Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa. Up on arrival be meet by the staff of M21573 and if arrival is day time, then proceed for city tour of Addis Ababa. Lunch break. Continue the city tour. O/n Saro-Maria, Friendship or Jupiter Hotel. (B & D).
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Awassa. After an early breakfast head to Awassa, the newly bustling city and a capital city for the Southern regional state. The city is named after the smallest rift valley lake that gave a lovely breath to the surrounding of the city. En route visit to the crater lakes in the town of Debre-Zeit and also the other shallowest Rift Valley lake of Zeway to spot different type of birds.O/n South Star Hotel, Lewi or Haile resort. (B & D).
Day 3: Awassa – Arba Minch. In the morning visit to the biggest open-air fish market of Awassa and drive to Arba Minch. Before getting to Arba Minch take a detour to the small town of Chencha located on the mountain and hosts the Dorze people. These people are known for their Bamboo made houses and cotton woven colorful clothing. Then drive to Arba Minch. O/n Paradise Lodge or Swaynes Hotel (B & D).
Day 4: Arba Minch-Jinka. Take an early breakfast and continue the drive to Jinka, one of the relatively big town in the Omo Valley. Before arriving take time in the town of Arba Minch to have boat tripe on Lake “Chamo” to visit crocodiles and hippos. This drive will be a day to admire the spectacular topography which continues to descend down to the Omo and characterised by warm temperature. If the day falls on Thursday there will be a colorful market in Key Afer where one can have the chance to see different tribes such as the Tsemay and Bena. O/n Eco-Omo Lodge(B & D)
Day 5: Jinka -Mago-Mursi-Jinka. After breakfast drive from Jinka town have an excursion to the settlement of the Mursi people known for their lip plating, body decorating and stick fighting culture. Take time by having picture and personal contact with the people and back to Jinka. There is a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Eco-Omo Lodge, (B & D).
Day 6: Jinka- Turmi. After breakfast in the hotel drive to Turmi, a settlement for the Hamer people very much known for their colorful hair style and bull jumping tradition at times of wedding. The ladies normally are adorned by leather made skirts decorated by sounding pearls and by gleaming aluminum normally fixed to their neck. If the day falls on Saturday there will be a colourful market in Dimeka where one can have the chance to see tribe such as the Hammer Overnight Buska or Turmi Lodge (B & D).
Day 7: Turmi - Murulle - Turmi. After an early breakfast in the hotel head to Murulle, a settlement for the Karo people famous for their unique body decorating culture. En route have a picnic lunch. Start sightseeing in the village of Dus and back to Turmi for overnight stay. Overnight Buska or Turmi Lodge (B & D).
Day 8: Turmi - Arba Minch. Have breakfast and attend the weekly colourful Monday market of Turmi and then drive back to Arba Minch. En route visit the Erbore people which shares many cultural features with the Oromo people in Borena and continue driving to Konso. Up on arrival in the “Konso”, a settlement for the Konso people. Have lunch break and then go for sightseeing. The Konso with 9 different clans have a tradition of nominating their own King who has got his own Place to live and also servants to work for. He is a symbol of peace and integrity among the Konso with unique dynastical line going on for many hundreds of years. The Konso have a clean, well, built and protected villages with each village having a communal house of living called “Mora” where young boys spend the night protecting the village. They have also a tradition of age initiation for boys to advance from child hood to adult hood. The Konso are very much known for having a wooden made grave sign called “Waka”. Overnight Paradise Lodge or Swayne’sHotel (B & D).
Day 9: Arba Minch – Addis Ababa. Drive from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa via the Hosana road. En route admire the scenery of the road and also visit to the hut of the Gurage people village. These people have a culture of eating false Banana and are known to be hard working in business in the capital Addis and are given the name, the Ethiopian-Chinese. Have shopping time and in the evening be taken for a complementary traditional dinner and transfer out to airport for departure.
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