Travel In Style Tour code: TTT- 304 Duration: 11 Days /10 Nights/by Surface Destination: SouthAddis/ADD- Tiya – AdadiMariam- Langano-Arbaminch- Jinka- Turmi-Yabello -Addis/ADD DAY 01: Addis/ADD Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa city tour of Addis Ababa. Of In Addis has time to make walks on the main streets to visit historical Monuments, and for shopping. In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folkloric dances of The Ethiopian people and taste our variety of meal. Also, visit The National Museum This famous museum, close to the University of Addis Ababa Graduate School, houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts showing the history of Ethiopia from prehistoric times to the modern day. Its most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy. Mount Entoto Addis Ababa is built in the foothills of Mount Entoto, and the panorama from the peak (3,200m3, either by day or night, is a breathtaking spectacle. The Church of St Mary (1885) overlooks the entire city and the surrounding area. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Trinity Cathedral Trinity Cathedral was constructed by Emperor Haileselassie in 1947 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The architecture of the cathedral is very unique to both Ethiopia and Africa. It is ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass. Within the compound and gardens of the church are found the crypts of the Imperial family O/n in Addis Ababa.
DAY 02: Addis/ADD – Tiya–Adadi Mariam– Langano Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langanovisiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam &Tiya Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langanovisiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam thatis believed to be the southernmost church foundedby King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological siteof Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya(UNESCO World Heritage Site). At Lake Langanoenjoy swimming and bird watching around. Not farfrom Addis Ababa, in the Soddo Region, is a fieldthat contains steal found nowhere else in theworld. A cemetery was uncovered, with bodiesburied in the Position of prayer. We are in the verymysterious archeological site of Tiya, inscribed onthe World Heritage List in 1980. Also visit this rock-hewn church is a 600-year-old sanctuary In thebuilding tradition of the northern part of Ethiopia,and marks the advent of Christianity in thesouthern part of Adadi Mariam. The rock hewnchurch of Adadi Mariam, contemporaneous withthose of Lalibela. In fact local tradition ascribes itto King Lalibela who is said to have had it built onhis visit to Mount Zuqwala in 1106. DAY 03: Langano - Arbaminch In the afternoon drive to Chencha (the Dorze village). Drive 300 km south to Arba Minch visiting the tribal people of Alaba who are noted for their beautifully painted houses, Wolita, known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana, and Dorze – who are renowned for their huge huts and colorful cotton clothes, en route to Dorze village, and then a visit to the traditional village of Chencha, where you will sure be fascinated by the waving style of the Dorze people. O/n in a chosen hotel. DAY 04: Arbaminch…… Just four kilometers away is Sikela and thecommercial, industrial, and downtown residentialareas. On the eastern side of Sikela lies the gate to Whole day in Arbaminch, including Nech Sar NP’sNechisar National Park, which covers the isthmus and Chamo Lake. Arba Minch, the largest town inbetween Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo southern Ethiopia, is set amongst lush green hillsto the south. The park has not much to offer near Lakes Abaya and Chamo. Arba Minch is namedexcept small antelope, a few monkeys and baboon for the abundant local springs that produce aand a variety of birds. The region is known for groundwater forest; in Amharic, ArbaMinch meanscrocodile (also known as the crocodile market "forty springs." The town proper is divided into twowhich is an area of abundant, large, wild distinct settlements; buses and taxis connect Shechacrocodiles) and hippo, fish farming, and O/n in (on higher ground) and downtown Sikela. Shecha isArbaminch. the uptown administrative centre…….
DAY 05: Arbaminch - Konso- Jinka In the morning you will visit the region of the south Konso is inhabited by the Konso people. The corner stone of Konso culture is a highly specialized and successful agricultural economy that, through terracing buttressed with stone, enable them to extract a productive living from the none-too-fertile hills and valleys that surround them. The region has their own, weeding, burial, religious and other cultural ceremonies. Some of nationalities are known of their special cotton cloths weaving and dressing, in addition to that making bracelets, nickels, earrings and bead. The stone and wood curving techniques of the Konso nationalities are very impressive and attractive for tourists. O/n in Jinka. DAY 06: Jinka – Mursi - Jinka Drive 275 km south to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces. And other tribes Jinka are the nearest town to Mago National Parks. En-route you will see the weekly market of Ari, Benna and Tsemai tribes in key Afer village. The Mago National park broad grasslands are teeming with herds of Buffalo, Giraffe, Elephants and Kudu. On your way to Mursi you will see game viewing at the park. The excursion will escort you to see widespread custom of Mursi women: the insertion of wooden and terra-cotta discs into the ear lobes, the split and stretching of their lower lips to make room for similar discs. Though these lip plates may appear bizarre to outsiders, the Mursi regard them as signs of beauty. Generally speaking, the larger the lip plate the more desirable the wearer. o/n in Jinka …… For example, on their arms to represent each enemy that they have killed in battle. Elaborate hairstyles are another form of personal adornment, Hamer women wear mud and clarified butter and topped off with a head-dress featuring extravagant shapes. The Jewelers they use tends to be simple but it must be striking colorful necklaces, DAY 07: Jinka – Turmi chunky metal wrestlers and armlets, shiny nails appended to skirts, After break fast you will drive to Turmi. En-route you will see multiple earrings are most common different ethnic tribes such as Banna and Hammer people. The one. At the end off the day drives best time to visit the hammer dancing style is after the sun goes down these tribes find unique ways in which to express their back to Turmi. O/n in Turmi artistic impulses which contain a number of specific symbolic messages.....
DAY08: Turmi - Omo river/OmorateDrive to Turmi – the village ofthe Hamer & excursion to OmoRate to visit the Dasenechpeople who are thesouthernmost people of thecountry and are known fortheir scarifications. An earlydrive to Omorate to cross theriver and enjoy the home ofLower Omo people and theirremarkable mix of small,contrasting ethnic groups.Their Lifestyles are as variedas the tribes them selves.Gelebe (Dsaneech ) one of thetribe you will visit settling onthe bank of Omo River. Afterseeing the small village’s After breakfast drive towards Yabelo along the way visit the DAY 09: Turmi - Erbore - Yabellopeople return bake to Turmi. tribes of Erbore, when you reach Weyto you will take a break forO/n in Turmi coffee and precede your journey. Lunch will take place at konso. Drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore. O/n in Yabello DAY 10: Yabello - Yergalem Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and the other people of Sidama, On the way to Yergalem you will have an excursion tour to the salt mine lake of El Sod and the singing wells where the local Borana people extract water for their cattle making a human ladder. The Oromo, the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia consisting of about 22 million people or roughly one third of the countrys total population, are found mainly in southern and central Ethiopia. In spite of their large numbers they have never been dominant in Ethiopian society, mainly because of their internal diversity and geographical spread. O/n in Yergalem DAY 11: Awassa - Addis/ADD Visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. After that you will drive back to Addis Ababa and along the way visit the lakes of Abiata, Shalla, Langano and Ziway. If their is any available time you will do some shopping in Addis Ababa. Finally the evening will culminate with a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with traditional music and dances which will stay in your memory when you fly back to your home. +departure