What to Expect
Day 01: Arrive in Addis and start city tour of the capital founded by the wife of Emperor Menelik in the end of the 19th Century. Very attractive are the two famous museums the National Museum which hosts Lucy, hominid fossil dating back to 3.5 million years old which belongs to the Australopithecus Afarensis family. The market of Addis which is noted to be the largest open air market in East Africa holds together different retail and wholesale sectors. Particularly interesting are the recycling sector and the specie market. Overnight hotel in Addis.
Day 02: Addis-Jimma 346km; Most of the territory is inhabited by the Oromo people. The Oromo are an ethnic group found in Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and to a lesser extent in parts of Somalia. With 30 million members, they constitute the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and approximately 34.49% of the population according to the 2007 census. Their native language is Oromoiffa which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Overnight Hotel in Jimma.
Day 03: Jimma-Mizanteferi 240km; This is the place where coffee is believed to have originated. In fact the name itself “Coffee” might have derived from the name of this old region called “Kaffa”. Morning visit to the famous Aba Jifar II palace. Abba Jifar II was king of the Gibe Kingdom of Jimma (reigned 1878 - 1932). He was the son ofAbba Gomoland Queen Gumiti.
He had several wives: Queen Limmiti, who was the daughter of the King ofLimmu-Ennarea; Queen Minjo, the daughter of the King ofKaffa; and Queen Sapertiti, also from Limmu-Ennarea. In the 1880s, he conquered a portion of theKingdom of Janjero, which lay east of Jimma, along theOmo River, and incorporated it into his kingdom. Drive to Mizanteferi with very panoramic stops. Overnight at Central Jimma hotel.
Day 04: Mizanteferi-Kibish 200km; The first part of this area is covered by dense pluvial rainy forest with different indigenous trees. The Agnuak people reside in the Dima district which is very near to Sudan. The Anuak are a river people whose villages are scattered along the banks and rivers of southeastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, in theGambela Region.
Members of this ethnic group number between 100,000 to 150,000 people worldwide, most of whom live in this southwestern area of Ethiopia, with others living directly across the border in southern Sudan. The "Anuak" are from the family of Nilotes. They have lived in the area of the Upper Nilefor hundreds of years and consider their land to be their tribal land. Arrive in Kibish and Camping.
Day 05: Kibish; Day dedicated to explore the Surma people. The Surma people live in a remote corner of south-western Ethiopia, virtually untouched by the modern world. According to Suri oral tradition, came to their present territory nearMount Naita about 200 years ago from the banks of the Nile River. The Surma have a sky god named Tuma. The Suri also believe in spirits and usemedicine mento undertake sacrifices or prayers and directly send them to Tuma. Another belief of the Suri is the rain maker.
Piercing andlip platesare a strong part of the Suri culture. At the point of puberty most women have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced. Once the lip is pierced, it’s then stretched and a lip plate is then placed in the hole of the piercing. Camp overnight.
Day 06: Kibish/Tulgit 20km; Where to camp this day depends on where a possible stick-fighting is available. Normally stick-fighting takes place between Kibish and Tulgit. A sport and ritual the Surma take extremely seriously isstick fighting. In most cases, stick fighting is done so young men can find wives. It is a way for young men to prove themselves to the young women.
To the Suri, the ideal time to stick fight is just after it rains. The fights are held between Suri villages, and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed. Overnight Camp.
Day 07: Kibish-Maji 65km Drive to Maji visiting on the way some Surma villages. Arrive in Maji, the chief town of Dizi people. The Dizi are now changed due to the settlement of other ethnic groupsmsuch as the Amhara and Tigre from the central part of Ethiopia. . They share a number of somatic similarities with certain culturally (but not always linguistically) related peoples of south-western Ethiopia, which include theShekoandNao, the Gimira (She, Bench, Mer), the Tsara, the Dime, the Aariand certain sub-groups of the Basketo people. Overnight Camp.
Day 08: Maji-Omo Park 95km; Drive through a very dense tropical forest until Adika. Then drive other 65km until the head quarter of the Omo Park. Omo National Park is one of the National ParksofEthiopia. Located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Regionon the west bank of the Omo River, the park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers, about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa; across the Omo is the Mago National Park. Although anairstripwas recently built near the park headquarters on theMui River, this park is not easily reachable. Camp in the Park.
Day 09: Omo Park Game drive in the park to see its animals. 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burchell's Zebra are not uncommon. Camp in the Park.
Day 10: Omo Park-Omo river cross-Mago Park 200km; Early drive to Omo river and cross the river with motor boat. On the other bank of the river are other vehicles waiting for us. Drive through Mago park. the 2162 square kilometers of this park are divided by the Mago River, a tributary of the Omo, into two parts. Camp overnight.
Day 11: Mago park-Mursi-Jinka; Drive to Mursi villages. Mrsi people are very similar to the Surma. Nilo-Saharan linguistic group,agro-pastoralists, originally from the larger Surma group, the Mursi are people who moved east from the surmic nucleus and occupied the land between the Omo and Mago rivers. Neighboured by the Surma to the west,the Ari and Mount Mago to the east,the Kwegu and Karo to the south and the Bodi to the north, the mursi are about 6000 in number. The unique trait of the Mursi, shared by other surmic groups, is the spectacular labial and lobular platesworn by the women and theirstick fight ceremony. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: Jinka-Konso; Morning dedictaed to Ari people around Jinka. Omotic people who practice to paint their huts with very interesting designs. They are essentially farmers and grow coffee, sorghum, beans and other cereals as well as garden fruits and vegetables. Procede to Konso after lunch. Arrive in Konso and overnight in Kanta lodge.
Day 13: Konso-Arbaminch 90km; Prior to departure have a look at one of the most impressive villages of the Konso village. There are almost 200,000 Konso confined to a homeland of considerably less than 1000 square kilometers. The Konso have no memory of where their ancestors originated. They assume they have always lived in the tiny hilly territory in the far southwest of Ethiopia.
Their African ancestors, however, probably arrived there around 5,000 years ago, bringing with them the prevalent stone age culture and agricultural techniques that are still evident today. Konso people are farmers, living in fortified villages bounded by their farming land. They developed a defensive style of building, with villages on hilltops, protected by fortifications around them. Drive to Arbaminch and overnight in hotel
Day 14: Arbaminch-Addis 520km; Drive to Addis and visit on the way Dorze villages. Dorze village, which is about 35 Kms from Arbaminch, is situated high up in the misty Guge Mountains. The Omotic Dorze people are famous for their beehive shaped Huts-which are constructed with vertical hard wood poles and wovenbamboo. In addition to farming the Dorze are engaged in weaving, pottery and blacksmithing.
Arrive in Addis and departure.