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11 days South Ethiopia (Cultural route) tour.

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    1    Addis Ababa - Langano

    Pick up from your Addis Ababa hotel and transfer to Langano ; 210km distance from Addis. On arrival in Langano rest, relax, dinner and overnight in Langano

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    2    Langano - Arbaminch

    Leave for Arba Minch, land that is inhabited by the people of the Guragie, who were once nomads but are now farmers. A long section of the road offers magnificent views of lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink in color. Our tribes visits start with the Dorze , one of the many small segments of southern Ethiopia. Once warriors, the Dorze have now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living. Their success in the field of weaving has been phenomenal and the Dorze name is synonymous with best woven cotton cloth. Each amazing Dorze bamboo house has its own small garden surrounded by enset, beds of spices, cabbage and tobacco. Overnight in Arbaminch

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    3    Arbaminch

    Early in the morning starting from 07:00 am. An excursion is made to visit the Chencha Village. On way back by noon and after lunch boat excursion in Lake Chamo to visit the Crocodile Market where many crocodiles the longest in Africa are seen from close range. Back to the town of Arba Minch for an overnight

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    4    Arbaminch - Jinka

    A spectacular scenery as the road crosses soft rolling hills with dark red soil and plentiful crops and woods. You have an interesting cultural encounter as you meet with different tribes. Southern Ethiopia is home to many minority ethnic groups with social and cultural diversity. As you go further south you find indigenous people with unique and primitive way of life with colorful costumes and a tradition and culture all their own. Among which you continue your experience of tribal life with a visit of various tribes on the way among which the Benna, Tsemai and Ari tribes. An excellent day to meet the people, take photographs with them and learn of a culture that has had very little outside influence. Overnight in Jinka

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    5    Jinka

    Day excursion to Mago National Park to visit a Mursi village. The insertion of wooden and terra cotta discs into the ear lobes is a widespread custom and Mursi women also progressively split and stretch their lower lips to make room for similar discs there, too. Though these lip plates may appear bizarre to outsiders, the Mursi regard them as signs of beauty generally speaking, the larger the lip plate the more desirable the wearer. At certain seasons, visitors may be lucky to chance on colorful and dramatic traditional ceremonies. Periodically young men of the Mursi

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    6    Jinka - Turmi

    Turmi is going to be your base for the next two days as you explore the different regions and meet the different tribes who live a life of their own. This day will be dedicated to see the Hammer which is one of the most beautiful and dignified people in the Omo basin. The women wear elegant leather skirts festooned with tiny pearls. Elaborate hairstyles are another form of personal adornment. Hamer women wear their hair in dense ringlets smeared with mud and clarified butter and topped off with a headdress featuring oblongs of gleaming aluminum. Overnight in Turmi

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    7    Turmi

    During this day drive to Omorate to visit the Geleb ethnic tribe and continue towards Murulle area to see the Caro ethnic group which are one of the most interesting nationalities in the Omo region. Moreover, the Omo river will also be seen during this trip

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    8    Turmi - Konso

    Drive passing across Woito to Konso and on the way visit the Erbore ethnic group. Southern Ethiopia is home to many minority ethnic groups with social and cultural diversity. As you go further south you find indigenous people with unique and primitive way of life with colorful costumes and a tradition and culture all their own. Among which you continue your experience of tribal life with a visit to Erbore ethnic tribe and Konso. The Konso\'s are a pagan society, they erect wooden totems replete with phallic symbols over the graves of the dead and have numerous cults based around the breeding and veneration of serpents. The cornerstone of Konso culture, however, is a highly specialized and successful agricultural economy that, through terracing buttressed with stone, enable these people to extract a productive living from a none-too-fertile hills and valleys that surround them. An excellent day to meet the people, take photographs with them and learn of a culture that has had very little outside influence in the villages . overnight in Konso

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Authentic cultural immersion trip
  • This very special journey is a genuine discovery of a lesser known part of Ethiopia : the Omo Valley and Southern Ethiopia with their primitive tribes. A unique chance for the traveler who wants to see these authentic people. A trip of 11 days departing from and returning to Addis Ababa, sometimes in very basic circumstances but this is largely compensated by the intensity of the encounters enroute. The Omo Valley and the Konso territory may be rightly considered as an ethnographical treasure with their numerous tribes in a relatively small territory : Konso, Mursi, Suri, Borana, Bunji, Arbore, Karo, Ari, Hamer, Bana, Dassanech, .... And the diversity of the landscape is another pleasant breathtaking surprise. Beautiful pictures guaranteed !

  • Days Place Duration:
  • 1 Addis Ababa - Langano
  • 2 Langano - Arbaminch
  • 3 Arbaminch
  • 4 Arbaminch - Jinka
  • 5 Jinka
  • 6 Jinka - Turmi
  • 7 Turmi
  • 8 Turmi - Konso
  • 9 Konso - Yabelo
  • 10 Yabelo - Awassa
  • 11 Awassa - Addis Ababa