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6 Days Omo Valley Safari Tour in Ethiopia

Paradise Lodge, Secha Area, Arba Minch, Gamo Gofa Omo, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples, Ethiopia

6 Days Cultural Safari in Ethiopia

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Tobia Hagere Tour and Travel Agency PLC invites you to join this safari! They organize tailor made and customized tours to all the historical and cultural sites of Ethiopia, to the impressive tribes of the Omo Valley, to the many national parks, and wild life sanctuaries. All of the guides and drivers have been working in the tourism industry for over a decade; as experts and professionals, and they will help you to enjoy your holidays. To provide better and unrivaled services for the satisfaction of every single customer - they seek to exceed the expectation of all clients, be they on active adventure travel or family vacation. Don't miss your chance to experience the tour of choice in Ethiopia!

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 20 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Arba Minch
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 6 days of safari
  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo
  • Opportunity to see hippos, zebras, and other wildlife
  • Lake Chamo, Nech Sar National Park, museum, and local villages visits
  • Ground transportation by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in Paradise Lodge on day 1, Turmi Lodge on day 2 and 3, and Kanta Lodge on day 4 and 5.

Program

Day 1: Addis to Arba Minch

Fly to Arba Minch. Upon your arrival, you will picked up from Arba Minch Airport (AMH) and check-in to the hotel. After check-in, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and on the way you will see local hippos. Cross over lake Chamo to Nech Sar National Park. Here you will drive inside the park to see the local wildlife, such as zebras, and later on drive back to Arba Minch. You will stay for the night at Paradise Lodge.

Day 2: Drive to Turmi

In the morning, depart to for afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. You will stay for the night at Turmi Lodge.

Day 3: Visit Hamer village

This day you will travel out to the Karo people at Kolcho village on the banks of the Omo river. The Karo people excel in traditional body painting. In the evening you will visit a Hamer village near to the accommodation. The Hamer are fine looking people taking great pride in their appearance - the women, with their red dyed plaited hair wear leather skirts decorated with shells, are beautiful. Each Hamer village is amazingly still free from western influences and non-organic materials. Their homes are constructed entirely of local materials, mud, wood, and thatch. Each village consists of a single extended family unit of approximately 10-15 huts in close proximity around which daily life rotates. You will stay for the night at Turmi Lodge.

Day 4: Drive to Jinka

Driving across dry sandy plains to Key Afar then into more fertile rolling hills to the small town of Jinka. You will visit a small museum which gives valuable insight into some tribal customs, then take an optional walk down to the town meeting the people on the way, before driving out to Kanta Lodge in Konso for overnight.

Day 5: Visit the Konso Village and drive back to Arba Minch

After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. After the visit, you will stay for the night at Kanta Lodge in Konso.

Day 6: Dorze Village visit and fly back to Addis

Early start today as you drive from the fertile soils, across the dry plains until reaching Abra Minch, known for its Ensete (false) bananas Arba Minch, meaning Forty Springs. It is a fertile fruit producing valley. Drive into the Chencha mountains to visit a Dorze village, noted for their fine weaving in wool and cot-ton (great shopping). After Dorze village visit you will be transferred to the airport and fly back to Addis.

Included excursions

  • Museum visits
  • Local village visits

Location

The Omo Valley in Ethiopia is one of the best locations on earth to see indigenous people live as they have done for millennia. Although these ancient cultures are now affected by globalization, many tribesmen and women remain resolute in being the change that they wish to see in themselves. The tribes are almost all pastoralists and are, to some extent, nomadic, so tourism brings them a little extra income.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend the local markets
  • Optional walk down to the town of Jinka
  • Visit a local village and the cultural museum in Konso

What's included

  • 6 days of safari
  • Game drive in Nech Sar National Park
  • Museum in Jinka visits
  • Village of Weyto, local Erbore village, Hamer village, Kolcho village, Dorze village
  • Watching Evangadi, the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe
  • Boat trip on Lake Chamo
  • All entrance fees, village and elders payments
  • Experienced driver, driver allowance
  • All fuel expenses and lubricants expense
  • Professional guide by local guides and scout where needed
  • Ground transportation by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • All transfer in and transfer out services
  • Round trip domestic flight ticket only if your international flight will be via Ethiopian Airlines
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Arba Minch Airport (AMH)

What's not included

  • International flight tickets
  • Any alcoholic drinks
  • Any videograph or camera fee needed
  • Laundry service
  • Any expense of personal items (i.e. internet, fax, telephone)
  • Services which are not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arba Minch Airport (AMH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tobia Hagere Tour and Travel Agency PLC will pick you up from the airport. Due to the reason that sometimes flight might arrive early or late than the expected time of arrival, you can call them from The Yellow Cafe. The Yellow Cafe (which is located inside international terminal) is aware of the situation and they can lend you their mobile to call Ethiopia Hagere Tour and Travel for free.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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