Arba Minch. Drive to Konso.

Day 2
omo1This morning we travel out to the Karo people at Kolcho village on the banks of the Omo river The Karo people excel in traditional body painting. This evening we visit a Hamer Village near to our accommodation. The Hamer are fine looking people taking great pride in their appearance – the women, with their red dyed plaited hair wear leather skirts decorated with shells, are beautiful. Each Hamer village is amazingly still free from western influences and non-organic materials. Their homes are constructed entirely of local materials, mud, wood and thatch. Each village consists of a single extended family unit of approximately 10-15 huts in close proximity around which daily life rotates. Overnight Turmi, Kizo Lodge.

Day 3
Driving across dry sandy plains to Key Afar then into more fertile rolling hills to the small town of Jinka. We visit a small museum which gives valuable insight into some tribal customs then take an optional walk down to the town meeting the people on the way, before driving out to our accommodation. Tonight’s accommodation is at an Jinka resort.

Day 4
Taking an early start we drive across the mountains through some of the most beautiful Ethiopian scenery, into the drier Mago National Park area where we may see Dik Dik and the lesser Kudu. Out on the dry plains we visit a Mursi Village. These people are known for their decorated clay plates which are inserted in the lower lips of women. Starting at adolescence the plates eventually become larger, some plates are finally reaching the dimensions of a bread and butter plate. This custom seems to be used less now and many of the older women just have the loose skin with no plate inserted. Drive to Konso. Overnight Konso Hotel.

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Day 5
Early start today as we drive from the fertile soils, across the dry plains until reaching Abra Minch known for its Ensete (false) bananas Arba Minch, meaning Forty Springs, it is a fertile fruit producing valley. Drive into the Chencha mountains tovisit a Dorze village. Noted for their fine weaving in wool and cot-ton (great shopping). Their distinctive thatched homes are tall and beehive shaped, we will be able to visit a home and see some weaving, also a demonstration of the many uses of the “false” banana. After a picnic lunch we drive to Lake Chamo and take a boat trip in search of the enormous crocodiles and possibly even Hippopotamus before returning to the air port. Fly from Arba Minch to Addis.

Price per person: $900 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 flights
– 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.

 

Day 1: Sunday : FLY ADDIS TO JINKA( BACO) Depart AA 12:10 pm → Arrive Jinka 1:20 pm
 
Pick you up from airport , transfer to hotel freshen up and go to south Omo research center , Visiting the ethnological museum would give us brief preview of ethnographical information about verity of tribal groups residing in omo valley, visit the Ari tribe village and market. O/N Jinka Resort.
 
Day 2: Monday : JINKA-MURSI-TURMI
 
This day our expedition stars early morning with an excursion to a Mursi village (approx 66km from Jinka). Meet the Mursi, they are renowned for wearing largest lip plate and ear lob, Then after lunch we drive to Turmi (120 km ) from Jinka. Monday Turmi Hamer market. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Overnight in Turmi at Buska Lodge. At night, see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as Evangadi.O/N – Kizo Lodge
 
 
Day 3: Tuesday  Drive Turmi –Omorate – KeyAfer (Alduba Market) – Turmi
 
In the morning you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Proceed to keyafer or to Alduba market depending on the day The Key Afer ( Thursday)or Alduba(Tuesday) Market is a bustling place where various dwindling tribes of the Omo Region come together to socialize , share what is happening around and sell and buy goods. Ari, Tsemai, Hamar and Benna people can be seen mixing in the colourful marketplace – a great place for people watching. All kinds of goods are sold at the market, including lots of crafts, jewelry and spices. O/N – Kizo Lodge.
 
In any of the above two afternoons we might be attending Hamer bull jumping(age rite) depending when and where happing.
 
Day 4: Wednesday: DRIVE TURMI – karo- Konso An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). The Karo people are the smallest number tribe from all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate decorations, particularly during local ceremonies. You also see the whole process of body paintings there and share more cultural activities. Lunch break and drive to Konso The society of the Konso boasts a rich culture and a highly specialized and successful agricultural economy by their indigenous way of terracing the steep slopes for cultivation of sorghum and different grains. Visit the Konso village and the natural wonder “New York”: huge sand pillars formed through ages by rain and erosion. Konso Kanta Lodge.
 
