The Southern Route:Omo Valley and Borena

Extraordinary cultural integrity, that there is more than a smattering of truth in the assertion that as recently as 50 years ago the people of South Omo were scarcely aware that such an entity as Ethiopia existed.


Program : Omo Valley 

Tour Code : AMA-4815 

Duration : 14 days/ 13 nights 

Transportation: Land (about 2583Km)

Extraordinary cultural integrity, that there is more than a smattering of truth in the assertion that as recently as 50 years ago the people of South Omo were scarcely aware that such an entity as Ethiopia existed.


Day 1

You will be welcome by Amazon tour operation staffs upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

(231 Km) from Addis Ababa –> Hosanna:On the route Visit at Melka Kunture archeological site & Adadi Mariam cave church that date back to the 13th century and give a good indication of Lalibella rock- hewn churches of the 12th century. Picnic lunch on the way ,Continue driving to Tia stele through the beautiful village of Gurage and Silte that includes the colorful Daily market of one of the Gurage area. Overnight at hotel in Hosanna .

Day 3

(216 Km) from Hosanna –> Arba Minch:On the route admire very interesting views and the Gurage,Silte and wolayta people, their villages, culture, the cultivation of the false banana tree called “Enset”(the roots are used as food,”kotcho”). Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 4

(380 Km) from Arba Minch –> Jinka: After morning breakfast drive to lake Chamo for early morning boat excursion to see the Crocodile Market and the Hippos.After boat trip on Lake Chamo drive to Konso and have lunch.Continue drivinng to Jinka on the way visiting UNESCO registered site of Konso, Tsemay and Bena tribe.Dinner and overnight at Jinka Hotel.Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 5

(220 km)Jinka< --> Mago Park – Visit Park and Mursi Tribe:

Drive to Mago National park to the banks of the Omo River to visit the Mursi, People and villages, admire these tribes , where for beauty women use to put clay plates into their lips, men have different scarification and more particularities, visit their way of life in the villages and Ari tribe village, drive back to Jinka. Dinner and overnight in Jinka Hotel.

Day 6

(230 Km)Jinka–>Murulle

Visit Park and Mursi Tribe:Drive to Murulle en-route picnic lunch and visit Karo tribe. Drive to Murulle overnight camping in Rift Valley Safari lodge compound.

Day 7

(70 km) Murulle< -->Kangate

Visit Murulle:After breakfast drive to Kangate to visit Egnangatom(Bume)tribe.Cross Omo River by boat to reach the tribe village. After lunch visit the Koricho village and more Karo tribal village and way of life with very stunning views over omo river .Camping in Murulle.

Day 8

(200 Km) Murulle –>Omrate–>Turmi

Visit Dashenech Tribe: Set out with picnic lunch and drive southwest to Omorate, visit the Everyday market and the Geleb tribe one of the nomadic people of the omo region and visit the village and drive continue to Turmi overnight Camping at Keseke?? river.

Day 9

(170 Km)Turmi< -->Dimeka

Visit Hamer,Bena and Karo Tribes:After breakfast drive to Dimeka the famous Colorful Daily market of the Hamer , Bena and Karo tribes at Dimeka villages , these tribes are famous for their hairstyles, scarification , culture and more. Afternoon attending bull jumping ceremony one of the Hammer traditional ritual for a Young man to be transfered to manhood. On this day we will have a chance to attend hair dressing among themselves decorating their body with mud and love dancing. Overnight Turmi Camping.

Day 10

(185 Km) Turmi–>Konso

Visit Elbore,Tsemay and Konso tribes:After breakfast, drive to Konso en-route visit Elbore, Tsemay and the famous Konso village including the Konso traditional King house. The Konso people are known for their close-knit homesteads terracing of their hilly farmlands and wonderful wooden artifacts. Back to Konso.Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 11

(122 Km) Konso –> Yabelo

Visit Borena Tribe:Early in the mooring drive to Yabelo, a base to make the excursion to the House of Salt , the singing well and Borena Oromo village. Drive some 80km down south, turn off from the main road to the left, and drive further 13km to reach at the village called El Sod where the house salt to be visited by hiking down 2km which is a deep Crater Lake . Drive back to Yabelo.Overnight Yabelo Hotel.

Day 12

(292 Km) from Yabello –> Awassa:

On the route Visit the different tribes of the Southern Ethiopia.Visit the beautiful emerging lake side city of Awassa. Overnight and Dinner in Hotel.

Day 13

(267 Km) from Awassa –> Addis Ababa:

en-route visit the Rift Valley Lakes.Lunch in Ziway town at local hotel.Dinner at one of the Ethiopian Cultural Restaurant and overnight in hotel.

Day 14


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The Southern Route:Omo Valley and Borena
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