Spot unique wildlife such as the Ethiopian wolf on a bale mountain game drive. Discover the culture of the Rastafarian community in the quaint town of Shashemene.
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We arrive at Addis Ababa in the morning where we meet a representative of Kibo Slopes Safaris who will assist us to connect to a local flight to Arba Minch. We are met by our driver/guide for a drive to Konso with a lunch stop on the way. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Kanta Lodge.
Today we pay visit to a Konso King and a village up the highlands and get to learn about their culture. The Konso Cultural Landscape, an arid area of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements were recognized as World Heritage Site in 2011. It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition. After lunch we drive to Jinka for dinner and overnight stay at the Jinka Resort.
Today we visit the Mursi, an ethnic group of not more than 4000 members in the Mago National Park. We are accompanied by a local English speaking guide who not only acts as an interpreter between us and the tribe members but also shares his rich knowledge with us. The Mursi are basically herdsmen but farm when it rains along the river banks of the Omo River. The women have an unusual jewelry of clay plates in the split lower lips and spectacular body paintings. After the visit, we drive back to Jinka for lunch. On our afternoon drive to Turmi, we visit a Hamer market on the way. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Turmi Lodge.
Today has been set aside to visit the Hamer people. The Hamer, a colorful pastoralist community, is the dominant tribe in the area. A local English speaking guide takes us on a walk through the villages and the market. With some luck we may get to watch their rituals like a traditional wedding or the passage from boyhood to adulthood where the young man has to run across the backs of 30 heads of cattle lined up next to one another. It is clear that we have to ask for permission and pay for the shots. Our guide will assist us in doing this. We will have lunch in a local hotel in town while dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the Turmi Lodge.
After breakfast we leave Turmi and drive back to Arba Minch. On the way, we shall visit another colorful Omo Valley tribe, the Karo who are about 3,000 people. The Karo excel in face and body painting, done in preparation for their dances and ceremonies, they decorate their bodies, often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Paradise Lodge.
After breakfast, we start a full day's drive to the Bale Mt. National Park. The Bale Mountain National Park offers superb walks and horse treks to view the scenery and the endemic wildlife, bird life and plants. We make a stop at the Dinsho Park head quarters to get park tickets before proceeding to Goba for dinner and overnight stay at our base hotel- the Webe Shabelle Hotel. Webe Shabelle is a local hotel a little noisy but a good place to interact with the local people.
Today we go on game drives and hikes through the highlands of Senate Plateau and crossing 4200 meter Batu Mountain. Here we have a great opportunity to see the endemic wildlife such as the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Abysinian Wolf. We also have a chance to spot birds of prey such as Lammergeyer, Vereaux’s Eagle and Harrier hawk. We shall carry along a picnic lunchbox and return for dinner and overnight stay at the Webe Shabelle Hotel.
After breakfast we check out and head to Lagano, have lunch on the way at Shashamane, the Rastafarian capital of Ethiopia. In 1948, Emperor Haile Selassie donated 500 acres of his private land to allow members of the Rastafarian movement and other settlers from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean to go to Africa. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Sabana Resort at the shores of the scenic Langano Lake.
After breakfast, we depart for Addis Ababa. The trip will take us via Butajira with a visit the archeological sites of Tiya, and Mariam Church, to Addis Ababa. We stop for lunch on the way and arrive at our hotel in Addis in the evening. After refreshment we have a traditional dinner while being entertained by traditional dancers from the different ethnic groups. Our overnight stay will be at the Friendship Hotel.
This day is reserved for a sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa city. After breakfast we drive to the Entoto Mountain, the first residence of the King Menelik in 1881 when he moved the capital of Shewa from Ankober to Entoto. This visit is followed by a visit to the Orthodox Church.