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Omo Valley and Cultural Tour - 8 Days Tour


Our Omo Valley Travel & Tour Package will allow you to cater your wanderlust through various Rift Valley coffee plantations and lakes located in this area. Here you can meet Africa's most colorful and fascinating ethnic groups. The tour begins from the Addis Ababa and will then move towards south to Arba Minch, one of the best springboards in the Omo valley. You also get a chance to get to market towns like Jinka and Turmi for shopping. You can also visit Karo, Dassanech, Mursi, as well as Hamer tribes and then move on to relax in the Aregash Lodge in Yirgalem where you can rest assured about delicious food and best hospitality.

Day -By-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Addis Ababa to Awassa:
From Addis Ababa you will travel south to Awassa via the Butajira route and visit ancient cities along the way. First you will stop in Tiya at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then spend some time at Adadi Maryam (a rock hewn church similar to the famous church in northern Ethiopia, Lalibela), then visit Melka Kunture and finally arrive in Awassa where you will be set up in a local hotel for the night.

Day 2 - Awassa to Arba Minch:
You can start your day by visiting fish market located in Awassa and spend some good time on sides of Awassa lake before starting fr Dorze and Arba Minch. Dorse is an exotic village that has tall houses that look more like beehives. It is also known for its unique cotton weaving business. If you are visiting the place on market day that is there from Monday - Thursday, you can pick up the most amazing designs and pieces. If you are looking for some amazing nights, then you can spend one night in a customary Dorze hut that has communal toilet facilities. You can also spend nights on camp sites, hotels and lodge in Arba Minch.

Day 3 - Arba Minch to Turmi
From Arba minch (or Dorze if you stayed there the night before) you will take a boat out on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile market and be able to have some hippo sightings. After spending time on the lake you will depart to Turmi and pass through a village called Weyto where you will be able to see the local market (market day is Saturday) and visit the Tsemai tribe. Next you will pass throught the Erbore village where you can again stop at the local market (Saturday). Your destination is Turmi and home of the Hamer tribe. The villagers will welcome you to a night of traditional dancing known as evangadi. Here you can choose to overnight in a hotel, lodge, or campsite.
Day 4 - Turmi to Omorate to Turmi
In the morning you will head to Omorate so you can see the Dassenech tribe, but first you will cross the Omo River by boat and arrive in the Dessenech village. You will return to Turmi to visit the Hamer village and be able to experience the traditional Jumping of the Bulls Ceremony, done to represent a man's coming of age. You will sleep in Turmi for the night.
Day 5 - Turmi to Jinka:
In the morning you will depart to Jink by passing through Dimeka and Key Afar where you can visit some of the most colorful and diverse markets (Dimeka's market days are Tuesday and Saturday). Afterwards you will continue on to Jinka and stay there for the evening in a lodge, hotel, or campsite.
Day 6 - Jinka to Mursi and Mango National Park to Jinka:
In the morning you will drive to the Mango National Park and have the opportunity to visit the Mursi tribe, who are known for their lower lip rings and earlobe plates. After you will return to Jinka, and on the way you will be able to visit the South Omo Museum and Research Center to learn and understand more about the traditional practices of the many different local tribes. If you would rather use this time to take a shart hike into the surrounding hills and visit the Ari village this can be arranged instead of the museum visit. Then you will return to Jinka where you will stay the night.
Day 7 - Jinka to Arba Minch to Konso:
In the morning you will depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via the Key Afar routs. After stopping to see local tribes, trading goods, and markets you will head to Konso (market days here are Monday and Thurday). The Konso tribe is known for its amazing woodwork which are erected in honor of those who have died as heroes. They are also known for their innovative agriculture terracing. Here you will briefly be able to visit a museum to view some of the woodwork. From Konso you will continue on to Arba Minch and stay in either a lodge, hotel, or campsite for the night.
Day 08 Arba Minch to Addis Ababa: You will have an early morning departure from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa. This will be a full day of car travel, but on the way you may have time to visit a few of the previously visited sites. Reaching Addis Ababa will mark the end of the tour.


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