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Southern Circuits

Note: southern programs are each time flexible due to market days & ceremonies period during the year.

Note: southern programs are each time flexible due to market days & ceremonies period during the year.

LTT 300 THE RIFT VALLEY LAKES, ARBAMINCH, KONSO (6 DAYS)

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  1. Arrival Addis Ababa and drive south to visit the Rift valley lakes of Shalla, Abyata, and Langano. O/n in hotel at Langano.
  2. Drive to Arbaminch, visit the Wolayta people and Dorze people, houses and cultures. O/n in hotel at Arbaminch.
  3. Netch-Sar Park and boat trip of Chamo Lake for crocodiles and hippo spotting. O/n in hotel at Arbaminch.
  4. Excursion drive to Konso people & their villages. O/n in hotel at Arbaminch.
  5. Awassa Rift Valley Lake. O/n in hotel at Awassa.
  6. Drive back to Addis. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

 

LTT 301 OMO VALLEY, ARBAMINCH, MAGO NATIONAL PARK (13 DAYS)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Drive to Abyata, shalla and Langano Lake. O/n in hotel at Langano.

3. Drive to Wolaita, Chencha (Dorze people). O/n in hotel at Arbaminch.

4. Netch-Sar National Park and Chamo lake. O/n in hotel at Arbaminch.

5. Drive from Arbaminch to Jinka, enroute Tsemay, Ari, Benna people. O/n camping Mago National Park.

6. Visit Mursi tribe and game drive. O/n Mago National park camping (bank of Neri River).

7. Drive to Murulle and visit the Karo tribes & villages. O/n camping in Murulle.

8. Visit Bume people & O/n in hotel at Turmi.

9. Visit the Hammer tribe, colorful markets at Dimeka or Turmi (depend on the day, hammer people dances and possible their marriage ceremonies (with the jumping bull). O/n in hotel at Turmi.

10. Drive to Konso, enroute visit Erbore people. O/n in hotel at Konso.

11. Visit Konso village and drive back to Arbaminch for O/n in hotel.

12. Drive to Awassa. O/n in hotel.

13. Drive back to Addis. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.

Note: Visit to Bume tribe at Kangate and Dassanech/Geleb tribes at Omorate can be arranged on requests with additional days.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 302 OMO VALLEY, ARBAMINCH, MAGO NATIONAL PARK, TURMI, YABELLO (16days)

1. Arrival Addis Ababa

2. Visit lake Zway, Shalla, Abyata and Langano. O/n in hotel at Langano.

3. Visit Waliyata people + Chencha (Dorze tribes). O/n in hotel at Arba-minch.

4. Visit Netch-Sar National park and Chamo Lake. O/n in hotel at Arba-minch.

5. Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Ari and Bena tribes and possibly market. O/n in hotel at Jinka.

6. Drive to Mursi (Mursi tribe). O/n camping in Mago National park.

7. Drive to Murulle visit Karo tribe and their village. O/n camping in Murulle.

8. Cross the Omo River to visit the Bume. O/n camping in Murulle.

9. Drive Omorate and visit Dassanech(Geleb) tribe camping at Turmi, at Hammer people region.

10. Visit the Hammer market their dances, possibly wedding too, and their villages. O/N camp Turmi.

11. Drive to Erbore to visit Erbore people. Continue to Konso camping.

12. Visit Konso village and afternoon drive to Yabelo, for Borana people. O/n camping.

13. Drive to “El sod” for Borona (Oromo) salt extraction and stop at Dublock for singing wells, some villages. O/n Yabello camping.

14. Drive to Awassa. O/n in hotel in Awassa.

15. Visit the Awassa fish market and drive back to Addis. Afternoon free. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).  Click Here to book this tour

LTT 304 BALE NATIONAL PARK, EL-SOD, KONSO, ARBAMINCH, THE RIFT VALLEY LAKES (18 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).  

2. Drive Addis Ababa to Goba. O/n in hotel at Goba.

3. Senete plateau and Harrena Escarpment (views, vegetation, animals). O/n in hotel at Goba.

4. Excursion drive to Sof Omer cave. O/n in hotel at Goba.

5. Drive from Goba to Wendogenet resort. O/n in hotel.

6. Drive south to Yabela for the Borana people. O/n in hotel at Yabelo.

7. El-sod crater, Dublock singing wells & Borana villages. O/n in hotel in Yabelo.

8. Drive to Konso & visit their villages. O/n in hotel at Konso.

9. Drive to Turmi. O/n in hotel.

10.  Visit the colorful markets of Turmi, dances, ceremonies & life style of the beautiful Hammer people. O/n in hotel at Turmi.

11. Drive to Omorate and Turkana Lake (Dassanech and Incoreana people), back to Turmi for O/n in hotel.

12. Drive Karo people & villages. O/n camping at Murulle .

13. Enter Mago Park. O/n camp.

14. Mursi people. O/n in hotel at Jinka.

15. Key-Afer for the Ari, Benna and Tsemay people. O/n in hotel at Arba-minch.

16. Morning Lake Chamo and afternoon Dorze people. O/n in hotel at Arba-minch.

17. Rift valley lake of shalla, Abyata, Langano. O/n in hotel at Langano.

18. Back to Addis Ababa, free afternoon.  Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 306 NEKEMPTE, GAMBELLA, TUM, KIBISH, JIMMA (17 DAYS)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Addis Ababa – Ambo - Nekempte. O/n in hotel.

