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7 days Omo Valley, Dorze and Arba Minch

Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth and the discovery of human remains dating back nearly 2.5 million years prompted UNESCO to dub the Lower Valley a World Heritage site in 1980.

The villages are home to some of Africa’s most fascinating ethnic groups and a trip here represents a unique chance for travellers to encounter a culture markedly different from their own. Whether it’s wandering through traditional Dassanech villages, watching Hamer people performing a Jumping of the Bull ceremony or seeing the Mursi’s mind-blowing lip plates, your visit here will stay with you for a lifetime.

The landscape is diverse, ranging from dry, open savannah plains to forests in the high hills and along the Omo and Mago Rivers. The former meanders for nearly 800km, from southwest of Addis Ababa all the way to Lake Turkana on the Kenyan border.

per adult from

$3,001

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • 5 nights accommodation in named hotels & 1 night camping
    • 4WD vehicle including professional driver and all fuel
    • Professional English speaking guide
    • Collection from Arba Minch airport/hotel and return to Jinka airport
    • Village and National Park entrance fees and River/Lake boat rides
    • Entry/Admission - Dorze Village
    • Entry/Admission - Chamo Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Mago National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Drinks
    • Any local fees for taking individual photographs
    • Gratuities
    • Return flight to Addis Ababa

  • Day 1: Arba Minch - Dorze

    Stop At: Dorze Village, Arba Minch Ethiopia
    You will be met at Arba Minch airport or hotel and will take a beautiful drive up the mountains to Dorze village - home of Ethiopia's weavers.  You will enjoy a walking tour – visit the traditional bamboo houses, learn how to make the local bread from false banana tree, enjoy the market, watch women spinners and see the famous Dorze weavers. Stay overnight at Dorze Lodge, renowned for the spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes. After dinner, sit by the camp fire and enjoy the local singing and dancing
    Duration: 18 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Dorze Lodge with spectacular views of the rift valley lakes and Arba Minch

    Day 2: Dorze - Lake Chamo and Nechisar National Park (Arba Minch)

    Stop At: Chamo Lake, Arba Minch Ethiopia
    After seeing sunrise, drive to Arba Minch and take a motor boat across Lake Chamo to visit Nechisar National Park. Take a gentle hike across the savannah and see zebras, gazelles and different types of animals. On the return boat ride, you will see giant crocodiles, hippos, local fishermen, pelicans and different types of birds. Spend the evening in Arba Minch. Stay overnight at Haile Resort
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Haile Resort, ranked at 1st place to stay in Arba Minch

    Day 3: Arba Minch - Konso - Turmi

    Stop At: Konso, Konso, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    Drive to Konso, a UNESCO world heritage site.  Your village walking tour will include Konso's renowned stone walled terraces and fortified settlements,  wooden statues (Waga), and stone steles (a complex system of marking the passing of leaders).  Drive to Turmi, a market town and home to the Hamer tribe.  Stay overnight at Paradise lodge
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Paradise Lodge, next to a small hamer village and stay in traditional huts or safari tents

    Day 4: Karo tribe - Hamer market - Turmi

    Stop At: Turmi, Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    Spend the morning visiting the Karo tribe, famed for their body painting and elaborate headdresses - decorating with nature. Drive back to Turmi in time for the colourful afternoon Hamer market. Stay overnight in Turmi
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Stay overnight at Paradise Lodge, Turmi

    Day 5: Turmi - Omorate - Dassanech tribe - Hamer Village

    Stop At: Omorate, Ethiopia
    Drive to Omorate, on the Omo River, which is as deep as one can get into the Omo valley, without entering Kenya. Cross the river to visit Ethiopia's most southern tribe, Dassanech. Afterwards, drive to Jinka which is set in the hills above Mago National Park and capital of the Omo Valley.  You will visit the South-Omo Museum & Research Centre which hosts interesting exhibitions.  Stay overnight in an Eco lodge.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Spend the night in our high quality tents in a Hamer village. We provide mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, etc

    Day 6: Nyangatom tribes - Bana Market - Jinka

    Stop At: Jinka, Jinka, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    Visit the Nyangatom Tribe who live on the border with South Sudan and are considered one of the richest and most prosperous tribes. Vast lands allow the tribe to graze a large number of cattle but different to other tribes, the men hunt crocodiles using harpoons and a local canoe. They have gained the reputation of being the feared and fierce warriors. Drive to Key Afar to enjoy the colourful Bana Market and then stay overnight in Jinka
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Eco-Omo Lodge in Jinka

    Day 7: Mago National Park - Mursi Tribe - Jinka

    Stop At: Mago National Park, 1000 Ethiopia
    Drive through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe, famed for their unique lip plates. After lunch, we will take you to Jinka airport for your flight to Addis Ababa
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Arba Minch Town, Ethiopia
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 11/1/2018 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    12/1/2020 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Jinka international airport, Ethiopia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Tour can be adapted to start/end in Addis Ababa or Jinka
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Gamo Travel

Activity ID: V-104393P2

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