Southern Peoples & Culture
Day 1– Addis Ababa (The New Flower)
Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and check in to your hotel. The journey starts with a tour of the capital city Addis Ababa, which literally means “New Flower”. Addis Ababa is Africa’s undisputed diplomatic capital. Headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are located in Addis. Later in the afternoon visit the National Museum and then the ethnographic museum to see the different lifestyles of the major Ethiopian Ethnic groups. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 – Addis Ababa -Arbaminch
Drive to Arbaminch to visit ‘forty springs’. It is 510km from the capital city. En route visit the villages of Oromo, Welayeta and Halaba Tribes. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3 - Arbaminch
In the morning you will take a boat trip on Chamo lake to see crocodiles, hippos etc. After lunch drive to Doreze village and admire their houses, unique culture, cultivation of the false banana (ensete) from where they extract their traditional bread (Kotcho), work of waves and culture. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4- Arbaminch - Jinka
Drive to Jinka. Visit the UNESCO recorded world heritage site of Konso and continue to drive to Jinka with a stop at Tsemay and Bena village. If it is Thursday you will visit the spectacular Key Afer market where different Omo valley ethnic groups meet in harmony. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 5 – Jinka- Mursi - Jinka
Drive from Jinka to visit the Mursi people via Mago National Park. These people are curious and famous in that the women wear geometrical lip plates in the slits of their lips. The men practice fierce stick fighting. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 6 – Jinka - Turmi
Today drive to Turmi. If it is Saturday you will visit the spectacular Dimeka market where different Omo valley ethnic group meet in harmony. In the late afternoon visit the Ari people who are famous for their beautiful handcrafts. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 7- Turmi
In the morning drive to the Kortcho villages for a visit to them most decorated Omo valley tribe of Karo, with a spectacular view over the Omo River. Drive to the Turmi to experience the Hamer peoples’ life and their daily interaction. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8 - Turmi - Arbaminch
Late in the morning drive to Arbaminch with a visit to the Erborae people to experience their life style. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 9 - Arbaminch - Langano
After having breakfast Drive to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano. On the way you will visit the banana art museum at Shahemene. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 10 - Langano - Addis Ababa
Spend the morning relaxing at Langano, then visit the other rift valley lakes. In the afternoon drive back to Addis Ababa. You will have dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant where you can experience traditional music and dance. Drive to Bole International airport for departure.