Travel to Ethiopia: 7 lakes and 9 Omo tribes


Level: Discovery


In this trip to Ethiopia you will discover the tribes of the OMO, and many other sites. After the capital Addis Ababa, this dense and balanced stay will make you discover some of the contrasting universes of Ethiopia:

  • The lakes of the Great African Rift: Ziway, Langano, Abiata, Shala, Awasa, Chamo and Abaya; you will meet the fishermen who populate their shores and enjoy the comfort of the lodges where you will stop;
  • The tribes of the valley of the OMO: Hamer, Mursi, Konso, Dassanech, Dorzé, Karo, Ari, Surma, Benna; you will go to their markets, real places of life and meetings; you will visit their villages, and know their rituals and traditions for example by attending an amazing ceremony of bull jumping, and a show of traditional dances;
  • You will approach the most imposing crocodiles of Africa in their natural environment at Lake Chamo

You can make the most of your trip with 4 4 vehicle transport from Addis to the Omo Valley, high-quality accommodation throughout the journey, and return to Addis by domestic flight from Arba-Minch

Central - South West
  Itinerant stay

This trip assumes that travelers take an international flight to Addis Ababa and back. At the end of the trip, the domestic flight Arba-Minch/Addis Ababa is included in the Africorne Travel package.


Day 1  Arrival in Addis

Organization of your transfer from the airport to Abegaz Hotel

The precise program of the day is established according to the time of arrival in Addis

Evening meal in Addis at Jewel of India

Night in Addis Abegaz


Jour 2 Visit to Addis Abeba

Visit of the town

Morning : we go to the heights of Entoto, a superb view of the Ethiopian capital. We will visit the museum and the imperial palace – On the route we stop at the Entoto Mariam Church (except Sunday) – We will not fail to stop at the superb sports complex of the ex-marathoner Hailé Gebre Sélassié where the athletes Ethiopians and from other countries can perfect their physical condition.

Lunch at the Taitu Hotel - one of the oldest establishments in the city.

Afternoon: visit national museum (Ossements de Lucy) and museum of the martyrs of the Red Terror – We will stroll in the market of traditional clothes of Shiro Meda, colors and quality guaranteed!

Evening meal at Habesha 2000 with Ethiopian dance show. We will taste excellent Ethiopian cuisine and enjoy traditional songs and dances.

Night in Addis at Abegaz Hotel


Jour 3 Lac Ziway

Departure to Lake Ziway- 190 kms - 3h 30 - via Butajira, Enseno

Morning Adadi Maryam monolithic church : journey and visit

Lunch in Ziway at Castel Kuriftu

Afternoon : we will leave by boat on Lake Ziway where we will particularly appreciate the many birds attracted by the return of the fishermen: marabous, pink flamingos, pelicans…

Evening meal and nightt in Bethlehem Hotel in Lake Ziway


Jour 4 Lac Langano

Departure for Lake Langano - 40 kms

Morning Visit Shala and Abiata lakes after the drive and transfer to the hotel

Lunch at Simbo Beach Resort in Langano

Afternoon Swimming on the Langano lake (one of the only lakes in the country where you can swim)

Evening meal and night at Simbo Beach Resort in Langano


Jour 5 Lac Awasa

Departure for Lake Awasa - 60kms

Morning Lake Awasa excursion - market

Lunch at Luwa Bar in Awasa

Afternoon excursion to Mount Tabor

Evening meal and night in Awasa at Lewi Hotel Piazza


 Jour 6  Arba Minch

From Awasa to Arba Minch - 275 kms 4h30

Morning journey in 4×4

Lunch at Arba Minch

Afternoon Visit of the Dorze tribes and the "elephant head" houses of Hayzo

Evening meal and night at Paradise Lodge in Arba Minch


Jour 7  Tribus de l’OMO

Arba Minch - Konso - Turmi

MorningVisit of villages where the inhabitants erect carved wooden steles representing the main activities of the deceased during their life.

Lunch at Karat Konso -

AfternoonEnd of the journey - visit to the Weito market (Saturday and sometimes Tuesday)

Evening: traditional dance show (Evangadi)

Night at Buska Lodge in Turmi


Jour 8  Tribus de l’OMO

Turmi -Omorate - Turmi

MorningDeparture for Omorate (80 kms), close to the border with Kenya, where we cross the OMO river in a dugout canoe to meet the Dassanetch, a sedentary ethnic group.

Return to Turmi for lunch

Afternoon Performance of the bull jumping ceremony in a Hamer village, a rite of passage to adulthood for boys

Evening meal and night at Buska Lodge in Turmi


Jour 9  Tribus de l’OMO

From Turmi to Jinka via Dimeka and Key Afar (190 kms - 5 hrs)

MorningBefore setting off, visit a Hamer village, a semi-nomadic pastoralist people.

Then visit the largest market of the Hamer tribe

Lunch in Turmi

Afternoon On the way, visit of Dimeka market (Tuesday and Saturday) or Key Afar with a local guide (Thursday)

Evening meal and night at Jinka Resort in Jinka


Jour 10  Tribus de l’OMO

Jinka - Mursi Tribe at Mago National Park - Konso (170 kms- 4 hrs)

Morning Entrance to the Mago Park - Visit of the Mursi village where the high ranking women decorate their lower lip with a terracotta labret whose size increases with age (women with trays)

Lunch in Jinka

Afternoon Return trip to Konso and visit of the Weyto market (Saturday)

Evening meal and night at Kanta Lodge in Konso


Jour 11  Parc National Nechisar

Konso / Arba Minch (80 kms)

Morning Before setting off, visit the Konso museum, the fortified villages of the Konsos and the "New York towers" near Gesergio

Lunch at Kanta Lodge in Konso or at Arba Minch

Afternoon After transfer to Paradise Lodge, entry to Nechisar National Park for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see Africa's largest crocodiles and hippos.

Evening meal and night at the Paradise Lodge in Arba Minch


Jour 12  Vol de retour à Addis Abeba

Transfer to Arba Minch airport for the domestic flight to Addis for connection with the international return flight Program of the day according to the return time of the international flight

Programme de la journée en fonction de l’heure de départ du vol international