Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa; meet your guide holding a Green Land Tours sticker and transfer to hotel. Overnight in 4-star hotel.
Day 2: Full day tour of the capital. Visit the Entoto Mountains, with its view over the capital, the National Museum and Trinity Church. Afternoon visit to the Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa and shopping. Meals on your own. Overnight in a 4-star hotel.
Day 3: Drive to the Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano, admiring wonderful views, many birds, pelicans, flamingos, hot springs and more. Relax at Wenney Eco-lodge, secluded in a natural paradise on the shores of Lake Langano and near the Munessa forest. Available activities here are trekking, bird watching, horse riding, boat excursions, cycling, team-building activities, mini-soccer and beach volley ball.
Day 4: Visit the Wolayta people and villages admiring spectacular green hills on the way to Arba Minch, (which means “forty springs” in Amharic). Afternoon drive to Chencha to visit the Dorze people, their unique culture, houses, and traditions. Overnight in Swaynes Hotel with spectacular views over Lakes Chamo and Abaya.
Day 5: Morning visit to Netch Sar National Park, sanctuary of the endemic Swaynes hartebeest, zebra and more. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippos and more. Overnight in Swaynes Hotel.
Day 6. Proceed to Jinka, admiring the Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people on the way. If today is Thursday, you can visit the very colorful market for the Tsemay and Erbore people at Key Afer. Overnight in Jinka.
Day 7: Enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Overnight in Jinka.
Day 8: Drive to Turmi, and if today is Saturday you can see the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people at the market in Dimeka. Proceed to the Hamer villages and Overnight in tented bungalows at Evangadi Lodge.
Day 9: Drive to visit the Karo people, with their interesting body decorations and scarification; admire the view of the Omo river from Kortcho village. Then drive on to Kangate and cross the Omo River by small boat to admire the Bume people and their villages. Back and Overnight in Turmi.
Day 10: Morning excursion to Omorate, on the banks of the Omo river, to visit the Dassanech people. Then back to Turmi for the colorful Monday market of the Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people. Witness Hamer dances (Evangadi) and seasonal marriage ceremonies with bull-jumping. Overnight in Evangadi Lodge.
Day 11: Visit the Erbore villages and make a stop to admire the agricultural terracing practices of the Konso. Then proceed to Arba Minch for Overnight.
Day 12: Drive back to Addis. Traditional dinner in the evening with folk dances. Departure.
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