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ET02: 10 Days Addis Ababa - Arba Minch - Jinka - Mago NP - Turmi - Konso - Hawassa - Bale Mountains NP - Addis Ababa

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star nice hotels & well selected lodges
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Airport pick-up, Relaxing Day Tour in Addis Ababa
Welcome to join our Ethiopia tour packages! Our representative will wait for you at Bole International Airport upon your arrival, then send you to the hotel. After a short break, the driver and the guide will take you to visit National Museum of Ethiopia. Then we will go to Holy Trinity Church, where many members of the royal family and famous patriots were buried. In the evening, we are going to travel around the largest open-air market in Africa, Merkcato.

Accommodation: Radison Blue Hotel (5 stars)

Day 2: Private Transfer to Arba Minch (8h-9h, 500km), Visit Tiya and Dorze Village en route
Today we will head to Arba Minch and our guide will accompany you. On the way we will stop and visit the famous archaeological site Tiya, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains and appreciate the authentic Dorze house. When arrive at Arba Minch at dusk, check in the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch

Accommodation: Paradise Lodge

Day 3: Enjoy Boat Trip on Lake Chamo, Continue driving to Jinka (5h-6h 270km)
After breakfast we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Chamo, during which you can see crocodiles, hippos and many kinds of water birds. You can also see a beautiful long bridge hanging between Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya in distance. In the afternoon we will drive to Jinka, and stop to visit Key Afer (Thursday only), a bazaar nestled among the tribes. We will check into the lodge after arriving at Jinka at dusk.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Eco-Omo Lodge

Day 4: Experience Mursi Tribes, Transfer to Turmi in the afternoon
In the morning we'll drive through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi Tribal Village, a highlight of this Ethiopia tour packages. The local Moorish women have unique "lip plate" ("dhebi a tugoin") decoration in their lower lips. They regard the deformity of the lips as the beauty standard. Accompanied by the guide, you will visit the Mursi, experience primitive tribal life and know more about their unique customs. After the visit, we will return to Jinka. In the afternoon, we will drive to Turmi, which is about 140 km away and takes 4 hours on the way.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 5: Omorate Town Excursion to the Hammer and Karo
The Omo Valley has a variety of ethnic tribes and is a great place to learn about African minorities. In the morning we will visit the two main tribes in the Murulle Area, the Karo and the Hamer. Both ethnic groups own special elaborate hairstyles. Every Year from January to April, the Hamer people hold a male rite of coming of age, requiring the challengers to jump back and forth from the back of the cattle in their bare bodies, which is also called the Bull jumping ceremony. In the afternoon, we will go to Korcho village to visit the Karo people, the master of body painting. In the evening we will drive back to Turmi.

Tips: In order to avoid unnecessary troubles, we do not recommend giving money or small gifts to tribal children. If you want to take photos of the local people, please prepare the change, and inform the tour guide in advance, so that the guide can communicate with the tribe leader for the fee.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 6: Departure from Turmi and Visit Konso Villages
On the sixth day of Ethiopia packages, we plan to drive to Konso, which will take around 3-4 hours to finish the 200 km distance. In 2011, UNESCO considered Konso as a cultural phenomenon and included it in the World Heritage List. The layout of the Konso Villages is generally circular and radial, and is equipped with defenses like stone walls. Upon arrival, we will visit the Konso Museum, whose collection of Konso Waga wood carvings is very famous.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Kanta Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Hawassa, Enjoy Leisurely Time around Lake Hawassa
After breakfast, we will drive for 6-7 hours to the lakeside city of Hawassa, which is about 310 km away from Konso. After checking in the hotel upon arrival, the rest time is for you. You can wander around Lake Hawassa or watch water birds and hippos under the beautiful sunset.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Haile Resort Hotel (4 stars)

Day 8: A Scenic Drive to Bale Mountains National Park
In the morning, we will go to visit the Daily Fish Market in Hawassa. Many fishermen would bring their goods to the market, where you can see many giant African bald storks. Then we will head to the Bale Mountains National Park by car. We will arrive at the Park Headquarter in about 6 hours to prepare for safari the next day. Afterwards, continue to drive to the lodge about 100km away to stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 9: Enjoy full day safari in Bale Mountains National Park
Bale Mountains National Park is known for its high altitude, evergreen forests, bamboo woods, swamps and river valleys. There are numerous endemic rare species living in the park, including Ethiopian wolves, Bale Mountain Nyala, Bale monkey, giant forest hogs, and some Rift Valley's most threatened bird species.

This morning we will drive to Hrenna forest to enjoy the game drive, and you will see plenty of endemic birds, mammals and other wildlife. Then we will go on to Sanetti plateau. After a picnic lunch, go trekking at the top of Sanetti Plateau, and look for Ethiopian wolves led by the local guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 10: Drive back to Addis Ababa (8h-9h, 420km), Airport see-off
In the last day of Ethiopia packages, we will drive back to Addis Ababa. We will arrive there at around 5:00 pm. Per your request, we could leave you some time for shopping there. Later, we will send you to the airport to catch your flight. See you off!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Sep - Feb$4069 $3662$1779 $1601
Mar - Aug$3739 $3365$1649 $1484
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
  • Above prices are not applied for Christmas, Epiphany and Axum Zion Maryam.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Boat fee on Lake Chamo.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water is provided during the trip.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Ethiopia.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Ethiopia Visa fee.
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