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7 Days South

Day 1 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch.       

Mursi Girl

Mursi Girl

 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 (paradse lodge)

 Day 2 full day Arba Minch. 

AM: Drive through the scenic Nechisar or “white grass” 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 (paradise lodge)

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. over night(Jinka resort)

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 (Buska lodge)

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 (buska lodge)

 Day 6 Turmi-Arbaminich

visiting on the wayErbore and Konso tribes.295KM, it is 6-7hours drive. Overnight(paradise lodge)

Day 7  Arbaminichi – Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa. Stop some placesfor leg stretching and visit the beautiful Alaba houses.  Enjoya Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.

over night(monarch hotel)