Date: 6-21 December 2020
Duration: 16 days - 15 nights
The price includes:
- Tolls, permits and tourist fees
- Camping equipment
- Accommodation at the indicated hotels, with breakfast
- Visits to tribes and excursions
- Meals during camping days
Price does not include:
- International flight
- Visa (made upon arrival at Addis airport = € 25)
- Meals outside the campsites
- Cancellation insurance
Day 1. SPAIN- ADDIS ABEBA
Departure from Spain by international flight to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, we will be met by the guide who will accompany us to the hotel. Night at Hotel Adot Tina or similar.
Day 2. ADDIS ABEBA-ARBA MINCH- MONTES DORZE
We will get up early to start our trip to the south of the country. As we move away from the north, we will succumb to the beauty of the rural landscape, crossing areas of teff cultivation, a basic cereal in Ethiopian cuisine that is used for the production of injera (national dish - species of fermented pancake).
We will make a stop in Sodo, capital of the Wolita region and an authentic crossroads for visitors to this area. A few hours later we will arrive at Arba Minch and from there we will ascend to Dorze, a small mountain community dedicated to agriculture and handicrafts. We will settle on the top of the mountain, with incredible views of Lake Chamo. Accommodation at Dorze Lodge. AD (breakfast).
Day 3. MONTES DORZE - ARBA MINCH - KEY AFFER - TRIBU BANA
Breakfast and visit of the area (landscape, market and local culture). We will descend to Arba Minch and we will enter Lake Chamo by boat, to see the giant crocodiles that inhabit those waters, next to hippos and pelicans. We will enter in the afternoon in the mythical valley of the Omo River, crossing firstly Bana territory, ethnicity that has gradually settled in this area, where they combine sheep grazing with seasonal sorghum and cotton crops. We will look for a town of this ethnic group and after chatting with the local boss we will set up the shops and spend the first night in the Omo Valley. Night in tent. MP (breakfast, dinner).
Day 4. BANA TRIBE - MAGO NATIONAL PARK - MURSI TRIBE
Breakfast and last visits and chat with our hosts. We will continue to Jinka, starting point towards the Mago National Park, with an area of ??2,162 km2 and in it we can find up to 56 species of mammals. We will visit the best known ethnic group in the region: the Mursi, famous for the lipsticks worn by their women. It is a town dedicated mainly to grazing. They also carry out agricultural work: sorghum and corn cultivation. Hunting is also an important activity for the Mursi, although it has been reduced as its wildlife reserve territory has been declared. We will spend the night in one of its villages to know the day to day of one of the most iconic tribes of Africa. Accommodation in stores. MP (dinner).
Day 5. MAGO - JINKA - TURMI
Breakfast and route to Turmi, the capital of the Hamer ethnic group. It is a tribe of ancestral customs, with their own language, religion and beliefs. The Hamer are tremendously hospitable, with unique rites among which we can highlight the Ukuli Bula or jumping of the oxen, the delivery of the Boko and the Evangadi dance. It is absolutely advisable to share conferences with the Hamer, accompany them to look for water or firewood, let themselves be dragged by their children and share games with them, lose themselves in their colorful markets and take an interest in their day to day. Turmi is a small population characterized by being the capital of the Hamer ethnic group. The Hamer are surely the archetypal ethnic group of the Omo. Especially striking are the women, adorned with thick braids of ocher colored hair that form a thick bangs, fur skirts and a dozen (or more) of arm-adjusted bracelets. Men, on the other hand, like women, practice body scarification and wear a simpler outfit, except for what they wear for ceremonies. Accommodation in tents. MP (breakfast, dinner).
Day 6. TURMI - OMORATE - TRIBU DASSANECH - TURMI
Breakfast. Day dedicated to deepening other nilotic ethnic groups of the Omo Valley. Route to Omorate where we will meet the dassanech who build cabins with metal sheets, USAID sacks, and everything they find for the urban population of Omorate. We will cross the last section of the Omo River, before it dies in the mythical Turkana Lake to visit different Dassanech villages and learn about its traditional way of life. We will make snacks for the day. In the afternoon we will return to Turmi where we will spend the night. Accommodation in tents. MP (breakfast, dinner).
