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Omo Valley 10 days+ Bale Mountains extension 13 days

01. THU. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel

02. FRI. Drive to Tiya steles, then proceed to the Rift Valley lakes of Zway & Langano, for relax, very nice views & many birds. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Langano

03. SAT. Drive to the Arbaminch & visit a Wolayta people village on the way. Afternoon drive to Chencha mountain to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. The Dorze are famous for their elephant truck shaped houses, their cultivation of the false banana (from which root they extract their traditional bread called Kotcho), the weaving works, cultivation of sorghum and more. If time permits visit also their Saturday’s market. Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

04. Drive to Turmi, admiring on the way the Konso, Tsemay, Erbore & Hamer people and visit of Erbore people village. Visit a Konso people village, famous for their traditions and also being the first in Africa to start the terracing agriculture. Is also a UNESCO heritage site. Late afternoon visit the colorful Hamer people and a village. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

05. MON. Morning drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo river, to visit the Dassanech people villages and culture, with very interesting ornaments & traditions. Back then to Turmi & visit the very colorful Hamer, Karo and Tsemay people market. Afternoon visit the Hamer people and their villages. After the market, with luck we’ll try also to participate to ceremonies as the bull jumping and the Evangadi dances. The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails. Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

06. Morning drive about 1 hr 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. Afternoon free for the Hamer people and villages. Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

07. Drive to Jinka town; then enter into the Mago National park and admiring different mammals and birds on the way, drive to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips and men different scarifications all over their body. Finaly drive back to Jinka and if time permits visit the Ethnological museum. Have lunch box; dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.

08. THU. Visit one Ari people village with very interesting traditions. Later drive to visit the colorful Tsemay & Erbore people market at KeyAfer village. After the market’s visit, proceed to Arbaminch. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

09. Morning boat excursion on Chamo lake to admire the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach 6 meters of length), hippos and birds. Afternoon free enjoying the facilities at the Emerald Resort Arbaminch & relax. Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

10. SAT. Drive or fly back to Addis Ababa (cost of the flight is to be added on the price; inform us of your choice during the booking). Late afternoon time for final visits or souvenir shops. Dinner invited by the Green Land Tours & Hotels in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer then to the airport for departure.

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Omo Valley 8 days

01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel

02. SUN. Drive to visit the Tiya steles. Proceed then to Arbaminch (in amharic meaning forty springs) visiting Guraghe + Wolayta people villages and through spectacular green hills. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

03. MON. Morning drive to Chencha mountain to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. Afternoon boat trip on Chamo lake, to visit the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach till 6 meter lenght), hippos, birds & a very nice sunset. Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

04. TUE. Drive to the Konso people villages, which are famous for being the first in Africa to start the terracing agriculture. Visit a Konso people village, unique traditions & culture: is also registered as UNESCO heritage. Proceed then to the Weyto valley visiting Tsemay people on the way & spectacular views. Reach so on time for the weekly Hamer, Tsemay & Karo people market at Alduba village. After the market visit, proceed to Turmi, to visit the very colorful Hamer people villages. Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

05. Morning drive to the Karo people to visit their villages and culture. Visit the Kortcho village with spectacular views over the Omo river. Afternoon walk to visit a Hamer people village and have time with the very interesting Hamer people. If we get information of the bull jumping ceremony happening we can visit this, with the bull jumping & Evangadi dances ceremonies. The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails. Meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

06. THU. Morning drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo river, to visit the Dassanech people and villages. After their visit drive to KeyAfer village to visit the colorful weekly Tsemay and Erbore people market. Continue then to Jinka. Lunch box; dinner & ON hotel in Jinka

07. Enter into the Mago National park and admiring different mammals and birds on the way, drive to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Men different scarifications all over their body. After the visit, drive back to Jinka town & proceed to Arbaminch. Have lunch box on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com

08. SAT. Drive or fly back to Addis Ababa (cost of the flight is to be added on the price; inform us of your choice during the booking). Late afternoon time for final visits or souvenir shops. Dinner invited by the Green Land Tours & Hotels in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer then to the airport for departure.

