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Get up-close to native wildlife
Ideal choice for families
All necessary equipment included
Your drive by 4X4 Land Cruiser will take you to some of the Omo Valley Tribes; Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech (Geleb), Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and Turkana when you tour the valley.
Day 1: Arrival and drive to Arba Minch, on the way visit Dorze village (Breakfast)
Your drive to Arba Minch Via Butajira departs early in the morning just directly from the Hotel. On the way visit, you will stop at Tiya UNESCO Listed Historical Site and the Village of Dorze people who live on the Huge Mountain; they are famous for their beehive bamboo houses and weaving skills. In their society, only the women do the spinning of the cotton, while only the men are allowed to weave the traditional cloth. You will be arriving in Arba Minch in the late afternoon.
Overnight stay at Mora Heights Hotel, Arba Minch
Day 2: Drive to Jinka (Breakfast)
After breakfast, drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer. On the way, you will visit the Konso village, where the people wear colorful costumes, and use their steep land through impressive terracing. Through annual wooden grave marks, they express their status. Their three-storey community house called Mora is impressive; all the young boys above 12 years old stay there every night inside till they get marry. Lunch will be in Weyto, and proceed driving to the town of Jinka.
Overnight stay at Jinka Resort, Jinka
Day 3: Excursion to Mago Park for visiting the Mursi Tribe (Breakfast)
Day trip to Mago National Park enables you visit the Mursi people. The Mursi are well known for the large clay discs those their women insert in their lower split lip. The Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 and thereafter, they put small wooden plugs into the hole and change it every night with the bigger one to stretch the lips till it can hold a 6 inch (15cm) round clay disc. Evening, back to Jinka for overnight.
Overnight stay at Jinka Resort, Jinka
Day 4: Trip to Bena (Breakfast)
Just like most of the indigenous tribes in the lower Omo Valley, the Bena practice ritual dancing and singing. The men often have their hair dressed up with a colorful clay cap that is decorated with feathers. Both the men and women wear long garments and paint their bodies with white chalk. Women of the tribe wear beads in their hair that is held together with butter.
Overnight stay at Buska Lodge or Similar, Turmi
Day 5: Trip to Hammer Tribes (Breakfast)
Drive to Hammer people who are known for a bull jumping ceremony; This ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood. During the ceremony, you will see the real Hamer traditional dance called Evangadi, and also the women from the jumper’s family are being beaten by his friends to show their love to the Jumper and that he is ready for adulthood. Overnight stay at Buska Lodge or Similar, Turmi
Day 6: Drive to Yabello via Arbore and Borena tribes (Breakfast)
Your drive to Yabello takes you to Arbore people. They are pastoralists (livestock farmers). They believe that their singing and dancing eliminates negative energy and with the negative energy gone, the tribe will prosper. The women of the tribe cover their heads with a black cloth and are known to wear very colorful necklaces and earrings. Young children wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. The Arbore use natural colors made from soil and stone for their Body paint. Traditional dancing is practiced by the tribe and wealth is measured by the number of cattle a tribesman owns. Meanwhile, you will also have a stop at Borena Tribes for seeing another cultural attributions.
Overnight stay at Yabello Motel, Yabello
Day 7: Drive to Awassa (Breakfast)
The route is breathtakingly beautiful and leaves you with a lasting experience of the surrounding nature. Wondo Genet is situated in the mountain chain and jungle, which is the best place for nesting of various species of birds. It is also famous for its hot springs and the modern swimming pool makes your stay unforgettable.
Overnight stay at Lewi Resort or similar, Awassa
Day 8: Drive back to Addis (Breakfast and Dinner) You will depart Awassa in the late morning, and arrive in Addis in the late afternoon. You might have a visit the local gift shops. You will also have a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa.
The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.