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Tour Code: HTT-03 Omo Valley Safari  Attractions: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture  Duration: 13 Days & 12 Nights Transportation: Surface (4x4 Jeep)









Tour Overview


Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour

Day 3: Drive to Awassa

Day 4: Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo

Day 5: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo

Day 6: Drive to Jinka via Key afar

Day 7: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park

Day 8: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town

Day 9: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe

Day 10: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo Village

Day 11: Drive to Yabelo through Arebore-Tsmaye

Day 12: Drive to Yiregalem

Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa

Detail Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you by our representative and transfer you to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Awassa
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (275 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will be arriving in Awassa in the afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa), and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa). Here you will visit the Wolayta people museum.
You will ascend up to the Dorze (20km before Arba Minch/278 Km from Awassa) and visit to the Dorze Village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
In the morning, after breakfast you will visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.  After a brief break, you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Jinka via Key afar
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNISCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).
You will have lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 7: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips and the stick fight among young boys - if available at time of arrival).
Then you will drive backwards to the Mago National Park and visit the park – only possible without rain. Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch.
After lunch, you will visit to the nearby village and museum in Jinka. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town
After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka), visiting an interesting village on the way. You will continue travelling to Key Afer and visit the market. Lunch break will be at Key Afer.
You will proceed driving to Turmi visiting an interesting market place on the way – if available at time of arrival. You will arrive in Turmi early evening and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 9: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe
An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.
Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the Hamer Village to explore the Hamer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo Village
An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. In the afternoon, you will rest or do your own things on your own. In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Yabelo through Arebore-Tsmaye
After breakfast, you will be driven to Yabelo (290 Km from Turmi) via Arebore-Tsmaye. With a stop for lunch at Konso, you will proceed driving to Yabelo and arrive early evening. You will check into a hotel, you will have dinner and you will spend the night there. Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Yiregalem
After breakfast, you will be driven to a nearby village to visit the singing wells of a pastoralist community. Then you will drive to and visit the Camel Market – subject to availability at the time of arrival.
After that you will be driven to Yirgalem, stopping for lunch at Dila (200 Km from Yobelo). After lunch, you will proceed to Yirgalem (50 Km from Dila) and check into a lodge upon arrival. Dinner and Overnight stay in lodge.

Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa (325 Km from Yiregalem). You will stop for lunch at Lake Langano, Sabana Beach Resort.
You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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