Ethiopia Cultural Explorer - Africa Travel Package


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Valid for 2014
Ethiopia Travel Package
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Africa Holiday Package Ethiopia Cultural Explorer


ETHIOPIA CULTURAL EXPLORER

Lodge Safari


A small group, no participation lodge safari with all nights in lodges / permanent tented camps. The tour starts and ends in Addis Ababa and includes almost all the major highlights of Northern Ethiopia.


 

Highlights

  • Addis Ababa city tour
  • Village visits at various tribes
  • Boat trip at Lake Chamo
  • Omo Valley
  • Visit to traditional markets
  • Mursi people
  • Netch Sar National Park
  • Mago National Park


Itinerary


Day 1: Addis Ababa B

Following your arrival at Addis Ababa airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Our safari begins in the afternoon with a brief tour around the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. We will visit Mount Entoto, the highest peak overlooking the capital, to experience the panoramic view and visit the Church of St Mary and the adjacent museum, a trove of imperial objects. Driving back to the city, we will visit both the National and the Ethnological Museum, as well as St. George’s Cathedral where Haile Selassie was crowned in 1930. Included is a stop at the Abune Petros Square, named after an Ethiopian bishop martyred there by the Italian fascists in 1936, to view the statue erected there. Other monuments include the Equestrian Statue of Emperor Meneilk II, erected in testimony of the Battle of Adwa in 1896. We end our day in the city with a visit to Addis Mercato, the biggest open air market in Africa, covering several square miles and housing over 7000 business entities.

Accommodation: Jupiter Hotel or similar


Day 2: Addis Ababa - Langano BLD

After breakfast, we will leave the city to drive to Lake Langano. We will pass through the Great Rift Valley, stopping in the town of Debre Zeit to view the Crater Lakes, seven alkaline lakes fed by rain and underground water. The next stop will be at Lake Ziway, which is the largest of the northern group of Rift lakes. Surrounded by blue volcanic hills, this area is home to various species of aquatic birdlife and the lake is known for its fishing and hippopotamus. We will encounter various sights which are common throughout the Great Rift Valley: Some of the lakes we will pass en-route to Langano are Lakes Abijatta and Shalla, known for their hot springs and the different variety of mammal and bird species that these natural phenomena have attracted. After a day of travelling, you will spend the night at your lodge on the shores of Lake Langano, the only bilharzia free lake in Ethiopia. It is therefore safe for swimming, should you choose to do so.

Accommodation: Savana Lodge or similar


Day 3: Langano – Arba Minch BLD

In the morning we will drive to the city of Arba Minch, meaning "40 springs” in Amharic. On the way, admire the picturesque fertile landscape and encounter the Wolayta people, with their villages of large, round huts, and rich traditional culture. The Wolayto are known for the cultivation of the false banana tree (Enset), the roots of which are used to extract their traditional bread called Kotcho. Driving to Chencha, we will visit the famous Dorze people and experience their villages of unique beehive like tubules and their traditional weaving - their particular weaving style being very famous. Learn of the age old cultivation of sorghum and false banana tree, both used in local produce. We will have the opportunity to indulge in the serene views over Lake Chamo and Abijata with bright afternoon sunlight before reaching Arba Minch.

Accommodation: Swayne’s Hotel or similar


Day 4: Arba Minch BLD

Today we will visit the Netch Sar National Park with spectacular views over the white grassland plains after which this park was named. The lakes and forests are habitat for a large variety of wildlife, including the last three populations of the endangered Swayne's Hartebeest, endemic to Ethiopia, and is also an important habitat for migrating birds. At Lake Chamo we will enjoy a boat trip to see the crocodiles that sun themselves on the lakes islands, some reaching up to seven meters in length. The lake is also known for its large population of hippos and birds, particularly the Great White Pelican. After the trip, we will return to the hotel for dinner and a peaceful night’s rest.

Accommodation: Swayne’s Hotel or similar


Day 5: Arba Minch - Jinka BLD

On this day we will drive to Jinka, a market town in the hills north of the Tama Plains. Along the journey we will visit a village of the Konso people, who are famous for their terrace and channel solutions to agriculture in the dry slopping landscape. We will learn of the particular way of life and traditions practiced by this once isolated tribe. Should our arrival occur on a Thursday, we will be able to visit the very colourful market of Key Afer where the tribes of the Tsemay, Erbore, Ari and Benna people gather to buy and sell their products.

