Omo Valley Tribes and Rift Valley Lakes
Come anytime throughout the year. Pick your dates, we adapt your trip.
This trip to the most southern corner of Ethiopia, the Omo and Rift Valleys, is not only a journey through space but also through time as you will witness lifestyles that have been maintained for millennia. During the 4x4 drives you'll cross scenic landscapes of dramatic beauty.
Ride by boat the Great Lakes of the Rift Valley in search of crocodiles, hippos and hundreds of wild birds.
Enter the Maze National Park to spot some of the big five such as the lion, the buffalo and the leopard, as well as the lesser kudu, Swayne's antelope, warthogs and countless species of monkeys and birds.
Tribal villages await you in the southernmost area of Ethiopia. Tribes with ancestral ways of life will open their doors to show you their villages and their social structure, without overlooking their beauty and imposing physical presence: Karo, Banna, Dassenech, Tsemay, Hamer, Mursi are the tribes that you will meet in the Omo Valley, among other different groups. In addition, the colorful and bustling tribal markets will awaken all of your senses.
Crossing the limitless savannah on our 4x4 will give you that great sense of freedom you're looking for.
DAY 1 - Addis Ababa
Welcome by our team and Addis Ababa city tour: the Big Merkato, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National Museum and the bustling streets - Hotel.
DAY 2 - Gurage Zone
Start the journey in our 4x4 stopping at two cultural sites: the Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church and the Tiya Field of Stelae - Reach the Gurage area for easy hiking between villages - Hotel
DAY 3 – Maze National Park
Continue our route southwards stopping at local markets, scenic spots and rural villages - Enter the Maze National Park in search of lions, buffalo and leopards - Wild camping.
DAY 4 - Jinka
Reach the Omo Valley, home of dozens of tribes - In Jinka visit the Ari village to participate in their local production of ceramics, metal or alcohol - Hotel
DAY 5 - Jinka
Enter the Mago National Park by 4x4 to visit Mursi villages hiking through the forest - Visit the Ethnographic Museum to learn interesting facts about the tribes - Hotel.
DAY 6 - Turmi
Drive to Turmi stopping on the way at tribal markets – Meet the majestic Omo River to visit the Karo tribe living at the river bank – Hotel or wild camping
DAY 7 - Turmi
Cross the Omo river on local barges to visit Dassenech village – Meet the Hamer tribe and their lifestyle - Hotel or wild camping
DAY 8 - Konso
Leave the savannah behind to visit the UNESCO Heritage Konso Village and the Konso Museum – Discover the Gheseryo area, a geological rarity, in search of Waka, the funeral totems of the Konso - Hotel
DAY 9 - Arba Minch
Boat ride on Lake Chamo in search of crocodiles, hippos and wild birds - Reach the Dorze village with breath taking overviews to admire its elephant-shaped houses and its textile market - Hotel.
DAY 10 - Arba Minch
Game drive inside the Nechisar National Park in search of zebras, lions and other wild species - Easy walk through the Forty Springs Forest, an ancient jungle of gigantic trees, lianas and different wild species - Hotel.
DAY 11 - Lake Langano
Cross along the Great Rift Valley to reach another of its lakes, Lake Langano and finish your trip relaxing at the beach and dipping into the clean lake waters - Hotel.
DAY 12 - End of the trip
Easy walk inside the Abiata-Shala Lakes National Park in search of ostriches, warthogs and hundreds of wild birds - Return trip to Addis Ababa - Free time tfor shopping and visits - Enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional music - International flight.
NOTE: You can modify this itinerary by adding or removing days, changing hotels, proposing other visit sites, etc. We will make sure your visit matches with tribal market days, so we might have to modify the order of the itinerary according to your trip dates.
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The transportation on this trip is designed for you to travel through Ethiopia in a relaxed way and enjoy to the fullest the daily life of the country. The vehicles for this tour are 4x4. These vehicles reach everywhere, are comfortable, safe and powerful.
In addition, following our SLOW TRAVEL philosophy, you can enjoy hiking and trekking routes, walks in the citiy, get around in local tuktuk transport, boat rides or rent a bicycle.
Choose the type of accommodation that best suits you or combine local hotels with 4* hotels, or even pitching a tent in the wild.
Local hotels are affordable and clean, although they might suffer from light or water cuts. Consider also that they deliver a service to the maximum of their possibilities and conception of time.
4* hotels are equipped with all services: double rooms with bathroom, hot water, restaurant, bar, internet connection, etc.. They are usually located at beautiful sites with nice views and have a charming atmosphere.
Travelers should keep in mind that there may be power cuts in some cities with the inconveniences that this entails. Fortunately, these cuts are becoming less frequent due to the construction of hydroelectric dams and power plants.
Campsites in Ethiopia are very basic and without infrastructure but are located in amazing sites surrounded by wild landscapes. Travellers can experience the real adventure choosing one or two nights of camping in the wild.
Our trips DO NOT INCLUDE full board. We believe in offering freedom of choice to our travelers. Sometimes you don't feel like having dinner, or you prefer to grab just a juice. Ethiopian restaurants are always open and are found everywhere, offering local and international food, tasty, affordable and in abundance.