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TST R0007
Omo Valley with Surma villages
The lower omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups-not only the Dassanatch and karo,but also the Bodi,the Mursi,the Surma,...
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Title:Omo Valley Region with Surma villages

Tour Code:TST R0007

Duration:17 days/16 nights

Included: visits/activities

The lower omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups-not only the Dassanatch and  karo,but also the Bodi,the Mursi,the Surma,the Erbore,and the Hammer, to name but a few. Lacking any material culture and artifacts common to more ‘civilized’ people, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulse. Both Surma and Karo for example are expert at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms and legs. Jewellery tends to be simple but striking-colorful necklaces, chunky metal wristlets and armlets, shiny nails appended to skirts, multiple earrings and so. The journey to these astonishing places highlights the above cultural manifestation and more.


 
Itinerary

Day 1) Wednesday

Arrive in Addis Ababa, then meet our staff and get transfer to the hotel

Overnight: Jupiter International Hotel

Day 2) Thursday

Drive to Jimma via Ghibe River Gorge and visit Jimma Aba Jifar Palace. King Jiffar (1852-1933) was one of the most influential local lords of the Kafa kingdom who ruled at the end of the 19th Century.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Central Jimma Hotel or similar.

Day 3) Friday

Drive from Jimma crossing Bonga forests and Mizan Teferi to Bebeka coffee plantation.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Bebeka Coffee Plantation Guest House or similar.

Day 4) Saturday

Drive from Bebeka via Tulgit and Tum to the highland town of Maji to visit the Saturday Market of the surrounding people which include the Dizi, Menit and some Surma people.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 5) Sunday

Drive to Kibish. In Kibish (the Surma Center) Visit the Surma people and their villages. These people have more or less similar culture and physical appearance to the Mursi people.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 6) Monday

Visit Authentic Surma villages around Kibish. We seek information from local people for a place to see the ‘Donga’. If we get one we go for it; the more we stay in Kibish the greater the chance to get one.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 7) Tuesday

Visit Additional Authentic Surma villages.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 8) Wednesday

Drive out of the Surma land via the beautiful Bebeka Coffee Plantation to either Bebeka or Mizan Teferi.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Bebeka Coffee Plantation Guest House or similar 

Day 9) Thursday

Drive from Bebeka Coffee Plantation crossing Mizan Teferi and Bonga forests to Jimma

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Central Jimma Hotel.

Day 10) Friday

Leave Jimma and follow the Salini road via Chida, the beautiful land of the Dawaro People, Ghibe River Gorge, and Sodo to Arba Minch.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Swaynes Hotel

Day11) Saturday

In the morning game drive in Netch Sar National Park to visit the endemic Swaynes heart beest, Kudu, Antelopes, Zebras, and the view of lake Abaya and Lake Chamo. Situated between two of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley Lakes, this park is one of the most scenic national parks in Africa. In the afternoon, you will have boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit some herds of hippo, aquatic birdlife, and huge sunbathing crocodiles on its shore.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Swaynes Hotel

Day 12) Sunday

Drive from Arbaminch visiting Konso terraced hills, the Konso's chief compound and his chiefly artifacts at Karat Konso. The Konso people are famous for their traditional terracing system and Waka Totem (Grave Wooden Totem).Then, proceed across Weito valley to Turmi. En-route, you visit the beautiful people of Erbore in their village.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day13) Monday

Excursion drives to Murule; visit the Karo village of Korcho which is perched in a magnificent setting overlooking the Omo River. These people are very small in number and they live at the bank of Omo River. During special ceremonies the Karo adore painting themselves in the imitation of the plumage of the guinea fowl. Today is Monday Market at Turmi. Therefore, you will have an opportunity to visit the Hammar people and their local products in their colorful market.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 14) Tuesday

Excursion drives to Omorate; visit the Dassanatch people and their village which is situated on the other side of the Omo River. Then, proceed from Turmi via Dimeka to Jinka. Today is Tuesday; therefore, with a short stop at Dimeka, you visit what is known as “the women’s market” of the Hammar, Banna and Tsemay people with all kinds of their products.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Jinka Resort

Day 15) Wednesday

Excursion drives to the fascinating Mursi people whose women adore wearing geometrical lip plates in the slits of their lower lips. The drive to the village of these people takes you in the heart of Mago National Park. In the afternoon, visit the Ari villages, their neat compounds, and fertile surrounds.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Jinka Resort

Day 16) Thursday

Drive down via the Tsemay land and gazing over the terraced hills of the Konso to Arba Minch. En-route with a stop at Key Afar, you visit the colorful Thursday Market of the Banna and the Ari people with their local agricultural products.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight: Swaynes Hotel

Day 17) Friday

Drive via the scenic Hosana road back to Addis Ababa. En-route you visit Tiya (World Heritage Site by UNESCO). This site is famous for its ancient monolithic stele which is engraved with some fascinating symbols. The people who settled along this route include the Welayta, the Kembata and the Silte. In the evening, you will be invited farewell dinner in one of the best traditional restaurants of the capital. Then, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals plan: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner


 
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