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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.
Visit the remote tribes of Ethiopia’s deep south, with distinct cultures and fascinating traditions that have long since died out elsewhere. Visiting Mursi, Karo and Konso people among others we gain an understanding of the incredible ethnic diversity of this isolated part of Africa.
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 Ghion Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Drive to 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. Possibility of trekking, bird-watching, horse-riding, boat excursions, cycling and more. Overnight Sabanna Beach Resort or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Villages of the Rift Valley. Continue our journey south meeting the Wolayta people as we go, passing through little visited villages and admiring spectacular green hills, to Arba Minch. Overnight Paradise Lodge or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Visit Chencha. Morning drive to Chencha, to see the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. In the afternoon we take a boat trip to view the crocodiles on Lake Chamo. Overnight Paradise Lodge or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Tsemay Market and Jinka. Continue to Jinka, admiring the Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people. Stop at the village market of Tsemay and meet the Arbore people. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Mago National Park. Travel to Mago National park and visit the Mursi people, renowned for their practice of extending their lips with plates. Overnight Jinka Resort or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Jinka to Turmi. Drive to Turmi, through the lands of the very colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people, with a stop at Dimeka village, where there is an interesting market. Overnight Evangadi Lodge (Bungalows or camping depending upon availability). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Karo People. Continue on our journey and visit the Karo people, known for their body decoration and scarification. We then visit the villages of the Hamer people. Overnight Evangadi Lodge (Bungalows or camping depending upon availability). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Turmi to Arba Minch. Drive to Arba Minch, visiting the villages of the Erbore and Konso people. Overnight Paradise Lodge or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Arba Minch to Addis Ababa. Morning drive back to Addis Ababa. There is free time for any last minute souvenir shopping, before the evening meal with traditional dancers. Overnight Ghion Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Addis Ababa. This morning you will be transferred to the airport, for your flight home. Includes: (B).
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