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The Wild and Ethnic Route – Southern Ethiopia

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08 December – 18 December 2019

Tour Details

Welcome to southern Ethiopia! If you want a taste of Ethiopia’s numerous ethnicities and wildlife, this is the right tour for you. Arba Minch is the place to enjoy wildlife – in the Nech Sar National Park and Chamo Lake, including one of the most spectacular displays of big crocodiles and hippos in Africa. During the next stops in Jinka, Turmi and Konso, you will meet some of the most fascinating tribes in the country and become acquainted with their customs and traditions. Ride up close and personal with some of the wildlife and enjoy some great off-road tracks.

Dates of the tour:

08 to 18 December 2019

If requested and possible, the dates can be slightly adjusted to the clients need.

Duration of the tour:

11 days / 10 nights

Riding days:

9 days

Total distance:

Approx. 2,499 Km/ 1,349 miles

Skill level:

3

Lodging type:

Hotels and camping

Maximum nr. of riders

6

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The tour will start with a cultural evening in one of the best restaurants of Addis. The perfect environment to meet your fellow motorcycle riders and enjoy delicious Ethiopian cuisine seasoned with very energetic Ethiopian dancing.
Overnight in Addis Ababa

Day 2 - 5Turmi - Arba Mich - Lake Chamo

The first 4 riding days will take us all the way to Turmi. Our main stop during this phase of the trip will be Arba Minch.

Arba Mich (Forty Springs), takes its name, from the bubbling streams springing up and is right in the Rift Valley making it the perfect base to explore the region.

We will Visit the villages of Dorze and Chencha going through stunning landscape; admire the beautiful cloth made in this area and the bamboo hats that lasts over 80 years.

A boat trip in Lake Chamo, one of the biggest in the region is a must! You will be amazed by one of the most impressive displays of big crocodiles and hippos in Africa.

Visit one of the Konso walled villages and the King’s Palace where mummification is still practiced.

Overnights: Hotels

Day 6 - 9Turmi - Lake Stephany - Dimeka - Yirgalem

Turmi will be our base to explore the area. Unless otherwise requested and agreed by the group participating in the tour, all our overnights in the region will be camping.

Visit Lake Stephany which presents an awesome spectacle of blistering saline lake bed bounded in the distance by jagged mountains. Enjoy riding at full speed close to the wild animals.

Visit the village of Dimeka. The market is not to be missed, with large numbers of Hamer people coming to buy, sell and exchange news.

In Omorate where Omo Valley tribes like the Geleb will be seen. Geleb men sculpt and shave their hair into extravagant shapes, with special ochre ‘caps’ of hair usually containing several ostrich feather. Ride through Mago National Park famed for its wilderness filled with the larger wildlife species expected from the Africa Savannah and see the Karo tribe. Men are experts at painting using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms and legs.

In the last riding day before departing to Addis we will overnight in Yirgalem in what is, in our opinion, the best eco-lodge in the country, hided inside untouched forest.

Overnights: Camping and Hotels

Day 10Departure to Addis.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants of Addis. There are many good Restaurants, Bars, Discos, Jazz Live Music and Cultural Dance venues to offer if you want to extend your stay.

Day 11Flight Home

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