Welcome to Arba Minch


Arba Minch (አርባ ምንጭ) is actually two cities in one. Its dual settlements of Shecha and Sikela, separated by 3km of virtual no-man’s land, have distinct personalities. Larger Sikela is more commercial and chaotic than her slightly more refined sibling up the hill. Shecha also offers fantastic views over the lakes.


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$1450 Private & Custom Tours

4-Days Arba Minch, Dorze Tribe, and Awasa Private Guided Tour

Your professional English speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at 7:00 AM for this 4 days private cultural, nature, historical, and wildlife tour of the Ethiopian Rift valley Lakes by drive with a comfortable Toyota Minivan. Some of the activities the tour offers are: -   Learning the culture of the Dorze TribeExploring the Nechisar National Park and Abidjatta-Shalla National Park Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Steles of Tiya and Adadi Mariam Rock ChurchBoat riding on Chamo Lake  Itinerary Day 1 – Addis Ababa – Steles of Tiya – Adadi Mariam Rock Church – Arba Minch Meet your guide at 7:00 AM at your hotel and start today’s drive of 460 km south to Arba Minch. The first stop is Adadi Mariam Rock Church (13th Century AD). Visit this unique church for half an hour to learn the background of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and the church specifically. After 30 minutes more drive you’ll discover the grave site of the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here you will see about 40 stone grave markers decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD. After lunch at the town of Butajira, head to Arba Minch with a stop at the villages of the Oromo tribal people. Day 2 – Arba Minch – Dorze Tribe – Chamo Lake – Arba Minch After breakfast, drive for an hour to Chencha where you will experience the Dorze Tribe culture by visiting their huge bamboo huts, learning how the Dorze people prepare their bread and porridge from the root of Enset (False Banana Tree). After lunch at Arba Minch and enjoy a private boat ride on Chamo Lake for about an hour to explore the wildlife to see big African Crocodiles, families of hippos, and a number of lowland water birds. Late in the afternoon, get incredible views of the twin lakes of Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo, and the “Bridge of Heaven”. Day 3 – Arba Minch – Shashemene – Awasa Today, you’ll drive 275 km north to Awasa visiting the villages of the Alaba tribal. After lunch at Shashemene, learn the religious and historical background of Rastafarianism by visiting the Jamaican Rastafarian Community and their church. Before checking in to your hotel, attend and learn how Ethiopians enjoy their coffee with Coffee Ceremony. Walk by the shore of Lake Awasa to see the best sunset of the trip as it set behind Lake Awasa. Day 4 – Awasa – Fish Market of Awasa Lake – Abidjatta Shalla National Park – Addis Ababa Uncover how life goes at the Fish Market of Awassa Lake by seeing how locals collect the fish catch by net, clean it by hand, and enjoy their breakfast of fresh catch fish. Then drive for 2 hours to the Abidjatta Shalla National Park to see gazelles, warthogs, ostriches, etc. Take time at a viewpoint to enjoy the superb views of Lake Abidjatta and Lake Shalla. On the way back to Addis Ababa, stop at the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway and one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu.

$3490 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Day Bird Watching Tour from Addis Ababa

Day 1: Addis Ababa - Debre Libanos Monastery Up on arrival in Addis Ababa, the driver and the guide will take you to your hotel for check in. After check-in, start driving to the tributary of the Blue Nile.Overnight stay at Afarensis International HotelDay 2: LanganoToday, you will have a drive to Langano, one of the Rift Valley lakes, surrounded by arid acacia savannah. Overnight at Bishangari Lodge, LanganoDay 3: Bale MountainsToday, you set off to Bale Mountain, an area of high altitude plateau , with volcanic crags and lakes, forests, alpine moor land, trout filled streams and a striking variety of fauna and flora. Over 60 species of mammals and 260 birds have been recorded here.Overnight at Wabe Shebelle Hotel, GobaDay 4: Bale MountainsToday’s drive will take you to the Afro-Alpine grasslands of the Sanetti plateau. It is cited as the world’s largest expanse of Afro–Alpine moorland, a habitat confined to altitudes of 3,500m to 4,500m.Overnight at Wabe Shebelle Hotel, GobaDay 5: YabelloThis journey will be via Awassa; it’s going to be long though detours are not paved and easily accessible.Overnight at Yabello Motel, YabelloDay 6: MegaA few kilometres drive will take you to Mega where you will see many species including Red-napped Bush-Shrikes, D’Arnaud’s Barbet and so much more.Overnight at Yabello Motel, YabelloDay 7: AwassaToday we drive to Lake Awassa and on arrival we search the grounds for Spotted Creeper, Senegal Coucal, Dusky Flycatcher and more.Overnight stay at Lewi resort, Awassa Day 8: Arba MinchAfter relaxed breakfast, you will have a drive to Arba Minch with a stop at a large local lake that holds Black Egret, White-headed Vulture, and African Cuckoo-Hawk.Overnight at Mora Heights Hotel, Arba MinchDay 9: Nechi Sar National ParkExcursion to Nechsar Park through Lake Chamo and Abaya's land of barrier called the ‘Bridge of God’. Overnight at Mora Heights Hotel, Arba MinchDay 10: LanganoToday you will start your return drive towards. Possibly, You will find Black, Goliath and other herons and egrets an many more. Overnight at Bishangari Lodge, LanganoDay 11: Addis AbabaYou will be arriving in Addis late afternoon. The tour ends at about 07:30pm.

$1999 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Omo Valley Tribes Tours From Addis Ababa

Day 01: Arrival - Sightseeing Addis (The new Flower)You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Refresh and begin your sightseeing of Addis with a drive up to mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis. Descend down and drive to National museum where you will have a chance to spot the oldest hominids of ‘Lucy’ fossil. Visit and proceed to the Holy Trinity built during the WWII. T To wrap up you drive to merkato, the biggest market in East Africa.  Overnight in Addis.Day 02: Addis Ababa – Tiya-Arba MinchAfter having your early breakfast driving to the southern parts of Ethiopia on the way we will see the Tiya, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, where we can see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia.We will continue our driving to the town of Welayta for lunch stop then after lunch we will be driving to Arba Minch for overnight stay.Overnight Arba MinchDay 03:Arba Minch- Chencha Dorze VillagesAfter breakfast you will take a boat trip in Lake Lake Chamo, to visit the crocodile market, it is a local name for a place in Lake chamo that the crocodiles went out of the lake and chill, there is no buying or selling, also you will see hippos and different kinds of birds later driving to the  Dorzy village, This people set high up in the Gughe Mountains where we see the traditional Dorze beehive shaped huts recognized as one of the visually attractive structural houses by the UNESCO and later we will be back to Arba Minch for lunch then we will be driving to the town of Konso.Overnight KonsoDay 04:  Konso – TurmiAfter having your breakfast you will have a chance of seeing the Konso village, one of the UNESCO site in Ethiopia know by their terracing. One of the best types of coffee for the country is also from this village. Proceed to the Bana village. The men often have their hair dressed up with a colorful clay cap that is decorated with feathers. Then proceed to the Turmi where the Hamer people lives. Overnight in Turmi. Day 05: Turmi- Omorate (75kms 2hrs drive)After having your breakfast, you will have an excursion to Omorate to visit the Dassanech people ‘people of the Delta’, who lives on the northern shore of Lake Turkana. Visit and drive back to Turmi for lunch then drive to Jinka. Overnight in Jinka. Day 06: Drive Jinka – Mago – Jinka – Addis AbabaTake a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the exotic ethnic groups in Ethiopia. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. Drive back to Jinka for lunch. \

$1550 Outdoor Activities

4 Days cultural tour to Ethiopia

Domestic flight to Arbaminch After arrival at Arbaminch town drive to Dorze people village who are well known by their weaving and their amazing house building Depending on the day visiting the local market then drive to Nech sar National park to visit the zebras and the hot springs finally drive back to Arbaminch town, Haile ResortDrive to Jinka After you make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to watch the crocodile market proceed driving to Jinka, En route you will visit Karat town to visit the interesting Konso people village, watching their cultural landscape terracing which is a UNESCO world heritage, the ancient wooden statues and finally you will visit the Konso people cultural center after lunch proceed driving to Jinka  En route you will visit the Ari peoples, Eco-Omo Safari LodgeDrive to Mago national park then Turmi Drive  to Mago national park to visit the Mursi people the woman who is well known by their clay disc on their lower lip then drive to Turmi town, Jinka, if there is a bull jumping ceremony in Hammer tribe village you will attend the program  also you will visit the Hammer people village, Buska LodgeDrive back to Arba minch We will drive back to Arbaminch Airport for your domestic flight to Addis Ababa, after arrival at Addis Ababa you will attend our farewell party at cultural restaurant then you will transfer for your international flight departure back to home.

$4000 Cultural & Theme Tours

14 Days Combined Tour to Ethiopia

Addis Ababa city Tours city tour then attend our welcome party at cultural restaurant, Addisinia Hotel Domestic flight to Bahirdar Boat trip on lake Tana to visit the 14th century monasteries located on  islands, Home land Hotel   Bahirdar to Gonder Visiting the Fasil castle and the 17th century Debre Birhan Selase church , Goha Hotel Drive to Semien mountain national park  visiting the amazing scenery of the park & stunning landscape,Semien  Lodge5. Drive to Axum  Visiting the obelisks which are a UNESCO heritage then visiting the church of St. marry or Zion, Sabean HotelDomestic flight to Lalibela  After arrival at Lalibela you will start hiking to arrive at the ancient Ashtom Mariam church, Lal hotel     7 .Visiting Lalibela Churches Watching all the 11 churches of Lalibela  erected from one single bedrock  that the world has never seen yet, Lal hotel     8.Domestic flight to Arbaminch Visiting the Dorze tribe who are well known by their weaving and their amazing house building then arrival at Arbaminch town, Paradise Lodge    9.Visiting Nech sar National park On full day program You will visit Nech sar national park where you can see the springs and the Zebras, after visiting the park you will transfer to your hotel Paradise Lodge    10. Drive to Jinka Via Key Afer After you make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to watch the crocodile market proceed driving to Jinka, you will visit the cultural museum,Eco-Omo Safari Lodge   11.Drive to Mago national park Drive in to Mago national park to visit the Mursi Tribes well known by their clay disc on their lower lip then drive to Turmi town if there is a bull jumping ceremony in Hammer tribe village you will attend the program  also you will visiting their village, Buska lodge      12.Drive to Karo and Dasenech Tribes Drive to Omorate then Crossing the Omo River by local boat excursion to visit the   Dasenech   tribes, on afternoon drive to Karo tribes village well known by their colorful body  paintings, Buska lodge      13.Drive to Arba minch  Depending on the day you will visit the colorful market known as Dimeka, En route you will visit Karat town to visit the interesting which is a UNESCO world heritage, Haile Resort     14. Drive to Addis Ababa Via Zuway En route visit Abijata national park to see different species of Birds after arrival you will transfer for your international flight, Departure

$1800 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Cultural Tour to Omo Vallley

Addis Ababa city Tours city tour then attend our welcome party at cultural restaurant, Addisinia HotelDrive to Arbaminch En route you will visit the Tiya stele site and the Dorze people village who are well known by their weaving and their amazing house building Depending on the day visiting the local market finally drive back to Arbaminch town, Haile ResortVisiting Nech sar National park On full day program You will visit Nech sar national park where you can see the springs and the Zebras, after visiting the park you will transfer to your hotel, Haile ResortDrive to Jinka After you make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to watch the crocodile market proceed driving to Jinka, En route you will visit Karat town to visit the interesting Konso people village, watching their cultural landscape terracing which is a UNESCO world heritage, the ancient wooden statues and finally you will visit the Konso people cultural center after lunch proceed driving to Jinka  En route you will visit the Ari peoples, Eco-Omo Safari LodgeDrive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi people the woman who is well known by their clay disc on their lower lip then drive back to Jinka to drive to Turmi town lunch will be at Key Afer town, Jinka  En route you will visit the Bena peoples,  after arrival at Turmi if there is a bull jumping ceremony in Hammer tribe village you will attend the program  also you will visit the Hammer people village,  Buska LodgeDrive back to Arba minch then domestic flight to Addis Ababa, after arrival at Addis Ababa you will transfer for your international flight departure back to home.