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Historial route 10 days

01. SUN. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Fly to Bahirdar. Morning drive to visit the Blue Nile falls (it takes about 1 hour drive and then 15 minutes walk). Admire these spectacular falls. Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam.
Dinner & ON hotel in Bahirdar

03. Morning drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Afternoon visit the castles, King Fasiladas bath, the Debre Birhan Selasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals and Empress Mentewab palace. Dinner & ON hotel in Gondar

04. Drive to the Semien mountains, for a very interesting full day excursion: admire spectacular views and with the chance to spot endemic animals as the Lammergeyer, the Gelada baboons, the Walya Ibex and more. Dinner and ON lodge in the park

05. Drive to Axum, admiring very nice views over the Semien mountains and visiting Tigray people villages and culture. Dinner & ON hotel in Axum

06. Morning in Axum: visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba. Afternoon drive to Wikro or Hawsen. On the way visit the Yeha pre-Christian temple and DebreDamo monastery (where to reach the monastery men have to climb 16 meters by ropes). Dinner & ON hotel at Wikro or Hawsen

07. Full day visit of the very interesting Tigray region churches, with also spectacular views. Visit Micael Imba, Debre Selam Atsbi and Micael Barka churches. Dinner & ON hotel in Mekele

08. Drive to Lalibela, admiring very nice views. Dinner & ON hotel

09. Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Churches built in the 12th century; the African Jerusalem. And late afternoon take part of the coffee ceremony in a traditional house or the hotel. Dinner & ON at your hotel

10. Fly to Addis Ababa; have your free afternoon for shopping, souvenir shops and relax. We offer a visit at artist Vittorio Morello show room too. Lunch free. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure

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Historical Route 8days

01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Drive to Bahirdar crossing very nice views. Visit on the way the Jemma river gorge, with the chance to spot endemic Gelada baboons, and visit the Debre Libanos monastery and the Portuguese bridge. Proceed then to Bahirdar crossing the Blue Nile river gorge, to reach late afternoon. Dinner and ON hotel

03. Morning drive to visit the Blue Nile falls (it takes about 1 hour drive and then 15 minutes walk). Admire these spectacular falls. Late morning drive back to Bahirdar. Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam. Dinner & ON hotel in Bahirdar.

04. Morning drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Afternoon visit the castles, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Empress Mentewab palace. Dinner & ON hotel in Gondar.

05. Drive to Lalibela, admiring very nice views. Before reaching Lalibela have a stop to visit the Naktuleab cave church. Dinner & ON hotel in Lalibela.

06. Full day to visit the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and late afternoon have a coffee ceremony in a traditional house. Dinner & ON hotel

07. Drive to Hayk lake and visit the DebreEstifanos church over the island. Then proceed to Kombolcha & Dessie. Dinner & ON hotel in Dessie.

08. SAT. Drive back to Addis Ababa. Have day use room. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer then to the airport for departure

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Historical route 7days

1) HISTORIC ROUTE 7 days

01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Fly to Bahirdar. Morning drive to visit the Blue Nile falls (it takes about 1 hour drive and then 15 minutes’ walk). Admire these spectacular falls. Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam.
Dinner & ON hotel in Bahirdar.

03. Morning drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Afternoon visit the castles, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Empress Mentewab palace. Dinner & ON hotel in Gondar.

04. Fly to Lalibela. Transfer hotel. Afternoon visit the rock-hewn churches, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Dinner & ON hotel

05. Morning drive to visit Naktuleab cave church. Or you can choose to walk (or with mules) to the Asheten Mariam church, with spectacular views too. Afternoon visit the remaining churches in town. And then take part of the coffee ceremony (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture). Dinner & ON (overnight) hotel

06. Fly to Axum. Visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba, and more. Dinner & ON hotel

07. FRI. Fly to Addis. Have day use room. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer then to the airport for departure

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DJIBOUTI GLET401: Harar, Djibouti and Danakil Depression

1: Addis
Arrival Addis Ababa

2: Awash park
Awash park. ON camp or lodge

3: Harar
Harar. Evening hyena man. ON htl

4: Harar
Harar tour-PM drive DireDawa. ON htl

5: DireDawa
DireDawa- Djibouti-lake Abe. ON camp

6: Lake Easal
Lake Easal (spectacular views-salt lake)- Tadjoura ON camp white sand beach

