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7 days Omo Valley, Dorze and Arba Minch

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Day 1 : Arba Minch to Dorze

You will be met at Arba Minch airport and will take a beautiful drive up the mountains to Dorze village - home of Ethiopia's weavers.  You will enjoy a walking tour – visit the traditional bamboo houses, learn how to make the local bread from false banana tree, enjoy the market, watch women spinners and see the famous Dorze weavers. Stay overnight at Dorze Lodge, renowned for the spectacular views of the two Rift Valley lakes. After dinner, sit by the camp fire and enjoy the local singing and dancing.

Day 2 : Dorze to Arba Minch (Lake Chamo and Nechisar National Park) 

After seeing sunrise, drive to Arba Minch and take a motor boat across Lake Chamo to visit Nechisar National Park. Take a gentle hike across the savannah and see zebras, gazelles and different types of animals. On the return boat ride, you will see giant crocodiles, hippos, local fishermen, pelicans and different types of birds. Spend the evening in Arba Minch. Stay overnight at Haile Resort.

Day 3 : Arba Minch to Konso to Turmi

Drive to Konso, a UNESCO world heritage site.  Your village walking tour will include Konso's renowned stone walled terraces and fortified settlements,  wooden statues (Waga), and stone steles (a complex system of marking the passing of leaders).  Drive to Turmi, a market town and home to the Hamer tribe.  Stay overnight at Turmi lodge.

Day 4 : Karo tribe - Hamer market - Hamer village

Spend the morning visiting the Karo tribe, famed for their body painting and elaborate headdresses - decorating with nature. Drive back to Turmi in time for the colourful afternoon Hamer market. If there is a coming of age ceremony, attend a bull jumping ceremony. Camp overnight with a BBQ in a Hamer village, where you will welcomed as a member of the family. 

Day 5 : Turmi - Omorate - Dassanech tribe - Jinka

Drive to Omorate, on the Omo River, which is as deep as one can get into the Omo valley, without entering Kenya. Cross the river to visit Ethiopia's most southern tribe, Dassanech. Afterwards, drive to Jinka which is set in the hills above Mago National Park and capital of the Omo Valley.  You will visit the South-Omo Museum & Research Centre which hosts interesting exhibitions.  Stay overnight in an Eco lodge.

Day 6 : Mursi and Ari tribes

Drive through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe, famed for their unique lip plates. After lunch, visit the Ari Tribe, renowned for their pottery, agriculture and beautiful wall paintings. Stay overnight in an Eco lodge.

Day 7 : Jinka to Arba Minch

Drive through the Rift Valley which covered in acacia woodland and studded with lakes, it feels unequivocally African and there many opportunities to take stunning photographs. You will arrive back in Arba Minch in time for the afternoon flight to Addis Ababa.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Arba Minch airport or Arba Minch hotel
Departure Time
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11/1/2018 - 11/30/2020Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
6 days
Return Details
Arba Minch airport or hotel
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast in named hotels
  • 4WD vehicle including professional driver and all fuel
  • Lake Chamo boat trip
  • Local guides (requirement of Ethiopian law)
  • BBQ dinner in Hamer village
  • Collection and return from Arba Minch airport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner, unless specified, recommendations will be provided
  • Drinks
  • Any local fees for taking individual photographs
  • Gratuities
  • Return flight to Arba Minch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour can be adapted to start/end in Addis Ababa or Jinka
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
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  • Gamo Travel Tours
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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