3. Drive to Gambella. O/n camping or in hotel.

4. Full  day Gambella, visit the Anuak tribes. O/n camping or in hotel.

5. Drive to Itang at Baro River, for the Nuer tribes. O/n camping or in local hotel.

6. Drive to Jikawo.  Baro River and former Anuak. O/n camping or in hotel.

7. Drive to Tepi. O/n in Tigist hotel or camping.

8. Drive to Dimma (big forest). O/n camping.

9. Cross the Akobo River to Tum Visit the Dizi tribes. O/n camping.

10. Drive to Tulgit for Surma. O/n camping.

11. Drive to Kibish. O/n camping.

12. Kibish-Kurmu-Kibish. O/n camping Surma people.

13. Drive back to Mizan Teferi. O/n in hotel.

14. Drive to Jimma. O/n in hotel.

15. Visit Aba Jifar palace and market, and continue for Awash Rift Valley Lake.

16. Rift Valley Lake of Shalla, Abyata, Langano. O/n in hotel.

17. Langano to Addis Ababa. Afternoon free, evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 307 SURMA TREKKING BY FLIGHT (13 DAYS)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa.  O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Jimma and drive to Mizan Teferi for O/n in hotel.

3. Drive to Tum & visit the Dizi, Iishena, Surma & Zilmamo. O/n camping.

4. Start trekking: Tum - Maji.  O/n camping, Dizi people.

5. Maji-Adikas, Dizi tribes. O/n camping.

6. Adikas – Kormu, Chai tribes. O/n camping.

7. Kormu – Kibish, Surma tribe. O/n camping.

8. Kibish. O/n on the river bank.

9. Kibish - Kormu. O/n camping.

10. Kormu - Adikas. O/n camping.

11. Adikas - Tum. End of trekking. O/n Camping.

12. Tum – Jimma. O/n in hotel.

13. Fly back from Jimma to Addis. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

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LTT 308 SURMA TREKKING (15days)

  1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).
  2. Drive Addis to Jimma. Visit the palace and coffee plantation. O/n in hotel.
  3. Drive further to Mizan Terefi. O/n in hotel.
  4. Drive to Tum. O/n camping.

5 – 12 same as LTT 307 day 3-10.

13. Drive back to Mizan Teferi. O/n in hotel.

14. Mizan Teferi – Jimma. O/n in hotel.

15. Jimma – Addis.  Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

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LTT 309 SURMA TREKKING - OMO PARK – KANGATE – TURMI - ARBAMINCH (21 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).  

2. Drive Jimma. O/n in hotel.

3. Drive to Tepi. O/n in hotel.

4. Tum for Dizi and Zilmamo people. O/n camping.

5. Start the trekking to Magi. O/n camping.

6. Magi - Adikas (Dizi people). O/n camping.

7. Adikas - Kibish (Surma people). O/n camping.

8. Kibish. O/n camping.

9. Kibish. O/n camping.

10. Mui, Omo Park headquarter where you see lots of animals. O/n camping.

11. Omo park trekking. O/n camp on the way.

12. Bume people. O/n camp on the way.

13. Park trekking. O/n Kangate camp. End of trek.

14. Drive Karo people, villages and O/n camping at Murulle, at the Omo river bank.

15. Drive to Hammer people and O/n camping in Turmi.

16. Hammer people: possibly markets, ceremonies, dances. O/n camp Turmi.

17. Erbore & Konso people. O/n camping in Konso.

18. Chamo lake boat trip. O/n in hotel at Arba-minch.

19. Netch-sar park & Dorze people. O/n in hotel at Arba Minch.

20. Wolayta people - Rift Valley lake. O/n in hotel at Langano.

21. Back to Addis Ababa. Afternoon drive to mercato. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.

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Land

accordion1 Ethiopia, as large as France and Spain combined, has an area of 1,235,000 sq. k. About 65% of the land is arable, with 15% cultivated.
 

Climate

accordion2There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.
 

Topography

accordion3Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and center of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopian river is the Blue Nile(or Abbay), Which runs a distance of 1,450 km from the source in Lake Tana, to join the white Nile at Khartoum.
 

Transport

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Roads: there are some 4,100 km of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 km of gravel and dry-weather roads.
Railways: A778 km long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Air: Ethiopia Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips.

 

 

Electric supply

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About 90% of the population earns their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farms. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principle exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof and hides and skinks.
 

Language

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Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken. 

 

Newspaper

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There are several foreign-language newspapers published in Ethiopia including the dayily Ethiopian Herald, printed in English. 

 

Time

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Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours’ time zone, Ethiopia follows the Julian Calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days. 
 

People

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The population is estimated at 55 million, over 50% of who are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 49.
 

Currency

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The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, Made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency (on the appropriate blue colored form) is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may only be changed at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be attained as this will be required by customs on departure, visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian birr to foreign currency at the airport, you must, in addition to the currency declaration from, bring with you all the receipts for exchange transaction. 

 

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