Accommodation: Jinka Resorts or similar


Day 6: Jinka BLD

After an early morning breakfast day we will enter into the Mago National Park, were we will have the chance to admire the large variety of mammals and birds species, most notably the very rare Dusky Babbler. From there, we will proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. The Mursi are famous for the clay plates worn as beautification in the lower lip of the tribal women. This is part of a coming of age ritual and piercings normally occur around the age of fifteen. Mago National Park is the Ethiopia’s newest park, established in 1979.

Accommodation: Jinka Resorts or similar


Day 7: Jinka - Turmi BLD

Early in the morning we will drive to the town of Turmi.Along the way we will visit the Karo tribe in their village, to witness everyday life. The Karo excel at face and body painting, a ritual they partake in for traditional dances and ceremonies. The women also practice scarification mainly on their abdomen and chest, where an elder will make an incision and white ash is rubbed into the wound, causing a ridge scar to form. We will also get to see some beautiful views over Omo River from Kortcho village.

Accommodation: Evangadi Lodge or similar


Day 8: Turmi BLD

Today we will drive to Omorate and visit the Dassanech (Gelab) tribe who are famous for their hairstyles, ornaments, scarification, culture and more. Here we will learn of the Dies, who are members of the tribe who have lost all their wealth of cattle and then live on the shores of Lake Turkana, hunting crocodile and fish for survival. We will then travel back to Turmi to encounter the Hamer people and visit their attractive villages. Depending on the season and time of our arrival we may witness the traditional dance of the Hamer people called Evangadi. Should our arrival fall on a Monday or a Saturday we will have the opportunity to admire the very colourful vibrant markets of the tribes at Turmi or Dimeka villages. Depending on the occasion, we will try to observe any marriage ceremonies, as well as the ritual of bull jumping, which is a coming of age test for the men of the Hamer tribe.

Accommodation: Evangadi Lodge or similar


Day 9: Turmi – Arba Minch BLD

We drive to Arba Minch in the morning after a hearty breakfast, and on the way visit the Erbore people and their village. The Erbore are a very cheerful people. Their deep belief is that singing and dancing eliminates negative energy and that without any negative energy, the tribe will prosper. Like most tribes they practice scarification, and have many raised dots on their chests and abdomen. The women are known to cover their heads in back cloth and wear many colourful necklaces and earrings. On arrival in Arba Minch we will be served dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Swayne’s Lodge or similar


Day 10: Arba Minch – Addis Ababa BLD

After breakfast we will drive back to Addis Ababa in the morning. En-route we will visit the Tiya stelae, which was registered by UNESCO in 1980 as one the eight World Heritage sites in Ethiopia. These 36 stone monuments remain one of the few unanswered questions in Ethiopia’s archaeological history. It’s found in the Gurage and Wolayta regions. As this is your departure date, you will have use of a room for the duration of your day in the city. In the evening we will have dinner at one of the traditional restaurants with Ethiopian traditional folk dances. In the evening you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.



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Tour price 2014

Tour Type

Price pp. Sharing
2-3 pax

Price pp. Sharing
4+ pax

Single Supplement

Fully Accommodated Lodge Safari

USD 3485

USD 2985

USD 195


*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations*


 

Included in the price:

Nine nights in lodges and/or hotels (as mentioned in the itinerary), all with en-suite bathrooms, all transport in a fully kitted-out safari minibus, meals and activities as per the itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced & registered local guide.


Not included in the price:

Flights and airport taxes, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation, all drinks, tips, curios & items of a personal nature, expenses for taking photos, watching dances or attend special ceremonies where applicable.

 

 

Departure Dates 2014

Month

Tour Start

Tour End

Month

Tour Start

Tour End

January

13/01/2014

22/01/2014

July

14/07/2014

23/07/2014

February

15/02/2014

24/02/2014

August

16/08/2014

25/08/2014

March

15/03/2014

24/03/2014

September

14/09/2014

23/09/2014

April

13/04/2014

22/04/2014

October

13/10/2014

22/10/2014

May

12/05/2014

21/05/2014

November

15/11/2014

24/11/2014

June

14/06/2014

23/06/2014

December

14/12/2014

23/12/2014


 



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