Ethiopian Rift Valley

In this trip through southern Ethiopia, we will discover the Ethiopian Rift Valley, surrounded by immense mountains, deep cracks and canyons produced by the slow volcanic rock erosion, which has greatly hampered access to the Omo River delta for decades. This physical difficulty to access this region has allowed the tribes that inhabit the Omo Valley to be isolated, not only from the rest of Ethiopia but from the rest of the world: this offers a unique experience for the travellers.

14 days

Hotel

Camping

Trekking

Program

Day 1

Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Meet and greet your Adimasu Travel representative at the exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you will visit the National Museum (prehistoric, cultural, archaeological attractions) and the Ethnographic Museum (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

After lunch, you will visit the Emperor Menelik’s Palace and — after a drive to Entoto Mountain ( 3000 meters above sea level) — you will visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight in Harmony Hotel.

Day 2

Drive to Jimma

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Jimma (225 Km from Woliso) via Wolqite, which is home to the Gurage tribe, known as “the hardest working people in Ethiopia”.

On the way, you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley.

You will be arriving in Jimma afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, you can visit the Jimma Museum and King Abba Jiffar Place (the last king of the Jimma region). You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight in Dololo Hotel.

Day 3

Drive to Bonga, the birthplace of Coffee

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Bonga (125 km from Jimma). And upon arrival at Bonga and check in to a hotel. You will have lunch at Bonga. Later you will be driven to the forest for a short walk to the birthplace of the coffee, Makira.

Late afternoon you will be driven back to Bonga. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Coffee Land Hotel.

Day 4

Visit Bongo’s waterfalls, forest and natural bridge. Drive to Mizan Teferi

An early morning drive will take you to the surrounding Bonga forest with its Natural Bridge and Berta waterfalls. You will have lunch in Bonga.

After lunch, you will drive to Tepi (163 km from Bonga). You will be arriving in Tepi late afternoon and check into the hotel. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight in Kashinin Hotel.

Day 5

Drive to Kibish

After breakfast, you will be driven to Kibish (approx. 300 km from Mizan Teferi). On the way visit the Bebeka Coffee Plantation (the largest coffee farm in Ethiopia), where they cultivate organic coffee tree, peppers, as well as rubber trees. You will have a picnic lunch.

Then you will be driven to Kibish and you will be arriving in Kibish late afternoon and stretch your tent for camping. Later, you can walk around the Surma village at Kibish, where you can visit with the local Surma people. You will have dinner and spend the night camping.

Day 6 / Day 7

Trekking and visit to the Surma villages

An early morning drive will take you to Surma villages. Surma women are known for their beautification rituals, in preparation for marriage: most women have their bottom teeth removed and their bottom lips pierced, then stretched, so as to allow the insertion of a clay lip plate. Instead, men are known for stick-fighting competition, known as Donga (that is officially prohibited now).

You will have a picnic lunch before to continues the visit to the villages in the afternoon. In the evening you will have dinner at our camp and spend the night camping.

Day 9

Kibish to Karo camping

During this transfer, you will continue exploring the unique lifestyle of the Omo Valley people. In the evening you will have dinner at our Karo camp and spend the night camping.

Day 10

Karo to Turumi

Other transfer and other day spent exploring the beauty of Omo Valley. In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night at the Turumi Hotel.

Day 11

Turumi

After breakfast, you will have an excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost known people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Then we will drive back to Turmi for camping inside a Hamer village.

Day 12

Turumi to Arba Minch

On the way, you will visit the village of Tsemhai, Banna and Ari people. Then you will experience the Omo Valley’s most colourful and multicultural market in Key Afer. Overnight in Arba Minch at the Haile Resort.

Day 13

Arba Minch to Dorze Wolaita

You will visit the Dorze people, a small ethnic group inhabiting the Gamo Gofa Zone that is renown for their weaving and for their polyphonic multi-part vocal music that features a sophisticated use of hocket. You will overnight in a local village.

Day 14

Arba Minch to Addis Ababa

This is a long transfer. On the way, you will visit the Tiya Stele and many interesting tribal villages with a great variety of cultural identities.
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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, absolutely. Adimasu Travel is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognising that on many trips you will be required to carry your bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travellers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally.

Many travellers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by travelling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our team for further information on any of our itineraries.

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case.

Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

Our camping sites have all the creature comforts to bush camping. We provide the tent and sleeping mats, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

What you need to bring will vary according to your style… Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you can carry and lift your luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and some bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.

Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is not recommended.

Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.

Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

This tour outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.
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