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Cultural Tour

Debub Omo (or “South Omo”) is a Zone in the Ethiopian Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). Debub Omo is bordered on the south by Kenya, on the southwest by the Ilemi Triangle, on the west by Bench Maji, on the northwest by Keffa, on the north by Konta, Gamo Gofa and Basketo, on the northeast by Dirashe and Konso, and on the east by the Oromia Region. The administrative center of Debub Omo is Jinka.

Day 1Addis Ababa - Arbaminch (510km)

Day 1Addis Ababa - Arbaminch (510km)

Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Arbaminch which means ‘forty springs’. On the way you will see the Tiya stelae. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. Overnight hotel.

Day 2 Arbaminch – Jinka (250km)

Day 2 Arbaminch – Jinka (250km)

In the morning you will take a boat trip on Chamo lake to visit corocodiles, hippos etc. Drive to Jinka across various ethnic like Tsemay and Bena. Continue driving to Jinka with a stop at Tsemay and Bena village. If it is Thursday; you will visit the spectacular Key Afer market where different Omo valley ethnic group meet in harmony. Overnight: guest house.

 Day 3 Jinka- Mursi – Jinka(64km)

Day 3 Jinka- Mursi – Jinka(64km)

Drive from Jinka Excursion to the Mursi people via Mago National Park. These people are curious and famous in that the women wear geometrical lip plates in the slits of their lips and in the afternoon you will visit the Ari tribes whose women are known for selling pottery and wearing skirts made from banana trees called Enset. Tribe members wear a lot of jewellery and have many piercings in their ears. They wrap beads and bracelets around their arms and waist for decoration.This day is market day so you will also see the Jinka market with different tribes. Overnight: guest house.

Day 4 Jinka - Turmi (125 km)

Day 4 Jinka - Turmi (125 km)

This day drive to Turmi via different small villages. Overnight camping as Buska Lodge.

Day 5 Turmi –Omorte(72km)

Day 5 Turmi –Omorte(72km)

Drive to Omorate for a visit of Dasench people with a wooden boat crossing the Omo River and this day is a market day so you will visit the Turmi market. Late in the afternoon drive back to Turmi. Overnight camping at Buska Lodge.

 Day 6 Turmi – Arbaminch (260km)

Day 6 Turmi – Arbaminch (260km)

Today is a market day at Alduba. It is a big market where different tribes gather. After visiting this market you will drive to Arba Minch via Konso for visit of UNESCO world heritage site of Konso (well known for their terracing system for more than 800 years). Overnight: Ezana Hotel.

Day 7 Arbaminch- Hawassa (335km)

Day 7 Arbaminch- Hawassa (335km)

Early in the morning you will visit the dorze people who are well known cotton weavers, the Dorze tribe were once warriors. They are famous for their cotton woven cloths and beehive huts. The Dorze people live in large communities north of Addis Ababa. They cultivate their own food and prevent erosion by terracing along the mountainside. In their farmlands, the Dorze will grow highland cereals. They also grow spices, vegetables, fruits and tobacco within their compound. . The Dorze people wear colorful toga robes called shammas. They are very popular throughout Ethiopia. Dorze hut is made up of hard wood poles, woven bamboo, enset and other natural materials. Then drive to Hawassa.over night (Pina Hotel)

Day8 Hawassa- Addis Ababa (270km)

Day8 Hawassa- Addis Ababa (270km)

In the morning you will visit the spectacular lakes and fish market which is found in the city then drive back to Addis Ababa.(Overnight in a hotel) End of the tour

Destination: Arbamich, Jinka, Konso, Mursi, Turmi,Hamer Durations: 8days/7 nights Mode of transportation: surface Type of tour: Cultural N.B. Based on your budget, time and interest the above program can be adjusted.
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