The trip to southern Ethiopia following the Umu tribes is a reminiscent of millennia. On this trip following the Umu tribes we will experience the fascinating culture of the local tribes in their colorful attire and lifestyle. All this while on this trip to Ethiopia we observe fascinating views of the Syrian African rift in one of the countries which is full of contrasts and surprises in the African continent, a country that is both developing and retaining an ancient tradition.

Highlights of the route 

  • Addis Ababa – National Museum and Prehistoric Sites
  • Cruise at Tsumo Lake
  • Tour of ancient tribes – the Mara tribes, the Mursi Dorse
  • Touring colorful markets
  • End your trip in a typical restaurant in a traditional dinner with music and ethnic dance.


Routes and Schedule


Day 1: Arrival – Arba Minch

After your arrival to Addis Ababa international airport our local representative will give you a warm welcome. We will start our drive to Arba Minch. En route, we will visit Alaba Village. We will be arriving Arba Minch early in the evening.

Qvernight in Arba Minch

Day 2: Boat Trip on Lake Chamo and Dorze Village

In the morning after breakfast in hotel, we will have a short boat trip on Lake Chamo for visiting the crocodile market. Afternoon, we will drive up to Dorze Village which is popular for its bamboo huts and weaving experience. Back to Arba Minch for the overnight.

Qvernight in Arba Minch 

Day 3: Arba Minch-Jinka via Konso

Our day starts with a tradional breakfast in hotel and then proceed to Jinka.On our way to Jinka, we will have some time in Konso. The Konso are also renowned for their anthropomorphic hardwood statues carved to mimic the deceased, waka grave-markers, and for their communally constructed reservoirs. Konso is also popular for its traditional Konso fabrics and other local handicrafts.

Proceed driving to Jinka for the overnight. 

Day 4: Mago National park and Mursi Tribes

30 miles from Jinka is Mago national park. This park is a residence for numerous tribes of the Omo. On this day, we will visit Mursi tribes who are well-known for the lip discs they insert into their lips starting at the age of 15 or 16.

Afternoon, we proceed our drive to Turmi for the overnight.

Overnight in hotel at Mursi

Day 5: Dassanech and Hamar Tribes

After breakfast in hotel we drive to Omo River for visiting Dassanech tribes. The Dassanech people are not strictly defined by ethnicity. Over time the tribe has absorbed a wide range of different peoples and it’s now divided into eight main clans. We will visit one or two of the clans. Back to Turmi for lunch and afternoon, we will visit the closer Hamar People. Based on availability, we may also experience the bull jumping ceremony that is held nearby our lodge.

Overnight in hotel at Mursi. 

Day 6: Turmi-Arba Minch

After a relaxed breakfast at your lodge, we will then say ‘goodbye’ Hamar and drive back to Arba Minch. We will, of course, have en route stops for coffee, photography, and lunch.

Overnight in hotel at Mursi. 

Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa and the tour ends

Most of this day would have no stops on the way. We will be reaching Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. The tour ends with a farewell dinner organized at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa where you will experience traditional dances, music, foods, and drinks.

Bon Voyage!


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