This trip heads into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Africa's Rift Valley is home to some remarkable tribal groups.
You'll spend time on Lake Ziway exploring the beautiful Tulu Gudo island and learning about the unique culture of the Zay people, before trekking through the Bale Mountain National Park.
We then explore the remote tribal area of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, visit several villages and learn all about the traditional ways of life here.
Border Information: If you are joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).
Welcome to Ethiopia! Today is the arrival day for those joining in Arba Minch, and will be a free day to explore the town. There will be a short informal meet-and-greet with our local Omo Valley guide at 6:00pm today - please note that if our truck is travelling up from Nairobi, you will not meet our regular Dragoman crew until your arrival in Konso tomorrow (as they will be travelling to the town of Moyale today).
In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Today we will travel to Konso, home to the local Konso people and our gateway to the very remote Omo Valley region of southern Ethiopia.
If our overland truck is travelling up from Nairobi, those joining in Arba Minch will take a transfer in a locally-chartered vehicle, and will meet our Dragoman crew this afternoon in Konso - there will be an important group meeting with your leader at 6:00pm this evening.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.
Over the next 4 days/3 nights we will be exploring the remote and rarely-visited tribal areas of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.
We will keep these days on a flexible itinerary so that we can react to news of special events being hosted by particular villages or tribes; as such, we cannot provide an exact itinerary for these days. However, we will aim to visit various tribal villages in the area, such as villages of the Hamer, the Mursi and the Konso tribes.
We will camp in basic campsites on all these nights without possibility of upgrades, and we will try to spend at least one of the nights camping in one of the tribal villages (this is not guaranteed to be possible on every trip).
Estimated Drive Times - between 4-9 hours each day.
Please note that we will be travelling through very remote areas with rough roads and basic conditions on these days. Please also note that it is absolutely vital that you follow your tour leader's directions regarding responsible tourism in these regions, especially with regards to giving things away for free and taking photographs of the locals.
Today we will exit the Omo Valley region and arrive in the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo.
In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
On the next day, we will have a free day for some well-earned rest after the Omo Valley, or to take an optional boat trip on Lake Chamo to the view the crocodiles that reside there.
Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we will visit the Awassa Children's Project in the afternoon. This is a home for local children orphaned by the HIV epidemic, and we will be shown around and see how public donations and the support of Dragoman goes towards feeding, sheltering and educating the children.
After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the 2 nights.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.
On the following day we will have a a free day to explore the region, go on an optional walk to some nearby waterfalls, and take a dip in the nearby hot springs.
In Wendo Genet we will camp in the grounds of a small local hotel.
Today we will leave Wendo Genet and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.
We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the second-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves.
In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the entrance to the National Park.
Today we will leave the Bale Mountains and head to the small town of Ziway.
After lunch we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious manuscripts.
In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Today we will travel to the bustling Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the city.
In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Border Information: if you are leaving in Addis Ababa, you will most likely exit Ethiopia from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Addis Ababa. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Arba Minch to Addis Ababa
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: $2,200
Supplier Tour ID: ZAO2/162962
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