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OMO VALLEY. SOUTH ETHIOPIA

1: ITINERARY
01. SUN. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Morning short visit of the capital: visit the Ethnographic museums and St George church. Then drive to the Rift Valley lake of Langano. Here you have possibility of trekking and short walking, bird-watching, have the possibility to explore the area by horse-riding, and can have a relaxing swimming in the only bilharzias free lake. Lunch on the way. Dinner and ON Wenney eco-lodge, secluded in a natural paradise at shore of lake Langano and Munessa forest. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/wenney/

02. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Arbaminch (500 kms). On the way visit the Wolayta people villages and their culture. And spectacular views. Proceed then to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique houses and traditions. Visit the false banana cultivations, from which they extract their traditional bread (the Kotcho), the weaving works and more. Reach Arbaminch late in the afternoon. Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON at the Swaynes hotel, with spectacular views over Chamo & Abaya lakes. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/swaynes/

03. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Jinka. See on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people. Make a stop for the visit of a Konso people village, which are famous for the terracing agriculture, and have particular traditions. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in a hotel in Jinka (choices are Tebekew or Resort)

04. Drive to the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds. Proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Afternoon then drive to Jinka and visit the museum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel in Jinka

05. THU. Drive to KeyAfer village to visit the very colorful market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. Then proceed to Turmi, to visit the Hamer people and their villages Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/evangadi/

06. Drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Proceed then back to Turmi, and with luck we try to find a ceremony of the Hammer people marriage with the bull jumping or the Evangadi dances. Otherwise we’ll take time to visit a traditional village & culture.

Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge
07. SAT. Drive to Dimeka village to see Saturday’s very colorful market of Hamer, Karo & Tsemay people. Then proceed to the Weyto river valley. Afternoon proceed your drive, crossing the Derase and Konso people, to reach Arbaminch. If you reach on time you can make a boat excursion on lake Chamo, to admire the longest crocodiles in Africa, reaching about 6 meters of length, and lot of hippos and birds.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Swaynes hotel

08. SUN. Drive back to Addis, visiting on the way the Wolayta and Guraghe people, with a stop to some villages; and admiring very nice views.
Lunch on the way. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances in Addis.
After dinner transfer airport for departure.

(or can overnight in Addis Ababa & next day extend to another part of Ethiopia or to Tanzania or Kenya or Sudan or Djibouti)

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GLT 105. DANAKIL & HARAR

The Danakil depression, Awash National Park, Danakil Lakes and Harar

In this circuit, one can enjoy more of culture of the different tribes and the natural beauty of the Rift Valley in Ethiopia. In addition this circuit includes some historically significant sites such as Harar, which is regarded as the 4th Moslem sacred city of the world next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. This town is also known as the walled city because of the wall that was built in 15th C by Harari (Adare people) to protect themselves from the repeated invasion of surrounding tribes.

1: Addis Ababa.

Arrive Addis Ababa.

2: Awash National Park

Drive to Awash National Park. O/N camp.

3: Awash Park

Full day Awash Park & its surroundings.

4: Asayta

Drive to Asayta. O/N local htl. Visit Afar people around.

5: Lake Abe

Drive to lake Abe. O/N Asayta.

6: Asayta-Serdo-lake-Afdiera

Visit Asayta-Serdo-lake-Afdiera. O/N camping.

7: Trekking

Trekking around the lake. O/N camping.

8: Lake Afdiera-Serdo-Asayta

Drive to lake Afdiera-Serdo-Asayta.

9: Asayta & Awash

Drive Asayta – Awash.

10: Awash park

Awash park, visit palm side hot Springs, falls, and more.

11: Harar

Drive to Harar. O/N htl.

12: Babile – Harar

Visit Babile. O/N htl, Harar.

13: Harar & Nazareth

Drive Harar – Nazareth. O/N htl.

14: Nazareth & Bale Goba

Nazareth – Bale Goba. O/N Wabe Shebele htl.

15: Bale

In Bale, visit Sanete plateau & Tuludimtu forest.

16: Goba & Kofele & Wendo

Drive Goba – Kofele – Wendo genet. O/N htl

17: Addis Ababa

Drive back to Awasa, Abiyata, Shala Lakes, Addis Ababa.

18: Departure

Departure.

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GLT 431. NORTH, DANAKIL AND TIGRAY

Historic Rolute with short Danakil and Tigray Churches

1: Addis Ababa

Arrival Addis Ababa. Meet the guide at the airport. Transfer hotel. Rest. Afternoon tour of Addis. ON htl

2: Bahir Dar – Tississat

Fly to Bahirdar. Morning Blue Nile falls. Afternoon tour of Bahirdar, the papyrus boats productions, and view over lake Tana & the Nile form Bezait palace.

3: Lake Tana

Boat on lake Tana to admire monasteries over its islands, as Ura kidane Mehret, Mahal Zegye Gyorgis & Narga Selassie. Reach afternoon Gorgora, on the opposite side of the lake; meet your vehicle/s and drive Gondar, crossing Amhara people villages.

4: Gondar

Tour of Gondar castles and churches: the castle compound, Fasiladas bath, Debre Birhan Selassie (Light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, Mentewab palace, Qusquam church, Falashia village, and more

5: Semien Mountains

Drive to the Semien mountains, for trekking for spectacular views; and also chance to spot the endemic Semien red fox and Walia Ibex, the Lammergeyer, many birds.

6: Semien Mountains

Again viewing these spectacular mountains, proceed to Axum

7: Axum

Tour of Axum. Visit the steles, churches among which St Mary of Tsion where legend says is deposited the Ark of Covenant, and more.

8: Tigray Churches

Visit Yeha pre-Christian temple, DebreDamo monastery and Wikro Cherkos church. ON Gheralta lodge or hotel in Mekele

9: Tigray Churches

Full day for Tigray churches: we suggest Abreha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie & Wikro Cherkos. ON Gheralta lodge (orAxum htl Mekele)

10: Ahmedale, Danakil

Enter into the Danakil depression, admiring the Afar people and villages. ON camp AhmedAle.

11: Dalol

A special date, for spectacular views, colors of nature, unique in the world: at Dalol, where Afar men extract salt. ON Ahmedale camp

12: Micael Imba-Mekele

Drive to Mekele. Visit Micael Imba church. ON htl

13: Yemerehenna Kristos – Lalibela

Crossing spectacular views, we proceed to Lalibela. On the way stop to the first church of Lalibela: Yemerehenna Kristos. Very nice.

14: Lalibela

Full day for the rock-hewn churches.

15: Lake Hayk

Crossing lake Ashandi, we proceed to lake Hayk. Visit Debre Estifanos monastery, over an island of the lake. We proceed then to Kombolcha. ON hotel (Sunny side or Hikma or Tecle)

16: Addis Ababa

Crossing fantastic views, we reach for the afternoon Addis Ababa. If Sunday, on the way visit Afar & Oromo people market at Senbete village. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure

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