Tours Ethiopia

Great Rift Valley Lakes and Omo Valley Tribes        13 days
Culture, Wild Nature and Tribes

This trip in Ethiopia to the Great Rift Valley and Omo Valley is not just a journey in space but also in time; we will witness lifestyles that have remained for millennia. During the first few days we will meet the Great Rift Valley lakes inhabited by crocodiles, hippos and hundreds of birds.

The tribal villages are further south. Tribes with ancestral ways of life will open the door of their villages to meet them and admire the beauty of their esthetic bodies: The Karo, Banna, Dassenech, Tsemay, Hamer and Mursi are the tribes we will meet. However, they are not the only people we will encounter in this trip, also the Dorze people on our way to Arba Minch, the Konso people, the Ari villages around Jinka, the Borena people in Yabelo and the Oromo, the guardians of coffee.

Before driving back to Addis Ababa, we will ascend to the Bale Mountains National Park to gaze at the high steep peaks interrupted by streams and waterfalls and scattered by forests inhabited by endemic animals of Ethiopia such as the Mountain Nyala, the Ethiopian Wolf, the Menelik Bushbuck and other mammals, such as the Bale monkey, the Columbus monkey and the Velvet monkey. The bird life in Bale Mountains is rewarding for birders.

The drive back to the capital passes through small villages of the Oromo people and scenic mountains. We will enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dancing performance as goodbye end of this great trip.


 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Addis Ababa, welcome by our team and transfer to your hotel – Visit the capital and its street ambient - O/n Hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Lake Langano enjoying the Rift Valley lakes - O/n Lodge.

Day 3: Drive to Arba Minch - In route visit the Dorze village and its market - O/n Lodge.

Day 4: Excursion to Nechisar National Park and boat excursion on lake Chamo to spot Nile crocodiles, hippos and birds - O/n Lodge.

Day 5: Drive to Turmi, capital of the Hamer people - On the way visit Konso village and Tsemay village - O/n Lodge.

Day 6: Visit the Nyangatom village crossing the Omo River and the Karo village - After lunch visit Hamer village - O/n Lodge.

Day 7: Morning excursion to visit a Dassenech village crossing the Omo River - After lunch drive to Jinka - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 8: Morning excursion to visit Mursi villages across at the Mago National Park - After lunch visit of Ari villages - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 9: Drive to Yabelo crossing semi arid landscapes and stopping at sites of interest - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 10: Excursion to El Sod Crater and visit Borena villages - After lunch drive to Yirgalem through coffee plantations - O/n Lodge.

Day 11: Easy walking through the coffee plantations - Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park - O/n Lodge.

Day 12: Excursion to the Sanete Plateau and its lakes to spot wild animals and migratory birds - Explore the Harenna forest - O/n Lodge.

Day 13: Drive to Addis Ababa - Free time for shopping - Traditional Ethiopian dinner with folklore dance - Check in to your Intercontinental flight.


Attention: The order of the dates of the itinerary can be modified due to weather conditions beyond our control. 


Attention: All itineraries are open to modifications if required. You can add or eliminate options according to your interests.         Birana Ethiopia Tours offers the possibility to make your own trip.

Attention: For the south trip, Birana Ethiopia Tours will arrange the itinerary according to the market days of the villages, so that your visit coincides with the market days.
 

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Schedule
 

Day     Destination     Meals   Accommodation

DAY 1 ADDIS ABABA Not included Hotel
DAY 2 LAGO LANGANO Full Board Lodge
DAY 3 ARBA MINCH Full Board Lodge
DAY 4 ARBA MINCH Full Board Lodge
DAY 5 TURMI Full Board Lodge
DAY 6 TURMI Full Board Lodge
DAY 7 JINKA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 8 JINKA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 9 YABELO Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 10 YIRGALEM Full Board Lodge
DAY 11 BALE MOUNTAINS Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 12 BALE MOUNTAINS Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 13 ADDIS ABABA Full Board Night on board



Departure Dates

Departures are all year round. Come whenever you like.

Prices

2 person: 124 per day per person.   Total price 1,612 per person.
3 person: 101 per day per person.   Total price 1,312 per person.
4 person:   96 per day per person.   Total price 1,170 per person.

Individual supplement for single room: 180 (only if required)

To know the Price for larger groups, please contact us.

Attention: Prices might change according to current fuel prices, currency devaluation and flight taxes. Birana Ethiopia Tours is committed to inform of this changes at the time of the booking.


The price INCLUDES:

Transfers from / to airport
Bus or minibus for Addis Ababa city tour
4x4 cars for the south trip
Accommodation at standard hotels, lodges and local hotels with full board
Entrance fees and permits to all natural parks and villages
Boats at Chamo Lake
Boats for the Omo River crossing
English speaking local guides at specific sites
Traditional dinner in Addis Ababa                        

15% VAT inclusive.


The price DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Visa (17,-€ or 20$)
Intercontinental flight (more info)
Meals and beverages in Addis Ababa the first day
Travel insurance
Extra visits
Alcoholic beverages
Photo and video camera fees at some sites

Payment
After the booking confirmation, the client should transfer an amount of 30% of the trip price. The remaining 70% will be transferred within 20 days before departure or in cash on arrival.


Transportation & Accommodation

The transportation for this trip in Ethiopia is designed to travel in a relaxing way to enjoy the views and the daily life to the maximum. We provide 4WD Toyota Land cruisers for this kind of trip to the south. They are comfortable, secure and high engine power.

The accommodation is mainly at standard hotels, lodges and local hotels. Most of them are private hotels providing all services: double rooms with bathroom, hot shower, restaurant, bar, internet, etc. They are usually located in places with nice views and near to the city center. In Jinka and Yabelo the accommodation is at local hotels which provide service to the best of their abilities.

If you want to read more about infrastructures in Ethiopia FAQ.


Important Info

DOCUMENTS:

Passport: Valid for 6 months minimum and at least one free page to stamp the visa.

Entry visa for Ethiopia acquired at the immigration office of Addis Ababa International Airport at your arrival. Price 17 € or 20$.

Travel insurance: Generally speaking almost all tourists coming to Ethiopia buy their insurance at the country of origin. You may already have insurance or it may be easier to process. The trips booked through Birana Ethiopia Tours do not include any travel insurance. For the reasons mentioned, we recommend our clients to get travel insurance in their country of origin which includes cancellation, accident and lost luggage protection.

Yellow fever vaccination: A document is required to prove that you are vaccinated against yellow fever. You will get this document in your health center after vaccination. This document may be required at your arrival at the Addis Ababa Airport.

HEALTH:

Birana Ethiopia Tours is a Travel and Tour Operator; we are not authorized to offer information about public health. This information varies constantly. So, to avoid wrong contents, for all information related to vaccination and sanitary precautions we recommend you to read the Ministry of External Affairs web site:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/ethiopia

Also you can consult your health center.

 

Luggage

1 raincoat
Summer cloth
Scarf to protect from dust
Walking shoes
Shower flip flops
Small bag for the daily excursions
Torch
Medicine box with the most important medicines (antibiotics, anti malaria)
Anti mosquito 35%DEET (spray, stickers)
Sun cream
Photo Camera with big memory card and spare batteries.

The maximum weight allowed for your luggage is 20 kg plus hand bag.

 


KM Covered Totally

By Road: 3,173 km