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Cultural South

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,564

This locally escorted trip visits Addis Ababa, Arbaminch, Jinka, and Langano, with many interesting stops between.


This 8-day journey is a would-be anthropologist’s dream, visiting numerous Ethiopian tribes. Start in Addis Ababa with a tour of the city’s key sights. A visit to the Ethnological Museum then puts into context for you the immense diversity of this country.

Setting out for Arbaminch, you’ll visit 12th-13th century churches along the way. The city itself is built on forty bubbling streams. You’re entering the lush part of Ethiopia now, and a boat trip on Lake Chamo takes you to see Hippos, and a large colony of crocodiles. Going on to Mursi, you’ll encounter first-hand the somewhat confronting tradition of ‘lip plates’, believed to enhance the beauty of the Mursi women.

Encounter more unique tribes in Karo, a region known for its intricate body decoration – for both sexes, and a lot less invasive this time! The area also boasts some of Ethiopia’s most splendid natural views. Return to Arbaminch, paying a visit to the famously advanced Konso tribe along the way. A short drive away, visit one final tribe, the Dorze. Primarily farmers and weavers, they are known for their innovative bee hive shaped houses, and ingenious farming techniques, making the most of their mountain surrounds.

Get a taste of ‘tourist’ Ethiopia at Lake Langano before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,564

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Day 1

Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel. Depending on your arrival time a city tour will be arranged to visit some of the capital's key sights including the Entoto Mountains, with great views over the city, a tour of Haile Selassie's former palace which is now the home of the Ethnological Museum. An exhibit here represents the best of the arts and crafts of the country and gives an in-depth insight into the various people of Ethiopia.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Jupiter Hotel

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    Jupiter Hotel



    The Jupiter Hotel is located in the Cazanchise area of Addis Ababa and is within walking distance to Menelik II's Palace and the National Archives and Library. The hotel features a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and spa. There are 102 comfortably furnished rooms all equipped ...

    The Jupiter Hotel is located in the Cazanchise area of Addis Ababa and is within walking distance to Menelik II's Palace and the National Archives and Library. The hotel features a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and spa. There are 102 comfortably furnished rooms all equipped with modern amenities such as minibars, safes, hairdryers, and complimentary bottled water and Wi-Fi.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Shuttle Available - Complimentary
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Mini Bar
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • TV lounge

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Day 2

Addis - Arbaminch

You will be picked up from the hotel and start your journey to southern part of Ethiopia, Arbaminch via Butajira. En route you shall visit the Tiya Stelae and Adadi Maryam church. Adadi Maryam is said to be the southernmost rock hewn church. It is believed to date the 12th or 13th century, Adadi Maryam is a semi-monolithic church and has a touch of Lalibela and Tigray churches of North.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Paradise Lodge

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    Paradise Lodge


    Situated overlooking the Rift Valley, set in a maturing garden of succulents and palm trees, Paradise Lodge Arba Minch is a large and traditional looking lodge. The lodge is characterised by circular thatched roofing, stone walls and polished floors The overall style is somewhat eclectic, ...

    Situated overlooking the Rift Valley, set in a maturing garden of succulents and palm trees, Paradise Lodge Arba Minch is a large and traditional looking lodge. The lodge is characterised by circular thatched roofing, stone walls and polished floors The overall style is somewhat eclectic, with artefacts - traditional textile patterns, furniture and paintings - taken from every one of the area’s many tribes.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 3

Arbaminch - Jinka

Arbaminch meaning 'Forty Springs' in Amharic takes its name from the bubbling forty streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town. After breakfast we will have a boat trip on Lake Chamo, where you can spot many Hippos and see the world's most spectacular concentration of giant crocodiles. The water birds are great and the scenery is truly unforgettable. Then, we shall continue drive to Jinks for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Eco-Omo Lodge

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    Eco-Omo Lodge



    This charming eco-lodge is located just outside of the town of Jinka, in the heart of the Omo Valley and within a short drive of Mago National Park. Set within lush gardens, there are 20 tents, stilted on wooden platforms and covered with a reed ...

    This charming eco-lodge is located just outside of the town of Jinka, in the heart of the Omo Valley and within a short drive of Mago National Park. Set within lush gardens, there are 20 tents, stilted on wooden platforms and covered with a reed roofs to blend into the natural environment. Eco-Omo Lodge is the best of its kind around Jinka and makes a great base to explore the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gift Shop
    • Restaurant
    • TV lounge

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Day 4

Jinka - Mursi - Jinka - Turmi

Jinka is the nearest town set in the hills above Mago National Park. The excursion will escort you to see widespread custom of half naked Mursi women, the insertion of wooden and terra-cotta discs into the ear lobes, the split and stretching of their lower lips to make room for similar discs. Though these 'lip plates' may appear bizarre to outsiders, the Mursi regard them as signs of beauty. Generally speaking, the larger the lip plate the more desirable the wearer. In the afternoon you shall journey to Turmi a settlement for hammer people.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Buska Lodge

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    Buska Lodge



    Situated in the heart of Southern Ethiopia in the Omo Valley, Buska Lodge is an unpretentious eco-lodge offering travelers the best accommodation and meal service in this region. Buska Lodge overlooks the plains of Buska Mountain and has been constructed to blend beautifully in to ...

