Duration; 10 Days / 9 Nights

AWASSA – DORZE – LAKE CHAMO – TURMI – JINKA – KONSO – LAKE LANGANO

    

    Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris

 

Safari Itinerary

 

Day 1: Awassa

Departing Addis Ababa we head South via Butajira. We take in a few archaeological sites along the way, including Tiya (ancient stelae field a “UNESCO” World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock church similar to Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool making site.  Awassa is our final stop of the day. Overnight in Awassa at Haile Resort/Tadesse Enjory Hotel/Pinna Hotel.

Day 2: Dorze

After breakfast we visit Lake Awassa and the fish market. From Lake Awassa we drive to Dorze (set in the highlands above the town of Arba Minch). The people of Dorze are renowned for their beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. Village tour is on the cards and a visit to the local market (should it be open). Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for overnight at Paradise Lodge

 

Day 3: Lake Chamo.

Breakfast and a short walk around we head off for the town of Arba Minch. An afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo and a visit to the “Crocodile Market” is on the cards. Overnight in Arba Minch at Paradise Lodge

 

Day 4: Turmi.

 Depart from Arba Minch after breakfast we head for the town of Turmi (arriving in the afternoon).  Along the way we stop in the village of Weyto (home to the Tsemai tribe). Continuing on from Weyto we head through the Weyto Valley to Erbore for a brief photography stop. Finally we arrive at Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. Traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe is a must for all. Overnight in Turmi at Buska Lodge/Evangadi Lodge.

 

Day 5: Turmi .

A morning trip to visit the Dassenech tribe in the town of Omorate.  From Omorate we cross the Omo River (by boat) and enter a Dassenech village. Returning to Turmi in the afternoon, a chance to visit the a local Hamer village is on the cards,  If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited. Overnight in Turmi at Buska Lodge

 

Day 6: Jinka

 Departing for the Jinka area we travel through the towns of Dimeka and Key Afar.Dimeka offers one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. Overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge

 

Day 7: Jinka

 A morning drive through the Mago National Park awaits and onto a village of the Mursi tribe.  The Mursi people are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. Returning to Jinka in the afternoon. We visit the visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes.Or alternatively, hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village.  Overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge

 

Day 8: Konso.

After breakfast we leave Jinka behind and head for to the town of Konso.  Along the way we stop of in Key Afar where we witness the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. Arriving in Konso in the afternoon. Konso people are well known for their wooden statues (wakas), that are erected in honor of dead heroes.  Konso people are also interestingly known for their innovative agricultural terracing. Time permitting, you can also visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers.Overnight in Konso at Kanta Lodge (tukul)/Kanta Lodge – standard room

 

Day 9: Lake Langano. 

 Lake Langano is our destination today. Enroute we stop off at the Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary (famed for its endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest).  Overnight at Lake Langano at Bishangari Lodge

 

Day 10: Addis Ababa 

A stunning morning swim in Lake Langano awaits before we head off for Addis Ababa.  On the way to Addis Ababa there is the chance of stopping off at Abiatta-Shala National Park (time dependent).  Abiatta-Shala National Park offers up two interesting Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m. Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year. Then drive to Addis A baba. You will dropped off at the airport or in the hotel of your choice.

 

PRICE ON REQUEST

 

Rates Include

  • Vehicle hire in 4WD vehicle (Toyota Land-cruiser or similar), 
  • English-speaking driver/guide,  
  • Driver’s allowance (for his food & accommodation),  
  • Fuel and road insurance,  
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar quality, based on availability), double or twin share on full board basis,
  •  Entrance fees to all locations including local guide service and boat trip on Lake Chamo,  
  • applicable taxes

 

Rates Exclude

 

  •  Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa,   
  • beverages, including all alcoholic beverages,
  • Camera and/or photo fees,  
  • Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion,  
  • Items of a personal nature