CULTURAL TOURS

11 Days Cultural Tour : Southern Omo Valley Tour Program
Tour Program: Southern Omo valley
Tour code: TAOS.008
Duration: 11 Days
Mode of Transportation: Surface

TP TOURPACKEGE IMAGES 14

Head to South Omo Valley, where a mosaic of indigenous tribes are located with intriguing cultural value, beautiful landscape and diversified tribes with their own unique village settlements for a century. This package will also offer you to explore the best possible exotic and colourful weekly traditional markets that add unique value to your holiday. All of this is yours in this package will guarantee you a fantastic journey of discovery to the Omo Valley Tribes.

  • Day 01. Addis abeba
    Transfer to the hotel then, Have a full day city tour in Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you see the famous fossil Lucy, who was 3.2 million years old, the Ethnographic Museum, Entoto St. Mary Museum, St. Trinity Cathedral church, and Merkato market, the largest open-air market in Africa.  Overnight hotel.
  • DAY 02.  Addis ababa - awassa
    Drive to Awassa via Butajira. Visit, on the way, the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam, which beliefs carved by King Lalibela at the end of 12th century and the steles of Tiya, which carved from monolithic stones and used as Tomb for the soldiers who died between the age of 18 and 22. And also the Stele of Tiya registered on the UNESCO Album as one of the World Heritage Sites.  Overnight hotel
  • DAY 03 Awassa - arba minch
    Drive to the Lake Awassa after breakfast to visit the colourful water birds and fish market, where people are buying fresh fish from fishermen. Drive directly to the lakeside town of Arba Minch. Visit two different villages on the way; one is Alaba village and the second one is the Dorze people who live on the Guge Mountain and are famous for their beehive bamboo house and weaving skill. Their society is very well-known for making traditional cloth.  Overnight hotel.
  • DAY 04 Arba minch - nechi sar national park
    Drive to Nechi Sar National Park to visit many species of birds and mammals. Nechi Sar National Park is located in the rift valley. It is enriched with many species of birds and mammals such as African orange-bellied parrots, bustards, weavers, Somber rock-chat, yellow-throated serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy baits, Lesser striped swallow, and Anubis Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc. Take a boat trip after lunch on the 3rd largest lake in Ethiopia called Chamo which famous for big crocodile, hippos, and water birds.  Overnight same hotel.
  • DAY 05 Arba minch – jinka
    Drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer after breakfast. Visit the Konso village on the way, where you see the colourfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land, annually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers and community house. In the community house called Mora, all the young boys above 12 years old expected to stay every night in it till their marriage. You will have lunch or Konso then Continue driving to the town of Jinka after lunch. En-route visit the Tsemay people, who give right for girls to choose their husband before marriage. During this time, if the girl becomes pregnant, it is not acceptable in the community. In the Tsemay society, the brides eating together only during their honeymoon time and the rest of their life will not eat together. If the day is Thursday, there is a colourful market at Key Afer for Tsemay and Benna people.  Overnight in hotel.
  • DAY 06 Jinka - mago national park - turmi
    Drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people with their village. The Mursi are well known for the large clay discs that the women wear inserted in their slit lower lips; the Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 years and then after they cut their lips, they put small wooden plugs and change every night with the big one to stretch the lips till their lips can hold 6 inches round clay. The Mursi men wear very little, although a cotton wrap is becoming more & more common. Drive to Turmi via Dimeka after lunch. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a chance to see the colourful weekly market at Dimeka. Overnight in hotel
  • DAY 07 Turmi
    Drive to Korocho village to visit the Karo tribe. They are famous for body decoration during the ceremony; in the olden time, men are famous for body scars. By counting the scars, you can identify how many people or wild animals that he killed. Visit the Hammer village in the afternoon, where you see kids playing in the compound and women decorate their hair by using red soil, water and cow butter. Hamer people have a bull jumping ceremony; this ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood. During the ceremony, you see the real Hamer traditional dance called Eveangadi; and also the women from the jumper’s families are being wiped by his friend’s to show their love to the Jumper. Overnight in hotel
  • DAY 08 Turmi
    Drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench people, who live across the Omo river. Drive back to Turmi. If the day is Monday, there is a weekly market at Turmi for the Hamer people.  Overnight same camping
  • DAY 09 Turmi - arba minch
    Drive to Arba Minch via Arbore. Stop at the Arbore tribe on the way, who practice circumcision before marriage for the girls. After circumcision program, she will stay two months in her husband’s family house. On the way, you have a chance to see so many tribes.   Overnight hotel
  • DAY 10 Arba minch - lake langano
    Drive to Lake Langano (which is the only lake in Ethiopia free from water diseases) via the town of Shashemane, where Rasta people (Jamaicans who worship Emperor Haile Sellassie) are located. Visit one of the Welayata people with their village on the way.  Overnight hotel
  • DAY11 Addis abeba - back to your country
    Have time to enjoy on the lake till 10:30 and then drive back to Addis. Visit Lake Zeway on the way, where you see the colourful water birds and it is the largest lake from the Northern Rift Valley Lakes. Transfer to the airport for departure in the evening after the dinner program in one of the traditional restaurants.