Day 5: Thursday: Drive to Arba Minch, depart for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. later we drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. Fly from Arba Minch to Addis. Flight time Depart from Arba Minch 1:45 pm →  Arrive Addis 2:50 pm
More from 2 days to 4 days 

ITINERARY OMO 1: MURSI and Aari 1 night/2 days OMO 2 DAYS

Day 1 – Arrival to Jinka by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET171 (at 13:20). Meet with driver and guide at the airport. Transfer to hotel.  Excursion to the Aari village and visit ethnographic museum. Accommodation: Nasa Hotel, Jinka Resort or similar

Day 2 – Early departure from hotel, driving to the village of Mursi people. Return to Jinka for early lunch, then transfer to airport and return flight to Addis Ababa. Flight ET171, (at 13:50)

Price: $250.00

Our services include: hotel in Jinka, Toyota 4×4 land cruiser vehicle, services of a local guide, all entrance fees, services of a scout, government taxes.

Not included: air tickets Addis Ababa – Jinka – Addis Ababa, lunches and dinners

ITINERARY OMO 2: MURSI, AARI, TURMI, HAMMER – 2nights/3 days – OMO 3 DAYS

Day 1 – Arrival to Jinka by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET171 (at 13:20). Meet with driver and guide at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Excursion to the Aari village near Jinka and to the ethnographic museum in the afternoon. Acommodation: Nasa Hotel, Jinka or similar

Day 2 – Early departure from hotel, driving to the village of mursi people. Return to Jinka for early lunch, drive to Turmi Drive from Jinka via Dimeka to visit the market of the Hamer people. Continue to Turmi for overnight. Visit the cultural village of the Hamer people in the Turmi area. The Hamer people are famous for their typical hair dressings which the women decorate with red soil and butter. Spend the night at Lodge or similar.

Day 3:  Early drive, you are taken on an excursion to Omorate. You cross the Omo River by boat in order to visit the Dasenech people who are known for their body scarification. Then drive to Jinka airport and return flight to Addis Ababa. Flight ET171, (at 13:50)

Price: $300

Our services include: hotel in Jinka, Toyota  4×4 land cruiser vehicle, fuel, services of a local guide, all entrance fees, services of a scout, picnic breakfast on Day 2, government taxes.

Not included: air tickets Addis Ababa – Jinka – Addis Ababa, lunches and dinners

ITINERARY OMO 3: MURSI, AARI, HAMER AND DASSENECH – OMO 3 DAYS

Day 1 – Arrival to Jinka by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET171 (at 13:20). Meet with driver and guide at the airport. After quick lunch drive to Turmi.In Turmi excursion to the village of hamer people. Accommodation: Kizo Lodge, Turmi or similar

Day 2 – Early in the morning excursion to Omorate (village of Dassenech people), then drive to Jinka. In the afternoon excursion to the village of Aari people. Accommodation: Nasa Hotel, Jinka or similar

Day 3 – Early departure from hotel, driving to the village of Mursi people. Return to Jinka for early lunch, then drive to airport and return flight to Addis Ababa. Flight ET171, (at 13:50)

Price: $350.00   

Our services include: hotel in Jinka and Turmi, Toyota  4×4 land cruiser vehicle, fuel, services of a local guide, all entrance fees, services of a scout,  breakfast,

Not included: air tickets Addis Ababa – Jinka – Addis Ababa, lunches and dinners

ITINERARY OMO 4: MURSI, AARI, HAMER, KARO AND DASSENECH – OMO 4 DAYS

Day 1 – Arrival to Jinka by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET171 (at 13:20). Meet with driver and guide at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Excursion to the Aari village near Jinka and to the ethnographic museum in the afternoon. Accommodation: Nasa Hotel, Jinka or similar

Day 2 – Early departure from hotel, driving to the village of Mursi people. Return to Jinka for early lunch, then drive to Turmi. Excursion to the village of Hamer people. Accommodation: Kizo Lodge, Turmi or similar

Day 3 – In the morning excursion to Kolcho (village of Karo people).IN the afternoon excursion to Omorate (village of Dassenech people).Accommodation: Kizo Lodge, Turmi or similar

Day 4 – Early departure from hotel, driving to Jinka. On the way excursion to the village of Benna people. Drive to airport and return flight to Addis Ababa. Flight ET171, (at 13:50)

Price: $500.00   

Our services include: hotel in Jinka and Turmi, Toyota  4×4 land cruiser vehicle, fuel, services of a local guide, all entrance fees, services of a scout, government taxes.

Not included: air tickets Addis Ababa – Jinka – Addis Ababa, lunches and dinners

Flight cost $125 USD round trip.

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