Order of the days might change according to groups leaving and hotels availability. Hotels might change as well.
Day 1: Arrive in Addis 5:40/14:40, have a short city tour. Overnight in Caravan hotel, Addis.
Day 2: Drive to Dinsho, Bale mountains national park headquarters – Goba:
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho via Shashemenne (4000km from Addis). Via route you will make a stop on Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. Upon arrival, we will do all the requirements for short easy hike at the Bale mountains national park, Headquarter along the woodland part to see antelope families. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba 45km from Dinsho for an overnight stay. In the evening you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.
Overnight Goba Wabeshebelle hotel.
Day 3: Drive to sanetti plateau and Harenna forest:
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the sanetti plateau (altitude of the 4000metre the largest afro-alpine area in Africa and the place to see rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf) and the scenery then proceed to Harenna forest via Tullu Deemtu (4377m) the second highest point in Ethiopia. Overnight Goba Wabeshebelle hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast, you will be driving 3 hours to Awassa. On arrival, visit the local fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa. Afterwards, take a boat trip on the lake to visit the hippos. Overnight in Lake View hotel, Awassa.
Day 5: In the morning after breakfast, drive to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited. Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for overnight Ezana Hotel.
Day 6: In the morning, depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day is Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hammer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hammer tribe, known as Evangadi. Overnight in Turmi Lodge.
Day 7: In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hammer village. If there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hammer coming-of-age ceremony that will be visited. Overnight in Turmi Lodge.
Day 8: Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hammer, Benna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. Overnight in Jinka Resort.
Day 9: In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. Overnight in Jinka Resort.
Day 10: After early breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch (around 4 hours drive) via Key Afar and Konso. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as Wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many Waka statues. After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch.
Fly from Arba Minch (13:45) to Addis (14:50) and back home (16:20/ 23:30).