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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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ETHIOPIA NORTH WEST AND SOUTH WEST From the undiscovered people of the north-west to the south-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, GAMZ 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: GAMBELA
Drive to Gambela, at bank of Baro river, a previous famous commercial point with Sudan. ON htl

11: NUER & ANUAK PEOPLE
Drive to the Nuer & Anuak people. Very tall and with many scarification all over their body, leave at bank of Baro river, and are fishermen and hunters. ON next to a village

12: NUER & ANUAK PEOPLE
Visit villages; then proceed back to Gambela. ON htl

13: MIZANTEFERI
Drive south to mizanTeferi,a dmiring very big forest and nice views. ON camp

14: SURMA PEOPLE
Drive to the unique Surma people. Here women wear circular or trapezoidal shaped plates into their lips. Men have different scarification all over their body. With luck we’ll participate to a donga game, which is a stick fighting ritual. ON camp Tulgit

15: SURMA PEOPLE
Drive to Kibish, admiring very nice views. Then the Surma people around kibish. Back ON camping

16: OMO NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Adikas. Then proceed to the Omo National park. Late afternoon game drive. ON camp

17: DIZI PEOPLE
Morning game drive. Then drive to Maji, via Adikas village. Visit Dizi people. ON camp

18: BENCH MESHENGER PEOPLE
Drive to Bonga, via Macha Waji. Visit Bench Meshenger people on the way. ON camp

19: JIMMA
Drive to Jima, with a stop to waterfalls on the way, for short walking too. Reach Jimma and visit the AbaJifar palace. ON htl

20: 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 Historic route and 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: OROMO PEOPLE

We propose this day to be SUN. Drive north with a stop to admire the colorful Sunday market of the Oromo people at Senbete village. ON Kombolcha in htl

3: BATI MARKET & AFAR PEOPLE

MON. Drive to the very colorful Afar & Oromo people market of Bati. Then back to Kombolcha and proceed for ON htl in Woldya

4: NAKTULEAB, LALIBELA

Drive to Lalibela, admiring on the way the Naktuleab cave church. ON Yemereha hotel in Lalibela www.yemerehahotel.com

5: LALIBELA

Visit the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. ON htl

6: AHETEN MARIAM- YEMEREHENNA KRISTOS

Morning by mules to Asheten Mariam church, Afternoon drive to Yemerehenna Kristos very colorful church. ON Yemereha htl

7: GONDAR

Drive to Gondar, crossing Wolo & Amhara people villages. ON htl

8: GONDAR-BAHIRDAR

Morning visit the churches and castles in Gondar: the castle compound, Fasiladas bath, Debre Birhan Selassie (Light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, Mentewab palace, Qusquam church, Falashia village, and more. Afternoon drive to Bahirdar. ON htl

9: 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

10: 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

11: 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.

12: 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

13: 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.

14: MAO, KOMO, GAMZ 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

15: NEKEMTE

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

16: 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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