Day 1: Addis Ababa. On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to Classic Hotel or guest house of choice. A briefing of the program will take palce. The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 mln year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which goes up to an altitude of 3200 m and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight: Ambassador Hotel.
Day 2: Arba Minch. Drive to Arba Minch via Wolayta Sodo, about 505 km south of Addis Ababa. This drive will take us along some of the Rift Valley Lakes and we will stop shortly at Lake Ziway, best known for its birdlife. We will also drive through the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys. You arrive late in the afternoon at Arba Minch - meaning 'Forty Springs' in Amharic. Arba Minch takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town. Overnight: Bekele Molla hotel or local guest house.
Day 3: Morning Visit Nech Sar National Park for game viewing and birding; afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo. Boat trip on Lake Chamo is along the best anywhere in Ethiopia. Fishing.
Day 4: Jinka. On Thursday, Key Afer Market can be visited en route. After breakfast drive to Konso where colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the Land and unusually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers can be seen. Further along the route visit the Woito people live in the area around Woito River and Tsemay village. Continue driving to Jinka for overnight in Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 5: Jinka - Mursi - Jinka. After breakfast leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Contie to Mago National Park. After a picnic lunch in the late afternoon drive back to Jinka. Overnight Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 6: Jinka – Turmi. After breakfast drive to Turmi through Dimeka for the visit of Hamer people and their village. Turmi is a small town, which is the base to visit the Hamer village. Overnight: camping at Turmi.
Day 7: Turmi – Murulle excursion – Turmi. After breakfast drive to Murule and visit the Karo People. You will be driving through the Hamer village, which is good opportunity to know the way of life of the Hamer people. The Karos are famous for tattooing, scaring and body painting. They reside by the side of the Omo River. After your visit drive back to Turmi. Overnight: Camping at Turmi.
Day 8: Turmi - Omorate - Turmi. Morning drive to Omorate to visit the Gelab (Dassanech) tribe inhabiting the riverbanks of Omo River. We cross Omo River by a small boat and walk fifteen minutes to visit their village. The Gelabs are also known for their body painting as their neighboring. In the afternoon drive back to Turmi and visit one of the Hamer villages. Overnight: Camping at Turmi.
Day 9: Turmi – Yabello. Drive to Yabello visiting the Arbore and the Tsemay people en route. After lunch stop at Konso, continue to the region of Oromo Borena and visit their village. The drive this day will let you to experience the life of the Oromo Borena People who is well known in cattle rearing. You also visit the Oromo Borena People villages and their 'singing well' from which they cater water to their own thousands of cattle by singing. Overnight: Yabello Motel.
Day 10: Yabello - Yerga Alem. Drive from Yabello to Yerg Alem over a beautiful Sidamo mountains & coffee plantation. In the late afternoon visit the Hyenas around the loge. Overnight: Aregash Lodge.
Day 11: Yerga Alem - Addis Ababa - Departure. Drive back to Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley lakes Via Awassa. At Awassa visit the fish Market where the local people buy fish from the fisher men. En route we will stop on the viewpoints for the Rift Valley Lakes of Shala, Abyta and Langano. In the Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups. Transfer out to the airport for departure back to home.
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