- Transport: by car.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Addis.
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Hosanna visit Melka Quntture Archaeological Site, Adadi Mariam Church, and Tiya Stelae–Archaeological Site (registered in the world Heritage list of the UNESCO). Overnight in Hosanna Camping.
Day 3: Drive from Hosanna to Arbamich, on the way visit the superb landscape of South Ethiopia. Overnight in Arbaminch.
Day 4: After breakfast in the morning visit Dorze Village, afternoon drive to Netch Sar National Park. Overnight in Arbaminch.
Day 5: Drive to Mago National Park, visit Tsemai, Bena and Ari tribes. Overnight in Mago Camping.
Day 6: Drive across the Mago River in to the highlands of the Omo River and visit Mursi Villages (Mursi people are very colorful with a lot of body decoration, ornaments and most remarkable characteristic is the lip disk for which they are famous over the world). Overnight in Mago Camping.
Day 7: Drive to Murle on the way visit Karo Village and wildlife (Karo people are noted for their colorful body painting). Overnight in Murle camping.
Day 8: Drive to Omorate visit the Bume and back to Omorate. Overnight in Camping Omorate.
Day 9: After breakfast cross the Omo River and drive to Omo National Park. Overnight in Omo National Park Camping.
Day 10: After breakfast drive through Omo National Park to see wild life. Overnight in Omo National Park Camping.
Day 11: After breakfast drive back to Omorate, on the way visit the Bume Village. Overnight in Omorate Camping.
Day 12: After breakfast drive to Addo Village to see the Geleb people. Overnight in Turmi Camping.
Day 13: After breakfast leave Turmi and drive to Chew Bahir, Dead Lake and continue driving to Erbore. Overnight in Erbore Camping.
Day 14: After visiting Erbore, Tsemay and Borena Ethnic groups drive to Arbamich. Overnight in Arbaminch.
Day 15: After breakfast early in the morning drive to Awassa. Overnight in Awassa.
Day 16: After an early breakfast drive to Addis Ababa, en route visit Lake Zway-shelters a variety of water birds. Overnight in Addis Ababa.
Day 17: City tour of Addis Ababa. Transfer to Bole International Airport for final departure.
People of Mago and Omo Valley: To the east of the Omo National Park are the Mursi, a small tribe of some 5,000 people. The Mursi cultivate maize and sorghum on the river levees when the water level is low, and also in fields away from the river. They supplement their livelihood with large herds of cattle from which they get blood and milk. Their livestock are their main preoccupation and in area where the rain is both scant and erratic the Mursi frequently move in search of pasture and water. Like most nomadic people the Mursi are very colorful, with a lot of body decoration and ornaments. Along the Omo lives a small, some what mysterious group of less than a thousand people–the Kwegu. The Kwegu subsists in the river environs where they assist the Mursi to cultivate the river levees each year when the flood recedes. In addition to growing sorghum and millet the Kwegu fish and hunt.
In the Maji highlands north–west of the park are the Ment, a group of largely sedentary agriculturalists speaking a similar Nilo-Saharan language to the Surma. The high rainfall of the highlands allows them to grow a wide rage of crops, wheat, barley, sorghum, maize, Teff and millet as well as beans, peas and root crops. They also grow coffee and chat and fruit and vegetables. They also keep livestock. South of the Omo National Park, on the west side of the Omo are the Bume, a primarily nomadic people who rely more on their livestock than the other peoples of the Omo area as the rainfall in their land is generally too low for cultivation. The Bume use the southern part of the park extensively for grazing and are often in conflict with the Surma. A young woman's lower-lip and ears are pierced and enlarged by inserting ever-bigger clay disks that eventually may be more than 12 cm in diameter. The bigger the disk the better a woman's chances of securing a wealthy husband.
Mago National Park (MNP): The MNP is situated within the Great Rift Valley system in the southern Nations Nationalities and peoples region. It is one of the principal but also the youngest national park, established in 1978 with a total area of 2,620 squire kilometers. The MNP is located adjacent to the Omo National Park in the south–eastern part close to the Kenya border. The Mago River and the Mursi Hill range form the western boundary. The Mago hot spring and Mago Mountains from the northern boundary. The park as it is with Omo National Park has always been known for its wealth of wildlife varieties and is perhaps comparable to those of east Africa. Among big mammals; Buffalo comprises the highest population as compared to other conservation areas in Ethiopia. There are warthog, bush pig, and carnivores including lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dog, Caracal, Bat-eared fox and many species of smaller mammals in the park. The riverine forest has many colobus and grivet monkeys. Baboons are very common.
OMO National Park (ONP): The ONP is situated with in the Great Rift Valley system in the southern Nations Nationalities and peoples Region. It is one of the principal conservation areas established in 1966 with a total area of 4,068 squire kilometer. The park is within the Omo River catchments basin in the south western part of the Omo valley near the Sudan border. The ONP is one of the least spoiled wildernesses with splendid attraction of rich Savannah and geo-morphological formation. The park is perhaps the last strong hold for several species of wildlife. ONP supports 75 species of mammals. The most notable mammals are the exceptional herds of Eland and Tiang. The former is the only protected population of the species unique to the park not being found elsewhere in the country. Spectacular concentrations of other plain species can be seen on the Illibai and sai plains. The park protects one of the world's largest populations of lesser Kudu.
There are many Grant's gazelle and Ostrich on the plains. With Mago it is the only park in Ethiopia where herds of elephant and Buffalo can still be seen. Greater Kudu can be seen on the Dirga and other hills. Oribi and Dikdid are common and both mountain and Bohor reed buck occur. Along the rivers and streams waterbuck, bush buck, and duiker are common. Klipspringer and hyrax can be seen in the escarpment cliffs. There are warthog and bush pig and many carnivores including lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, caracal, bat-eared fox and many species of smaller mammals in the park. The riverine forest has many colobus and grivet monkeys. Baboons are very common. 320 species of birds, both aquatic and terrestrial have been recorded including the Endemic Black- winged lovebird.
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