October 7, 2015
Ethiopia Cultural Tour and Photo Safari
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Ethiopia Cultural Tour and Photo Safari in Omo Valley
11 Days and 10 Nights. From USD $ 1,880 (based on two people sharing double bed). We offer 7% discount for members only. This trip can be tailored to your best interest; group size, no of days, and your budget. For customized price, please contact us.
Capture the memories of a lifetime in the Omo valley – Ethiopia’s largest nature sanctuary and rich in spectacular game and yet one of the least visited areas. The lower Omo is home to an astonishing mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups uniquely known for their natural artistic impulses. You will also meet and greet some of the very colorful local tribes who live in this area. Marvel at the Great Rift Valley, Lakes Awassa, Shalla, Abiyata and Zeway, all part of a unique vacation package.
What will you do
Journey to the lower Omo valley where some of the most fascinating and colorful ethnic groups of Ethiopia are to be found. In addition to the diverse and fascinating peoples and cultures, it is home to rich wildlife and beautiful scenery. This ranges from the dry, open, savannah plains to the riviera forest that borders the Omo and Mago rivers.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa and city tour
A welcoming reception by Highway Tours and transfer to your. Addis Ababa the 3rd largest city in Africa, population 5 million and the 3rd highest capital in the world. Visit St. George cathedral, natural history, ethnological museum and others, some among the most important in sub Saharan Africa.
Visit Merkato one of the largest outdoor markets to enjoy the city’s plenty of cultural experiences. Enjoy folk dancing, singing, restaurants and Azmari bets (traditional dancing) late into the afternoon. Marvel at the panoramic city view below the Entoto Mountains.
Day 2: Drive to Arbaminch
En route see the beautiful land and scenery, visit the Dorze, famous for huge bee hive huts.
Day 3: Boat trip on Lake Tchamo then drive to Konso
Lake Abaya the largest of the rift valley lakes, Lake Tchamo, and huge crocodiles at the so called crocodile market are not to be missed spectacles. Drive to Konso to a people who have an ancient, complex, and fascinating culture of their own. Here are found human fossils dating from between 1.3 and 1.9 million years.
Day 4: Drive to Jinka
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tchamo to visit the crocodile market and the hippo pods. Then you will drive to Jinka via Key Afer Market, a colorful market in the area where you can see the different tribes in the same place. Cross villages of Omo Valley and a late afternoon arrival at Jinka.
Day 5: Mursi
In the morning, drive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribes. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills and visit a local Ari village.
Day 6 – 7: Turmi
Turmi is the main town of the Hamer. Here the people are known for fine pottery and remarkable hair styling. You can also see their body decoration and the adorning women with their bead necklaces, iron coils, and skins decorated with crocowry shells.
Day 8: Drive to Yabelo
On our way back to Addis, we visit Yabelo wild life sanctuary. With over 194 species of birds, including one of Africa’s rarest birds the prince ruspoli turaco. You can also see some of the 25 species of mammal including burchell’s zebra and the greater kudus.
Day 9: Drive to Langano or Wondogenet
Enjoy the hot spring resort “Wondo genet” where you can relax, swim, hot water bath and view birds like the yellow fronted parrot, Hemprichs, lesser honey guide, crowned hornbills and others.
Day 10: Drive to Addis
Enjoy the hot spring resort “Wondo genet” where you can relax, swim, hot water bath and view birds like the yellow fronted parrot, Hemprichs, lesser honey guide, crowned hornbills and see the lakes of the Great Rift Valley rich in water birds. Langano lakes, park of Shala and Abyata, Lake Zewai and Debrezeit’s crater lakes + a farewell dinner by Highway Tours o/n hotel + FB.
Day 11: Departure:
Transfer to the Airport + B.
• Hotel accommodation 4 star in Addis and best available hotels out side Addis
• All private ground transportation (4WD), fuel, and driver
• All daily meals with bottled water and soft drinks
• Professional English speaking local guide who accompany you throughout
• Boat trip on Lake Tana
• Entrance and parking fees throughout the tour program
• Scouts and cooks if camping
• 10% Service charge and 15% Government tax (VAT) .
• International air tickets
• Airport tax and transfer fees Alcoholic beverages / drinks
• Visa expenses
• Video or photographing fees
How you can make a difference by booking this holiday
The trip creates an opportunity for an exchange of cultures between you and the local communities as there are various moments to discuss and interact with.
As you buy authentic souvenirs, arts and crafts you will support households and families to improve the quality of their life. The income they will earn as a result of your booking and further shopping will enable them to provide their children with their needs and learning materials.
Accommodations have put in place policies of environmental conservation, water and energy usage and waste minimization. They also have economic policies to employ their staff from the local communities and to use the local resources and markets for the services they provide.
For you to have better knowledge of the trip, we will provide you accurate pre-trip information before the start of the tour. Also in order you to have a good understanding of the places, the environment, and the local community; we will supply you our Travelers’ Code of Conduct which is also supplied to our staff and local suppliers.
Book this tour now and enjoy Ethiopia’s best tribal cultures at Omo valley. If you want a customized itinerary, quotation, or any other tour information you might want to consider before visiting, please contact us. We will respond to you as soon as possible.
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