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Camping, Wildlife & Culture Camping, Wildlife & Culture

13 Nights

This itinerary is designed for those who love nature, wildlife, and authentic culture. Most of the major national parks in the country that are famous for wildlife are included.

Several of these parks are rarely visited by tourists, hence offering a great wildlife experience. Visits to several endemic mammals, including the Ethiopian wolf are on the agenda.

Interaction with the interesting Mursi, Hamer, Karo, and other Omo Valley tribes is another focus of this itinerary.

Day 1 Addis Ababa

Met on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight : Jupiter International Hotel

Day 2 Chebera Churchura National Park

After breakfast, drive from Addis Ababa to Chebera Churchura National Park via Jimma, the capital of the former Kaffa province, after which coffee is named. Late in the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the Park.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Chebera Churchura National Park

Travel to Chebera Churchura National Park, a beautiful wilderness park which is a recent development in Ethiopia and, as yet, unspoiled. So far, 37 larger mammals and 237 species of birds have been recorded in the different habitats - highland & riverine forest and savanna and bushlands. Amongst the native birds you will find white-winged cliff chat, banded-barbet, wattled ibis, black-headed forest oriole and thick billed raven are native birds. Common mammals include the African elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Maze National Park

After an early morning game drive, travel to Maze National Park. Savannah grassland with scattered deciduous broad-leaf trees, as well as a river basin along the main water courses, make this park a great habitat for wildlife and birds. It is one of three sites in the country where the endemic Swayne's Hartebeest population still survives. In addition, Orbi, Bohor red buck, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anibus baboon, vervet monkey, leopard and wild cats are native to the park.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Mago National Park

Morning game drive followed by drive to Mago National Park. The camp site is set in an ideal location offering great opportunities to see the wildlife in the park, in the late afternoon and early morning.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Mursi Tribal Village

In the morning, enjoy a game drive in the park, then drive to the village of the Mursi tribe to visit and appreciate the very authentic culture. They are renowned for the strange custom whereby on reaching maturity women have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Turmi, the settlement of the Hamer people. The women of the Hamer are known particularly for their striking appearance, adorned with thick plaits of ochre-coloured hair, leather skirts decorated with cowries, and a dozen or more copper bracelets fixed tightly around their arms. The men are noted for the initiation ceremony of Jumping over the Bulls. On the way you will visit the most colourful traditional market in the Omo Valley called Key Afer, here you will see the Hamer, Tsemay, Bena and the Ari ethnic groups with their untouched cultural dress style.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Turmi

In the morning, enjoy a trip to Murulle, the village of the Karo people, the tribe with the least number of members, and known for painting their body before important ceremonies. Karo woman scarify their chests to beautify themselves. The complete scarification of a man's chest indicates that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. We also visit Dus, a typical settlement with open public meeting grounds and dancing place. The inhabitants have shelters called shuppa, where they pass the hottest hours of the day playing a Karo board game called Ware. In the afternoon, visit the Hamer village.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Arba Minch

Drive from Turmi to Arba Minch visiting the Arbore, noted for their jewellery, and the Konso people who are noted for their tradition of making traces for the protection of erosion. The Konso land was registered as one of the world heritage sites in the country in 2011. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the southernmost Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia, Lake Chamo. Here you may spot many hippos and the world's most spectacular concentrations of giant crocodiles. The water birds are numerous and the scenery is truly unforgettable.
Overnight : Paradise Lodge
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Awassa

After breakfast, drive to Chencha to visit the Dorze people who are known for weaving and for their beautiful huts made of bamboo. Then head to Awassa, visiting the Alaba village with the painted houses.
Overnight: Taddesse Enjori.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Bale Mountains National Park - Goba

In the morning, visit the fish market at Lake Awassa. Then drive to the famous Bale Mountains National Park. At the park headquarters, in Dinsho, search the trails for the colourful chestnut-naped francolin, ground scraper thrush, the secretive Abyssinian ground thrush, vocal Abyssinian catbird, and the endemic white-backed black tit. You may also see a variety of mammals, including mountain nyala, now entirely restricted to the Bale Mountain massif. Drive to Goba.
Overnight: Goba Wabishebele.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Sanetti Plateau Wildlife Excursion

Depart early, and ascend the Bale massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which is between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. Drive on Africa's highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia's second highest mountain. This 'Afro-alpine moorland' is characterized by jibrra or giant lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands and extensive cushions of yellow everlasting flowers. This is an important bird area, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia's Highland biome species. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 4,000kg of rodents per hectare, which attract an array of raptors such as steppe and golden eagle, augur buzzard and elegant pallid harriers. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, the world's rarest canid. Finally, reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down, through the clouds, at the vast Harenna Forest below. This remarkable forest is the largest intact forest in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of lions and the only surviving forest-dwelling African wild dogs. Although unlikely that you will see either of these species, the descent through this breathtakingly beautiful moss-draped forest is inspirational. In the afternoon return to Goba.
Overnight: Goba Wabishebele.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Langano

After breakfast, drive to Lake Langano. Here you can enjoy watching several water bird species in and around the lake, and the spectacular sunset. Lake Langano is bilharzias free and suitable for swimming.
Overnight : Sabana Beach Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Addis Ababa - Depart

After breakfast, drive back to Addis Ababa, visiting the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Addis Ababa that includes The National Museum, Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, and Trinity Cathedral. In the evening, time permitting, enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants, where you will taste a variety of Ethiopian food and be entertained by folk dancers. Then transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your onward journey.
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

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