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Cultural Tours

Culture and Ethnic Tourism.
(South and South West Ethiopia).

Hammer
Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon would a city tour. Overnight AA.
Day 2
Leave Addis Ababa for Hosanna. En route we visit the archeological site of Melka Kunture, the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam and Tiya standing stones.
Day 3
Proceed to Arbaminch via the rolling mountains of Wolayita. This afternoon we will visit the Dorze village at Chencha. The Dorzes are very well known in constructing beehive-structured houses; and then drive to Arbaminch for an overnight staying.
Day 4
Today, we visit the Nechsar national Park where we expect few mammals like the endemic Swayne's Hartebeest, Zebra, Grant's and Somme ringâ€ôs Gazelles and some others. Late afternoon would be a boat trip on lake chamo.
Day 5
Drive to Jinka via Konso village. The Konsos are very well known in constructing the hillside terracing. Not only this but also known in erecting wagga- the grave sculpture. Today we also visit the Tsemay ethnics with their different customs and traditions. En route we also meet the Benna and Ari people on the way to Jinka.
Day 6
Continuing to Mursi village via Mago National Park. The Mursi are one of the minorities in the lower Omo valley who the women are still wearing the lip-plate. Then drive back to Mago HQ for camping.
Day 7
Proceed to Murille. Today we have an opportunity of seeing different mammals and birds before we leave the park. In addition, we will visit the Karo people who are very well known in body paintings and scarification. Overnight Murile Russo's Lodge or camping.
Day 8
Drive to Omo Rate via Nayagaton or Bume village. We also visit the Dasenech people at Galeb who are still practicing their original traditional values. Overnight Turmi Camping.
Day 9
Full day visiting different Hammer villages at Turmi and Demeka. The Hammer men are very well known in their clay-ban hairstyle and body paintings. The young men are still practicing the bull jumping ceremony before marriage, which is considered as a passage to manhood.
Day 10
Drive back to Arbaminch via Erbore village and konso.
Day 11
Proceed to Wondogenet.
Day 12
Back to Addis Ababa. En route visiting the Abijata - Shalla Lakes for their abundant bird life. Overnight AA.
Day 13
Departure.

Lalibela

Combined Tours (Historic sights and culture with Nature)

Amhara woman
Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon program will be a city tour. Overnight AA
Day 2
Fly to Axum. In Axum we visit different historical sights like the stele, Ezana's palace, Queen Sheba's palace and the church of St. Mary Tsion.
Day 3
This morning we drive to the pre-historic sight of Yeha for its Temple. Afternoon, covering the rest of the sights in Axum.
Day 4
Fly to Lalibella. This afternoon we visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches. Such as Beta Medhanialem, Beta Mariam, Beta Golgotha and Beta Georges.
Day 5
This morning we have a mule excursion to Asheton Mariam. And in the afternoon we will see the second group of Lalibella's Rock-hewn churches.
Day 6
Fly to Gonder. Today we are visiting the medieval Gonderian castles and the beautifully painted Debre-Brehan Sellassie church.
Day 7
Drive to Semien Mountains National park via Debark where we see the beautiful endemic Gelada Baboon with wonderful scenery of the park.
Day 8
Proceed to Cheneck for the rare endemic Walia Ibex, which is confined to this region. Here we also see a lot of birds of prey like Bearded Vulture or Lammergeyer.
Day 9
Drive back to Gonder.
Day 10
Proceed to Bahir Dar. Afternoon will be a Boat trip on Lake Tana with a visit to Zeghe Monastery.
Day 11
This morning we drive to the Blue Nile Falls one of the spectacular water falls in Ethiopia. Afternoon program will be visiting the market in Bahir Dar and the viewpoint.
Day 12
Fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight AA.
Day 13
Departure.

Nature, Culture and People
(Omo Special) - (Saturday to Saturday)

Oromo Girls

N.B. visiting the ethnic groups of the south Omo is like experiencing a living ethnographic museum. The most famous are HAMMER & MURSI, renewed for their clay lip-plate.

Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon would be a city tour including the National Museum.
Day 2
Drive to Lake Langano in the Great Rift Valley. En route visiting Lakes Ziway and Abijata. Overnight Langano.
Day 3
Proceed to Arbaminch. This afternoon we will visit the village of the Dorze people who live in distinctive beehives shaped houses constructed entirely of organic materials.
Day 4
This morning we visit the Nechsar National Park where we are seeing the rare endemic Swayne's Hartebeest including different mammals like Berchule's Zebra, Greater Kudu, Waterbuck, Grantâ€ôs Guzzle and Dik-Dik. Then, in the afternoon we drive to Konso village that's the people are very well known in constructing the hillside terracing.
Day 5
Continue to Jinka via the colorful market of Key Afer. It is here that the Ari, Benna, Hammer and Tsemay ethnics are meeting.
Day 6
Drive to MURSI village via Mago National Park. The Mursi are part of the small remaining group of peoples in the world whose women still wear lip plates. The lip- plates are purely symbolic.
Day 7
Proceed to Murille for the Karo people whose many of the men are further decorated with scarification, which denotes their standing in the community.
Day 8
Drive to Omo Rate via Nayagaton or Bume village. We also visit the Dasenech people at Galeb who are still practicing their original traditional values.
Day 9
Full day exploring Hammer market and villages. Hammer men who have killed either an enemy or a dangerous animal such as a lion or a leopard wear Clay hair buns. Symbolizing courage, the clay bun is usually remade every three to six months and can be worn for a period of up to one year after the kill. Overnight Turmi Camping.
Day 10
Drive to Yabello via Erbore and Konso. En route visiting the Borena Oromo.
Day 11
Continue to Wondogenet via Awassa. To day we visit ancient anthropomorphic and phallic stele fields of Tutu Fella or Tututi.
Day 12
Return to Addis Ababa.
Day 13
Departure.
 
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