Omo Valley – Southern Ethiopia
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- Addis Ababa – Where the flowers always bloom
- Close encounters with the people of the numerous fascinating tribes of the OMO Valley
Day 1Locations Arrival AddisOvernight Nexus Hotel or similar
Arrive Addis Ababa; meet our representative at the airport terminal and transfer to Nexus Hotel or similar. After lunch you will have a half day city tour of Addis Ababa, including Mount Entoto. In 1881 Emperor Menelik II made his permanent camp there, after remains of an old town (believed to have been the capital of 16th century monarch LebnaDengel) were discovered, which Menelik took as a divine and auspicious sign.
Addis Ababa at between 2300 - 2500 meters is the third highest capital in the world and Entoto is a few hundred meters higher - as we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in temperature and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road.
From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Entoto is an important watershed; to the north, water flows to the Blue Nile and on to the Mediterranean, to the south to the Awash River and east to Djibouti. Your guide will point out the important landmarks of the city.
Entoto was soon abandoned as a site for the capital - it was cold, difficult to provision and there was a shortage of wood. Empress Taytu was said to have led the move down to the plain of Finfine, and to have named the new capital Addis Ababa, or New Flower. However, two important structures remain within the old imperial compound on Entoto, the churches of Mariam and the Archangel Raguel. It was in the church of Mariam that Menelik was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1889, and in the small museum in the compound there are various clothes, court and household implements and weapons dating from the period. The church of Raguel is unusual in that it is octagonal, rather than round. There is a first story balustrade around which Menelik liked to stroll.
Leaving the churches we descend to Addis Ababa, stopping off at the National Archaeological Museum. Here visitors can see exhibits ranging from the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy, through the Axumite (200 BC – 700 AD) and Gondarian (1700 to 1850) periods to the monarchs Tewodros and Menelik II. Following we will visit “Merkato” which is mostly known as the largest market in eastern Africa.
Day 2Locations Addis - Arba MinchOvernight Paradise Lodge
Drive 505 km south of Addis to Arba Minchvisiting the Rift Valley lakes of Ziway which is famous for its collection of birds, and also the Alaba and the Wolita people on your way to Arba Minch.
Day 3Locations Arba MinchOvernight Paradise Lodge
Morning visit of the Nechsar National Park to see mammals like the Burchil’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, and the endemic Swain’s Hartebeest. And in the afternoon, have a remarkable boat trip on the Rift Valley Lake of Chamo to visit the ‘Crocodile Market’ where you can see a display of large African crocodiles, hippos, and various aquatic bird species.
Day 4Locations Arba Minch - Key Afer - JinkaOvernight Orit Hotel
Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka. Stop off at Key Afer to visit the weekly multicultural market whereby the Tsemai, the Benna and the Ari people meet.
Day 5Locations Jinka - Mago National Park - JinkaOvernight Orit Hotel
Excursion to the Mago National park to visit the most famous people of the Omo Valley – the Mursi people, whose women are typically known for the clay lip plates they insert in their lower lips. Drive back to Jinka.
Day 6Locations Jinka - Dimeka - TurmiOvernight Buska Lodge
Drive from Jinka to Turmi with a stopover at Dimeka to visit the weekly market of the Hamer people who are notable for their typical hair dressing.
Day 7Locations Turmi - Murulle - TurmiOvernight Buska Lodge
Drive to Murulle to visit the most endangered tribe of the Omo Valley - the Karo people who number around 1,500. Then, drive back to Turmi and visit the tribal villages of the Hammer people. the wonderful Hammer people which are very known by their fascinating “Bull Jumping “ceremonies, considered as a passage from childhood to manhood, in this ceremony the man can jump the backs of more than 15-30 cattle’s 4 times in order to get married, if he should fall he will whipped by the girls. Enjoy with the well decorated hammer people.
Day 8Locations Turmi - Omo Rate - TurmiOvernight Buska Lodge
Make an excursion trip from Turmi to Omorate to visit the southernmost tribe of Ethiopia - the Dasenech. These people are known for their body scarification and body paintings.Drive back to Turmi. And after attend the weekly cultural market of the Hamer people.
Day 9Locations Turmi - Konso - YabelloOvernight Yabello Motel
Drive from Turmi to Yabello visiting the Erbore, and the Konso people on the way. The people of Konso are known for their fascinating world Heritage terracing works and Wakas, burial structures carved from wood.
Day 10Locations Yabello - LanganoOvernight Sabanna Resort
Drive from Yabello to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano, visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and crossing the coffee plantations found around YirgaChefe - which is famous for growing one of the finest coffee beans in Ethiopia. At Lake Langano, enjoy swimming as it is the only lake in the Ethiopian Rift which is free from bilharzia.
Day 11Locations Langano - AddisOvernight Departure.
Drive back to Addis and have a half day city tour of Addis which includes visiting the National Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto for the panoramic view of Addis. In the evening, you will be guest of Paradise Ethiopia Travel at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people.
Optional extension of our standard tours where you get to....
