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Tour code: TTT- 301
Duration: 04 DAYS & 03 NIGHTS / by Air and surface
Destination: South
Addis/ADD- Arbaminch - Addis/ADD

DAY 01: Addis/ADD

ttaArrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. In Addis has time to make walks on the main streets to visit historical Monuments, and for shopping. In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folkloric dances of The Ethiopian people and taste our variety of meal. Also, visit The National Museum This famous museum, close to the University of Addis Ababa Graduate School, houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts showing the history of Ethiopia from prehistoric times to the modern day. Its most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy. Mount Entoto Addis Ababa is built in the foothills of Mount Entoto, and the panorama from the peak (3,200m3, either by day or night, is a breathtaking spectacle. The Church of St Mary (1885) overlooks the entire city and the surrounding area. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Trinity Cathedral Trinity Cathedral was constructed by Emperor Haileselassie in 1947 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The architecture of the cathedral is very unique to both Ethiopia and Africa. It is ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass. Within the compound and gardens of the church are found the crypts of the Imperial family O/n in Addis Ababa.

DAY 02: Addis/ADD- Arbaminch

tta2Early in the morning fly to Arbaminch. In the afternoon drive to Chencha (the Dorze village). Drive 300 km south to Arba Minch visiting the tribal people of Alaba who are noted for their beautifully painted houses, Wolita, known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana, and Dorze – who are renowned for their huge huts and colorful cotton clothes, en route to Dorze village, and then a visit to the traditional village of Chencha, where you will sure be fascinated by the waving style of the Dorze people. O/n Arbaminch in a chosen hotel.

DAY 03: Arbaminch

ttaWhole day in Arbaminch, including Nech Sar NP’s and Chamo Lake. Arba Minch, the largest town in southern Ethiopia, is set amongst lush green hills near Lakes Abaya and Chamo. Arba Minch is named for the abundant local springs that produce a groundwater forest; in Amharic, ArbaMinch means "forty springs." The town proper is divided into two distinct settlements; buses and taxis connect Shecha (on higher ground) and downtown Sikela. Shecha is the uptown administrative centre. Just four kilometers away is Sikela and the commercial, industrial, and downtown residential areas. On the eastern side of Sikela lies the gate to Nechisar National Park, which covers the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south. The park has not much to offer except small antelope, a few monkeys and baboon and a variety of birds. The region is known for crocodile (also known as the crocodile market which is an area of abundant, large, wild crocodiles) and hippo, fish farming, and O/n in Arbaminch.

DAY 04: Addis/ADD {back to Addis Ababa}

Tour code: TTT- 302
Duration: 10 DAYS & 09 NIGHTS / by surface
Destination: South

Addis/ADD- Arbaminch- Jinka- Turmi- Wondogenet - Addis/ADD

DAY 01: Addis/ADD - Arbaminch

ttaIn the morning drive from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch. ArbaMinch, Ethiopia is famous for the local springs and the groundwater forest. The place is situated towards the base of the Great Rift Valley. The city comprises the administrative unit of Shecha, the residential and commercial regions of Sikela. These two areas are connected by a road. The city is famous for the fruits that it produces including bananas, oranges, apples, pineapples and guavas. There are also many fish farms in the area. There is the Arba Minch University that is located there. There is also an airport that serves the city. O/N at Arbaminch in a chosen hotel.

DAY 02: Arbaminch

ttaGame drive to Nech Sar NP’s and in the afternoon, drive to Chencha to visit the Dorze people. Dorze – who are renowned for their huge huts and colorful cotton clothes, in route to Dorze village, and then a visit to the traditional village of Chencha, where you will sure be fascinated by the waving style of the Dorze people Situated 510km south of Addis near the town of Arba Minch, in between Lakes Abaya and Chamo. A wide variety of plains game roams freely amongst 514m2 of savannah, dry bush and groundwater forest, which are also the habitats of 188 recorded species of birds. Animals to be seen are Bushbuck, Swayne's Hartebeest (endemic), Burch ell’s Zebra, Grant's gazelle, Guenther's Dik‐dik, Greater Kudu, Anubis Baboon, and Grey Duiker. Birds seen include Red‐billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbill, Fish Eagle, Kori Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and more. . O/N at Arbaminch in a chosen hotel.

