Day 10: DRIVE BACK TO ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE This day, we drive to the Lake Awassa, one of the Rift Valley Lakes. keep driving to Addis and enjoy more of the Rift Valley landscape and the stunning views over the Lakes of Abijata and Shala. We have the possibility of visiting the Ostrich farm at AbijataShala National Park.
Day 2: ADDIS ABABA TO ARBA MINCH One of the most colorful and scenic areas of Southern Ethiopia, a land that is inhabited by the Wolayita people, who were once nomads but are now farmers.
Day 3: VISIT THE CHENCHA VILLAGE AND BOAT TRIP ON LAKE CHAMO Once warriors, the Dorze have now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living. They speak an Omotic tongue and the Dorze name is synonymous with the best-woven cotton cloth. The “elephant huts” of the Dorze are unique and worth seeing.
Day 4: DRIVE TO JINKA VIA KONSO AND KAY AFER Differing from their neighbours, the Konso are pure agriculturists, famed for their use of the stone terraces that they utilise to such good effect in this dry and barren region of basalt hills.
Day 5: VISIT THE MURSI TRIBES IN MAGO PARK AND DRIVE TO TURMI The Mursi are known all over the world, for their decorative lip plates that adorn the lower lips of the Mursi women. The various cultural aspects of the tribe will be explained and you will be able to take their photographs but not for free. Back to Jinka for your lunch.
Day 6: TURMI – MURULLE – TURMI This day morning, we continue through the savannah along tracks that are barely visible, passing through a vast meadowland with shrubs and umbellifers (‘umbrella’ acacia trees) for an excursion to the Murulle area.
Day 7: DRIVE FROM TURMI TO YABELLO The drive this day will let you to experience the life of the Oromo Borena People who is well known in cattle rearing. We also visit the Oromo Borena People villages and their ‘singing well’ from which they cater water to their own thousands of cattle by singing.
Day 8: El Sod’s deep crater is famous for the black salt that has been extracted from its inky depths for centuries. We will view the lake from the rim and take a short walk along the top.
Day 9: DRIVE TO YIRGALEM Today we drive to Yiregalem over a beautiful Sidamo mountains and coffee plantation. On the way, we stop at Wenago to visit the Tutu Fella stelae field – an unusual collection of carved stones.