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Ethiopia - Omo Valley Explorer Small Group Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3675 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 23975 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates - regular departures

The only country in Africa never to have been colonized, Ethiopia is a forgotten giant with a cultural heritage that is unsurpassed by any other country on the continent. Our small group tours and tailor made holidays visit some of its most impressive highlights, from the historic sites of the north to the enigmatic tribes of the south. Traveling through Ethiopia is an adventure in which you’re never sure what is around the corner – only that whatever it is, it’s sure to be very different from anything you’ve seen before.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel. This afternoon visit some of the capital’s key sights including the Entoto Mountains, with great views over the city, the National Museum, St George’s Cathedral and the Merkato, reputedly the biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight Jupiter Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Addis - Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning we will drive to the Bale Mt. National Park, travelling thorough the southeast part of the capital, where fertile land is cultivated by the Oromo people. We arrive at Dinsho (Park HQ) in the afternoon. We will take a trek to see three of the endemic mammals and bird species. Later on we continue our drive to Goba. Overnight at Goba Wabe Shebele Hotel (BLD)

Day 3 – Bale Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast we drive to Senate Plateau through Harenna forest and Tulu Dimtu, the second highest mountain in the country (4377m). We will explore the area, and if we are very lucky, will get to spot the Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight at Goba Wabe Shebele Hotel (BLD)

Day 4 – Bale to Yirgalem

After breakfast we continue on with a drive to Yirgalem. We will pass through a number of coffee plantations and various fruit cultivating towns with splendid greenery everywhere. Our destination is the Aregash Lodge. A natural retreat of astounding beauty and tranquillity, the Bamboo thatched Tukuls contemplate the traditional Sidama villages nearby. The surrounding forest is home for a diverse range of mammals and birds. A coffee plantation and the nightly visit of hyenas are further attractions to be found in the surrounding area.Overnight Aregash lodge. (BLD)

Day 5 – Konso

Today we will drive to Konso. On the way you will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of coffee plantations and we stop to visit the Tutu Fella Stelae, prehistoric carved stone monuments that have mystified people for many centuries. Overnight stay Kanta Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Konso to Jinka

This morning we travel through the lands of the Derase, Tsemay and Benna people. We stop along the way to meet Ari people and learn about their customs. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. (BLD)

Days 7 - Mago National Park

This morning we will travel to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi people, renowned for their practice of extending their lips with plates. In the afternoon we visit the Jinka Museum. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 - Turmi

Our journey today takes us to Turmi. We travel through the lands of the very colourful Hamer people, renowned for their unusual hairstyles. We also spend time with the Karo people, known for their body decoration and scarification. Overnight Buska Lodge or Turmi lodge. (BLD)

Day 9 – Turmi

This morning we will drive to Koricho, a settlement for the Karo ethnic groups, perhaps the most beautiful, with its lofty views over the Omo River and traditional Karo dwelling. Overnight Buska Lodge or Turmi lodge. (BLD)

Day 10 – Turmi to Arbaminch

En route to Arbaminch we will stop off and visit one of the Konso villages and the Konso museum. Overnight Swaynes Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Lake Chamo and Dorze

This morning we take a boat trip to view the crocodiles at thelLake. In the afternoon we drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. Overnight Swaynes Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 – Rift Valley Lakes

Drive to the Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano, admiring wonderful views and many birds, including pelicans, flamingoes and more. Then relax at the Sabanna Beach Resort, secluded in a natural paradise on the shore of Lake Langano and near to Munessa Forest. There is the options of trekking, bird-watching, horse-riding, boat excursions, cycling and more. Overnight Sabanna Beach Resort or similar.

Day 13 – Addis Ababa

Morning will be at your leisure to relax and swim on the beach. This afternoon, we continue our drive back to Addis for the night. En route we will have a stop at Lake Ziway for some bird watching. In the evening, there is a traditional dinner where you will experience live cultural music and dance. Overnight in a 4* Hotel (BLD)

Day 14 – City Tour and Departure

After breakfast, depending on your departure flight, there may be time for some last minute exploration . A visit is arranged to St George church, the National Museum and to Merkato, reputedly the biggest open air market in Africa. The tour concludes with a transfer to Bole International Airport (B, L)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note that payments will be taken in Sterling GBP and USD prices are based on current exchange rates

Prices
- Single Supplement $296
- Return flights from London to Addis Ababa start at £590.

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2009
Client Request Served: 163

M19089 is a UK based tour operator founded in 2004. The company offers a range of unique, flexible guided private and group tours to a growing number of exciting destinations. Much of the company's product, including the sale of tours in Sudan, Myanmar, Comoros and Sierra Leone is a first in the UK market. The...

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