Day 7. TURMI - MONTES KONSO
We will continue traveling north, making a first morning stop at the traditional and colorful market of Dimeka. After this pleasant visit, we will go to Konso. It is a town dedicated to agriculture, with crops in characteristic terraces, although they are also excellent beekeepers, whose honey is appreciated internationally. They are also excellent craftsmen who dominate carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and weaving. We will share experiences in the Konso villages during the first part of the morning. The social structure of the Konso is based on belonging to one of the nine clans, gada, in which the Konso society is framed. Each gada has a religious authority that receives the title of pokwalla. The rituals associated with the cult of the dead have a fundamental role in the Konso community. The most visible manifestation of the ancestor worship is the Waga, wooden statues that are erected in memory of the deceased with some relevance in Konso society. We will visit the royal palace and stay, in shops, in the immediate vicinity of the king's house. Accommodation in tents. AD.
Day 8. MONTES KONSO - SODO - AWASA
Breakfast and long route to the highlands. Stop in Sodo to eat and have a good Ethiopian coffee. We will arrive in the afternoon at Awasa, a city located on the banks of Lake Awasa, with an altitude of 1,708 meters and a population of 125,315 inhabitants. Lively atmosphere on the main street of the city and near the lake. Interesting social contrast with the rural south where we come from. Special mention deserves the lively fish market. Accommodation at Hotel de Awassa. AD.
Day 9. AWASA - ADDIS ABEBA
From Awasa we will continue our way north, back to the capital. By road we will go to Addis Ababa. We will dedicate the time to make purchases and stroll through Churchill Avenue, one of its commercial arteries. We will also visit the National Museum, where you can see the skeletal remains of Lucy, one of the first hominids, 3.5 million years old. Night at Hotel Adot Tina or similar.
Day 10. ADDIS ABEBA - KOMBOLCHA
We will change region, heading north in what will resemble a different country. New landscapes, new ethnic groups and cultures. We left the animist south to enter a deeply Christian area. Donkeys, camels and various types of monkeys will enliven our journey to a more mountainous region. Overnight at Hikma Hotel or similar.
Day 11. KOMBOLCHA - LALIBELA
We will continue our way north, until we reach the mythical city of Lalibela, between rugged mountains. Night at Alfe Paradise Hotel or similar.
Day 12. LALIBELA
Day dedicated to the visit to the complex of churches excavated in the rock of Lalibela, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. We will get lost among the cliffs, the rock passages and the monks that inhabit the nearby caves. Night at Alfe Paradise Hotel or similar.
Day 13. LALIBELA - BAHIR DAR
We will continue our way north to Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region. This population is located on the shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. We will explore by canoe the islands that this lake hides, we will visit the ethnic groups that inhabit them and the churches built in this mystical place surrounded by nature. Overnight at Sumer Land Hotel or similar.
Day 14. BAHIR DAR - DEBRE MARKOS
We will leave Lake Tana behind to enter the deepest part of the Blue Nile, until we reach its great waterfalls. A demonstration of natural strength in an absolutely stunning enclave. After this, we will travel to the town of Debre Markos, where we will spend the night.
Day 15. DEBRE MARKOS - DEBRE LIBANOS MONASTERY (GABADA BABUINOS) - ADDIS ABEBA
On our way back to the capital -Addis Abeba-, we will make a stop in a Coptic monastery of great charm, on the banks of a beautiful mountain that houses several waterfalls. The monk of the monastery will explain to us the deeply religious culture of this region. In the surroundings of this temple we can do a small trek in search of a family of Gelada Baboon primates, endemic to the region. Hopefully we can enjoy your presence. These primates have a peculiar face flattened on the sides and show a unique reddish chest between the primates.
After the visit to the monastery we will arrive in Addis with enough time to make the last steps or purchases and catch the flight back to Spain.
Day 16. ARRIVAL IN EUROPE
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