4 days / 3 nights
Photos featuring various places and events along this specific tour.
The following are our fixed departure dates.
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Services included in the prices
- Hotel accommodation sharing twin room as mentioned on the itineraries, Single room supplements are also mentioned separately
- All hotel reservations
- Meals – breakfast only while using hotel but full board during camping, with non-alcoholic drinks
- Camping in the Omo valley with all tents, mattresses and cooking utensils for camping
- All ground transportation (4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Nissan Patrols or minibuses) with all fuel, insurance and driver costs
- All transfers and visits everywhere according to the itinerary
- Boat trip on Lake Tana or Lake Chamo as per the itinerary
- Mule trip in Lalibela
- All entrance fees at museums, churches, castles, archeological sites, parks and villages.
- Professional Guide accompanying everywhere for more than six and above travelers in a group. For less than six travelers, an English speaking driver guide or local guides at the spots will be provided.
- A professional cook with his delicious food for more than six and above travelers in a group. For less than six travelers, the driver will be cooking while camping
- Scouts in National Parks and villages
- A city tour of Addis as mentioned in the itineraries
- All types of government taxes
Services not included in the prices
- Lunch and dinner meals except camping days
- International and Domestic flights
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks off-meal time
- Other expenses of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc
- All what is not included in the list above
Period of Validity
From 1 January 2015 to April 2016
Please see the dates of departures for each tours next to the trips.
The members of the groups will be organized from different parts of the world, mainly from Europe. The minimum number of travelers in a group will be two, the maximum will be 12.
Different itineraries are briefly illustrated for numerous regular departure trips. However, we would be very happy to modify them or create more personalized tours. Fully customized trips can also be designed to suit specific requests. Extension trips can be also be arranged upon written request. But extensions to be included at the middle of the trip are subject to availability. It is also possible to combine the Classical Route and the Omo Valley tours as per your request.
Types of Vehicles – We provide 4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Nissan Patrols (in order to assure our clients’ comfort the group size per one Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol is 4 passengers only) for the Omo Valley, and different types of minibuses to other parts of the country according to the number of people in the group and the specific places to be visited.
Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Turkish Airways, Kenyan Airways, Yemenia Airways, Djibouti Airways, Emirates, Egypt Air and Sudan Airways fly from different cities to Addis and back. Clients are advised to book their international flights in their place of origin and need to advise Paradise Ethiopia Travel of the details to ensure ease of transfer to their hotel. We strongly recommend the use of Ethiopian Airlines which has an excellent network connecting Addis Ababa with many international destinations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Ethiopian Airlines also has the most frequent flights in and out of Addis.
All domestic flights will be handled by Ethiopian Airlines. Domestic flight costs attract a discount when booked in conjunction with their international flights.
We use hotels that are among the very best in the country for each itinerary, subject to availability at the time of booking. However, generally speaking, the hotel industry in Ethiopia is in its stage of infancy. One needs to expect late cancellations, problems in the bathrooms (such as water taps, toilet flush etc. might not work), lack of electric power or water, etc. The hotels mentioned in the programs may vary due to availability.
Meals will be served in hotels and selected restaurants according to the itinerary.
Our guide services are provided by our professional and experienced tour guides in English. However, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian and Arabic speaking guides can be assigned upon request for an additional payment, provided the majority of the group speaks that language. Usually a professional guide for the whole trip will be assigned for a group of more than six and above travelers in a group. For less than six travelers, an English speaking driver guide or local guides on the spot will be provided as per the itinerary.
Contracts and agreements are valid from the time that Paradise Ethiopia Travel confirms the booking by fax, e-mail, letter or telephone. At the time of confirmation, a deposit of 25% of the total cost is required. The outstanding amount must be paid 30 days before the commencement of the tour. Unless prior arrangements have been made, Paradise Ethiopia Travel is not indebted to conduct the tour if complete payment has not been received.
Cancellations of confirmed bookings received more than 30 days prior to departure are subject to a cancellation fee of 50 Euros per person. Cancellation received between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will be subject to a penalty of 50% of the total rate of the tour. Cancellations received less than 15 days prior to departure will be subject to relinquishment of the entire tour rate. Paradise Ethiopia Travel strongly recommends trip cancellation insurance.
All payments must be made by a bank transfer to Paradise Ethiopia Travel’s account in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The bank details will be provided by email or fax upon confirmation of the tour.
Responsibility and Liability
Only the laws of Ethiopia govern Paradise Ethiopia Travel’s liability to passengers transported in its own vehicles, and all claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the Ethiopian court in which the cause of action arises. Although every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, Paradise Ethiopia Travel accepts no liability for loss or damage of any personal effects. Paradise Ethiopia Travel will use its best efforts to assist as an agent to its clients in dealing with third parties such as hotels, airlines and other transport companies and travel agents. However, Paradise Ethiopia Travel cannot be held responsible for any loss or harm, such as sickness, injury, death, acts of God, or additional costs incurred due to denied boarding, overbooking, cancellation or delay caused by the third party.