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12 Days OMO VALLEY BALE MOUNTAINS SAFARI

oMO VALLEY

OMO VALLEY & BALE MOUNTAINS 12 Days   

Ethiopia had been hailed as the origin of mankind, and it has a fascinating history as a result of this long occupation of the land. This Safari to Ethiopia concentrates on the cultural history of the country. You travel to the Omo Valley in the South of Ethiopia to see the fast vanishing indigenous tribes still located there. While Ethiopia does not have wildlife like other areas in Africa, the scenery is outstanding and a generous collection of endemic species make for some individuality. We will always strive to tie in animals whenever possible.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 Day 1:                   Arrival Addis Ababa & City Tour

On arrival Addis Ababa GLT representative will meet you at Bole international Airport and you will visit the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarters of the Africa union starting from AU Building from outside, Holy Trinity Cathedral (The church is constructed in 1955 for the 25 years anniversary of Emperor Haileselassie and painted richly with remarkable biblical and other saint’s story). In the afternoon after lunch you will visit National museum (home of Lucy hominid skeleton dating back to 3.2 million years), then proceed to Mountain Entoto for panoramic view of Addis Ababa.

Accommodation: Sabon hotel or similar

 Day 2:                             Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

Morning take flight to Arbaminch, Ones arrived, check-in and lunch at Emerald Resort Arbaminch. Emerald Resort is a beautiful Resort with a spectacular view over the Rift Valley lakes of Chamo and Abaya which are divided by a mountain called in Amharic “Yezghier dildi” which means “Bridge of Heaven” and the Netch SAR National Park, in Amharic meaning “white grass”. Afternoon drive to Chencha Mountain to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions, The Dorze are famous for their elephant truck shaped houses, their cultivation of the false banana (from which root they extract their traditional bread called Kotcho), the weaving works, cultivation of sorghum and more. If time permits visit also their Saturday’s market.

Accommodation: Emerald resort

Day 3:                   Arbaminch-Turmi

Morning drive about 2 hrs from Arbaminch south to the Omo valley and visit a Konso people village, famous for being the first in Africa to start the terracing agriculture. Visit their culture, lifestyle, and way of counting the age of the village, the community works and much more. Note well that this is a UNESCO heritage site! Have spectacular view over the hills too. Afternoon proceed to Turmi, the famous colorful Hamer people town. Have lunch in Konso

Accommodation: Emerald Lodge

Day 4:                                                Turmi, Omorate

Morning drive to Omorate, at bank of the Omo River, to visit the Dassanech people. Are very colorful villages and interesting culture, we are at border with Kenya. In the afternoon visit a Hamer village and understand their way of life and culture. If it’s Monday (Monday is market day) visit the colorful Turmi’s village weekly market. Monday’s market of Hamer, Dassanech, Karo and Tsemay people,  enjoy this vibrant market, meet different people and see how they merchandise.

Accommodation: Emerald Lodge

Day 5:                                      Turim-Mursi

Very early morning drive to Jinka town (about 2 hrs driving); then enter into the Mago National park, cross it to proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips and men different scarifications all over their body. Their villages and way of life is very unique.  Have a lunch box before or after the Mursi village visit

Accommodation: Jinka Resort or similar

Day 6:                   Turmi-Arbaminch

Early morning drive to visit one Ari people village with very interesting traditions. Then proceed to Key Afer village (Thursday is market day in Key Afar) to visit the weekly market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. After the market’s visit, proceed to Arbaminch, to reach late afternoon.

Accommodation: Emerald resort www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

 

Day 7:                                      Arbaminch-Awassa

Morning take a boat excursion on Chamo lake to admire the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach 6 meters of length), hippos and many birds. In the afternoon to Awassa, for very nice nature and lot of birds.  If time permits make also a boat trip on lake Awasa.

Accommodation: Haile Resort or similar

 

Day 8:                   Arbaminch-Bale Mountains       

Morning after breakfast drive to the Bale Mountains. The Bale Mountains have a real particular flora and fauna, with afro-alpine vegetation and endemic mammals.

Accommodation: Wabi Shebele hotel or similar

Day 9:                   Sanetti Plateau -Harenna Forest-Goba

Drive to Senetti Plateau, the second highest altitude in Ethiopia and here; if you are lucky, you will see Ethiopian Wolf which is endemic to Ethiopia, make a trekking to Tulu Dimitu (Tullu Dimtu is the second highest mountain in Bale Ethiopia, rises to 4377) and then drive to Harenna forest, this is in the southern end of the park and holds a unique variety of vegetation. The Harenna Escarpment towers 2000m above the edge of the forest and provides stunning vies, you can see vast number of bird life and African wild life.

Accommodation: Wabi Shebele hotel or similar

Day 10:                 Sof Omoar  

Morning, drive to Sof Omar vast network limestone caverns,  the largest in Africa lies at about 100km east of the Bale Mountains range at an elevation 1300m. It has been curved by the Web River, descending from the Bale Region Highlands to the flat arid plains then stretches to Somali Border. The underground chamber, watering by the Web River reaches 16km long, the limestone pillars that support the caverns are high up to 20m.   The cavern is named after Sheikh Sof Omar, a 12century Muslim Chief who used the area as a refuge, remaining an important pilgrimage site for Ethiopian Muslims. Sof Omar Cavern is also best site for birdwatchers to see salvadori’s Serin– with bold yellow throat (endemic), & good to see acacia-scrub bird species such as orange- bellied Parrot, Blue napped mouse bird, Somali Tit and more others. After visit drive back to Goba,

Accommodation: Wabi Shebele hotel or similar

Day 11:                  Bale Mountains-Addis Ababa/   

Drive back to Addis Ababa via to Asela & Nazareth towns and with a stop at the crater lakes of Debre Zeith. For those which like to fly back to Addis, there is Bale Goba-Addis flight; so inform us and we can book the flight. Reach Addis Ababa in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Sabon hotel or similar

Day 12:                 Addis Ababa/Departure  

Enjoy shopping in the city until your flight time to Eritrea.

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12 Days OMO VALLEY BALE MOUNTAINS SAFARI