Omo Valley

11 days • 10 nights

This itinerary will take you to the heart of Lower Omo Valley, giving you the opportunity to encounter many of the native tribes.

If you would like to visit an area not covered in one of our itineraries, get in touch with us.
Extensions to Debre Libanos, Tigray, Awash National Park, Harar and Danakil Depression can be arranged.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Hotel: Jupiter International Hotel Bole

Day 2: We visit the National Archaeological Museum, where the highlights include the three and half million year old skeleton of ‘Lucy’, pre-Aksumite exhibits and an exotic collection of Royal crowns, robes and thrones. We continue to the Holy Trinity Cathedral to see the massive mausoleums Haile Selassie had constructed for himself and his wife. In the afternoon we head for the Ethnographical Museum, housed in Haile Selassie’s former summer palace. In addition to the excellent exhibition relating to many ethnic groups living in Ethiopia and an extensive collection of musical instruments, we view the remains of the royal bedchamber and bathrooms.
Hotel: Jupiter International Hotel Bole
Meals: B

Day 3:  This morning we travel south towards the Ethiopian Rift Valley. We head first for the crater lakes of Bishoftu where we spend a couple of hours walking on the shore of Lake Hora, discovering the remarkable natural heritage of the country, with more endemic species of birds and plants than anywhere else on the African continent. We are looking out for Marabou stork, fish eagle, reed cormorant, pied kingfisher, hammerkop, African pygmy goose and black-winged lovebird. After lunch overlooking Bishoftu Crater Lake, we drive further south towards Hawassa, the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region. We break the journey with a few birdwatching stops at Koka and Ziway Lakes.
Hotel: Haile Resort Hawassa
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4:  After breakfast we walk to the open-air fish market on the shore of Lake Hawassa. Later we drive to Arba Minch, with a lunch stop in Sodo. Arba Minch is scenically set in the foothills of the Rift Valley Escarpment at an altitude of 1,300 m and offers views of the nearby Lakes Chamo and Abaya.
Hotel: Paradise Lodge Arba Minch
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5:  In the morning we head for the Nech Sar National Park and take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to observe crocodiles, hippos and the bird life. After lunch we drive to a village inhabited by the Dorze. As we walk through the village, we learn how they use the false banana plant (Ensete ventricosum) and bamboo to build their elephant-shaped houses.
Hotel: Paradise Lodge Arba Minch
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: We continue our drive towards the Omo valley. En route, we visit Konso, the main settlement of the Konso tribe. The unique landscape of fortified hilltop villages surrounded by dry stone terraces used to cultivate crops is protected by UNESCO. Our destination is Turmi, a convenient base from which to explore the Hamar country.
Hotel: Buska Lodge Turmi
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: We drive 72 km to Omorate, a small town on the Omo river bank near the Kenyan border. We cross the river using a small boat to access our walk which will takes through a Dessanech village. Our afternoon walk allows us to visit a Hamar village.
Hotel: Buska Lodge Turmi
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Following a morning’s drive, we visit the south Omo ethnographic museum in Jinka, the administrative capital of South Omo.
Hotel: Eco-Omo Lodge
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9:  Our tour today takes us to the Mago National Park, the home of the Mursi. We visit villages on an escarpment between rivers Omo and Mago inhabited by the Mursi, best known for their lip-plates, but they also have a rich tradition of body paint, scarification, body ornamentation and dress.
Hotel: Eco-Omo Lodge
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10:  We fly from Jinka to Addis Ababa and transfer to our hotel.
Hotel: Jupiter International Hotel Bole
Meals: B, L

Day 11: Airport transfer
Meals: B

Price: £3,050 per person based on two people sharing  a double room  
£405 single room supplement

Price Includes:
accommodation for Days 1 through 11
meals as listed in the daily notation
land transportation in a comfortable 4×4 Landcruiser
entrance and sightseeing fees, except during free periods
services of an English-speaking guide and local guides as required
boat trip on Omo River
scout fee at Mago National Park

Additional Costs:
domestic flight Jinka – Addis Ababa:
if booked in conjunction with your international Ethiopian Airways flight £80
otherwise £165

Price does not Include:
international flights to and from Addis Ababa
trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
passport, visa and health documentation
drinks other than soft drinks with meals outside Addis Ababa
meals in Addis Ababa other than breakfasts
any tips for porters, restaurant and hotel staff, drivers, church ‘shoe guards’, and other helpers, scouts and guides
transport and transfer of excess baggage
personal expenses (laundry, free time activities, etc.)
Ethiopian departure tax, if any