General Information

  • Spaces Available: All spaces are available
  • Days and Nights: 6 Days and 5 Nights
  • Tour Code: SOVT-EBTT 01/2018
  • Tour Guide:-
  • Minimum Participant: 1 traveler and 1 Ethio Blossoms driver guide
  • Transportation: Surface Drive
  • Start Location: Addis Ababa
  • End Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type of Tour: Adventure and Nature

The southern cultural route usually known as Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia is a little visited area of Ethiopia containing several of the most vibrant and fascinating tribes and ethnic groups. The charming costumes, colorful rituals and celebrations, arts, crafts, music, local market and dance of the Dorze, Konso, Ari, Benna, Hamer, Mursi, Karo, Geleb, Arbore and Borena people are special ones to name a few. In the Omo Valley region many of the tribal groups have changed little over hundreds of years and they offer the visitor extraordinary insight into a variety of traditional cultures. On the trip, you get truly off the beaten track, exploring little visited villages and vibrant tribal markets of the Southern Ethiopia.

DAY 1: DRIVE ADDIS ABABA – ARBAMINCH

Morning after breakfast meet with ETHIO-BLOSSOMS TOUR AND TRAVEL staffs (driver and guide) at your preferred departure point and time, start drive down to south, the drive will take you along the scenic farmlands of Gurage People and we will stop at the 12th century UNESCO World Heritage Site Tiya Steal Filed, We will also drive through the Wolayta farmlands, with views of the lush green hills and valleys, late afternoon arrival at Arbaminch- meaning ‘Forty Springs’ in Amharic. Arbaminch takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Paradise Lodge or Similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 490km and 8 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 2: ARBAMINCH – JINKA

Early in the morning drive to the Lake shore to have a boat trip on Lake Chamo, Boat trip on Lake Chamo is along the best anywhere in Ethiopia. One can spot many Hippos and the world’s most spectacular concentrations of Giant Nile Crocodiles which measure about 6 meter with the water birds are great; the scenery is truly unforgettable, then drive further to KEY AFER- Tribal Market- one of the best market in the OMO VALLEY since at list four different tribes are coming to attend these weekly market arrival to the small town and escort a local guide walking around the market and explore different section of the market including animal, vegetable, cereals and much more. Then continue drive back to Jinka.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Jinka Resort or Similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 250km and 7 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 3: JINKA – MURSI – TURMI

After breakfast early in the morning leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Then continue drive to Turmi on the way visit Bana Tribe.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Turmi lodge

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 250km and 8 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

Remark: – if there is any ceremonial activity like traditional dance, Bull jumping ceremony you will be informed by your guide so based on that you will pay the extra payment for the ceremony

DAY 4: DRIVE DASENCH – DIMEKA MARKET-HAMER VILLAGE

Friday This day early in the morning after breakfast drive 73 km west to visit the Dassench/Geleb people; who inhabited in the bank of Omo River and we cross the Omo River by locally made boat to see the village, then drive to Dimeka Market to attend the weekly colorful market of the HAMER tribe then drive back to Turmi. After afternoon break in the lodge late afternoon walk from the lodge to the village to visit the HAMER tribe with their own way of life interaction.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Turmi lodge

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 190km and 8 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

Remark: – if there is any ceremonial activity like traditional dance, Bull jumping ceremony you will be informed by your guide so based on that you will pay the extra payment for the ceremony

Day 5: DRIVE Turmi – KARO – KONSO – ARBAMINCH

Morning after breakfast Head to Murulle to see the Karo tribe, famous for their body panting (they prepare the ink for the painting from locally available materials like flower, soil and animal blood) we will also admire the scenery view of the Omo river from the edge of the village, then drive to Arbaminch. On the way stop at KONSO to visit the Konso tribe with their king- UNESCO registered site for their extensive terracing and practice of making a wooden grave mark for their hero and kings, continue driving and late afternoon arrival to Arbaminch.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Paradise lodge or Similar

Consultant Note:

  • You will drive approximately 190km and 8 hours
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 6: DRIVE ARBAMINCH – DORZE – ADDIS ABABA

Early in the morning drive back to Addis Ababa on the way visit the Dorze tribe and their village, famed for their bee hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They are also farmers, who prevent soil erosion by ingenious terracing of the mountainsides. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices; tobacco and Enset (False-banana). Then straight drive back to Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley, passing more interesting villages and attractions. On the way lunch at local restaurants. Late afternoon arrival at Addis Ababa, finally cultural dinner with live cultural dance performances in one of the best Ethiopian traditional restaurant. Then transfer to the airport for your departure.

  • The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
  • Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.
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