8 DAYS OMO VALLEY TOURS

Destination

Arba Minch - Nechisar National Park - Mago National Park - Turmi - Konso - Dorze

Duration

8 days

Starting from 400 $

Overview

Omo Valley home to some of Africa’s most fascinating ethnic groups and a trip here represents a unique chance for travellers to encounter a culture markedly different from their own. Whether it’s wandering through traditional Daasanach villages, watching Hamer people performing a Jumping of the Bulls ceremony or seeing the Mursi’s mind-blowing lip plates, your visit here will stick with you for a lifetime.

The Omo Valley is a melting pot of cultures that have tried to keep untouched their traditions for generations up to our days. In addition, it is home to abundant wildlife as part of the Great Rift Valley scenery. Starting in Arba Minch with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo surrounded by hippopotamus and crocodiles, this unforgettable tour will take you to different tribes such as the Dorze, famous for their cotton-weaving skills and their bee-hives looking houses, the Mursi and their women with large plates in their lower lips or the Hamer, known for their goatskin outfits and the “bull-jumping” old tradition that young men try to accomplish if they want to get married. You will not be indifferent to this mosaic of unique cultures and ancient traditions.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Drive to Arba Minch via Hosena.

Drive to Arba Minch via Hosena. You will be able to see different historical places on the way such as MelkaKunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church and Tiya, a stelae from the 12th century considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

DAY 2 - Visit the Nechisar National Park

Visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. Proceed to Jinka and visit some ethnic tribes such as Gamo and Derashe. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

DAY 3 - Drive to Mago National Park

Drive to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi tribe, known for the clay plates used by the women on their lower lip. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

DAY 4 - Drive to the village of Turmi

Drive to the village of Turmi to visit the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping” tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married. Visit the Benna and Ari people on the way to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

DAY 5 - Drive to Murele

Drive to Murele and visit the Karo people, famous for their meticulous body-painting tradition. Drive back to Turmi for overnight (lodge or camping)

DAY 6 - Drive to Konso

Drive to Konso and visit the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Overnight in Konso (hotel or lodge)

DAY 7 - Drive to Awassa

Drive to Awassa and visit the Dorze Village on the way, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Awassa (hotel)

DAY 8 - visit the fish market of Awassa

In the morning, visit the fish market of Awassa and drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley Lakes. In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for departure. End of the tour.

Note that :

The omo valley tour It can be combined with other tour packages

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