The southern part of Ethiopia is the most diverse place both culturally and linguistically. This trip will take to admire those cultures and tradition that have been preserved for centuries, particularly interesting are the Konso for their Stone work and
What to Expect
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. 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 spice market. Hotel accommodation in Addis.
Drive from Addis-Arbaminch for 515km; There are different villages on the way to Arbaminch bel;onging to different ethnic groups. A stop in Tiya to visit one of the 8 sites registered by the UNESCO. Afternoon dedicated to Dorze people famous of their characterstic traditional huts made of twisted bamboo. Hotel accommodation in Arbmainch.
Arbaminch: visit in the morning Netch Sar National Park meaning “White Grass” in local language, given to it because of its suggestive plain grassland where one can find numerous mammals among which Zebras, Gazelles, Antelopes and the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest found only in Ethiopia. Afternoon excursion by boat on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles and hippos believed to be among of the largest ones in all Africa. Hotel accommodation in Arbaminch.\
Drive from Arbaminch to Jinka for 240 KM, 90 KM from Arbaminch down to south is the territory of Konso people. Konso people are very known to be hardworking and famous of terrace agriculture by which they exploit every meters of the mountainous terrain to grow coffee, bean, sorghum, cotton, and maze. They are as well known for weaving. Continue to Jinka. Arrive in Jinka. Hotel accommodation in Jinka.
Jinka-Mursi-Jinka for a total of 150 KM, here starts the real natural part of the tour where we shall explore different people living in their natural state where time and space seems not to exist. Morning drive to the Mursi people, one of the most interesting, from anthropological point of view, in Africa. They belong to The Nilo-Saharan language group and they speak a language similar to that of Surma and Me’en people. Among their vast and strange cultures is found also the “Lip Plate” which they practice by cutting their lower lip to insert a terra-cotta disc. The men have scarifications on their shoulders and arms. Hotel accommodation in Jinka.
Drive from Jinka – Turmi via Demeka, morning dedicated to Ari people around Jinka. Omotic people who practice painting their huts with very interesting design. They are essentially farmers and grow coffee, sorghum, beans and other cereals as well as garden fruits and vegetables. Proceed to Turmi after lunch. Arrive in Turmi. Lodge accommodation in Turmi
Turmi, this day is dedicated to the people of Hamar, one of the most elaborately dressed and largest Omotic speaking people of the Omo Valley. Lodge accommodation in Turmi.
Turmi- Omo Rate- Turmi; morning excursion to Karo people, one of the most endangered people in Ethiopia. It seems that they are now left only few Karo numbered not more than 1500. Drive to Omo Rate to visit Dessenech people. Lodge accommodation in Turmi
Turmi- Yabello; morning drive through the Erbore Village, and Tesmay Villages, lunch in Konso, and proceed to Yabello, Main town of the Borana people. Hotel accommodation in Yabello
Yabello- Elsod- Yirgalem; Early in the morning drive to Elsod where there is a crater made from an extinct volcano on the bottom of which there is a black-water lake where the Borana people immerse to extract salt. The salt is then brought up to the village by donkey. Assist the interesting water wells of Boranna called “Singing wells” because the Borana people sing while pulling the water out from the wells that are as deep as 36m. Lodge accommodation in Yirgalem.
Visit on the way Sidama villages and drive back to Addis Ababa. Farewell dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music; Departure.
P.S. All programs are re-written to include traditional market days, National Holidays, Special Ceremonies, personal needs, Distances, and other events based on your departure date and time.
- Full accommodation,
- Land transportation by 4X4 WDS
- Guide service,
- Entrance fees to all location
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance,
- Baggage insurance
- Alcohol and other personal maters
- Money for photo
- Food and drinks
Know Before You Go
in the south people demand to be paid for photo about 2 to 4 ETB per picture