DAY 03: Arbaminch - Jinka

ttaAfter breakfast, we will drive 250 km. to jinka. As we leave Arba Minch, the scenery is beautiful; soft rolling hills with dark red soil and plentiful crops and forests with lush vegetation. Along the way, we’ll most probably meet with some of the Borana people, who are semi-nomadic shepherds, Borana make their living by growing and selling cattle and crops, including teff and chatt (a tobacco-like drug). They frequently pray to Waq, the benign god whom they believe "sends the rain and all good things.” The main feature of the Borana religion is not just the powerful veneration accorded to their chief religious leaders, but to the very real spiritual power of the Ayana, or spirits, which possess people and things. We will arrive into Jinka early evening for dinner and overnight. O/N at Jinka in a chosen hotel.

DAY 04: Jinka

ttaExcursion to Mago NP’s. Mago National Park is located on the east bank of the Omo River and ranges in altitude from 450 m (1467 ft) to 2,528 m (8294 ft) above sea level. After about 2 hours drive we will arrive to our camp. In the park and en route, we’ll see buffalo, waterbuck, greater and lesser kudu and zebra. Sometimes, lions, elephants, leopards and giraffes have also been spotted here. Here, we visit a Mursi Tribal village, whose women have the custom of expanding their lower lips using disks that gradually get those lips larger and larger. These are people who farm the land and breed livestock; they live in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world. Skipping the Mursi would be out of the question. They're the most famous of all the indigenous Ethiopian tribes though they are not too friendly to visitors and every photo taken has its price. Our campsite tonight will be among towering trees, which provide shade and it is near the Neri River. O/N in Jinka.

DAY 05 + DAY 06: Jinka - Turmi

Drive to Turmi via Dimeka. As we drive this morning via Murile to Turmi, and our day of "off-road", has no real track nor road! We travel through the savannah in a typical African landscape, frequently meeting herds of Oryx and gazelle. We arrive noontime at Murile, located right on the River Omo and surrounded by huge trees. This is the land of the Caro Tribe and it is possible to meet and visit their villages along the river. We then continue on to Turmi. We camp in a square under mango trees for the next 2 nights. The Hamer people gather water from a well nearby our campsite and carry it off to their villages; our campsite is an excellent location to observe these colorful people. They belong to a group of culturally distinct people known as the Sidamo. Although they are racially mixed with the Bushman hunters who originally inhabited the region, they do not have any Bushman features. Most of the Hamer are cattle breeders and live in camps that consist of several related families. The families live in tents arranged in a circle, and the cattle are brought into the center of the camp at night. When the campsite is being set up, beds for the women and young children are built first; then the tent frame is built around it. The tents are constructed with flexible poles set in the ground in a circular pattern. Men and boys usually sleep on cots in the center of the camp, near the cattle. One striking characteristic of the Hamer-Banna men and women is that they indulge in elaborate hairdressing. O/n camping.

DAY 06: In the morning, drive to Omorate and back. In the afternoon, drive to Karo, The Karo live in the Southern Omo Zone or Omo Valley, in a few small villages near

the Mago River. Their name is also spelled as Kara. This dying race of half-nomads numbers only about 500. They share many traditions with their Hamar neighbors, including the economic system, social system, religious values, and the highly sophisticated hair-cuts. The only real difference is the fact that they regard themselves as a separate people. And Return back to Turmi. O/n Turmi camping.

DAY 07: Turmi - Arbaminch

Drive back to Arbaminch. O/n Arbaminch in a chosen hotel.

DAY 08: Arbaminch - Wondogenet

In the morning proceed driving to Wondogenet after boat trip on Lake Chamo in the morning. In the morning we take a boat trip on Lake Chiamo, which is largely populated by crocodiles and hippos and have a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife in and around the Lake. Chamo (1,160 square kilometers) – are also the lushest in vegetation, richest in wildlife and, to many, the most beautiful. The lakes support numerous species of fish, and hordes of hippos and crocodiles. O/n Wondogenet.

DAY 09: Drive back to Addis Ababa. Seeing and visiting Souvenirs Shops found in the capital. O/n ADD

DAY 10: Addis/ADD

Whole day city tour in Addis Ababa. We spend the day exploring Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub-Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid ‘Lucy’, as well as to an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art We then visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former residential Palace of Haile Selassie, and the business center of Addis Ababa. After lunch, we take time at the St. George Cathedral, built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik to continue after onto the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Ethiopia and has survived throughout many historical periods, as its interesting architecture can attest to. The Cathedral contains the thrones and the tombs of the Emperor and some of the royal family. Departure

 

 

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