Nine-day trip among Ethiopia’s southern tribes
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa
Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After a restful night’s sleep, we’ll depart early the next morning to begin our tour.
Day 2: Addis – Arba Minch
After breakfast, we set off in our 4×4 headed for Arba Minch. On the way, we’ll visit some fascinating sights: the stone-age Melka Kunture, 12th century Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church, along with Tiya, a mysterious UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll arrive in Arba Minch in time for dinner, and then we’ll spend the night there in a hotel.
Day 3: Arba Minch – Jinka
En route to Jinka, where you’ll meet some of the world’s largest crocodiles at Lake Chamo. We’ll take a boat trip on the lake (but don’t worry about the crocs) and hopefully also see some hippos and local birds. Next we’ll continue our drive to Jinka, visiting tribespeople along the way and possibly ending up at the weekly market (only on Thursdays). We’ll spend the night in local lodges in Jinka.
Day 4: Mago National Park
Today we’ll have an early start and head up to Mago National Park, where we’ll meet the Mursi people. If we have time, we’ll also stop at the Omo Valley Museum. We’ll return to our local lodges to spend the night.
Day 5: Jinka – Turmi
This time we’ll visit the Turmi people, famous for unique practices such as scarring their bodies, putting clay in their hair and ‘bull-jumping’ – which you’ll discover on the trip. Overnight will be spent in lodges in Turmi, after dinner with the local people.
Day 6: Out to Omorate
In Omorate, we’ll drop in on another local tribe, the Dassanech, returning to Turmi for the evening and spending one more night there.
Day 7: Turmi – Konso
As our trip winds down, we’ll drive to Konso, which recently achieved UNESCO World Heritage status. The Konso are a highland people, known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their villages. We’ll eat with the Konso and spend overnight in local lodges.
Day 8: Konso – Hawassa
Today we’ll drive to the lakeside town of Hawassa. On the way there, we’ll stop off at a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are famous in Ethiopia for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base of the house becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved someplace else. We’ll spend the night overnight at a hotel in Hawassa.
Day 9: Hawassa – Addis Ababa
On our last day, we’ll begin with a morning visit to the Hawassa fish market. Then we’ll drive to Addis Ababa, stopping at the Rift Valley Lakes en route. Back in Addis, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant complete with music and dancing. Then we’ll escort you to the airport (if needed for late-night departure), or back to your hotel to continue your stay in Addis.