Unfold Ethiopia Tours
15-Days Tour to Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley
Tour Code: UNF-S01 Tour Program Southern Ethiopia and Tribes of Omo Valley
Attractions: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture
Duration: 15 Days & 14 Nights
Guide: Homa Mulisa
Transportation: Surface drive & Boat ride
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you Unfold Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay in Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (275 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will be arriving in Awassa in the afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Lewi Resort and Spa, or Haile Resort Awassa.
Day 4: Drive to Yabelo
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish Market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Yabelo (300 Km from Awassa) and you will stop for lunch at Hagre Mariam (200 Km from Awassa). Upon arrival in Yabelo, you will check into a motel, have dinner and spend the night at there. Overnight stay in Yabelo Motel.
Day 5: Drive to Konso
In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit El Sod (home for a large salt deposit, also called the House of Salt), and a deep crater lake where salt is extracted. You will also visit the village of the Borena people. In the afternoon after having lunch, you will drive to Konso (130 Km from Yabelo). After checking into a lodge, you will have dinner and stay the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.
Day 6: Drive to Jinka
In the morning, you will have breakfast and your first visit will take you to the Konso Village (famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land – recently registered as World heritage by UNISCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers). Later, you will have lunch at Konso, then you will be driven to Jinka (180 Km from Konso) and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort.
Day 7: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips and the stick fight among young boys – if available at time of arrival).
Then you will drive backwards to the Mago National Park and visit the park – only possible without rain. Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch.
After lunch, you will visit to the nearby village and museum in Jinka. Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Jinka Eco-Omo Lodge.
Day 8: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town
After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka), visiting an interesting village on the way. You will continue travelling to Key Afer and visit the market. Lunch break will be at Key Afer. You will proceed driving to Turmi visiting an interesting market place on the way – if available at time of arrival. You will arrive in Turmi early evening and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.
Day 9: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe
An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village. Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the Hamer Village to explore the Hamer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.
Day 10: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo Village
An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. In the afternoon, you will rest or do your own things on your own. In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Buska or Turmi Lodge.
Day 11: Drive to Araba Minch Via Arebore – Tsmaye
After breakfast, you will be driven to Araba Minch (290 Km from Turmi) via Arebore-Tsmaye. You will stop for lunch at Konso and will proceed driving to Araba Minch, where upon arrival you will check into a lodge. Dinner will be at the lodge and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.
Day 12: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
In the morning, after breakfast you will visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch. After a brief break, you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.
Day 13: Drive to Lake Langano via Wolayta Sodo
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Langano (295 Km, one of the Rift Valley Lakes and the only lake that you can swim in). Upon arrival, you will check into a lodge by the lake side. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort.
Day 14: Drive to Abiatta-Shala National Park and Lake Shala
You will also visit Abiatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake – over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta ( a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). Then drive back to Langano and overnight in Sabana Beach Resort.
Day 15: Drive back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
THE NORTHERN HISTORIC ROUTE
Duration – 10 days/ 9 nights
Mode of transport – Air and Surface
Day 1- Addis Ababa- Be met by our travel and tours representative up on arrival at Bole international air port and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes national museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, mount Entoto- panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, trinity cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, ethnographic museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight at hotel in Addis
Day 2- Addis- Bahir dar- early in the morning transfer in to airport to fly to Bahir dar. After check-in to hotel journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile fall commonly known as “Tis Isat” (water that smokes). After hiking the cataracts drive back to Bahir dar. Overnight in hotel
Day 3- Bahir Dar– After breakfast, have boat excursion on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament is still practiced. Visit Azua Mariam and Ura kidane Mihret monasteries which are rich in icon painting. Overnight in hotel
Day 4- Bahir dar- Gondar- after breakfast drives to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the royal enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre Birehan selassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in hotel
Day 5- Gondar- Semien Mountains National Park – After breakfast drive to Debark town (100 Km from Gondar), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Here we pay the entrance fees and a scout and a local guide will accompany us. Then we continue driving to the gravel road to Buyit Ras, the first campsite of the National Park. On this drive you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around. Overnight at Simien lodge
Day 6 – Drive back to Gondor – After breakfast exporing the simian mountain National park hoping to see the endemic Walia Ibex closely. Afternoon we drive back to Gondor via Debark. Overnight hotel in Gonder
Day 7 – Flight to Axum- early in the morning transfer in to airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum. after check-in to hotel visit the imposing stele of Axum, which are among the oldest and most curious monolith in the world, a UNESCO world cultural heritage, belong to the tombs of the Axumite kings, the palace and the bath of queen of Sheba, the cathedral st. Mary of Zion in which the original Moses’ Ark of the covenant is preserved, the modern cathedral, the archeological museum and the ruins of the royal palace. Overnight in hotel
Day 8 Axum- Lalibela- In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to the legendary and the framed of Ascetic Mountain town of Lalibela. After check-in to hotel, full day visits the 12th c. rock-hewn churches; Lalibela is famous for its rock hewn churches and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. There are many rock churches in Lalibela some hidden in enormous caves. Overnight will be in hotel
Day 9- Lalibela– this day you will ride through the picturesque landscape, the Lalibela surrounds the impressive, in 4000masl located church, Asheton Mariam which in turn was scraped from the tuff, hike or ride on a mule to a nearby summit, where result is a magnificent view of the ascetic landscape of mountains Lalibela. Overnight in hotel
Day 10- Lalibela- Addis- morning transfer in to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. Evening you will have farewell traditional diner followed different folkloric dance of Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back home