10-Days Tour to Arba Minch, Nech Sar, Ari, Karo, Konso, Arebore, Tsmaye, & Tribes of Omo Valley

Tour Description


Tour Code: FET-S03 Tour Program Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley
Attractions: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture
Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & Boat ride

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (505 Km from Addis). On the way you will visit to the Tiya Stelae (90 Km from Addis). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo (330 Km from Addis). Here you will visit the Wolayta people museum. You will continue driving to Dorze (20km before Arba Minch/500 Km from Addis) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

Day 3: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
In the morning, after breakfast you will visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.
After a brief break, you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

Day 4: Drive to Jinka via Key afar
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).
You will have lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Jinka Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 5: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips and the stick fight among young boys - if available at time of arrival).
Then you will drive backwards to the Mago National Park and visit the park – only possible without rain. Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch.
After lunch, you will visit to the nearby village and museum in Jinka. Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Jinka Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 6: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town
After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka), visiting an interesting village on the way. You will continue travelling to Key Afer and visit the market. Lunch break will be at Key Afer.
You will proceed driving to Turmi visiting an interesting market place on the way – if available at time of arrival. You will arrive in Turmi early evening and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.

Day 7: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe
An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.
Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the Hamer Village to explore the Hamer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.

Day 8: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo Village
An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. In the afternoon, you will rest or do your own things on your own. In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.

Day 9: Drive to Araba Minch Via Arebore – Tsmaye
After breakfast, you will be driven to Araba Minch (290 Km from Turmi) via Arebore-Tsmaye. You will stop for lunch at Konso and will proceed driving to Araba Minch, where upon arrival you will check into a lodge. Dinner will be at the lodge and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

Day 10: Flight back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa (325 Km from Yiregalem). You will stop for lunch at Lake Langano, Sabana Beach Resort.
You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.