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11 Days South and Volcano

Day 1 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch.      

Drive to Arba Minch, one of the main towns in Southern Ethiopia.  On the way, visit Melka Kunture, astone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church;and Tiya with its mysterious stelae, thought to be grave markers, dating fromthe 12th century. Hotel 432km the longest in the route 8:00 am to 6:00pm withthe activities Busy day with long drive and activities, Sandal shoes is goodfor the drive and sightseeing.

Overnight hotel.

Day 2 full day Arba Minch. 

AM: Drive through the scenic Nechisar or “whitegrass” park which sits astride the Rift Valley Lakes Chamo and Abaya. Although Nechisar is under some ecological stress due to the activity oflocal nomadic tribes, it is still a beautiful park off the beaten path for manytourists.  Zebras, gazelles, and rare endemic birds are spotted here. Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles inthe world sunning on the
banks of the lake; hippopotami are also abundant. PM: after lanch drive 20KM to Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can belifted and moved to another location. Overnight hotel.

Day 3  Arba Minch – Jinka.         

-Drive toJinka via Konso, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Ahighland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces ontheir farms and their neat and well-planned villages.  Continue to Jinkavisiting various peoples such as the Gamo and Derashe.  Stop at Key Afar’sweekly market (if on a Thursday) and wander among the various tribes such asthe Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods. Hotel 245km6hours Tough driving with simple walk, Sandal shoes is good for the drive andsightseeing. Overnight hotel.

Day 4 Jinka – MagoNational Park – Turmi.    

Drive to theremote Mago National Parkand visit the Mursi, perhaps one of the famous of the Lower Omo tribes.  Anomadic tribe, the Mursi women are known for slitting their lower lips andinserting large clay plates.  The savannas of Mago Park are also home toa variety of mammals such as elephants, giraffes, hartebeests and leopards. Return to Jinka and stop for launch and afterwards continuous driving toTurmi, home of the Hamer people, stopping at the Dimeku Market (Saturday only)to see the various tribes such as the Hamer, the Ari, and the Benna.  TheBanna are known for decorating their bodies with clay. hotel 120km 5 hoursTough drive through the bush, warmer route sandal shoes is ok. Overnight Hotel.

Day 5 Turmi.     

Drive to Omorate to the omo river to theDasenech village, this tribes orginat from Uganda they live after the Omo riverand you’ll cros this longer river on the lowr omo valley with wooden boat.after you visited the Dasenech village return to
Turmi and Visit the Hamerpeople, well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape theirhairstyles, and the unique practice of “bull-jumping” which everyyoung man must accomplish prior to marriage. Overnight Hotel.

Day 6 Turmi-Arbaminich

visiting on the wayErbore and Konso tribes.295KM, it is 6-7hours drive. Overnight Hotel

Day 7  Arbaminichi – Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa. Stop some placesfor leg stretching and visit the beautiful Alaba houses. Dinner at a traditional restiuarant with live dancing representing many ethnic groups of the country.

Day 8 fly Addis- Mekele – Volcano

We drive from Mekele to – Dodom. We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 07:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

O/n camping on the mountain

Day 9: Dodem –Hammedele,

 Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. O/n Hamedela( camping)

Day 10 : Hamedela-Mekele-Addis

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele and fly to Addis on the last flight. O/n hotel

Day 11 : Addis city tour

 visit the National Museum  its collection is ranked the most important in Sub  Saharan Africa and it also exhibits different paleontological findings including the replica of the first hominid” Lucy” Australopithecus afarensis 3.2 years old and the recent collection Ardi ( A.ramidus)  4.4 million years old after lunch break in the afternoon at 2:00 pm visit the Ethological Museum  the previous palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I displays different Ethiopian traditional music, life style collection from childhood to adulthood, in the evening  farewell dinner  at one of the Ethiopian Traditional Restaurants enjoy the folk dance & local food as well

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