    Situated in the heart of Southern Ethiopia in the Omo Valley, Buska Lodge is an unpretentious eco-lodge offering travelers the best accommodation and meal service in this region. Buska Lodge overlooks the plains of Buska Mountain and has been constructed to blend beautifully in to the natural surroundings. Buska Lodge offers the opportunity to learn about and experience the culture and traditions of the local Hammer community offering a rare glimpse into the cultures of the Omo Valley.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Campsite/s
    • Free Parking

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Day 5

Turmi - Karo - Turmi

This morning, you will drive to Koricho, a settlement for the Karo ethnic groups, perhaps the most beautiful, with its lofty views over the Omo River and traditional Karo dwelling. They are experts in body painting, using clay and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic pattern on each Faces, Chests, Arms and Legs. Even Karo men also sculpt and shave their hair into extravagant shapes with special ochre Cap of hair usually containing several Ostrich feathers.

Afternoon, you will visit one of the Hamer vicinity, very much known for their colorful hair style and bull jumping tradition at times of wedding. If the day is on Saturday, you will have a chance to witness the colorful Dimeka market.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Turmi - Arbaminch

After breakfast you shall drive to Arbaminch. En-route visit the Konso tribal village, who managed to develop a highly specialized agriculture economy and, in the process, one of Africa's most fascinating culture.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Paradise Lodge

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    Paradise Lodge


    Situated overlooking the Rift Valley, set in a maturing garden of succulents and palm trees, Paradise Lodge Arba Minch is a large and traditional looking lodge. The lodge is characterised by circular thatched roofing, stone walls and polished floors The overall style is somewhat eclectic, ...

    Situated overlooking the Rift Valley, set in a maturing garden of succulents and palm trees, Paradise Lodge Arba Minch is a large and traditional looking lodge. The lodge is characterised by circular thatched roofing, stone walls and polished floors The overall style is somewhat eclectic, with artefacts - traditional textile patterns, furniture and paintings - taken from every one of the area’s many tribes.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 7

Arbaminch - Langano

In the morning visit the Dorze tribe and their village (Drive - 30 km), famed for their bee hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorze. They are also farmers, who prevent soil erosion by ingenious terracing of the mountainsides. Around their huts they have their own little garden with vegetables, spices, tobacco and Enset (false-banana). Afterwards, we continue our drive to Langano Rift Valley Lake via Sodo and Shashemene. The Lake Langano area is considered to be the most popular resort area with splendid beach dotted with acacia trees, pinkish volcanic water ideal for swimming.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Sabana Beach Resort

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    Sabana Beach Resort


    Sabana Beach Resort is located only 200kms South of Addis, on the shores of Lake Langano, right at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. The Sabana Beach Resort's unusual landscape offers both a serene beachfront as well as a vast cliff-top with a breathtaking ...

    Sabana Beach Resort is located only 200kms South of Addis, on the shores of Lake Langano, right at the heart of the Great Rift Valley.

    The Sabana Beach Resort's unusual landscape offers both a serene beachfront as well as a vast cliff-top with a breathtaking view over the lake. Activities include, beach voeyball, life-size chess, canoeing and table tennis. The restaurant is uniquely designed and positioned at the heart of the resort, at the edge of a cliff offering a splendid view that makes you feel suspended over the lake. This overlooks the 200 meter long sandy beach with a beach bar that offers a pleasant relaxing break from the sun with delicious refreshments.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Childrens Playground
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Water Slide
    • Water Sports

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Day 8

Langano - Addis Ababa

In the morning you shall Visit Abjatta - Shalla National Park. Afterwards, drive back to Addis. In the evening, there will be a farewell traditional dinner where you will experience live cultural music and dance. Your tour concludes by being dropped to Bole International Airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 nights accommodation; All transfers and transportation; Full board; Entrance Fees; Local guides; Boat and village fees; 1 bottle of water with each meal; Government tax

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Visa fee, Porters, Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Tour is a in modern 4x4 vehicle

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Based on minimum 2 or more passengers, please inquire for singles travelling alone.

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21 Oct 2018
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