southern ethiopia tribes culture nature and wildlife tour

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Horizon Africa Safari is an owner-managed travel operation (LLC) specializing in East Africa and based in Chicago, IL.

Southern Ethiopia: Tribes, Culture, Nature and Wildlife Tour

  • Price
  • Package Duration
    10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
  • Tour Validity
    01/09/2018 to 31/01/2020

Tour Highlights:


- Fascinating tribes of Konso, Mursi, Karo and Hamar

- The awe-inspiring scenery at little-known parks such as Mago

- Prolific birdlife

- Delicious food and homegrown best coffee in the world!

- A chance to attend a Bull-jumping event with Hamar people

- Lovely Yirg Alem and Aregash Lodge

- Relaxing at Lake Langano

- Boat trip on Lake Chamo and or Nech Sar National Park

Detailed Itinerary:


Addis Ababa means “new flower” and is Ethiopia’s largest city. Sitting at an elevation ranging from 7,000 to 8,300 feet, it is a unique mixture of new, tall buildings mingled with a traditional house
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be met at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Rest and relax at your hotel Spend the night at Jupiter Hotel



Day 2: Butajira

Drive over Butajira via Malka Konture Archeological sites, Adadi Maryam Church and Teya stela To Arbaminch, en route stop to see the Wolyita tribes .O/N Paradise Lodge



Day 3: At Arbaminch

Morning visit to Nechsar Park for gazelles, zebras at Chencha Village beautiful huts and the Dorze villages especially the 12 meters height bamboo tukul and their way of making Shema' white dress’ and more other colourful thread dresses.
P.M: Afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos and crocodiles. O/N Paradise Lodge



Day 4: Jinka

Drive to Jinka on the way visit Tsemay and Bena tribes at keyafer. In Jinka Visit the Ari village & Museum. O/N Orit Hotel or Omo eco lodge



Day 5: Mago Park

Drive to Mago Park early morning seeing some wildlife and Mursi peoples at their villages drive back to Jinka for lunch afternoon Leave to Turmi and then drive to Omorate to visit the Dasenech people who are living on the banks of river Omo, where they cross the river using a tree trunk to go to the west coast where the majority of the tribe live. Late afternoon explore villages of the Hammer around Turmi O/N Turmi Lodge or Buska lodge



Day 6: Karo villages

Drive to Karo villages, the Karo wear an elaborate hairstyle sculpted in Chignon of dried mud adorned with Ostrich feathers. They always carry a wooden pillow to protect their hairstyle when they sleep. 
Afternoon attends the Hammer market either on Turmi on Monday or Dimeka on Saturday.
O/N Turmi Lodge or Buska lodge



Day 7: Yabello

Depart to Yabello en route konso villages. Konso is known for 'Totomes' a grave marks and terracing farms O/N Yabello Hotel



Day 8: Borena

Drive to El sod for Borena people and stop at Dubluck and we could see at noon the Borena people taking their thousands of cattle’s for watering nearby the singing water wells. 
Leave Yabelo to Awassa over the coffee land of Yergacheffe, 
Overnight Awassa Lewi.



Day 9: Awassa

Morning fish Market at Awassa and you have free time in Awassa to relax and enjoy yourself you can walk or swim…
Overnight Awassa Lewi



Day 10: Departure

after your breakfast drive to Langano and Ziway lakes for more bird watching. 
Drive back to Addis stopping at Debrezeit Lake Town. Drive back to Addis Ababa

Transfer out for your international flight

Tour Detail:

The southern part of Ethiopia does not belong among the historical lands of the Ethiopian Empire. Towards the end of the 19th century, Menelik – the ruler of the Shewa province and the future Emperor of Ethiopia – decided to conquer the lands neighbouring Ethiopia to the south, to the east, and a narrow area located to the west.

The lands conquered at that time constitute more than half of contemporary Ethiopia. They are mostly inhabited by Muslims (in the eastern part), and even today the most significant number of followers of traditional African religions inhabits the south and the west of the country. The religious situation and the different ethnic mixture in this area were among the features which for many decades distinguished them from the rest of the Empire.

For the last ten years, the southern part of Ethiopia (officially known as the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region) has attracted the attention of a growing number of tourists, who regularly come to visit this area.

Includes :

  • Hotel In Double Room Sharing & Break Fast Basis
  • English Speaking Driver Guides & Local Guides For All Visiting Sites.
  • Scout Fees
  • All Ground 4Wd Transportation( Maximum 4 Pax In One Car) As Mentioned On The Itinerary


  • Escort guide, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks and all other expenses with personal natures.

Facts & Figures :

Key Information; -


Tour Duration(s): 10 day /9 nights

Arrival date: Sunday / Tuesday arrival is advised to see the Market days

Group size: Minmum of 2 pax

Destination: Southern Ethiopia - Omo Valley

Specialty Category: Culture, Nature, Tribes & Wildlife

Accommodation(s); Are tourist class and always with private bath and best available.

Season(s): Possible through out the year

Note: - Pattern of the trip might be revised based on the room availability and a must see market days

Terms & Conditions:

Terms & Conditions


All tour prices are quoted in US Dollars. We accept payment in a freely convertible currency and at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment.


A deposit of 20% is required at the time of confirmed booking

The balance must be paid prior to the commencement of the tour.

The company reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received in accordance with these terms.




This is inclusive of all transportation according to the itinerary, accommodation, breakfast basis (IF NOT ASKED ADDITIONAL MEALS), three tabled meals daily on camping, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, drivers allowance and transfers to and from the airport. Tour price is NOT inclusive of visa fees, excess baggage charges, tipping and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry and drinks.


The Company reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement or to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time. An equitable amount will be refunded accordingly.





            All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that we and our agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodation, tours and transport and that we shall not be liable for any injury, delay, loss, accident or damage arising from any clause and in any manner however except when the passenger is being carried in transport owned by the company.

            The respective laws of the country govern the Company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.

            The company reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied and in the event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause (II) relating to the company’s liability shall apply.

            We accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, war, strife, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantine or other causes. All such losses and expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

            Whilst every care is taken, the company accepts no liability whatsoever for the theft, loss or damage to the Client’s baggage howsoever caused. Thus we strongly advise baggage insurance.



All cancellations must be received in writing. Refund for cancellation will depend on the duration of cancellation prior to tour departure.

That is:Notification Charge 40 days and over full refund less $100.00 administration fee per person, 35-21 days prior to travel date 25% of the tour price, 20– 14 days prior to travel date 50% of the tour price, 13-3 days prior to travel date 75% of the tour price, under 3 days and no show no refund is possible.


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