Emerald Resort and Lodge

Omo valley 11 days with NEW YEAR celebration in Arbaminch, SEP02-12 2019

SEP02 2019. 01. THU. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen  hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour  of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the  National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air  market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

SEP03. 02. FRI. Drive to Tiya steles, then proceed to the Rift Valley  lakes of Zway & Langano, for relax, very nice views & many birds. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Langano.

SEP04. 03. SAT. Drive to the Arbaminch & visit a Wolayta people  village on the way.
Afternoon drive to Chencha mountain to visit the Dorze people, with  their unique culture, houses and traditions. The Dorze are famous for  their elephant truck shaped houses, their cultivation of the false  banana (from which root they extract their traditional bread called 
Kotcho), the weaving works, cultivation of sorghum and more. If time  permits visit also their Saturday’s market.Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch.

SEP05. 04. Drive to Turmi, admiring on the way the Konso, Tsemay,  Erbore & Hamer people and visit of Erbore people village. Visit a  Konso people village, famous for their traditions and also being the first in Africa to start the terracing agriculture. Is also a UNESCO heritage site. Late afternoon visit the colorful Hamer people and a village.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi

SEP06. 05. MON. Morning drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo river, to  visit the Dassanech people villages and culture, with very interesting ornaments & traditions. Back then to Turmi & visit the very colorful Hamer, Karo and Tsemay  people market. Afternoon visit the Hamer people and their villages. After the market, with luck we’ll try also to participate to 
ceremonies as the bull jumping and the Evangadi dances.The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their 
support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails. Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi

SEP07. 06. Morning drive about 1 hr to visit the Karo people, for  their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their  body.  From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over  the Omo river. Afternoon free for the Hamer people and villages.
Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi

SEP08. 07. Drive to Jinka town; then enter into the Mago National park  and admiring different mammals and birds on the way, drive to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips and men different scarifications all over their body. Finaly drive back to Jinka and if time permits visit the Ethnological museum. Have lunch box; dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.

SEP09. 08. THU. Visit one Ari people village with very interesting traditions. Later drive to visit the colorful Tsemay & Erbore people market at  KeyAfer village. After the market’s visit, proceed to Arbaminch. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch.

SEP10. 09. Morning boat excursion on Chamo lake to admire the biggest  crocodiles in Africa (reach 6 meters of length), hippos and birds. Afternoon free enjoying the facilities at the Emerald Resort Arbaminch & relax. Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch.

SEP11. 10. ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR eve. Free day in Arbaminch. Evening celebration of New Year at Emerald Resort, with band, dj and  many activities. Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch.

SEP12. 11. Drive or fly back to Addis Ababa (cost of the flight is to  be added on the price; inform us of your choice during the booking). Late afternoon time for final visits or souvenir shops. Transfer then  to the airport for departure.

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