MESKEL FESTIVAL & OMO VALLEY ROUTE
Duration: 14 days and 13 nights.
On this trip we will visit Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and we will enjoy the most important festival of those celebrated in the city, where religiosity and tradition are mixed in a unique spectacle. We will discover the Abyssinian Rift valley, surrounded by immense mountains and deep cracks and canyons produced by the slow volcanic rock erosion, which has greatly hampered access to the Omo River delta for decades. This physical difficulty to access this region has allowed the tribes that inhabit the Omo Valley to be isolated, not only from the rest of Ethiopia, but from the rest of the world, thus offering a unique experience for the traveler.
Day 1: 25 September.
Arrive Addis Ababa.,be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port, and transfer-in to hotel.
Day 2: 26 September.
Have a city tour of Addis That includes: Museums, Monuments, Churches, Market and Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city. Afternoon we will assist the ¨Damera¨celebration at Meskel square.
Day 3: 27 September.
Early in the morning drive to Langano (Rift Valley) visit Abyata and Shala National Park.
O/ Night Langano.
Day 4: 28 September.
After breakfast drive to Arbaminch on the rout visit the people of Dorze who are known for their huge bamboo huts, and colorful cotton clothes.
Day 5: 29 September.
Boat Trip at Lake Chamo to visit the ‘Crocodile Market’ where you can visit display of big African Crocodiles, hippos, and various low land water birds.,
Day 6: 30 September.
Drive to Jinka via Konso. Visit Konso village, the konsos are famous by thier tótems & making teraz to protect thier land. Then we continue to Jinka on the way visiting the most colorful multicultural market in the Lower Omo Valley at Key Afer if the day is thursday – which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai,.
Day 7: 01 October.
Drive Jinka to Mago National Park. Visit the Mursi tribal village and you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and after lunch drive to Turmi.
Day 8: 02 October.
Turmi is a base of our stay for next days to visit the Omo vally . the settlement of Hamer people with the stop off at Dimeka to visit the other interesting weekly cultural market (Saturdays) of the Hamer and the Benna people. After dinner at your hotel, you will be driven to the nearby village of the Hamer people to see the traditional dances of the Hamer people – the Evangadi Dance.
Day 9: 03 October.
After breakfast drive to Karo village to visit the Karo tribe village which are known for decorating their body.
Day 10: 04 October.
Early In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people are known for their scarifications, you will cross the Omo river by Wood boats. Then drive back to Turmi afternoon visit Hamer village.
Day 11: 05 October.
Drive Turmi to Yabelo via Konso on the way Visit the Erbore & Borena tribal villages.
Day 12: 06 October.
Excursion to Chwe bet to visit the salt mine & singing well of Borena pastoralists, water is retrieved from these Wells communally, by a row of up to 50 men who sing and chant as they pass buckets from one to the other and afternoon visit the Borena people.
Day 13: 07 October.
Drive north to the Rift Valley Lakes of Lake Awasa. afternoon sightseeing and boat trip on the lake..
Day 14: 08 October.
Early in the morning visit the fish market near the lake and drive to Addis. Relax, shoping & evening farewell dinner in tradional restaurant with folcloric music that you are invited by representative of Karibu and fly back.