Tours Ethiopia

Great Rift Valley Lakes and Omo Valley Tribes with extension to Surma      16 days
Culture, Wild Nature and Tribes                                        

This trip in Ethiopia offers the experience of cultural immersion with the Omo Valley Tribes. 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 beauties: The Karo, Banna, Dassenech, Tsemay, Hamer, Mursi and Surma 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 and the Ari villages around Jinka. The drive from Arba minch to Jimma to the west extends to the villages of the Surma people where we will camp for days to experience their way of life and traditions and admire their body decoration and hair style. The drive to the Surma takes you through the native land of Coffee Arabica, Kaffa and the villages of Bench and Menit people. The drive back to Addis takes two days through the beautiful Bonga forest, the famous Bebeka coffee plantation, the Wush wush tea plantation, the Gibe river gorge, the villages of the Gurage people, and the small villages of the Oromo people surrounded by scenic mountains. Once in Addis Ababa we will enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dancing performance as goodbye end of this great trip.



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 Konso stopping at beautiful sites and villages - O/n Lodge.

Day 4: Visit the Konso village - Drive to Turmi, the capital of the Hamer people - On the way visit the Tsemay village - O/n Lodge.

Day 5: Visit Nyangatom village crossing the Omo River and the Karo village - After lunch visit Hamer village - O/n Lodge.

Day 6: Morning excursion to visit a Dassenech village crossing the Omo River. After lunch drive to Jinka - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 7: Visit Mursi villages across at the Mago National Park - After lunch walking visit of Ari villages nearby Jinka - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Arba Minch and walking through the ancient forest of the Forty Springs - O/n Lodge.

Day 9: Excursion to the Nechisar National Park and boat excursion on Lake Chamo to spot crocodiles, hippos and birds - O/n Lodge.

Day 10: Visit the Dorze village and its market - Drive to Jimma through the beautiful scenery road - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Bebeka Coffee Plantation - On the way visit the villages of Oromo and Bench people - O/n Local Hotel or Camping.

Day 12: Walking through Bebeka Coffee Plantation and drive to Kibish, the capital of the Surma people - O/n Camping.

Day 13: Full day in Surma villages - O/n Camping.

Day 14: Drive to Bonga through the beautiful and scenic road through the village of Menit people - Coffee ceremony- O/n Local Hotel.

Day 15: Drive to Wollisso - Enjoy and relax the natural springs and swimming pool in your Lodge - O/n Lodge.

Day 16: Drive to Addis - 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.




Day     Destination     Meals   Accommodation

DAY 1 ADDIS ABABA Not included Hotel
DAY 2 LAGO LANGANO Full Board Lodge
DAY 3 KONSO Full Board Lodge
DAY 4 TURMI Full Board Lodge
DAY 5 TURMI Full Board Lodge
DAY 6 JINKA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 7 JINKA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 8 ARBA MINCH Full Board Lodge
DAY 9 ARBA MINCH Full Board Lodge
DAY 10 JIMMA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 11 BEBEKA COFFEE PLANT Full Board Local Hotel or Camping
DAY 12 SURMA VILLAGE Full Board Camp
DAY 13 SURMA VILLAGE Full Board Camp
DAY 14 BONGA Full Board Local Hotel
DAY 15 WOLLISSO Full Board Lodge
DAY 16 ADDIS ABABA Full Board Night on board


Departure Dates

Departures are all year round. Come whenever you like.

2 person: 133 per day per person.   Total price 2,128 per person.
3 person: 108 per day per person.   Total price 1,728 per person.
4 person:   96 per day per person.   Total price 1,536 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 hotels, lodges and camp sites 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
Tents and camping materials
Cooking material for the camp sites
Traditional dinner in Addis Ababa

All prices incude 15% VAT


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

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 Bebeka the accommodation is at local hotels which provide service to the best of their abilities. During the camping days at the Surma village no shower is available

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

Important Info


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.


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:

Also you can consult your health center.


Winter cloth (1 fleece, 1 jacket) for the camp nights at Surma village
1 raincoat
Summer cloth
Scarf to protect from dust
Walking shoes
Shower flip flops
Small bag for the daily excursions
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: 3,516 km