Adventure Associates

Discover Ethiopia southern highlights 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.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exploring the south Omo and learning about the amazing ethnic groups
  • Walking in the wild alpine meadows of Bale Mountain in search of the elusive Ethiopian wolf
  • Seeing the Rift Valley and its extraordinary string of gem-like lakes abundant in birdlife

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Addis Ababa – Ethiopia
DEPARTURE DATES

September to May

DURATION 14 days/13 nights
PRICES per person

US$6,190 twin share rate

US$7,690 single rate

GROUP SIZE Private tours    2+
INCLUDED
local English speaking guide
All Accommodation
All Meals as specified
All transfers, sightseeing, boat trips, domestic flights and touring as indicated
Bottled water
Entrance fees sightseeing tours/park entry fees
All currently applicable service charges and taxes
NOT INCLUDED
International air-tickets and taxes
Guide gratuity
Excess baggage on any flight
Vaccination costs
Passport or Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information

DestinationEthiopia
1-2

Days 1-2

Join Addis Ababa (altitude 2355m)

On arrival you will be met at the airport by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the group hotel. We will spend these days exploring the capital and be treated to an authentic Ethiopian cooking class and coffee ceremony. We also plan to visit the Fistula Hospital.

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (also known as “Hamlin Fistula Hospital“) and its regional Hamlin Fistula Centres provide comprehensive care for women who suffer from incontinence, physical impairment, shame and marginalisation as a result of an obstetric fistula. The hospital was created by the Australian obstetrician and gynaecologists Catherine Hamlin and her husband Reginald Hamlin to care for women with childbirth injuries and has been in operation since 1974.

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 fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, ‘Lucy’. We also visit the burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie and the copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, a neo-baroque architectural landmark. 

Overnights: Zeist Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 3

Addis Ababa – Jinka

Following breakfast we fly south to Jinka. After checking in to our lodge we will visit the Ari village. Ari people are privileged to have the largest territory of all the tribes in the area, and the most fertile land for growing coffee and corn. The women are known for selling pottery and wearing skirts made from banana trees.

Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 4

Jinka – Turmi

This morning we visit the South Omo Museum, which contains cultural displays from the 16 different ethnic groups living in the region. After lunch, we drive to Turmi and on the way visit a Banna village.

Overnight: Turmi Paradise Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 5

Turmi – Omorate – Turmi

After breakfast we drive to Omorate and visit the Dassanach people. The Dassanach are traditionally pastoralists, but in recent years have become agro-pastoralist, which means they grow crops and raise livestock. Back to Turmi for lunch and in the late afternoon we visit the Hamar village. The Hamar women are striking, wearing beautiful colourful 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 ochre. These women are the most colourful of the Omo people. The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” that 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.

Overnight: Turmi Paradise Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 6

Turmi – Konso – Arba Minch

Today we drive to Arba Minch and on the way visit Konso. Known for its stonewalled village and cultural landscape, Konso society is largely agricultural, involving 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 totems “waka”, used to mark graves of their clan chief and warriors. Although today there are marked differences between the Konso and their Oromo neighbours.

Overnight: Arba Minch Paradise Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 7

Arba Minch – Lake Chamo – Dorze – Arba Minch

Today 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 km2. The lake is fringed with beds of Typha (Cattail). During the boat trip, we will have the opportunity to spot Hippo, Nile crocodile and aquatic birds. We will also journey to 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 beehive houses built from bamboo tree, dancing, traditional weaving and authentic lifestyle. We take lunch at Dorze Lodge and then take a picturesque walk overlooking the Rift Valley and its lakes.

Overnight: Arba Minch Paradise Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 8

Arba Minch – Lake Langano

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 Shshamene for lunch and transfer into 4WDs. After checking into the lodge, we can explore this water sanctuary, which is rich in bird and other wildlife.

Overnight: Hara Lodge  B,L,D

 

 
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Day 9

Lake Langano and Chitu Crater Lake

This day is dedicated to exploring more of the Rift Valley lakes. We will take a drive to Chitu Crater Lake. The lake is nestled within a tuff explosion crater that formed some 10,000 years ago due to volcanic activity. The surface of the 20m deep Lake stands a full 80m below the crater rim and its saline algae-rich shallows harbour a semi-resident flock of 10,000-20,000 flamingos.

Overnight: Hara Lodge  B,L,D

 
10-12

Days 10-12

Lake Langano – Bale Mountains (altitude 4000m)

En-route to the Bale Mountains we visit the park’s headquarters and hope to see two endemic mammals, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck. We proceed to the Bale Mountain Lodge via the Sanetti Plateau where we spend the next two days. Bale Mountain National Park contains the Harenna forest, a largely unexplored area situated to the south of the mountains and thought to contain many undiscovered species of reptile and a wealth of birds, including the endemic white-backed black tit, Abyssinian catbird and woodpecker. The Park offers some wonderful trekking opportunities and the largest population of Ethiopian wolves is found here. Other mammals we might see are olive baboon, guereza monkey and if we are lucky the Bale monkey.

Overnights: Bale Mountain Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 13

Bale Mountains – Goba – Addis Ababa

After breakfast we drive back across the beautiful countryside of Sanetti Plateau and take an early afternoon flight from Goba back to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Zeist Lodge  B,L,D

 
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Day 14

Depart Addis Ababa

The final morning in Addis Ababa before transferring to the airport for your onward flight home. B

 

Please note: The proposed itinerary is just a guide and changes could be made due to domestic flight schedule changes and hotel availability.

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

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.

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