10 days Omo Valley

10 days Omo Valley

10 Days / 9 nights Itinerary

These tours visit the tribes of Ethiopia’s rapidly changing Omo Valley. Of the many small groups in this area we regularly visit the Hamer and Banna, the Mursi, the Ari, the Dasanech, the Konso and Dorze. Less frequently we also visit the Karo. We do not provide tours to the Surmi tribe. Our itineraries are scheduled to include some of the local weekly markets in the region.

THE TREK

Arrival: Bole International Airport

Simien Mountains Tours, will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.

Day 1: Addis Ababa - Arba Minch

Drive to Arba Minch via Hoseana. En route visit Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock- hewn church; and Tiya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mysterious stelae, thought to be grave markers, dating from the 12th century.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 02: Arba Minch

Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; hippopotami and beautiful aquatic birds are also abundant. Visit Nechisar Park, known for its “white grass” which is only accessible via boat.
Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 03: Arba Minch - Jinka

Drive to Jinka via Key Afar and visit the weekly market (thursdays only) and wander among the various tribes such as the Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods. Continue to Jinka.​
Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 04: Mago National Park

Early morning drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. The Mursi women are known for the clay plates they insert into their lower lips. Time permitting, visit the Omo Valley Museum in Jinka.
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Day 05: Jinka - Turmi

Drive to Turmi to visit the Hame eople who are well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles, and the unique practice of “bull-jumping” which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage. En route to Turmi, visit the Benna and Ari people. ​
Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 06: Omorate Excursion

Excursion to Omorate visiting the Dassanech people. Return to Turmi for the evening.
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Day 07: Turmi - Konso

Drive to Konso, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages.
Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 08: Konso - Hawassa

Drive to the lakeside town of Hawassa. En route, visit a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive- shaped bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.
Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 09: Hawassa - Bale Mountains

Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park and meet with park guide. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black- Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.
Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10: Bale Mountains - Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa. Optional souvenir shopping if time permits. Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.
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