7: Tadjoura-Semera
Tadjoura-Semera

8: Lake Afrera
Permits for Danakil- lake Afrera

9: Dodom
Lake Afrera-Dodom

10: ErTale volcano
Climb ErTale volcano. ON on the rim of the volcano, admiring the lave and unique views

11: Dodom
Back trek to Dodom

12: Ahmed Ale
Drive Ahmed Ale

13: Ahmed Ale
Salt plain (spectacular)- Dalol (where Afar people extract salt- see camels caravans and more too). ON Ahmed Ale

14: Gheralta
Ahmed Ale-Gheralta

15: Tigray churches
Tigray churches. ON Mekele in htl

16: Lalibela
Lalibela. ON Yemereha htl (www.yemerehahotel.com)

17: Lalibela
Lalibela churches.

18: Addis Ababa
Different options: continue tour to historic site or drive or fly back Addis. If fly back, evening dinner with folkloristic dances; then departure

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TREKKING PROGRAM Trekking with Ari and Mursi people

1: Bako people – Dell
The Ari people are divided in 10 tribes, which are the Gofa, Bako, Biyo, Galila, Laydo, Seyki, Shangama, Sido, Wubahamer, and Zeddo. In our trekking we are going the visit their cultural diversity and way of life.
And we’ll reach till the Mursi people, where women for beauty use to put lips into their plates and men have different scarification and ornament all over their body. With luck we’lls ee also the donga game (ritual stick fighting. Bit depend on the season)

Early morning departure and start our trekking thought the Bako tribe for all the day. After almost two hours walking in this beautiful vegetation we reach the village of Senegal. Short break to have some time watching women cutting the false banana leaves and preparing the Kotcho, traditional bread. We can also see people working the land, if is the right season. Continuing walking till lunch time where we stop at Bako.
Departure to reach Dell. We can see many species of birds, in this are we can find more than 280 species. All the time we are walking at an average altitude of 2100 mts, that’s why of this lush vegetation and cold air.
Reach the village of Dell for overnight in camp and dinner by our cook.

2: Shangama tribe – Debre Tsehay
Today we are trekking in the Shangama tribe. As yesterday early departure, from Dell, through these population. As usual we are welcomed, in the villages we visit, by many running children. The Ari usually has a lot of children. The old people usually welcome by inviting us to their
assembly. On the way we can see some Colobus Monkeys. We are having lunch at the outskirt of the village of Disho. In the afternoon we continue to reach the village Debre Tsehay through this land of marvels. High trees are making shade from the sun. A lot of these are endemic to Ethiopia and particularly to these regions. Some of them could be Juniper, Cordia africania, Acacia and the common eucalyptus. Camp and overnight at Debre Tsehay.

3: Shangama tribe – Meizer
Departure from Debre Tsehay through the Shangama tribe area. You are used to the best type of vegetation. The highland altitude vegetation of this area is very particular due also to the latitude is placed. These people grow also a lot of different type of spices. The people of these days are of Omotic origins and with a body carved by the fatigue of
working the land. All of them are farmers and really very hard working people. You will be amazed by their social life; women and men are working the all day. At night are resting. Although this entire work and hardship people is always happy and welcoming. We will walk for about four hours with many stops to admire the scenery that this track offers us. Stop for lunch at the village of Shangama Bili. Departure after a recharging rest to reach the village of Meizer where we will stop for overnight and dinner.

4: Balamer tribe area – Ari people
Leave at early morning through the Balamer tribe area. As usual admiring the best landscapes. We are finding always a different type of approach from the villagers as we change altitude and way of life. We are now proceeding to the Mursi land. The area is still as the one we have visited in the previous days. We will walk as usual for the all morning to reach the lunch place in this beautiful savannah. In the afternoon walking in this wonderful landscape to reach the village of Balamer for overnight and dinner. This is the last big village we visit of the Ari people. If market day, Saturday, we can see all this tribes at the market. Tomorrow we will be in Mursi area.

5: Mursi people
Today we will encounter a new tribe; the Mursi. The morning will be still in the Ari’s area most specifically in the Balamer tribe. We are also walking to the lowland. The vegetation will change from highland mountainous to the acacia lowland vegetation. The difference will be amazing. Stopover for lunch on the beach under big trees of the Maki River. Continue to reach Maki Mursi for overnight and dinner. We are now in the Mursi are which are famous for their body scarification. These tribes are semi nomads. They travel with their cattle to different area for water. Are of Nilotic origins and the women use to place clay plates in their lower lip. If lucky we can participate to a Donga game, a stick battle to identify the winner that will be respected by all the young men of the village. Dinner and overnight at Maki Mursi.

