Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport
An Insider will meet and greet you and your group at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Awassa through the Great Rift Valley
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Awassa, while on the way you will visit Lake Ziway. In the city of Awassa, enjoy the life of a vibrant city with diverse ethnic mix and walk through the daily market where colorful villagers negotiate for fish. Overnight stay in Lewi Resort.
Day 3: Drive to Dorze Village (near Arbaminch) via Wolayta Sodo
In the morning, visit the fish market on Lake Awassa and see hippos, grivet monkeys, and colobus monkeys. Birdwatchers will especially enjoy the silvery-cheeked hornbill, black-winged lovebird, and Abyssinian black-headed oriole. Arrive to Dorse and visit the local village. Overnight stay in Dorze Lodge.
Day 4: Visit Nech Sar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo
Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Nech Sar National Park to see savanna wildlife such as Swaynes hartebeest, lesser and greater kudu, and Bruchell’s zebra. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit the ‘crocodile market’ and hippo pods. Overnight stay in Paradise Hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Turmi (Hamer Tribe) via Arbore
Drive to Turmi via Arbore through the Weyto valley, try to arrive on a Friday (market day) in Arbore to see local life in a market at a crossroads for several tribes. Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.
Day 6: Morning trip to Kolcho, the Karo tribe
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you an excursion trip to Murulle to visit the Karo people. The Karo adorn their bodies with different paintings, done for dance, feast, or celebration. After lunch you will return to Turmi and visit a Hammer village featuring a tribal dance. Overnight stay in Turmi/Buska lodge.
Day 7: Excursion to Omorate, the Dessanech tribe
Another early morning drive after breakfast to Omorate where you will cross the river in a dugout canoe to visit a Dassenech village. Omorate lies on the eastern bank of the Omo River and is almost totally isolated from the rest of Ethiopia. Witness how the Dessanech people live on the banks of the Omo river where they bathe and wash their clothes. Afterwards drive back to Turmi. Overnight stay in Turmi/Buska lodge.
Day 8: Drive to Jinka
Depart from Turmi to Jinka. On the way, stop in Dimeka for the local market, which is on Tuesdays and Saturday. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort.
Day 9: Day excursion to the Mursi tribe through the Mago National Park
An early drive after breakfast takes you to meet the Mursi tribe after passing through the Mago National Park, located on the banks of the Omo River. Visit the Mursi in their traditional village, and see the Mursi women and their custom of expanding their lower lips with wooden and clay discs. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Konso
Drive to Konso via Key Afar and visit the Benna tribe at the local market in Key Afar, which takes place on Thursdays. Afterwards, continue driving to Konso, which has markets on Thursday. The Konso people are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.
Day 11: Visit the Konso Village and drive to Yabelo
In the morning, visit a local Konso village and drive to Yabelo with stops to visit natural sand formations on the way. If there is time, visit the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight stay in Yabelo Motel.
Day 12: Visit El Sod and drive to Wondo Genet
Visit El Sod, which is home to a large salt deposit called the House of Salt. There are several deep crater lakes here from which salt is extracted. You will also visit a local village of the Borena people. After the visit, proceed driving to Wondo Genet, where you can swim and relax in the hot spring pools. Overnight stay in Wondo Genet.
Day 13: Drive to Langano
After breakfast, drive a short distance to nearby Lake Langano, one of the Rift Valley Lakes, and the only lake that you can swim in. You will also visit Abiatta-Shala National Park’s two lakes: Shala is a very deep crater lake (over 260 meters deep!) and Abiatta, a soda lake attracting thousands of flamingos. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort.
Day 14: Drive back to Addis Ababa and departure
After a morning relaxing around Lake Langano, drive back to Addis Ababa. After farewell dinner, check-in for flight back home.