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National Geographic magazine has called the Omo Valley “Africa’s last frontier.” Home to approximately 225,000 people, the valley is busting with diversity; there are nine main tribes and many smaller ones all speaking their own language, practicing unique customs and rituals that identify to them only. Life has evolved slowly here as tribes have clung to their life practices while the world around them has changed. Now their beauty and fanciful dress are attracting attention as they welcome you to their villages, interact at local markets and dance with you at nightly rituals.
Duration – 10 days/ 9 nights
Mode of transport – Surface
Day 1- Addis Ababa- up on arrival at Bole international air port met by our representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis, which includes; National Museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto- panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3,200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in Kaleb Hotel
DAY 2- Addis-Arbaminch-early in the morning drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Tiya Stele Site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and Melka Kunture Archeological Site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch and overnight in Paradise Lodge
Day 3- Arbaminch-morning drive to chencha village to visit the dorze tribe who are well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. Then, drive back to Arbaminch and in the afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit hippos and crocodiles at crocodile market on the lake. Overnight in Paradise Lodge.
Day 4- Arbaminch-Turmi-after breakfast, drive from Arbaminch to Turmi. On the way, visit Bena and Tsemay tribes and if it is Thursday, vist colorful Key Afer Market. Overnight in Buska Lodge
Day5- Turmi-Omorate- Turmi-after breakfast, drive to Omorate, visit Dasenech tribes. After visit drive back to Turmi. In the afternoon, visit the Hammer people with their evangadi night dancing. Overnight in Buska Lodge
Day 6- Turmi-Jinka –after breakfast drives to Jinka via Dimeka (at Dimeka there is colorful market on Saturday). On the way, visit Ari tribes. In the afternoon, vist Jinka Museum and overnight in Jinka Resort
Day 7- Jinka-Mursi-Jinka-this day you will drive to the Mursi village through Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are famous for their women putting lip plate on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). After visit drive back to Jinka and Overnight in Jinka Resort
Day 8- Jinka-Yabelo-after breakfast drive from Jinka to Yabelo and on the way visit the Konso people. The Konso people are the hard working people and well known for their specially land management. The Konso landscape is one of the world heritage sites in Ethiopia registered by UNESCO. Then keep driving to Yabelo and overnight in Yabelo Motel.
Day 9- Yabelo- Yirgalem –after breakfast, drive from Yabelo to Yirgalem. En route visit the Yabelo sanctuary and Tutu Fella Stele Site at around Dilla. Then keep driving to yirgalem and overnight in Aregash Lodge.
Day 10- yirgalem-Addis-early in the morning drive back to Addis. In the evening farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where the tour ends.