LUXURY ETHIOPIA HISTORICAL AND OMO VALLEY

Duration: 10 Days

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa then drive to Awasa at Haile resort

Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel for lunch after lunch drive to Awassa (4-5 hrs on good road) through the Rift Valley. The Rift Valley is a deep fission that extends for over 6,000 km (3,800 miles) from the Middle East to Mozambique- testimony to the massive shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates. The rift contains a marvelous series of lakes, which are teeming with fish and provide a habitat for hundreds of species of birds. On the way we pass 4 of the lakes. Awassa is located on the edge of Lake Awassa, surrounded by mountains.

Day 2: Drive to Konso at Kanta Lodge

This morning we start our Omo Valley adventure with a drive to Konso (approx 6 hrs on good road) through the Rift Valley. The Rift Valley is a deep fission that extends for over 6,000 km (3,800 miles) from the Middle East to Mozambique- testimony to the massive shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates. The rift contains a marvelous series of lakes, which are teeming with fish and provide a habitat for hundreds of species of birds.

On the way we stops en-route observing the Guji, Gedio, and Sidama people culture & their traditions; enjoying the surrounding scenery and the coffee plantations.

Day 3: konso to Turmi at Buska Lodge

This morning we depart at 7:00 am for the drive to Turmi approx 3 hrs drive Further along the route visit the Woito people live in the area around Woito River and Tsemay village.

The weekly market of the Hamer people is a highlight of omoValley where all the ethnic tribes come to shop. The Hamer women are simply stunning. They wear their hair in dense ringlets smeared with mud and clarified butter and topped off with a head-dress made out of an oblong aluminum plate. Their necks and chests are adorned with string upon sting of cowrie shells and colorful beaded necklaces of varying lengths. Chunky metal wristlets and armlets, shiny nails appended to skirts, multiple earrings and simple leather garments are all so a la mode. This tribe is an inspiration to all. The market is exciting and you may have the opportunity to buy some of the tribal regalia and artifacts.

If lucky, we may be able to see a spectacle called 'cattle jumping,' a ceremony that constitutes rite of passage for young men

If lucky, we may be able to see a spectacle called 'cattle jumping,' a ceremony that constitutes rite of passage for young men.

Day 4: Turmi to Jinka - Mago National Park & Mursi Highlands-Key Afar-Konso at Kanta Lodge

We shall start extra early today, 7:00 am for another adventuresome full day!

We drive about 4 hours to Mago National Park, sitting on the eastern bank of the Omo River. Rising in the highlands southwest of Addis Ababa, the Omo River charts its course southwards for almost 1000 kms (620 miles) but never reaches the sea and instead pours into Lake Turkana, East Africa's fourth largest lake. Over millions of years its flood waters have cut deep gorges into the mountains, creating exciting opportunities for white-water rafting. The park, together with its sister park, Omo National Park, are some of the least visited game parks in the world and what a joy it is not to see another vehicle in the vicinity.

Here, we visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia's unique tribes lives. The Mursi are known all over the world, for their decorative lip plates that adorn the lower lips of the Mursi women. The plates stretch the lower lip beyond imagination and the women's beauty and desirability is determined in direct proportion to the size of the plate. The Mursi men and women may appear gracious but the Mursi warriors are not to be sneezed at. On their arms are deep crescent incisions that represent each enemy they have killed in battle. The various cultural aspects of the tribe will be explained and you will be able to take their photographs (not free) and interact with them. It is truly fascinating.

Day 5:Konso to Awasa at Haile resort

This morning we drive to Awassa En route we visit the villages of Halaba and Dorze people whose staple food is Kocho made from the stem & root of false banana. The Dorze people are also famous for their bee-hived shaped traditional hut made from the bamboo and false banana leaves. They are also skilled traditional weavers. This drive is also through one of the scenic areas of Southern Ethiopia, a land that is inhabited by the Sidama and Halaba people, who were once nomads but are now farmers.

Day 6: Awassa to Addis Ababa

This morning, rise early to stroll about the local fish market in Awasa (open 8 am-10 am). A scene of colorful boats, massive storks, pelicans and other birds and, of course, a great people-watching place. In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa and in the evening,

you will enjoy a farewell dinner party at the Ethiopian traditional restaurant, where you will see a fascinating performance of traditional music and dance from the different regions of Ethiopia. After dinner, you will be transferred to the Airport for your outward flight

Then we shall enjoy more of the Rift Valley landscape and the stunning views on the drive back to Addis Ababa (approx 5 hours including stops). We have the possibility of visiting the Ostrich farm at Abijata Shala National Park.

We will arrive in Addis Ababa around 2 or 3 pm. Transfer to hotel. Rooms for wash/change. Farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant with music program.

Day 7: Morning Fly to Gondar and then drive to the Simien Park Simien Lodge

In the morning, you will be given transfer to the airport for your flight to Gondar town and then you drive to the Simien Park. In the late afternoon, you hike in the park to view the Gelada Baboons, and its magnificent scenery.

Day 8: Drive back to Gondar & in the afternoon visit Gondar Castles at Goha Hotel

Early this morning take the last hike in the park and then drive back to Gondar and then in the afternoon visit the magnificent Royal Castle Compound & Silassie Churches. Overnight Taye / Goha Hotel.

Day 9: Morning fly to Lalibela & visit the rock Churches at Tukul

In the morning, you will be given transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela town and then in Lalibela you immediately start to visit the 11 wonderful rock hewn churches of Lalibela which are found in three different group & type.

Day 10: Fly back to Addis Ababa and Departure Home

This morning you will be given transfer for you Addis flight.

Specializations

Bird watching holidays in Ethiopia, Trekking / walking vacations, Adventure holidays, Off-road Safari, Camping Expeditions to Ethiopia, Photography safari, Air Plane Tour, Historical holidays, Cultural holidays (Festival, cermonies, events), Ecological tours, Biblical holidays, Arrangement for documentary films, Special interest holidays, Hotel bookings, Car rentals.

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