Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa:
Up on arrival in Addis Ababa, trip members on the group flight are met at the airport and will transferred to the hotel. Overnight, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: City Tour of Addis Ababa:
In the Amharic language, Addis Ababa means “new flower” Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, Addis is the capital of modern Ethiopia and has a population of about four million. With the presence of the Organization of African Unity, is Africa’s diplomatic capital. This morning, we will visit the Ethnological Museum; this museum exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups. After lunch, we visit Ba’ata Church, also known as Menelik’s Mausoleum, one of the oldest of the churches in Addis (90 years old). It houses beautiful paintings and the royal tombs of past Emperors. We continue on to the National Museum, where cultural and archaeological relics, including Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old hominid, are displayed. We also drive through the Mercato, the largest open-air market. Overnight, Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Addis Ababa – Arbaminch:
Drive to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata Shalla and Langano, rich in bird life and local fish market at Lake Ziway. After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the Chencha village, the home of the Dorze people, the renowned weavers having unique bamboo woven houses having 8 to 12 meters height. Overnight, Arbaminch.
Day 4: Nech Sar National Park – Dorze Village - Arbaminch:
In the cool morning, we will drive through the Nech Sar National Park which is inhabited by different mammals including the endemic antelope Swaynees Hartbeast, Gerenuk, Grants Gazelle, and Zebra. After lunch, we will make a boat trip over Lake Chamo to see the biggest African crocodiles, and Hippopotamus as well as beautiful aquatic birds including the lovely Kingfisher and Fish Eagle. Overnight, Arbaminch.
Day 5: Arbaminch - Konso – Jinka:
In the morning we will drive to Jinka en route visiting different cultural people and their villages which includes, Gamo, Derashe, Konso people and undulating landscape of Konso and the surrounding area. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing, unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. After having lunch on the way, we will have a brief stop to visit the Tsemay People around Waito River, Benna People at Key Afer, the Ari People at Kako village. Overnight, Jinka.
Day 6: Jinka – Murci Village - Mago:
Very early in the morning, drive through Mago National Park to the Murci People, whose men are renowned warriors, and whose women are famous for the lip plates which is highly concidred as sign of beauty. After a picnic lunch, we will drive through the dry savannas of 835 square- mile, in the Mago National Park there are around 56 recorded specious of mammals. Gazelles, giraffes, warthogs, and hartebeests are common here. Occasionally, Elephants are seen or heard as the move through the territory. Overnight, camping at Mago National Park.
Day 7: Mago - Murulle:
We continue Driving through the Korecho and Dus Villages on the way visiting the Karo People. Overnight, Camping at Murulle.
Day 8: Murulle – Kangate – Omorate – Turmi:
After breakfast, drive to Kangate and we will cross the famous Omo River by boat. After crossing the river, we will have visit and unrushed interactive cultural experience with the Bume People. Then, we will continue driving to Omorate where we will have a picnic lunch and visit the Geleb/Dasenech People, inhabitants of the lower Omo River Valley. After some rest, drive to Turmi where we spend two nights at Evangadi Lodge. Overnight, Evangadi Lodge.
Day 9: Turmi – Dimeka Market – Turmi:
After breakfast, we driver to Dimeka market on the way visiting one of the beautiful Hammar villages. At the colorful weakly Dimeka Market, we will see more than four different tribes including Hammer, Benna, Ari in traditional marketing activities and displaying their local handicrafts. We have a good opportunity to bargain for varieties of handicrafts. After a picnic lunch, we will drive back to Turmi village to enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including Evangadi (Hammer Dancing), Bull Jumping and associated practices as well as Hammer weeding. Overnight, Evangadi Lodge.
Day 10: Turmi – Erbore – Arbaminch:
Drive to Arbaminch on the way visiting the villages of Erbore People, and some local markets and villages, this actually depends on the time we have. Overnight, Arbaminch in a hotel.
Day 11: Arbaminch – Wondogenet:
After breakfast, Drive to the forests at Wendo Genet, the summer residence of the late emperor’s family. Swim and shower in the natural hot springs and adjacent cold mountain streams. O/N Wondogenet, Wabishebele Hotel.
Day 12: Wondogenet - Addis Ababa:
After relaxed swimming in the Natural hot spring and breakfast, drive back to Addis Ababa On the way enjoying the Rift valley Lakes. Lunch will be at Mojo Town in a hotel and will continue driving to Addis. After check in and relaxing in your hotel we will head to Agelgil Tradtional Restaurant for traditional farewell traditional Ethiopian Night. This is Grand Holydays Ethiopia complimentary farewell dinner party, traditional buffet with local drinks. There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic group. We believe this is the best way to wind up the trip. O/N Addis Ababa.
Day 13: Departure:
Transfer to the Airport for your international flight back home.
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