Rondreis South Ethiopia - Deluxe Group Tour South Ethiopia

Deluxe Group Tour South Ethiopia


Day 1: Welcome in Ethiopia: Addis Abeba

Welcome to Ethiopia! You’ll be stepping off the plane into Africa’s fourth largest city and diplomatic capital, Addis Ababa. Your Yared Tour & Travel guide will be there to meet you at Bole International Airport and drive you to your hotel for a rest.

The direct translation of Addis Ababa is ‘new’ ‘flower’ and you are likely to find this rapidly growing city a fascinating place full of contrasts between traditional and modern Ethiopia, making it a great starting point for your tour.

Day 2: City tour Addis Abeba

Today begins with a drive to Entoto Mountain where we visit the historical site of Emperor Menelik’s Palace and Maryam church, the oldest in Addis Ababa. From here we drive through Shiro Meda which hosts the city’s largest market for traditional clothing, continuing to the campus of Addis Ababa University, home to one of Africa’s best Ethnological museums and the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. You visit the Ethnological or Ethiopia's National Museum with ‘Lucy’, the world-famous fossilized hominid. The museum also showcases ancient artefacts from Axum and Gondar, and an exhibition of Ethiopian art. Then visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral (built in 1933), the largest Orthodox church in Ethiopia and the final resting place of Haile Selassie. To conclude, you will visit the busy life of traders in Mercato - Africa’s biggest outdoor market.

Day 3: Via Tiya to Arba Minch

Today you’re heading to the south! It’s a 6-7 hour drive to Arba Minch and we’ll be stopping off along the way to visit Tiya – one of Ethiopia’s most important, and least understood World Heritage stelae fields containing 41 obelisks engraved with interesting symbols thought to be around 600 years old.
We arrive in Arba Minch region, meaning ‘forty’ ‘springs’, in the afternoon. The southern city, situated in the Gamo Gofa region is rich in natural resources including two Rift Valley lakes – Chamo and Abaya – home to large populations of hippos and crocodiles, innumerable little springs, Nech Sar (‘white’ ‘grass’) National Park and huge irrigated fruit farms which provide an important source of bananas, apples, oranges, mangos and avocados.

Day 4: Daytrip to Dorze & Nech Sar

Around Arba Minch you can visit Lake Chamo, part of Nech Sar National Park, and the mountain villages Dorse and Chencha. On a half day trip to Lake Chamo & Nech Sar NP you will cross the lake where you will see different water birds, crocodiles and hippo’s. Enjoy the views! Visiting the Dorse people is also a half day trip. In the afternoon you drive into the mountains outside Arba Minch in an hour. The Dorse are renowned for their remarkable bee hive shaped huts entirely constructed from organic material. The Dorse are a small omotic speaking ethnic group, whose territory has a cold misty weather and year round moist climate. Visit a family compound of the Dorse people. The family can tell you about their life style and culture and theur use of the enset tree. If possible, visit one of the local markets and the weaving cooperation.

Day 5: Visit Konso tribe and nature

In the morning we set off to Konso, the first place in Ethiopia recognised as a ‘cultural landscape’. You’ll have a chance to walk around the fortress like villages (‘kantas’) with their uniquely designed stone-walled walkways, thatched huts and terraced farms. Konso is also known for its natural phenomenon "New York" - interesting pinnacles of red earth, reminiscent of city skyscrapers with a legendary tale.

Day 6: Key Afar Market & Turmi

The journey from Konso to Turmi is an exciting 5-hour drive with plenty to observe from the window. You’ll witness the landscape dramatically change to wild, dry, acacia tree savannah and feel the warmth and humidity rise. You’ll also notice colourful wraps change to animal skins, shoes to rubber sandals, and the diverse fashions of passers-by wearing brightly coloured adornments and fantastic hairstyles.
On route to Turmi, we’ll stop at a small town called KeyAfar in Banna where a colourful market is held every Thursday. At the market, you’ll have the chance to soak in tribal life and barter for traditional handmade products. After the market we continue the final leg of the journey to Hamar.

Day 7: Hamer tribe

Today you will vist one of the Hamar tribe villages. Ancient traditions still form the backbone of daily life in Hamar. Most live in rural settlements and practise traditional livelihoods through subsistence agro-pastoralism. Daily life revolves around taking care of livestock, domestic duties and farming of maize and sorghum. Hamar men are semi-nomadic and travel with large herds of goats and cattle between grazing areas, whereas Hamar women take care of the children, cooking, water and firewood collection. Ceremonies and rituals are an integral part of traditional Hamar life. The most well-known is a rite of passage for men into adulthood and marriage called ‘ukili bula’ or bull-jump. During the ceremony, a young Hamar man leaps naked over several of his family’s bulls. It’s a highlight to witness if there’s one taking place whilst you’re here.

Day 8: Banna & Jinka

Today you will drive from Turmi to Jinka. Along the way you will visit the Banna tribe and a market. The Banna tribe is very similar to the Hamar tribe, but they are not the same. The Banna tribe lives in a different region and their special features such as their hair and jewelry are slightly different from those of the Hamar tribe. They live in the area between the villages of Gazer and Dimeka. Their primary concern is agriculture, but hunting and gathering is also a daily activity for the people of the Benna tribe.

Day 9: Addis Abeba and farewell

Today you will fly from Jinka to Addis Ababa, where you will enjoy a farewell meal and celebration in one of the city’s cultural restaurants before your journey home. You will have some time to relax and enjoy a wonderful dinner before we take you to the airport in Addis Abeba.

This tour can be made as a full journey through the south and north of Ethiopia. But it can also be made as a journey through the south alone or as a journey through the north alone. Have a look on the site of the other exact travel programs.