Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu. Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Reliance Hotel Apartment.
Day 3: Drive to Dorze via Butajira road. The Dorze are Omotic language family. They are famous for constructing distinguished beehive shaped huts, terrace cultivation and the best weaving work of Ethiopia. Overnight stays in Dorze lodge.
Day 4: Boat trip on Lake Chamo and drive to Konso. Make a boat trip a boat trip on Lake Chamo where the longest and fattest crocodiles of Africa take a sunbath on the shores. Hippo’s hide themselves under the water and you will also see a good range of birds including; weavers, sunbirds, waxbills and colonies of pelicans. Late in the afternoon drive to Konso 90 km asphalt road. The Konso are famous for their “Waga’s”, wooden grave monuments, which are erected on the compounds of Konso chiefs to honor their ancestors. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.
Day 5: Drive to Turmi via Tshemay and Arebore. Via a passageway through the hot Weyto Valley you drive to Turmi in the centre of the Hammer area. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.
Day 6: Excursion to Omorate. Visit the Dassench, so called Geleb peoples, who live on the banks of Omo River. Cross the river by wooden boat to visit their villages. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.
Day 7: Drive to Jinka. Visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka, which has a permanent exhibition of the peoples of Omo valley. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit Hotel.
Day 8: Excursion to Mursi. The Mursi are well known for the big clay plates the women bear in their lower lip and ear. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Yabelo. In the morning you drive to Yabelo through semi-arid area of Borena. The Borenas are semi-nomadic tribe and you can see a small flock of camels with their Borena owners here and there. Overnight stay in Yabelo motel.
Day 10: Drive to Awassa. Today you drive through the region of the Gedeo and Sidama people. The hills and mountains are intensively cultivated in this densely populated area. In Awassa you can also walk around the ditch to for nice sunset and aquatic birds; Malachite & pied Kingfisher, Long necked Cormorants, Storks, Herons, Egyptian goose, and so on. Overnight stay in Lewi or Haile Resort.
Day 11: Drive back to Addis Ababa via the Great Rift Valley. On this morning first visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa where the fisher man sell his fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barbus whereas Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colbous monkey around the Amor Gedele. Make last day shopping in Addis and late afternoon have a farewell dinner and check in for flight back home.
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