The focus of this trip is to understand the rich cultures of the tribes in the periphery whose traditional life and environment will fascinate you more than anything. Enjoy monasteries, a boat trip, and fascinating tribes.
What to Expect
Day 01: Arrive in Addis Ababa, we will pick you up from the Bole International Airport and transfer you into your hotel. Relax the rest of your time, Dinner. Overnight in a hotel in Addis Ababa.
Day 02: Addis – Jimma 360 KM; you will stop at Walkite for lunch. En route we will be visiting the Gurage and Oromo people and their beautiful villages. We cross the magnificent and picturesque Gibe gorge and the Gibe River. After driving through coffee and chat plantation, we arrive in Jimma for an overnight stay. Jimma was the capital of the former Keffa province.
It is in this region that the coffee beans originated for the first time by a shepherd. Now Jimma is inhibited by Oromo, Kefecho and Kulo people. Overnight in a hotel in Jimma.
Day 03: Jimma - Mizan Teferi 240 KM; Driving from Jimma to Mizan Teferi through the Ethiopia’s indigenous dense forest. The people living in this area are from Kefecho, yem and Bench ethnic groups. This place is famous in coffee, tea and spiece growing region from all over the country. Overnight in a hotel in Mizan Teferi.
Day 04: Mizan Teferi- Kibish; Continue driving further to the west from Mizan Teferi to Kibish through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopia’s largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit tribe, Dimma. Continue driving further west to Tulgit and then to Kibish. Tulgit and Kibish are small towns villages of the Surma people. Much more Surma people live in Kibish village. Arrive in Kibish and walk the rest of the day around. Dinner and overnight camping.
Day 05: Kibish; full day with the Surma people who share the practice of the women’s inserting of clay discs in their lower lips, and the men’s ‘Stick Fighting’ – with the Mursi people who live on the other side of the Omo River. We walk around the local villages in Kibish. Dinner and overnight Camping.
Day 06: Kibish – Mizan Teferi; Drive Mizan Teferi via Bebeka where you will visit the coffee exporting processes from nursery to packing and transporting. Dinner and Overnight in Eden Hotel.
Day 07: Mizan Teferi – Jimma; Visiting the Chat or mild Stimulant cultivation, and the Muslim Oromo people on the way, drive to Jimma – which was the regional capital of Ethiopia in the late 19th Century. Overnight Central Jimma HotelDay 08: Jimma – Sodo – Arba Minch; with a stop at Gojeb River where you may spot hippos, drive 360 km to Arba Minch. On your way visit the people of Wolita who are known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana. Overnight Lodge in Arbaminch.
Day 09: Arba Minch – Jinka; Stop at to visit Konso people. Visiting the most colorful multicultural market in the Lower Omo Valley at Key Afer if it is Thursday – which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai, drive 275 km to Jinka.
Day 10: Jinka – Mago NP and back to Jinka; Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley.
Day 11: Jinka – Dimeka – Turmi; Drive to Turmi – the settlement of Hamer people. Stop off at Dimeka to visit the other interesting weekly cultural market of the Hamer and the Benna people if Saturday. After dinner at your hotel, you will be driven to the nearby village of the Hamer people to see the traditional dances of the Hamer people, if there is any or just visit them in their own settlement. Overnight in Turmi.
Day 12: Turmi; In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. After a picnic lunch at Murulle, proceed driving to Korcho to visit the Karo people. And, finally drive back to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi.
Day 13: Turmi – Arba Minch; depart early, drive north to Arba Minch with a stop at Lake Chamo to have a remarkable boat trip to visit the ‘Crocodile Market’ where you can visit display of big African Crocodiles, hippos, and various low land water birds. Overnight lodge.
Day 14: Arba Minch – Langano; Drive north to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the people of Dorze who are known for their huge bamboo huts, and colorful cotton clothes. You will also visit the chains of Rift Valley Lakes on your way.
Day 15: Langano – Addis; Drive back to Addis, in the morning, and after lunch at Addis have a short city tour of Addis to visit the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, and Merkato – the largest open air market in Africa. In the evening, before departure, dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants to taste the variety of Ethiopian meals and to see their folkloric dances. Transfer and departure.
- Full Board 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 expenses
Know Before You Go
Please note: 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.