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Southern Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains & The Omo Valley

Southern Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains & the Omo Valley

12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey

Addis Ababa, Lake Langano, Bale Mountains, Lake Awasa, Arba Minch & Turmi

The Omo Valley is one of the most unique places on earth, a kaleidoscope of vanishing cultures and breathtaking landscapes. Search for the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale Mountains and cruise on Lake Chamo to spot crocodile, hippo and a multitude of birds. Visit one of the world's great tribal lands, escorted by your guide who knows the area and the people. Visit the Mursi, the Hamer and the Karo people and learn about their customs.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Addis Ababa

    Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel. This afternoon, embark on a tour of the city.

    Sheraton Addis - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Lake Langano

    After breakfast, visit the Paleolithic open-air museum of Melka Kunture, the striking rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam, unique stelaes from the 12th century and the traditional villages of the Gurage and Oromo people. Conclude your day at the rift valley lakes of Ziway and Langano.

    Sabana Beach Resort - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 3
    To Bale Mountains

    Drive to Bale Mountains National Park. In Dinsho, search the trails for a variety of colorful birds, the mountain nyala, and Menelik's bushbuck.

    Bale Mountain Lodge - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 - 5
    Bale Mountains

    The Sanetti Plateau is between 12,400 and 14,300 feet above sea level, and is home to Africa's highest road, which passes close to the summit of Ethiopia's second-tallest mountain. Home to seven endangered species of birds and among the highest densities of rodents in the world, the plateau attracts an array of raptors, including eagles and buzzards. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian wolf, the world's rarest canine.

    Bale Mountain Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 6
    To Lake Awassa

    This morning, enjoy a trek through the forest near the lodge as you search for primates and other endemic wildlife. Then, drive to your resort on the shores of Lake Awassa.

    Haile Resort - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 7
    To Arba Minch

    After breakfast, explore the local fish market. On your way to Arba Minch, visit the villages of Wolayta and Alaba, and stop at a wildlife sanctuary to see endemic Swayne's Hartebeest.

    Paradise Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 8
    Arba Minch

    Embark upon a morning cruise on the southernmost rift valley lake of Ethiopia: Lake Chamo. Keep your eyes open for resident hippo and the giant crocodile, as well as a profusion of birds like the African fish eagle and the great white pelican. After lunch, travel by road to Gamotti and visit the Gamo people, known for their traditional weaving culture, which is reflected in their clothing, fences and beehive-shaped bamboo huts.

    Paradise Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 9
    To Jinka

    Head south across the lovely Weito Valley toward the village of Tsemay to visit the Woito people. In Key Afer, wander through the busy weekly market of the Tsemay, Ari and Benna tribes.

    Omo Eco Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    To Turmi

    After breakfast, drive to a Mursi village to meet with the people and learn about their culture. In Turmi, the women of the Hamer tribe are known for their fringe of ochre-colored hair and leather skirts.

    Buska Lodge - 2 Night (B, L, D)
  • Day 11
    Turmi

    Take an excursion to Murulle, a village of Karo people known for painting their bodies and faces in elaborate patterns before important ceremonies. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon.

    Buska Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 12
    Depart Addis Ababa

    Fly to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before connecting to your onward flight.

    (B, L, D)
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Southern Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains & The Omo Valley