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Trip to Omo Valley

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Day 1

Addis – Arba Minch

On arrival travel through the rolling hillsides of Wolaitta. After Sodo turn south, and skirt the western shores of Lakes Abay and Chamo, the southern most of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley Lakes, before arriving in Arba Minch, or “40 springs”. Then continue drive to Arba Minch and check into the Paradise Lodge. The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the narrow stretch of forested land, known locally as “the bridge of heaven”, which separates the two lakes. Philip Briggs in the Bradt Guide described it as one of the best views in Africa.

If it is Monday, it is a market day at the Dorze and you will drive 37 km north of Arba Minch make an excursion to Chencha, the home of the Dorze people, renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive- shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The main occupations of the region are subsistence farming and weaving. The shama cloth produced around Chencha is regarded to be the finest in Ethiopia: plain white gabbi robes and brightly colored scarf- like netalas are sold along the roadside. Overnight Paradise Lodge.

Day 2

Arba Minch

Late morning, you will enjoy the boat trip on Lake Chamo. Attraction of the boat trip includes viewing of large number of hippos and crocodiles from a very close range. Overnight Paradise Lodge.

Day 3

Arba Minch – Konso

Drive to Konso, about 96km from Arba Minch. The Konso people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves. Enjoy the terrace they make recognized and prized by UNESCO. In addition to this it is worth exploring their village, traditionally the Konso live in congested centralized settlements, typically situated on the top of a hill and enclosed by stone walls measuring up to 2m high. These walled hilltop settlements usually have no more than three or four entrance gates, and can be reached only via a limited number of steep footpaths. Overnight at Kanta Lodge

Day 4

Konso – Jinka

Drive to Jinka via Woito & Key Afer, about 200km. Make a drive through Woito village and then to Key Afer. And finally proceed to Jinka. Overnight at Jinka Resort

Day 5

Jinka – Mago National Park – Mursi – Jinka

Morning after breakfast visit Ari & Bena then continue driving to Mago National park; in the park you may see the following animals Bushbuck, Dik Dik, Baboons and Colobus Monkeys. Then drive to Mursi tribe is known by body scarification and (among the women) the wearing of lip plates. Return back to Jinka for overnight stay. Overnight at Jinka Resort

Day 6:

Jinka – Turmi:

Drive to Turmi via Key Afer and Dimeka, about127kms. And continue driving to Turmi. Overnight at Buska Lodge

Day 7

Turmi – Omorate – Karo –Turmi

After breakfast drive to Omorate, it is about 35km, cross the Omo River by Canoe and visits the Dasenech villages (Galeb tribe) then drive back to Turmi. In the afternoon visit the Hamer village. The Hamers are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs. Afternoon drive to Muruelle, it is about 67km; visit the Duss and Korcho villages of the Karo people. They are considered masters of body painting, in which they engage when preparing for a dance, feast, or celebration. Drive back to Turmi for your Overnight and dinner. Overnight at Buska Lodge

Day 8

Turmi – Arba Minch

Drive back to Arba Minch on the way visiting the Erbore tribes and see their dressing styles, houses and way of living. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 9

Arbaminch – Langano

Start driving back to Addis on the way visiting the Abijata Shalla national park. Overnight at Sabana Lodge

Day 10

Langano – Addis

After breakfast go to the Mount Entoto. There you will be able to see the commanding view point Mount Entoto, which offers the stupendous view of the city. You will also visit the church of St. Mary at Entoto. After your visit to Entoto, you will have the time to go to the biggest open Market in Africa, Mercato, where you will witness a fascinating medley of people and culture. Overnight at Jupiter International Hotel

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