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This unconventional guided private
journey offers a fascinating insight into
some of the remote tribal cultures of
Ethiopia’s southern lands. Leaving the
‘beaten track’ far behind, travel through
the Great Rift Valley, passing national
parks dotted with lakes and lions,
to meet with tribesmen and women
adorned with beautiful, handcrafted
attire. This is a truly absorbing
adventure, ideal for well-travelled
explorers seeking an immersive and
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Fly overnight from London (regional
connections available) to Addis Ababa.
Afternoon guided city tour including a visit to
the National Museum and one of the former
palaces of Emperor Haile Selassie. Overnight at
the Golden Tulip Hotel. (N) (L, D)
Drive through part of the Great Rift Valley to
Lake Ziway, known for excellent birdlife that
includes pelicans and flamingos. Afternoon boat
trip to Tullo Guddo Island, said to have once
briefly safeguarded the Ark of the Covenant.
Overnight at Haile Resort Ziway. (B, L, D)
Continue south and enjoy time in lake-filled
national parkland, passing Shashamene, the
ancestral home of the Rastafarians who now
inhabit Jamaica. Overnight at the Sabana
Beach Resort. (B, L, D)
Following the end of Ethiopia’s short spell as a
communist nation, Awasa became a regional
capital and is now home to a melting pot of
different peoples. Soak up the culture here
with a visit to the fish market. Overnight at
Haile Hotel. (B, L, D)
Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia and a
nearby plantation is the perfect place to see
how the beans are picked, dried and sorted.
Then head to Maze National Park and search for
wildlife such as lions and Swayne’s hartebeests.
The following day head to Chenecha to meet
the Dorze people, known for their cotton
weaving and tall beehive-style huts. Stay 2
nights at Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch. (B, L, D)
West of the Humu mountains, the small town of
Turmi is home to the unique Hamer tribe. Over
the next few days you will gain a fascinating
insight into their way of life with a range of cultural experiences. You will also head north to
visit other remote tribes who rarely meet foreign
travellers. Stay 3 nights at Buska Lodge. (B, L, D)
Returning east to the Rift Valley, stay amongst
the hilltop villages of the Konso tribe, an area
rich in birdlife and distinct tribal architecture.
Overnight at Kanta Lodge. (B, L, D)
Return to Arba Minch via Nachisar National
Park, which is home to zebras, baboons,
monkeys and other wildlife. Overnight at Haile
Resort. (B, L, D)
Fly to Addis Ababa, where you will have
access to a day room and have dinner before
transferring to the airport for your early
morning flight home. (B, L, D) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This itinerary takes you deep into areas not often
visited by tourists. Therefore, the infrastructure
will not always meet with the standards found
elsewhere and local customs may differ hugely
from those considered conventional in the UK.
This type of tour is best
suited to the hardier traveller as it will typically
include some quite basic accommodation, long
and rough road journeys and, in some cases,
strenuous activities, such as trekking.
Available on request.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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