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 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 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 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 803 Duration: 10 Days and 9 nights Means of Transport: All the way Surface Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel Day 2: Visit Ziway, Shalla and Abiyata; rift valley lakes. Overnight Hotel Day 3: Head to Arbaminch; visit the Dorze tribal village. Overnight Hotel Day 4: Explore Netchsar National Park and Lake Chamo. Overnight Hotel Day 5: Head to Konso; and visit their traditional villages. Overnight Hotel Day 6: Continue to Yabello and visit El Sod saline crater. Overnight Hotel Day 7: Head to Awassa admiring Enset and coffee farms. Overnight Hotel Day 8: Visit Awassa; after that continue to Wendo Genet. Overnight Hotel Day 9: Drive back to Addis Ababa through the rift valley. Overnight Hotel Day 10: Explore Addis Ababa then in the evening departure back to home.