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The Omo Valley Safari
An 11 day Omo Valley safari exploring Ethiopia’s southern tribal lands. From Addis Ababa we head south – a journey of iconic landmarks and tribal people.
Visit markets and explore villages of the Arbore, Karo, Hamar, Daasanach, Tsemay, Mursi, Konso, the Suri, Dorse, Bena and Ari people. A fascinating trip of discovery with some of Africa’s most ancient tribes.
- Addis Ababa
- Arba Minch
- Jinka, Turmi
- 11 days/10 nights
Highlights of the Omo Valley Safari
This trip is a small group trip which departs on set dates throughout the year, but it can also be done as a private trip.
- heading south from Addis Ababa and along the Rift Valley to Lake Lagano. Visiting Melka Kunture and Stelae field of Tiya, a World Heritage Site
- then, continuing south to the Omo Valley which is home to two World Heritage Sites and tribes of the Lower Valley of the Omo and the Konso Cultural Landscape
- visit Dimeka and Turmi, both important market towns and home to the Hamar, Benna and other tribal groups
- Then we’ll explore further to the tribal villages of the Mursi beyond Mago National Park. The Daasanach near Omorate, the Karo people, the Erbore nomads, the Borena and others.
This is a fairly long road journey but a good exploration of the Omo Valley with enough time to enjoy the passing scenery and to reflect on some extraordinary experiences between stops.
Best time to explore the Omo Valley
Travel in South Omo is very dependent on the seasonal rains when traditionally we have the short rain in October and then the long rain in April and May.
But travelling south of main Jinka-Konso road or through the Mago National Park is essentially impossible if there has been heavy rain, which could mean that travelling between March and June is off-limits
- November through to March are the driest and hottest months
- July, August and September are the cooler months
We recommend this safari to seasoned travellers only
(Images by Trish Berry and Andy Richter courtesy Salem Alemayehu of Dinknesh, Addis Ababa.)
You'll be met on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport for transfer to the 4* Jupiter International Hotel in two superb locations in Addis Ababa’s Cazanchise area, within walking distance.
Drive south along the Rift Valley of Langoro to Sabana Beach Resort at Oromia for one night stay
Drive from Langano to the Paradise Lodge at Arba Minch for a two night stay
Drive to Chencha to the Dorze Village, lunch back at Arba Minch followed by a trip on Lake Chamo, one of the rift valley lakes
Drive 275 kms south to Jinka, stay at the Eco-Omo Safari Lodge. The drive should take between 6-7 hours including visits, photo stops and lunch
Head into the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe then back to Jinka to the cultural museum and your second night at the Eco-Omo Safari Lodge.
Drive to Turmi to the village of the Hamar people. Stay at Buska Lodge at Turmi for 2 nights.
Excursion to the Dasenech people - the country's most southern people
Drive to Yabello visiting the Erbore nomadic people. Stay at the Yabello Lodge.
Drive north to visit the Sidama and Borena people. Stay at the Tadesse Enjori or another similar hotel
Visit Lake Awassa's Fish Market, right on the shore. Drive back towards Addis Ababa stopping off at the Rift Valley Lakes of Abiyatta, Shalla, Ziway and Langano. Farewell dinner party.
How to get there
The safari starts and ends at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
A number of international airlines fly-in to Addis Ababa including South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Ethiopian Airlines.
Speak to your Zambezi consultant if you require assistance with flight schedules.
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