The journey through the rift valley portion of Ethiopia is a much a “pilgrimage” to the naturalist as a trip to the north to historian. Beautiful scenery, a chain of sparkling lakes, abundant bird and wildlife, and also a kaleidoscope of colorful cultures all combine to make this part of the country unique. Of course, it is the topography of the remarkable Great Rift Valley itself that adds much to the appeal of this region. Funned between two dramatic escarpments, presentation of the last great massive movement of the earth is home to a marvelous string of lakes that stretch from Ethiopia south to Kenya, Tanzania and beyond. Interestingly each Ethiopia lakes have their own character, even those lie alongside.
This part of the country is also home to many diverse ethnic groups and cultures: such as the Dorze famed for their beehive hut and weaving of cotton cloth; the Konso, who for centuries have practiced land terracing and intensive agriculture in their steep land. Along the Omo River, the Karo well known for their elaborate body painting, the Geleb, Nyangatom, Hamer, Mursi famous for their lip plate wear by their women, Kwegu, Bodi and others live a life that is still principally nomadic or pastoral with some hunting, gatherers and fishing. Unaffected by the ways of the modern world, so near and yet so far from them, these ethnic groups remain as remote and unchanged as the land in which they live.
The Bale Mountains is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous dramatic volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes, and also rushing mountain streams that descends into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As one ascends into the mountains, will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows which at various times of the year exhibit an abundance of colorful wild flowers. The Bale national park is the largest area of Afro alpine habitat in the whole of Africa giving unlimited opportunities for some fantastic mountain walks, horse trekking and scenic driving with a chance to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, birds and vegetation.
Tour code: OLET 804
Duration: 12 Days and 11 nights
Means of Transport: All the way Surface
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel
Day 2: Trip to Awash visiting crater Lake of Debre Zeyit. Overnight Hotel
Day 3: Game driving in and around Awash national park. Overnight Hotel
Day 4: Morning head towards Sodore admiring the area. Overnight Hotel
Day 5: Trip to Dinsho Park visiting the Oromo tribes. Overnight Camping
Day 6: Do hike through Dinsho and Gaysay walking trail. Overnight Hotel
Day 7: Explore Sanetti, Tulludeemtu and Harenna woods. Overnight Hotel
Day 8: Daytrip to Sof Omar extensive underground cave. Overnight Hotel
Day 9: Awassa; and stay birding along shore of the lake. Overnight Hotel
Day 10: Time to visit Awassa then drive to Wendo Genet. Overnight Hotel
Day 11: Explore Abiyata – Shalla famed for aquatic birds. Overnight Hotel
Day 12: Back to Addis Ababa then in the evening departure back to home.