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Itinerary

arrival, Addis Ababa

Arrival, beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon visit the third highest capital City in the world Addis Ababa
– Mt. Entoto with a nice view over the Capital
-National Museum – in addition to displaying a replica of Lucy (an early hominid 3.2 million old) there are different kind of samples the country´s historical, cultural and archeological heritages
-Trinity Cathedral – one of most decorated modern Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral. It is also the burial place of prominent figures of the country, including the last emperor, Haile Selassie, his wife Empress Menen and other highly honored patriots

Addis Ababa – Awasa

Today you will drive to Awasa. The about 270 km takes you through its savanna land in the called the great rift valley. One of the most meaning full in the world geology. There about 8 big lakes in this part of Ethiopia, those are created due to volcanic eruption, which is one of rift valley´s characteristic. Enjoy your drive through Ethiopian Rift valley. You overnight at one of these lakes called Awasa Lake.

Awasa – Arba Minch

Before you leave Awasa take a time to visit the much known Fish market by the lake. After that you will drive about 270km to get Arba Minch. Your drive today allows you to get know Shashemene, a Rastafarians village, Halaba one of the ethnic groups around, Wolaita. Driving down towards Arba Minch offers you an amazing view of Lake Abaya. Arba Minch lies on a cliff overlooking the two rift valley lakes Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya.

Arba Minch

Have an excursion morning to Chamo lake one of the great rift valley lakes. You will have a boat trip, where you may see the resident hippos, Nile Crocodiles ( up to 7m long) flourishing bird life and local fishermen working their daily activities on the lake,
In the afternoon drive outside of the town to a mountain called “Guge`where the Dorze person lives. The Dorze are one of the ethnic groups who lives in the south Ethiopia. They are famous for their cotton – weaving and their beehive shaped houses. During your stay learn about their life and traditions

Arba Minch – Jinka

Drive further south and traverse the areas where Konso, Tsemay, Benna and Ari people are living. On the way visit Key Afer market (if Thursday), one of the biggest market in the region. Benna, Ari and Tsemay people attend the market. A wide selection of goods and fresh produce is sold here and there is a cattle market.

Jinka – Turmi

Enter in to the Mago national Park, admiring different mammals and birds on the way and proceed to visit the Mursi people and villages. Here for beauty women used to put round plates in to their lips. In the afternoon drive to the next destination it is Turmi the place where one of the most famous tribe in Omo lives.

Turmi

Morning drive about 70 km to Omorate at the east bank of the Omo River. This is the area where the Dassenech people are living. Across the Omo River by the local canoe to visit one of their villages.
in the afternoon visit one of Hamer village

Turmi – Konso

Drive to Konso. In the afternoon visit the Konso tribe and its village. Konso are famous for their terracing agriculture and have particular way of life and traditions.

Konso – Langano

Via Arbaminch drive back to Langano, one of the rift lakes. It is the only rift valley lakes where is possible to bath.

Langano – Addis Ababa – Departure

Drive back to Addis. Enjoy the last part of the tour, driving through Ethiopian rift valley.
Depend on time in the afternoon shopping.
there is a fare well dinner at one of cultural restaurants with folkloristic dances followed by a transfer out for your departure

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