Tour Code:15-Days Tour to Southern Ethiopia & Tribes of Omo Valley + Bale Mountains

Attractions: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture

Duration: 15Days & 14Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flight& Boat ride

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

Meet and greet you Atta Ehiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

Depending on your arrival visit/city tour in Addis Ababa. You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Oasis hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Drive to Shashemene

After breakfast, you will be driven to Shashemene (250 from Addis Ababa). En route, you will visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake – over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abijatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). You will have lunch in Ziway.

Your arrival in Langano will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Overnight stay in Haile Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho(200Km from Langano) via shashamane and Dodola and have lunch on the way,). Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for a visit to the Park.

After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park and see the Mountain Neyala(endemic to ethiopia)Bushbacks and some more mammals. Later   drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho). Overnight Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 4: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (20 Km from Goba, altitude of 4,000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Drive to Harenna forest the Southern most part of the park and have tea/coffee at Bale Lodge. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 5:Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (225 Km from Goba). Up on arrival check in to the hotel. Lunch & break.

Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, herons, darters and Wood hoope. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Oasis International Hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Wolayta Sodo

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch (154 Km from Awassa). On the visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the way you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa).

You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Forty Spring hotel or similar accommodation in Arba Minch.

Day 7: Visit Nech Sar National Park & drive to Dorze

In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife and you will also visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch in Arba Minch.

After a brief break you will drive to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch) visit the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). Late in the afternoon drive back to Arba Minch. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Forty Spring hotel or similar accommodation in Arba Minch.

Day 8: Drive to Jinka via Key afar

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land – recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

You will have lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort .

Day 9: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips). Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch.

After lunch, you will visit to the nearby Ari village and museum in Jinka. Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort.

Day 10: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town

After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka), visiting an interesting village on the way. Upon arrival in Turmi check into a lodge. You will have lunch in Turmi.

After a brief break you will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck.

In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.

Day 11: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe

An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck.

In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.

Day 12: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo tribe

An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). You will visit the Karo village. You will have a picnic lunch.

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. In the afternoon you will have free or follow your own program. In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.

Day 13: Drive to Konso

After breakfast, you will be driven to Konso (160 Km from Turmi, famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land – recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

Upon arrival in checking in to the lodge. You will have lunch in the lodge. In the afternoon visit Konso Village, museum & depending on the time visit New York (17 Km from Konso, a natural land slip phenomena with mud towers). Later back to the lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge, Konso.

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Day 14: Visit the Konso Village and drive to Wolayta Sodo

After breakfast you will be driven to not touristic & UNESCO registered Konso village, where you will spend the day visiting and taking pictures. You will have lunch in Kanta lodge. Early/mid in the afternoon drive to Wolayta Sodo (240 Km from Konso). Check into a hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Nega International Hotel.

Day 15: Drive back to Addis Ababa

After a relaxed breakfast, you will drive you back to Addis Ababa (325 Km from Wolayta Sodo). You will arrive in Addis Ababa mid-day, where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.

Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

Price includes:

  • Well-maintained & insured Two – 4WD Vehicles for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance
  • Fuel
  • All transfer in & out,
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis including breakfast
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Optional excursions
  • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.