Ethiopia Southern Explorer: Harar, Bale Mountains & the Omo Valley    *alt*

15 days, from £3595
Wild Frontiers
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Description

This is an extraordinary opportunity to travel through Southern Ethiopia, starting in the old walled city of Harar, before travelling overland to the Bale Mountains through Awash National Park, where the scenery and birdlife is second to none! Moving on from the Bale Mountains, there will be chance to meet some of the more remote ethnic groups of the fascinatingly diverse areas of the Omo Valley in South West Ethiopia. Whilst in this fascinating region we will learn about the varied ethnic groups who inhabit the region - from the Mursi, renowned for their lip-plates, the Konso famous for their terraced farming to the Hamer famous for their bull jumping coming of age ceremony. This is a unique itinerary in an unforgettable part of the world - it will surely be a journey to challenge the senses.

Please note that the Christmas trip is one day longer to allow for Christmas and some of the days are done in a different order to ensure you visit all the key markets.

Highlights:

- Wandering through the narrow streets of the old walled city of Harar
- Having superb chances of spotting the endemic Simien wolf in the Bale Mountains
- Meeting (amongst many) the Dorze, Hamer, Konso & Mursi peoples
- Experiencing the weekly markets at Dimeka and Key Afer
- Exploring the natural wonders of the Great African Rift Valley

Tour Includes:

- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout
- All transport (minibuses/coaster bus, domestic flights)
- 4 nights' accommodation (11 in hotels/lodges, 2 nights in a traditional guesthouse and 1 night in a local school)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Itinerary


 Day : Day 1:Tour starts in Addis Ababa

After meeting at our hotel this morning, we will have an afternoon orientation tour around Ethiopia's bustling capital, including the Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato, the biggest open-air market in Africa.


 Days 2-3: Fly to Harar


 Day 2: Today we head to the walled city of Harar, where we will have a city tour before visiting a man who continues an age-old tradition of feeding wild hyenas on the outside of the city walls. Day 3: After spending the morning wondering through the streets of the old city we will head out of town to the Valley of Marvels.



 Day 4: Harar to Awash National Park

Today we will drive to Awash National Park and although a full day in the vehicles there will be plenty to see.


 Day 5: Awash - Sheikh Hussein

We will have a full day drive through stunning countryside and crossing the beautiful Wabe Shebelle Valley.


 Day 6: Sheikh Hussein - Goba

This morning we'll visit Sheikh Hussein tomb before heading to Bale Goba.


 Day : Day 7:Goba - Bale National Park

Today we head to the Bale National Park where we'll be able to get out of the vehicles to explore on foot with any luck, hopefully spot the endemic Ethiopian Wolf.


 Day : Day 8:Bale National Park - Awassa

We'll drive leave through the park headquarters at Dinsho on our way to Awassa in the Great African Rift Valley.


 Day 9: Awassa - Konso

After visiting the daily fish market in Awassa, we head out of town crossing to the west side of the Rift Valley on our way to Konso.


 Day : Day 10:Konso - Turmi


 Day : The Konso are hardworking agriculturalists, who farm on ancient terraced lands. We will explore their villages on foot allowing us to observe their customs and lifestyles, before heading deeper into the Omo valley to Turmi where the Hamer live. Day : A full day today sees us first drive out to meet the Dassanech tribe before driving to the town of Dimeka to visit the Tuesday Hamer market. After lunch we will proceed to the Karo village of Korcho, beautifully positioned overlooking the Omo River.



 Day : Day 12:Turmi - Mursi - Jinka

Today we'll head towards Mago National Park in whose lands reside the Mursi, perhaps the most famous of all the peoples of Southern Ethiopia


 Day 13: Jinka - Arba Minch

Today we first visit the village of Key Afer, renowned for its Thursday Market, before heading onto Arba Minch, where we'll take a boat trip on Lake Chamo


 Day 14: Arba Minch - Lake Langano

This morning we'll head up to the village of Chencha to the Dorze tribes. In the afternoon, we'll make our way to Lake Langano, right in the heart of the Rift Valley.


 Days -15: Tour ends in Addis Ababa

With a final morning to enjoy the natural delights of Southern Ethiopia we'll make our way back to Addis Ababa where our tour ends.