Arba Minch and Omo tribes

Duration 8 JOURS
Price Dès 635€/pers.
Difficulty DIFFICULTÉ 0
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  • 10 tribes in 8 days
  • An opportunity to attend a “bull-jumping” ceremony and Hamer traditional Evangadi dances
  • Visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to get all information on South Omo tribes’ culture and traditions

Day 1

Depart south from Addis Ababa via Debrezeit where you can stop for a coffee by one of the many lakes in town. For lunch, you will stop in Ziway where you can watch the bountiful birds by the lake. Final destination for the day is Awassa. Overnight in Awassa.

Day 2

In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If today is market day (in Dorze village or in nearby Chencha), that will be visited. Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut.

Day 3

In the morning, depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto, which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village. Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. Overnight in Turmi.

Day 4

In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited. Overnight in Turmi.

Day 5

Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Dimeka hosts one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. Overnight in Jinka.

Day 6

In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. Overnight in Jinka.

Day 7

After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso. Key Afar hosts a very popular market where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. After the visit, proceed to Konso. The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch. Overnight in Arba Minch.

Day 8

Early in the morning, depart from Arba Minch for a full day’s drive to Addis Ababa. On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest: Tiya (ancient stellae field and UNESCO World Heritage site), Adadi Maryam (rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela), or Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site).

Options available:

  • Full-Board
  • French-speaking guide

Package Exclusions:

  • Private ground transportation with English-speaking driver-guide

  • Hotel accommodation, double or twin share including breakfast

  • Entrance fees to all locations including local guide service and boat trip

  • All applicable taxes

Package Exclusions:

  • Lunch, dinner and beverages, including all alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses

  • Camera and photo fees