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Tribal Tour and Safari to Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, Omo Valley 9 days

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  • Trip Type Tribal Tour
  • Tour Code GHET-005
  • Private Journey
  • 9 Days
  • Omo Valley is a classic Ethiopian/African destination with incredible safari opportunities and many unique tribal highlights. This can be tailored to your interest.

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of who have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Trip highlights

  • Spectacular stretch of the Great Rift Valley
  • Stunning savannah plains
  • Meet Inhabitants of the lower Omo
  • Experience the unique tradition
  • Witness elaborately terraced hillsides
  • Enjoy the ample culture
  • Elaborate hairstyles and personal adornment
  • Enjoy the colorful Markets 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital 
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.
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Day 02: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.
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Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

In the morning, will have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus.
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Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area.
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Day 05: Turmi-Omorate

In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat.
In the afternoon, we will visit to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
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Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

After breakfast, we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.
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Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park.
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Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.
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Day 09:Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, here you will visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo.
In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

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