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Somaliland program

1: Addis Ababa – Awash
Arrival in Addis Collect Visa for Somaliland &drive to Awash Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Green Land Tour’s staff. After receiving your Visa to Somaliland you will start your drive to Awash. Awash is located in the central rift valley of Ethiopia. Named after one of the biggest river in the country this area is settled by the pastoral
people of Kereyu and Afar. It also inhabits the first National Park of Ethiopia called Awash National Park; an afternoon game drive will reward you with spotting some of the wild mammals and avifauna of the country. The river passing through the park also makes a dramatic fall which is accessible to the spot where you can feel the mist of the water.

2: Awash – Dire Dawa
A self administrative town of Dire Dawa is founded following the construction of the trail ways which extends from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. This town as a result was once on top of trade and goods transporting business. Though that time passed, this town is still enjoyable for the harmonious style of living of Nations and Nationalities of the country. Few minutes before you reach Dire Dawa you will stop to visit Loga Oda an ancient archeological site admired for its old cave paintings which depicts the cultural heritage of the people who lived 7000 years before.

3: Dire Dawa – Harar
A morning drive to The Walled Town of Harar will take you through some colorful towns like Alamaya and Aweday. The town of Aweday is a spot where the best quality of ‘Chat’ a stimulating plant is produced and centralized for local and international markets. An afternoon visit of Harar will include a museum, cultural houses, the house of Arthur Ramous a one time famous French poet and the show of the hyena man.

4: Harar – Togochale
To escape the temperature which normally raises at this area an early morning start is advisable. You will drive admiring some of the amazing land escapes of Dakota hill at Babille and later the flatter stretches of the law land area.Togochale is where Ethiopian Emigration office is found so you will be expected to clarify your Visa to the Somali land. Then lately to Harghessa.

5: Harghessa – Burao
Minutes drive out of Hargeisa will take you to Laas Gaal caves. Famous for their rock art, the caves are located in a rural area on the outskirts of Hargeisa, and contain some of the earliest known cave paintings in the Horn of Africa and the African continent in general. Laas Gaal’s rock art is estimated to date back to somewhere between9000-8000 and 3000BCE.The rest of the day you will drive enjoying the scarcely populated part of the Somali land with camels grazing.

6: Burao – Barbera
This day you will drive North West of Burao to reach Berbera. What you will experience will be the nomadic life of the Somali people with their camels and goats grazing the desert shereb.

7: Exploring Berbera for a day
As to The British explorer Richard Burton Berberah is the true key of the Red Sea, the centre of East African traffic, and the only safe place for shipping upon the western Eritrean shore. Backed by lands capable of cultivation, and by hills covered with pine and other valuable trees, and enjoying a comparatively temperate climate Berbera is a seaport, with the only sheltered harbor on the south side of the Gulf of Aden.

8: Berbera – Hargessa
Hargessa is the capital of the Somaliland with a population of approximately 1.3 million. It was the colonial capital of British Somaliland from 1941 to 1960 when it gained independence as the State of Somaliland and united with Italian Somaliland. Now this town is seen with the bad rewards of the unsettled situation in which the country stayed in.

9: Hargessa – Jijiga
Back to Jijiga through Togochalle. Jijiga is a place where you can compare and contrast the Ethiopian Somalia’s and Somaliland’s in respect to culture.

10: Back to Addis
Fly back to Addis. Remaining visits. Evening departure

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ETHIOPIA NORTH-WEST The undiscovered people of the North-west

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

2: BAHIRDAR
Drive to the Debre Libanos monastery, the old Portuguese bridge and Jamma river valley. Proceed then crossing the Blue Nile valley to Bahirdar. ON htl

3: BAHIRDAR: THE BLUE NILE FALLS & MONASTERIES OVER LAKE TANA
Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Afternoon boat on lake Tana, to admire 2-3 churches over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret, Mahal Zeghie and Asua Mariam. ON htl

4: AGEW & GUMZE PEOPLE + MARKET
We propose this day to be SAT. Drive to Kossober (150 kms, 2 hrs) to visit the Gojam and Agew people market. Then proceed to Chagni (60 km, 1 hrs) and Mandura (67 km, 1 hr) to admire another colorful market, this time of the Gumze and Agew people. Then drive back to Zengena lake for ON camping

5: AGEW & GUMZE VILLAGES + MARKET
SUN. Drive to Dahans Baguna to admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Reach then the Blue Nile. And ON camping at Shinashia, at a Agew people village.

