17 days tour to Langano, Arba minch, Dorze people, Jinka, Konso, Rift valley lakes and other omo valley and Bale mountain regions.
Day 01: Drive to Langano, about 200kms
The soft brown waters of Langano are set against the blue backdrop of the Arsi Mountains soaring 4, 000 metres high. Bilharzias-free Lake and place for popular resort of swimming, aquatic sports, sunbathing, camping and bird-watching.
Day 02: Drive to Arba Minch, about 310kms
Arba Minch (Forty Springs) derives its name from the innumerable little springs that bubbles up in the evergreen forest covering the flats below the town. It is the site of the only ground-water forest. En route make a short detour to Chencha, the home of the Dorze people, known for their bamboo, bee-hive shaped houses and their fine quality cotton “shamma”.
Day 03: Drive to Jinka via Konso, Weyto and Key Afer, about 265kms
Morning enjoy the boat trip over Lake Chamo viewing of hippos and crocodiles from a very close range. Then drive to Jinka via Konso village; whose people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves.
Day 04: Drive to Mago National Park/ Mursi, about 160kms
Drive to visit the Mursi villages; they go in for body scarification and (among the women) the wearing of lip plates.
Day 05: Drive to Turmi via Key afer and Dimeka, about 128kms
The Hamer are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs.
Day 06: Excursion to Murulle, about 150kms
The area of Karo people, among the people living along the Omo, the Karo excel in face and body painting. Have a short drive to the nearby village of Kolcho located on a very good view of River Omo.
Day 07: Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dhasanech villages, about 158kms
Day 08: Drive to Konso en route visit the Arbore village.
Day 09: Drive to Yabello, about 120kms.
Borena the semi –Nomadic men, have special songs “singing well”, forming a chanting human chain to haul buckets of water from the well to its lip roughly 50m away. Then drive to a small village on the rim of a Saline Crater Lake known as Chew Bet (Salt House) or Ili Sod.
Day 10: Drive to Yirgalem, about 250kms.
Pass through a number of coffee and various fruit cultivating towns with splendid greenery everywhere. Enjoy the traditional life style of the Sidamo people and the making process of their traditional bread from false banana, which is quite interesting, and a good experience.
Day 11: Drive to Bale up to Dinsho, about 230kms
Bale Mountain National Park is known for their wildlife. Over 60 mammals Species and 260 bird species have been recorded here.
Day 12: Trek from Dinsho (3100m) – Finch Hbera, 4hrs. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and different birds; before the camp site (3300m) there is a waterfall, carved a deep cave under its ledge.
Day 13: Trek from Habera – Wasama, 5 – 6 hrs. Ethiopian Wolf and birds like Tawny Eagle, Augur Buzzard and the endemic Lammergeyer will meet you on your way.
Day 14: Trek from Wasama – Garba Gurcha (4,100m), 5 – 6 hrs. Cross Mt. Batu (4,203m), the second highest peak of the Bale Mountains National Park. The view over the lake and to the lowlands beyond is magnificent.
Day 15: Trek from Garba Guracha – Senatti plateau, 4000m above sea level. Then after 2hrs walking met by the driver and proceed to the second highest mountain in Ethiopia, Mt. Tullu Deemtu 4,377m above sea level. Search for the endemic Ethiopia Wolf and Abyssinian Hare.
Day 16: Today leave Bale and drive to Wondo Genet, about 5-hour drive. It is a forest resort. Bathe in the natural hot spring. This exotic forest is a feast for myriads of birds.
Day 17: Drive back to Addis Ababa, 275kms