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South Omo/ Mago (6 Nights/ 7 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 756 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1098 US Dollar (USD)

South Omo tour is accessible both by road and air. However, as flights are available only twice a week, for the sake of all convenience this part trip is mostly advisable should it be arranged all along by surface. For visiting one should allow at the least two days driving in either direction from Addis Ababa and four days in the region.

Moreover trying to plan the itinerary around the weekly market days will offer an optimum chance to interact with the local tribal people. The ideal time to make the South Omo tour is out of the rainy season. Poor roads and black cotton soil make travel practically difficult during the rainy season typically over April and May but sometimes extending a month either side of that. The short rains in October may also put a temporary stop to travel.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: AM depart by 4x4 vehicle southward of Addis via Butajira and Hossana towns for Arbaminch (450km). En-route you’ll visit the village of Dorze people, renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. Overnight Arbaminch Paradise Lodge

Day 2: AM leave for Turmi (280km) enjoying the Omo Valley tribal people that preserve their traditional ways of life hardly changed from what they were centuries ago. En-route you’ll visit Konso and Arbore tribes’ villages. Stay 2 nights Turmi Buska Lodge

Day 3: AM excursion to Omorate (150km) to visit the Geleb (Dasanech) tribe settling on the bank of Omo River. PM visit in and around Turmi the villages of the archetypal South Omo residents the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers

Day 4: AM excursion to Murulle (110km) to visit the Karo people who are considered the masters of body painting and decorate their bodies with chalk paint often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. PM drive to Jinka (115km) via Dimeka village. Stay 2 nights Jinka Eyob Pension

Day 5: AM excursion (140km) to visit the Mursi tribe whose women wear circular clay plate on their lower lip as well ear lobes. PM visit Jinka town’s daily open market and Ethnographic Museum that gives a good overview of the Omo Valley people culture and way of life

Day 6: AM leave for Arbaminch (256km) visiting en-route Ari, Benna and Tsemai tribes villages. Overnight Arbaminch Paradise Lodge

Day 7: AM drive back to Addis Ababa (500km) visiting the Rift Valley lakes that are teemed with different bird species. Late afternoon arrive Addis Ababa and end of service

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation in twin room sharing basis (Subject to confirmation of the hotels specified in the itinerary, or similar)
- All the 3 meals of the day with mineral water
- Tourist standard 4x4 vehicle with English speaking driver guide
- Entry, village, scout and road fees
- All taxes

Price Excludes:
- Any payable drinks/ beverages
- Payment or offerings for photographing and video shootings
- All items not shown as included

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