Day 0125th January 19
- Arrival Addis Ababa - Fly to Jinka
Suggested flight: Ethiopian airline, arrival to be before 8am.
Morning arrival in Addis Ababa, meet your private Guide.
Afterwards, catch a domestic flight to Jinka.
After arriving at Jinka airport, drive and check - in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Late in the afternoon, take time to explore the beautiful villages of Ari Tribe, one of the 16 tribes of the Omo Valley Region. The Aris are renowned for their traditional Houses, decorated by simple Art mainly made by women, and encircled by Coffee and Enset (False Banana) plants. Here, we will make a short walk with stops by different household compounds for observing diversified activities of the locals.
A walk deep into the village will give you a chance to appreciate village life and observe the liquor making process through local distillation techniques, Blacksmithing, pottery, house painting and more.
It's also here we seat with locals to test their food and drinks, get the lecture, and do demonstrations. Therefore, we will have special arrangements to let us have a try to make coffee and bake Enjera (a local traditional bread) in a tipical Ethiopian way.
Overnight stay in Jinka.
Accommodation: ECO-OMO Lodge or similar.
Day 0226th January 19
- Jinka - Mursi - Turmi (260 Kms / 6 Hrs) – (B)
This morning drive will take us to Mago NP to visit the Mursi tribe. Depending on luck, we would encounter with some game animals who suddenly emerge on the road sometimes. The Mursi are know internationally for their lip plating, earlobes, and stick fight (Donga ) - a form of initiation. Return back to Jinka for lunch. The drive will continue to Turmi after having lunch in Jinka. En route, visit Benna tribe. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring around the villages and environment of HAMAR people. Depending on luck ,we would attend the Bull Jumping ceremony, an initiation of Hamer tribe in which a man should run on the back of lined up cattle.
Here, there will be a visit to a Primary School, which will let us understand the teaching learning process in a typical school environment and how it is organized. It creates a chance for recollections of our schooling years and meeting with teachers and the future hope kids.
At evening, we will go to one of the nearby Hamar Villages to attend Evangadi, an impressive Traditional Evening Dance Performance, and be served a local cuisine called Wetele. It's an old practice of grilling goat in a unique and traditional technique. It will also be our opportunity to intermingle with locals and try their dance.
Overnight in Turmi.
Accommodation : Buska Lodge or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 0327th January 19
- Drive Turmi - Arbaminch (On the way Explore Konso) (B)
In the morning, drive northward and stop at Karat, the Capital of Konso, to visit the traditional villages of the tribe.
On the way, we can visit one of the weekly colorful local markets attended by different people from different ethnic background. They bring all items of different values. It's an ideal place to observe a unique and photogenic interaction among people and even between animals and people. It is a wonderful opportunity to wonder real life activities and capture incredible and live pictures.
After lunch, depart from Karat town for a visit to the traditional villages of Konso People. Konso is a tribe renowned for it's collective labor work and terraces built by human labour all over their land. Hence, the fascinating villages, the scenic full landscape, and their unique old aged culture has been registered by UNESCO as the 9th World Heritage Site of Ethiopia.
Then, conduct a half day trekking through the beautiful villages and fantastically scenic landscape of Konso territory. En route, we will stop to take great pictures, visit the traditional Houses, and attend their agricultural filed activities.
In our special arrangement of intermingling with locals, here we have a chance to seat with the locals and perform a question and answer session. This is one of our techniques in which we bring the locals and tourists together and help them via translators to ask each others regarding to what they are wondering about and answer questions. Eventually, return back to Karat Konso for lunch and continue the drive to Arbaminch.
Overnight stay in Arbamintch.
Accommodation : Paradise Lodge or similar.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 0428th January 19
- Drive and Explore Dorze with Trekking (3hrs) - Fly to Addis Ababa – (B, D)
After breakfast, depart Arba Minch (Forty Springs), the largest town in Southern Ethiopia. The town lays at an elevation of 1,300m in the foothills of the Rift valley wall. Proceed the drive to ascend the west side escarpment of the Rift Valley. This escarpment has also mountains rising to almost 4000m to the west. This makes Arbaminch a more perfectly suited town anywhere in east Africa. On the way stop at a view point for overlooking the whole town of Arbaminch and it's surrounding areas. From here, it's possible to overlook to mountains sliver, which is known by the locals as God's Bridge, that separate the twin lakes of Chamo and Abaya.
