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In July 2018 we will travel with a small group to the Omo valley in the very south of Ethiopia to explore the possibilities of establishing a social responsible tourism project there. The Omo Valley is a remote area of Ethiopia and famous for its isolated ethnic tribes. The tribes still live according to their traditional ways of life, far away from the developed world. Tourism however, has had a negative impact on the tribes over the years. Many unconscious tour operators drive into the villages and disturb the tribal cultures. We believe tourism should be a tool for sustainable development, and not aimed at a short term economical gain at the expense of the local community.

We will travel into the Omo valley for a few days and meet with the community leaders and elders. We will talk to them about the current state of tourism and local social, cultural and economical developments. You are invited to join us and meet the local tribal people, and think with us what could be done to make tourism beneficial for everyone. This is a one time experimental trip, we only allow a few participants on this trip.

Monday 23 July 2018

In the morning we leave Addis Ababa and drive tot he city of Hawassa, 250 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. On the way we enjoy the landscape of Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley. We make some stops and we have lunch at the shores of beautiful lake Langano. In Hawassa we stay in a hotel with a swimming pool and nice views over lake Hawassa.

Accommodation: Lewi Resort / Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Tuesday 24 July 2018

In the morning we explore lake Hawassa, we make a boat ride looking for Hippos, chances are good we can see them from close by! Then we continue our journey south to the city of Arba Minch. We stay there in a beautiful lodge overlooking Nechisar National Park

Accommodation:  Paradise Lodge / Meals:  Breakfast and Lunch

Wednesday 25 July 2018

We drive further south to the village of Konso, named after the Konso tribe who lives in this area. Konso is cultural UNESCO world heritage, a beautiful village where you can walk around and explore authentic local tribal culture. After we have explored the village with a local guide and had lunch, we continue further south to the town of Jinka on the edge of the Omo Valley. There we spend the night in a simple but decent hotel.

Accommodatie: Jinka Lodge / Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Thursday 26 July 2018

In the morning we drive into the Omo Valley, a protected natural environment where different ethnic groups live. Today we visit the Mursi people, one of the local indigenous tribes. They are mainly known for their special ornaments and lip plates. Mursi people consider cows to be holy, they believe cows hold the souls of their ancestors. They live totally isolated from the modern world. We spend some time in a Mursi village and then we drive further into the omo valley to the town of Turmi where we spend the night in a nice lodge.

Accommodatie: Buska Lodge / Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Friday 27 July 2018

We visit an other tribe of the Omo valley: the Hamar people. Hamar have very different traditions and beliefs than the Mursi. One of their traditions is Bull Jumping; if a young man wants to get married he has to prove his adulthood by jumping over living bulls. If we are lucky we can witness this phenomenon. We will travel with a guide who speaks the language of the Hamar and we will be explore their way of life.

We spend the night in a nice lodge in Turmi. Meals are included.

Accommodatie: Buska Lodge / Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Saturday 28 July 2018

We leave the omo valley and drive back to Jinka, from there you fly can fly back to Addis Ababa with a domestic flight. Or you can join the car on the way back to Addis Ababa, in that case you will arrive on 29 July.

 

 

 

  • Complete organized tour to the Omo Valley
  • Local transport in private vehicles
  • All overnights with breakfast
  • Most meals included
  • Bottles of water
  • Guidance by experienced local guides
  • Unique meetings with community leaders
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and surcharges
  • Reliable and professional tour organization
  • International plane ticket (contact us for the best offers)
  • Domestic plane ticket (optional)
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Drinks
  • Tourist visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratitutes

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