OMO VALLEY EXTENSION

OMO VALLEY EXTENSION

Jinka:

Known for its diversified culture and local tribes 

Mursi:

best place to see women that insert clay plates in their lower lips & for their colorful dresses

Turmi:

Home of the Hammer, known for their body decoration, dances & bull-jumping.

Kolcho:

Base for visiting the Karo tribes, masters of body painting

Konso:

UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best known for their arts and crafts

THE PROGRAM

Today, fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka (flight time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes), the administrative town of South Omo, which is often portrayed as a cultural Garden of Eden and is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. The region is known for its culture and diversity. Continue overland to Yetnebersh village to visit Ari tribe and observe how they make local liquor made of Sorghum, Garlic and maize and how they make a pot.   After taking a rest at Jinka you will visit the recently opened south Omo research centre and museum, which is perched on a hill overlooking the town centre and offers an attractive view. The anthropological museum provides a useful overview of the various cultures of south Omo. Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge L D
Today after breakfast you will drive to Mursi villages, 70kms away. The Mursi has become a cultural symbol of the Lower Omo Valley. They are the most renowned of the Omotic – speakers, famed for their practice of inserting large clay plates behind the lower lips of their women and for their colourful dresses. Then you will drive to Turmi via Dimeka and Key Afer. Turmi is the home of the Hammer who are much known for their body decoration, moonlight dances (Evangedi Dance) and bull-jumping. Bull jumping marks the rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. (Do note. bull-jumping is not done every day and so we cannot guarantee you will see this ceremony.). Driving time is estimated to be approximately 3 hours. Overnight: Buska Lodge B L D
After having breakfast, you are driven to the village of Kolcho and visit the Karo tribes. They are considered masters of body painting, in which they engage when preparing for a dance, feast or celebration. Then you will drive back to Turmi to visit one of the smaller villages that lie outside the Hamer towns of Turmi. Incredibly neat and constructed entirely from mud, wood, and thatch, one of the most striking aspects of these small villages –which typically consist of a few extended families across perhaps 10-15huts –is the total absence of non –organic or western artefacts.   Special note: Visit the most vibrant Market of the Hamer people at Turmi. This market operates on Mondays only. Overnight: Buska Lodge B L D
After having breakfast drive to Arba Minch on the way stop to visit Konso village, (HAVE RECENTELY REGISTERD UNESCO SITES). Konso people are known for their intricately terraced hill sides, fine woven materials, and the carved totems in which they decorate their graves. At Konso visit the village of Machekie and on the way to Machekie there is a home of all Konso tribes king & it is worth to visiting. Before arriving to Arba Minch, make a short detour & enjoy a boat trip over Lake Chamo and enjoy hippos and crocodiles at a close range. This is a good place to watch large number of crocodiles on the shore of Lake Chamo. The place known as “Azo-Gebeya” meaning Crocodile Market offers one of Africa’s most impressive displays of big crocks. Total travel time is approximately 5 to 6 hours. Overnight: Haile Resort B L D
Today after breakfast visit the home of the Dorze people at Chencha, renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive- shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The main occupations of the region are subsistence farming and weaving. The shama cloth produced around Chencha is regarded to be the finest in Ethiopia: plain white gabbi robes and brightly colour scarf- like netalas are sold along the roadside After lunch transfer to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa (approximately 1-hour flight). On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel for a dayroom.   This evening you are driven to the airport to board your departure flight. Dayroom: Sheraton Addis Ababa B L

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between June – Dec 15, 2020. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any travel between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates. Single room supplement and solo traveler rates are on request only. Any departures in the peak time is subject to updated terms and conditions.

Land Pricing: $3,450.00 per person double occupancy  

Internal air: $650.00 per person subject to change economy class*

*Internal air includes the following flights:

Addis Ababa / Jinka

Arba Minch / Addis Ababa

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations per the itinerary
  • All transfers as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as indicated by letters B = Breakfast, Lunch & D = Dinner next to accommodations
  • Accompanying guide throughout (English Speaking)
  • All activities are mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private vehicle throughout
  • Private boat trip on Lake Chamo
  • All relevant park fees / conservation fees & entry fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Porterage at airports and hotels.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Optional activities (where applicable these are available at an additional cost)
  • All items of a personal nature such as (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.).
  • Gratuities for the guide/ drivers or Airport representatives
  • Single Room Supplement (on request basis)
  • Solo Traveler Rates (on request basis)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Holiday Surcharges for travel between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021
  • Trip insurance
  • Laundry

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.

OF SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ACCOMMODATIONS IN ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa has a number of five-star hotels including the Sheraton Addis, Radisson Blu and Capital Hotel. There is also a growing number of international brand and local tourist-class hotels. Standards vary vastly outside the capital. As a general rule the hotels in the north are of a higher standard than those in the south. Although there are areas, including the Omo and Mago areas, where camping may be unavoidable, it is generally possible to get relatively clean rooms with an en-suite toilet and shower.

 

Luxury hotel choices are very limited in this part of the world. We have, for your comfort, selected the best available accommodation in each area. Although basic, the lodging are comfortable and clean, with en-suite facilities. These properties are not considered luxurious by international standards.