Cultural tour to Southern Ethiopia: visit the Cultural tour sites of southern Ethiopia and the best Cultural Tribes of Southern Ethiopia.
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Meet at Bole International airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is exploring the town of Addis Ababa; we began with National Museum to view the 3.6 million year old remains of Lucy, whose skeletal remains were discovered in 1974, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and time permitting Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis and Mercato the open market.
Optional tour to Fistula Hospital is a remarkable place to visit, and is considered the best-run charity in the country
Overnight Jupiter International Hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa- Ariba Minch
Drive to Ariba Minch via Butajirra, on the way visit Tiya Engraved Stelae field dated back 12th century and UNESCO’s world heritage site. Overnight Paradise Lodge.
Day 3: Ariba Minch
Drive through the scenic Nechisar or “white grass” park which sits astride the Rift Valley Lakes Chamo and Abaya. Although Nechisar is under some ecological stress due to the activity of local nomadic tribes, it is still a beautiful park off the beaten path for many tourists. Zebras, gazelles, and rare endemic birds are spotted here. Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; hippopotami are also abundant with beautiful aquatic birds such as the lovely Kingfisher and Fish Eagle… Overnight Paradise Lodge.
Day 4: Ariba Minch -Turmi via Dimeka
Drive to Turmi, en route visit the Konso people with colourfully costumed dress, impressive terracing farming Land and unusually engraved wooden totem used as grave markers can be seen. Further along the route crossing the Woito River, visit Tsemay village. Overnight Turmi Splendour Lodge.
Day 5: Turmi –Murule –Turmi
Drive to Murule and visit the Karo People. You will be driving through the Hamer village, which is good opportunity to see the way of life of the Hamer people. The Karo Tribe is famous for body decoration, scaring and body painting. They reside by the side of the Omo River. Drive back to Turmi and in the afternoon visit one of the known Hamer village and attend Tribal dance and bull jumping ceremony which is occasionally coincides and optional.
Overnight Turmi Splendour Lodge.
Day 6: Turmi –Omorate –Turmi
In the morning, drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat to visit the Dasennech tribe (also known as Galeb tribe). Afterwards, return to Turmi and, if there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer wedding ceremony, it will be visited. Monday is market day in Turmi. Overnight in Turmi Splendour Lodge.
Day 7: Turmi –Jinka
Drive to Jinka on the way visit Benna Village .Overnight Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 8: Jinka –Mursi –Jinka
Drive to Jinka then Excursion drive to Mago National park to visit Mursi tribe known for inserting a lip plate (a clay disc) inserted into their cut and stretched lower lip known for their women lip plates and men for ritual stick fighting (donga).Overnight Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 9: Jinka-Yabello
Drive to Yabello on the way visit Tsemai tribes at Key Afer, and then continue to Yabello
Overnight Yabello Motel.
Day 10: Yabello –Awassa
At a morning drive to Borena village of Dublock to visit the singing wells where the locals form chanting chains of people to remove buckets of water from the long channeled openings of the wells. Afterwards, continue to El Sod, a crater lake where salt is mined from the lake for sale and use throughout Ethiopia. After the visit, proceed driving to Awassa, for overnight at Haile Resort
Day 11: Awassa –Addis Ababa
Visit the fish market at Awassa then drive back to Addis Ababa via Shashemene, on the way visit some of the rift valley lakes such as Lake Zeway. Complimentary farewell dinner party from Footprint Ethiopia Tour Operator will follow in one of the most renowned Cultural restaurant in Addis to test the cultural food and drinks and enjoy dances from the different ethnic groups then transfer to the airport for departure.