Discover Ethiopia’s diverse south and its incredible number of different ethnic groups in and around the Omo Valley. Explore their villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets. Visit the rift valley lakes and marvel at the natural beauty of Bale Mountain National Park.
Our journey is one of ease and comfort and full of fascinating cultural legacies. It is a tour offering superb value and over and above the extensive sightseeing programme, we have included virtually all meals, leaving little additional expenditure throughout the tour.
We look forward to you joining us on this spectacular tour, designed especially for our direct clientele. Your camera will capture images never to be forgotten.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Addis Ababa – Ethiopia|
September to May
|DURATION||14 days/13 nights|
|PRICES per person|
US$4,890 twin share rate
US$5,300 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||Independent / Private tours 2+|
Join Addis Ababa
On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the group hotel. We spend the remainder of the day sightseeing in the capital, and visit the Fistula Hospital.
– Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub. Its National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.” We will also visit the burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie, and the copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, a neo-baroque architectural landmark. B,L,D
Addis Ababa – Jinka
Following breakfast we take a flight south to Jinka. After checking into our lodge we will visit the Ari village. Ari people are privileged to have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area. They have the most fertile land for growing coffee and corn. The women are known for selling pottery and wearing skirts made from banana trees. B,L,D
Today we visit the South Omo Museum which contains cultural displays from the 16 different ethnic groups living in the region. After lunch, experience the famous Saturday market in Jinka, which is the largest in the region. The predominant ethnic group here is the Ari, however it also attracts a variety of ethnic groups including Banna, Mursi and sometimes Bashada all attending to exchange their products. B,L,D
Jinka – Turmi (925m), drive 2-3 hrs
After breakfast we drive to Turmi via Key Afer, and check in to our Lodge. Late in the afternoon we will visit the Hamar village. The Hamar women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. Famous for their hairstyle — a crown of long dread-lock braids covered in ocher, these women are the most colorful of the Omo people. The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails. B,L,D
Turmi – Konso (1650m), drive 3-4 hrs
Today we drive to Konso. Known for its stone wall village and cultural landscape, Konso society is largely agricultural involving the irrigation and terracing of mountain slopes. It is recognised for it’s communal and sustainable terrace system which is registered by UNESCO. Staple crops include sorghum and corn, with cash crops including cotton and coffee. Cattle, sheep, and goats are raised for food and milk. Their village is also well known for traditional wooden totem “waka” as a symbol of grave marks for their clan chief and warriors. Although there are today marked differences in customs between the Konso and their Oromo neighbours, Konso society has also retained some commonalities with traditional Oromo culture. The latter include the gadaa generation-grading system of social organisation, similar high priests and a cult of phallicism. Polygyny is an accepted practice among the Konso
Konso – Arbaminch (1285m)
En-route to Arbaminch we take a boat trip on Lake Chamo. Lake Chamo is one of the lakes of the famous Rift Valley, with a surface area of 317 square kilometres, the lake is fringed with beds of Typha, as well as wetlands. It is fed by the Kulfo River and several small streams, as well as overflow from Lake Abaya. During the boat ride, we will have the opportunity to spot Hippo, Nile Crocodile and aquatic birds. In the afternoon we continue to Arbaminch. B,L,D
Arbaminch – Guge Mountains – Dorze Village (2300m), drive 1 hr
Today we explore the Dorze Village located in the Guge mountains. The Dorze occupy the Eastern edge of the Gamo Highlands above Lake Abaya, about 2600m above sea level. The Dorze people are famous for their unique elephant face houses built from bamboo tree, dancing, traditional weaving and authentic life style. We take lunch at Dorze Lodge and then take a picturesque walk overlooking the Rift Valley and its Lakes. Today happens to be the Ethiopian New Year, and we will celebrate over dinner this evening. Overnight Arbaminch. B,L,D
Arbaminch – Lake Langano (1585m), drive 4-5 hrs
Today we journey to the Hara Lodge, located on the shore of Lake Langano, another of the Rift Valley lakes. En-route we stop in Sodo town for lunch. On arrival we check-in to the lodge, and afterwards explore the area which is rich in bird and other wildlife. B,L,D
Lake Langano – Senneti Plateau – Bale Mountains, drive 6-7 hrs
Enroute to the Bale Mountains we visit the park’s headquarters and hope to spot two endemic mammals, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s bush buck. Afterwards proceed to the Bale Mountains Lodge via the Senneti Plateau. B,L,D
Bale Mountains National Park (3000m)
We spend two days in the Bale Mountains where we hope to sight the rare Ethiopian Wolf. Bale Mountains National Park also contains the Harenna Forest, situated to the south of the mountains, which is a largely unexplored area thought to contain many undiscovered species of reptile as well as lions, leopards and various types of antelope. Besides wildlife, the National Park offers trekking opportunities from the park headquarters at Dinsho. The largest group of Ethiopian wolves is found here. Other characteristic large mammals found here are mountain nyalas, menelik’s bushbucks, warthogs, and bohor reedbucks.
Bale Mountains – Addis Ababa, drive 6-7 hrs
Early morning drive to Hawassa via the beautiful countryside of Bale and Arsi massifs; and in the afternoon fly back to Addis Abba for overnight accommodation. B,L,D
Depart Addis Ababa
Our final morning in Addis Ababa before transferring to the airport for your return flight home. B
Daniel Ademe Tire
Daniel is the Managing Director of our partner company in Ethiopia and will be our guide on tour, he is also passionate about delivering a quality travel experience. Daniel has a vast knowledge of all aspects of Ethiopia, having been a high school teacher prior to developing an interest in tourism. The combination of his knowledge as a teacher, travel consultant and a naturally gregarious personality, makes him the ideal tour guide. Daniel has travelled widely, attending workshops and training sessions in Africa and other parts of the world, as well as obtaining his MA degree in Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University, deepening his knowledge of the diverse cultures and peoples of Ethiopia. Daniel’s vision is to provide an authentic experience of his country, conserve the fragile environment, and to help boost the income of local communities through sustainable travel practices.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your USD 1000 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||US$1000 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||US$500 per person|
|Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.