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THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> What is different about this experience?

Something different: Experiencing life among some of Africa’s most remote tribes

Somewhere different: Through Ethiopia’s untouched Omo Valley

 

> What happens on the experience?

Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. Transfer to your hotel. Discover the capital city like a local on public transport with a specialist guide. You’ll visit Mercato, the biggest open air market in Africa, as well as the insightful Red Terror Museum followed by a trip to one of Ethiopia’s famous coffee houses. In the evening you’ll get a taste of the local cuisine and culture at a traditional restaurant (not included) before being transferred back to the hotel for your first night.

Day 2: Addis Ababa > Arba Minch

Transfer to Addis airport, fly to Arba Minch where you’ll check-in to Paradise Lodge and watch the sunset over the ‘Bridge of God’ from the stunning verandah.

Day 3: Arba Minch

The day is open for rest and relaxation or to an optional visit the local Dorze village in the Gughe Mountains, known for their elaborate beehive-shaped houses and cotton weaving, you’ll meet a local family and learn more about their customs and traditions.

Day 4: Arba Minch > Jinka

Transfer through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people who are famous for the clay plates used to stretch the lower lips of their women. Afterwards you’ll travel to Jinka before checking in to Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 5: Jinka > Turmi

Travel to Omorate near the Kenyan border and cross the Omo River in a dugout boat to visit the Dassanech tribe before travelling to the village of Turmi. Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Day 6: Turmi > