15 Days North Historic Route And South Omo, Harar Ethiopia
15 Days North Historic Route And South Omo, Harar Ethiopia
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Embark on a captivating 15-days adventure through Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, Lalibela, and Gheralta. Explore Addis Ababa’s historical treasures before flying to Axum and witnessing ancient marvels. Marvel at the rock-hewn churches of Gheralta and undertake a thrilling ascent to Abuna Yemata Guh and Maryam Korkor. Trek to the mesmerizing lava lake of Erta Ale volcano and discover the fascinating Dallol sulfur springs.
Conclude your journey in Lalibela, exploring UNESCO World Heritage rock-hewn churches. Experience Ethiopia’s rich history and natural wonders in this unforgettable expedition.
Morning flight to Bahir dar and then full day visiting in Bahar Dar, capital of the Amhara region situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country. Bahir Dar is one of the best well-planned cities in Ethiopia. This morning we take a boat trip on the lake to learn the secrets held by the monasteries and churches on the islands. We will visit Ura Kidane Mihret church on Zeghie peninsula. Under the thatched roof are some distinctive colourful paintings of religious scenes, and an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in Ge'ez, the religious language from which Amharic is derived. In the afternoon we will visit Tississat Falls, Amharic for ‘water that smokes’ located about 32km south of Bahar Dar. Due to a nearby hydro electrical power scheme, the waterfalls can no longer be guaranteed to be in full force.
Overnight in Jacaranda Hotel (B,D)
In the morning after breakfast fly Lalibela, we will visit the first cluster of rockhewn churches in the afternoon. Lalibela, the ‘New Jerusalem’, is thought to have been constructed some 800 years ago by King Lalibela. Lalibela was his capital city, but today it is a small village. Although churches carved in rock are found in other parts of the world, those found in Ethiopia are particularly interesting. Generally, they were excavated on all sides of a rectangle, leaving a large block of granite isolated in the centre. This rock was then shaped and formed both inside and out and the carvings show extremely skillful workmanship and they have been classified as one of the wonders of the world . Each church has a unique architectural style and all are superbly carved. There are 11 rock-cut churches of which the most impressive is Bet Giorgis. It is carved in the form of a Greek cross and It is exceptionally well preserved.
Overnight in Tukulu Village Hotel (B,D)
This day after our morning breakfast we will transfer to the Air Port for our flight back to Addis Ababa and then on our arrival we will directly drive to Lake Langano 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 Abijata Shala National Park. In the afternoon, we will relax on the shore of lake Langano, side resort for our overnight.
Overnight at Sabana Beach Resort ( B,D)
After breakfast, drive to the famous lakeside town of Arba Minch. En route visit the villages of Gurage for their staple food of Kocho made from the false banana. We drive through 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. Before arriving to the town of Arba Minch, a long section of the road offers magnificent views of lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink in color.
Overnight at Haile Resort (B,D)
Early morning drive to Konso where colourfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land and unusually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers can be seen. 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. Originally from the east and speaking an east Cushitic language, the Konso live in settlements that are surrounded by stone walls. The age of each town is classified by a generation pole and each family lives in compounds that are accessible only through gateways that require the visitor to enter on all fours thereby rendering any potential attackers vulnerable.
Keep driving to Key Afer for the colourful Thursday market where we should see and photographed the Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemay people. The Bena and Hamer women usually favour red clay braids in their hair, shiny with butter and perfumed with incense. The long beaded skirts of the Tsemay have a stick incorporated in the back to denote a married woman and the men have elaborately plaited hairstyles decorated with feathers and colourful beads.
After visiting the market, we drive on to Jinka, often called the gateway to the Omo Valley.Overnight at Eco omo Lodge. (B,D)
Early morning drive to Mago National Park, from here, visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia's unique tribes lives. The Mursi are known all over the world, for their decorative lip plates that adorn the lower lips of the Mursi women. The plates stretch the lower lip beyond imagination and the women's beauty , pride and desirability is determined in direct proportion to the size of the plate. The Mursi men and women may appear gracious but the Mursi warriors are not to be sneezed at. On their arms are deep crescent incisions that represent each enemy they have killed in battle. The men are also famous for their hairstyle. 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 and afternoon go to the Ari Village near by the town of Jinka for experiencing and learning the culture of Ari tribe and explore how they make their traditional homemade alcoholic drinks. Overnight at Eco omo Lodge (B,D)
This day, we will continue driving through the Omo Valley region to Turmi via Dimeka. The Hamer tribe is one of the largest groups in the Valley. The Hamer cultivate millet, vegetables,
tobacco and cotton as well as raising cattle and goats. They are known for the fine pottery they produce as well as their remarkable hairstyling. Most dramatic of all are the clay hair buns with ostrich feathers that the men don when they have killed a fierce animal. The Hamer women are simply stunning. The women wear beaded necklaces and iron coils around their arms and decorate their skin with cowry shells. These decorations indicate the wealth and prestige of a woman’s husband. Overnight at Buska Lodge. (B,D)
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. We arrive at Korcho village with beautiful views over the Omo River to see the Karo ethnic group, experts in body painting, using clay and locally available vegetable pigments to paint fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms and legs. These designs have no special symbolic significance, but are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to out-do their fellow artists. Karo men also sculpt and shave their hair into extravagant shapes, with special ochre "caps" of hair usually containing several ostrich feathers. En route have a picnic lunch. We then drive back to the village of Turmi. Overnight at Busk Lodge. (B,D)
This day we will drive to Yabello visiting the Erbore people en route. Then we will proceed to the New-York; a bizarre landscape of sand panicles formed by wind and rain (erosion). After lunch stop at Konso, continue Arba Minch for our overnight stops. Overnight at Haile Resort (B,D)
Morning drive 40kms northwest of Arba Minch to Guge Mountains to visit the Dorze and Chencha villages. 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. Also, the Dorze beehive-shaped houses are constructed entirely of organic material and has its own small garden surrounded by beds of spices, cabbage and tobacco. Some of Ethiopia’s best woven cottons come from Chencha, which is located 8 km northwest of Dorze Village. Men weave and women spin.
Afternoon a boat trip on clear blue waters of Lake Chamo to see the crocodiles, hippos & aquatic bird species. The northern shores of Lake Chamo are famous for its large crocodiles, which can be seen in great numbers lounging in the heat. The lake is about 32km long and provides a lush wetland habitat for many species of flora and fauna. Overnight at Haile Resort(B,D)
In the morning, you will drive to Awash National Parks and to the small town of Awash. Cheek-in to the Awash Falls Lodge located inside of the Awash National Park and it is a nice place to visit the park. Overnight at Awash Falls Lodge in Awash National Park. (B,D)
In the morning, after breakfast, start your game drive in the park to see some mammals, such as Byssa Oryx, Gazelle, Baboons, lesser and greater Kudu and birdlife, and the beautiful Awash River Falls. In the late afternoon drive to Harar the ancient religious Town.
In the early evening, visit the “Hyena Man”, a man who feeds wild hyenas by his hand and mouth.lat evening end of the tour. hotel and dinner by your on. Overnight at Ras Hotel. (B,D)
Include And Exclude
- Meet and greetings at the Airport and assistance for Hotel transfer.
- Hotel Accommodations based on twine Room.
- half board meal (breakfast and dinner with soft drinks)
- Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where applicable according to the itinerary.
- Domestic Flight
- Professional Guide (English speaking).
- Transfers and all ground transportations based on Best 4WD cars fuel and driver expense.as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
- Additional activities for experiencing the real culture of Ethiopia: Coffee ceremony and Honey wine drinks in Addis Ababa.
- All necessary Government taxes.
- International Flight
- Porterage fees.
- Travel Insurance.
- Video filming and photography fees.
- Personal nature expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry expenses, telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs etc…
- Any other expenses except those listed on the inclusion parts.