Once we reach on the top of the mountain, stop at Chencha, the capital of Dorze tribe. Here, we will make a Half day trekking through trails that connects different traditional villages. This trekking will provide us a chance to explore the beautiful villages and fantastically scenic landscape of Dorzie people.
Since the area is Highland the air is so clean, the environment is very neat.
The Dorze are famous for their huge beehive huts, among the most distinctive traditional structure to been seen anywhere in Africa. Every Dorze compound is surrounded by enset (false banana, coffee and other crops.
They are also renowned for producing the country's best-woven cotton clothes, which most of Ethiopian people would like to be dressed up with for holidays. We can also visit the local Cloth Making Associations, who make finely hand made woven clothes to be exported all over Ethiopia.
It is also worth to take time to intermingle with the locals by seating with them. After a lesson session, girls will participate in a demonstration of spinning cotton and preparing Kocho, a tipical Dorze bread made out of the branches and roots of Enset (False Banana) plant.
Whereas, Boys will take part and be tasted of weaving cottons, harvesting crops, and other agricultural activities.
Afterwards, drive on the floor of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia to reach back to Arbaminch. After lunch break, we will be transferred to the airport for a flight back to Addis Ababa.
Pick up from airport or pick up from your hotel. Explore Addis Ababa and we visit the National Museum of Ethiopia, home to the remains of Lucy (the most ancient hominid fossil yet discovered). Lucy was found in the Danakil Depression of Rift Valley Region. The museum also houses the remains of many other ancient hominids.
Drive to Entoto Mountain (for views over Addis Ababa city) and the Entoto Maryam Museum (with royal garments, coins, drums and the royal crown used by Menelik II). For those interested, we can also choose to visit several ancient churches, the very old palace of Menelik II and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). There are many interesting monuments and historic sites that can be visited along the way, and opportunities to go souvenir shopping in the diverse and interesting markets of Addis Ababa.
In the evening, there will be a complimentary farewell party with traditional buffet and local drinks accompanied with live cultural dance show from the different ethnic groups of Ethiopia.
At the end of the farewell dinner, you will be transferred to your Hotel.
Overnight stay in Addis Ababa.
Accommodation : Addissinya Hotel or similar.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 0529th January 19
- Fly to Mekele and Drive to Ertale Volcano (230Kms/5Hrs) (B, L, D)
In the morning, take a flight to Mekele in the Tigrayan Highlands, around 780 kilometers north of the Ethiopian capital.
Then, drive down from the edges of Rift Valley escarpment to its floor. This drive will eventually take you to Dodom a village at the base of Erta Ale.
Late in the afternoon, when the temperature gets cooler, you will walk up to the top of a gentle mountain for about 3 hours. Settle by the rim of the volcano and spend the night wandering the dramatic action of the boiling lava. It is a place to be seen once in life time.
Erta Ale is a caldera found at the top of the mountain that measures 613 m a.s.l. As one of the few most active volcano lava lakes in the world, Erta Ale is the most fascinating and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is simply a place that brings nature into a closer view of people.
Overnight stay at Ertale.
Accommodation : Camping.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 0630th January 19
- Explore Erta Ale Volcano - Drive to Makale (230Kms/5Hrs) (B)
Rise up at dawn and walk around the rim of the active and dormant volcanos found at the top of Erta Ale. This will give you a chance to have a daylight visit on the attraction and to keep an amazing pictures in your camera. Afterwards, walk back to the camping site. After breakfast, Set off to Hamedela through a 70km most challenging and adventure full road. This drive will take you through a changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis.
Late in the afternoon, you will see very long caravans with hundreds of camels one tied with the other and loaded with salt to be taken to the highlanders. The sunset behind the caravans is one of the most fascinating moments in the Denakil.
Overnight stay at Makale.
Accommodation : Planet Hotel or similar.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 0731st January 19
- Fly to Addis Ababa - Free Day (Shopping or Relax) – Departure (B)
In the morning, we will be transferred to the airport of Makale for a flight back to Addis Ababa.
Once we reach at Addis Ababa, we may have an opportunity to spend the rest of the day either by going shopping to few markets to buy souvenirs, by taking a rest, or having personal activities.
Later, you will be transferred to Bole international airport for your international flight back to Home.
Suggested flight: Ethiopian airline, departure flight to be after 9pm