6: BLUE NILE & BERTA PEOPLE
Proceed to Guba (or also called Mankush) village, where you find also a previous palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign. Reach so Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed so to Sherkole where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. (2 hrs drive). Then continue for the overnight at Asosa, at Mango campsite, among lot of Mango trees

7: GOLD MINERS + MAO, KOMO, GANZO PEOPLE
TUE. Morning drive to the Sudan border town of Kumruk (3 hrs), get the permits, and drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. Drive back then to Asosa for lunch.
Afternoon proceed to admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarification all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly.
Proceed then to Ye’amsera village (Tongo region) & camp next to the mosque, built in 1952 by an Algerian coming from Saudi Arabia. Here in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage
Organize the permits & police escort and this evening have one of the most spectacular visit of the trip, till now: drive to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81th tribe, just discovered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening you’ll participate to dinner and dancing. Is a very particular experience.
Back for overnight Ye’amsera camp.

8: MAO, KOMO, GANZO PEOPLE
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Ganzo people. Then proceed to Asosa. On the way make a 1 hrs trek at Inzi, for very nice views over the region). ON Mango campsite

9: NEKEMTE
Drive to Nekemte (341 kms, 8 hrs). On the way visit very nice views and Wollo people resettlements.

10: ADDIS ABABA
Drive back to Addis Ababa. 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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ETHIOPIA NORTH-WEST The undiscovered people of the North-west

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

2: BAHIRDAR
Drive to the Debre Libanos monastery, the old Portuguese bridge and Jamma river valley. Proceed then crossing the Blue Nile valley to Bahirdar. ON htl

3: BAHIRDAR: THE BLUE NILE FALLS & MONASTERIES OVER LAKE TANA
Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Afternoon boat on lake Tana, to admire 2-3 churches over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret, Mahal Zeghie and Asua Mariam. ON htl

4: AGEW & GUMZE PEOPLE + MARKET
We propose this day to be SAT. Drive to Kossober (150 kms, 2 hrs) to visit the Gojam and Agew people market. Then proceed to Chagni (60 km, 1 hrs) and Mandura (67 km, 1 hr) to admire another colorful market, this time of the Gumze and Agew people. Then drive back to Zengena lake for ON camping

5: AGEW & GUMZE VILLAGES + MARKET
SUN. Drive to Dahans Baguna to admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Reach then the Blue Nile. And ON camping at Shinashia, at a Agew people village.

6: BLUE NILE & BERTA PEOPLE
Proceed to Guba (or also called Mankush) village, where you find also a previous palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign. Reach so Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed so to Sherkole where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. (2 hrs drive). Then continue for the overnight at Asosa, at Mango campsite, among lot of Mango trees

7: GOLD MINERS + MAO, KOMO, GANZO PEOPLE
TUE. Morning drive to the Sudan border town of Kumruk (3 hrs), get the permits, and drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. Drive back then to Asosa for lunch.
Afternoon proceed to admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarification all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly.
Proceed then to Ye’amsera village (Tongo region) & camp next to the mosque, built in 1952 by an Algerian coming from Saudi Arabia. Here in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage
Organize the permits & police escort and this evening have one of the most spectacular visit of the trip, till now: drive to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81th tribe, just discovered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening you’ll participate to dinner and dancing. Is a very particular experience.
Back for overnight Ye’amsera camp.

8: MAO, KOMO, GANZO PEOPLE
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Ganzo people. Then proceed to Asosa. On the way make a 1 hrs trek at Inzi, for very nice views over the region). ON Mango campsite

9: NEKEMTE
Drive to Nekemte (341 kms, 8 hrs). On the way visit very nice views and Wollo people resettlements.

10: ADDIS ABABA
Drive back to Addis Ababa. 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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