Tour to Omo Valley and Historic Route

Tour Overview

The Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia is a little visited area of Ethiopia containing some of the most colorful tribes and ethnic groups. The fascinating costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance of the Benna, Hamer, Mursi, Karo, Geleb, Arbore and Borena people are very special. In the Omo Valley region many of the tribal groups have changed little over hundreds of years and they offer the visitor extraordinary insight into a variety of traditional cultures. On this trip, you get truly off the beaten track, exploring little visited villages and vibrant tribal markets of the Southern Ethiopia.

The second overland journey will take us to the rich historical sights of Ethiopia through stunning landscaped, people and villages of the Amhara, Oromo, Tigrai, Agew . . . and more. In addition to this the aged island monasteries and the fabulous Blue Nile falls, the famous royal compound of Gonder known as the Camelot of Africa, the dramatic summit and breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains, with their endemic flora and fauna, the ancient Stelae, churches and tombs of the Axumite kingdom, the cliff top rock churches of Tigrai as well as the 12th and 13th century monolithic rock hewn churches of Lalibela can be visited.

Tour Itinerary

Tour code: OLET 4000

Duration: 24 Days and 23 nights

Means of Transport: by surface

Day 1: Arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel

Day 2: Head south to Arbaminch visiting Dorze tribal village. Overnight Hotel

Day 3: Discover Netchsar National reserve and Lake Chamo. Overnight Hotel

Day 4: Drive to Jinka; en route visit the Konso tribal village. Overnight Hotel

Day 5: Excursion to Mago Park to see the Mursi tribal village. Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Journey to Turmi via Dimeka and Key Afer villages. Overnight  Hotel

Day 7: Trip to Murulle and visit Karo and Nyangatom tribes.  Overnight Hotel

Day 8: Daytrip to Omorate and discover the Dasenech tribe. Overnight Hotel

Day 9: Full day stay around Turmi; possibly visit ceremonies. Overnight Hotel

Day 10: Head to Konso en route visit the Erbore tribal village. Overnight Hotel

Day 11: Enter into Borenna tribal land; and visit El Sod crater. Overnight Hotel

Day 12: Day drive to Awassa set at the shore of Lake Awassa. Overnight Hotel

Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa passing the rift valley area. Overnight Hotel

Day 14: Journey north to Bahir Dar discovering Debre Libanos. Overnight Hotel

Day 15: Boat trip over Lake Tana and visit island monasteries. Overnight Hotel

Day 16: Head north to Gonder; afternoon visit castle complex. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Journey to Axum passing through the Tekezze valley. Overnight Hotel

Day 18: Keep on visiting the attractions of Axumite kingdom.   Overnight Hotel

Day 19: Head to Mekelle visiting the Debre Damo monastery. Overnight Hotel

Day 20: Depart to Lalibela; en route visit Yimrehanne Christos. Overnight Hotel

Day 21: Walk and discover the rock hewn churches of Lalibela. Overnight Hotel

Day 22: Journey to Kombolcha with a stop at Haik Estiphanos. Overnight Hotel

Day 23: Now leave Kombolcha and drive back to Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day 24: Time for last minute shopping; then in the evening departure to home.

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