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7 Days Omo Valley Tour

Highlights:

  • Stelae of Tiya (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Boat Safari on lake Chamo with africa’s biggest crocodiles, hippos and numerous bird species
  • Mago National Park and Omo Valley (UNESCO world heritage site) with unique tribes
  • Visit of the colorful markets of Key Afer and Dimeka in the Omo Valley
  • Authentic encounters with locals during visits of several communities
  • Visit of the Konso region (UNESCO world heritage site)

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa and drive to Arba Minch (465km)

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport you will be met by our representative and take drive to Arba Minch (approx. 7hrs.), with a stop on the way at Tiya (80km from Addis Ababa) to explore the Stelae field of Tiya, listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Mysterious engraved stelae stretch across Southern Ethiopia. The field comprises some 45 stones of up to 2-3m in height. We then continue to Arba Minch with some fantastic scenery, including the best spot to view the two rift valley lakes, Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the South. We will arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. And you may relax at the lodge with stunning views from the terrace.

Overnight Haile Resort

Day 2: Arbaminch – Lake Chamo – Arbaminch

Morning: After breakfast, we will visit Dorze people with some fantastic scenery, including the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys. The Dorze village is found high in the Guge Mountains overlooking lake Abaya and lake Chamo.

Afternoon: We undertake a boat cruise on lake Chamo and search for Africa’s biggest crocodiles (up to 6m long), hippos and a large variety of bird life.

Overnight Haile Resort

Day 3:  Arbaminch – Konso – Key Afer Market – Jinka (240 km)

After breakfast, we drive to Konso approx. (travelling time 3.5 hrs.). Konso is another UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. We will visit the village compound and the local museum, The Konso people have a rich agrarian culture and construct ingenious terraces and walls that encircle their fields and villages for protection against livestock damage and flooding.

From Konso we continue our journey to the colorful market of Key Afer (Thursdays only) frequented by several tribes of the Omo valley, such as Derase, Tsemay, Benna and Ari, before reaching Jinka in the late afternoon.

Overnight Eco Omo lodge

Day 4: Jinka – Mago National Park (Mursi) — Turmi (160 km)

Morning: We enter the Mago National park (travelling time approx. 2hrs), admiring different animals and birds on the way; and proceed to visit to the Mursi tribe and their villages. One of the most unique tribes in Africa. Here women use huge round lips plates for beauty reasons

Afternoon: After lunch, we continue our trip to Turmi (approx. 3 hrs), where we will meet the fascinating Hamer tribe. Turmi is our base to explore the Southern tribes of the Omo Valley. The whole region of the Southern Omo is UNESCO world heritage site since 1980.

Overnight Buska Lodge

Day 5: Turmi – Dimeka Market – Turmi

Morning: After breakfast, we visit the colourful market in Dimeka near Turmi (Saturdays only), frequented by several tribes of the Omo valley.

Afternoon: Turmi is well known for its traditional events and with some luck we will even participate in a Hamer marriage ceremony, with its bull jumping ceremony and more! In the late afternoon, we will also visit a nearby Hamer village and encounter the tribe in its daily life surroundings. With some luck, we may even witness a moonshine dance (Evangadi), a traditional dance of young Hamer men and women.

Overnight Buska Lodge

Day 6: Turmi – Omorate – Konso

Morning: Today we take an excursion to visit the Dassanech Ethnic group (70 km, one way), famous for their nomad lifestyle and very interesting decoration and scarification on their bodies. There are also great views of the Omo river when crossing in a dugout canoe.

Afternoon: Turmi – Konso (180 km) After lunch, we drive back to Konso (approx. 3.5 hrs.). We will reach the well-kept Kanta Lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Kanta Lodge

Day 7: Konso – Arba Minch – Addis Ababa (flight)

Morning: We drive from Konso to Arba Minch (1 h).

Afternoon: We fly back to Addis Ababa. On arrival to Addis You will be picked up at Bole int. Airport and city tour of Addis: visit National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old human fosil of Lucy.

Evening: In the evening, you will be invited for a traditional Ethiopian dinner and dance show at a renowned restaurant of Addis Ababa. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

End of the Tour//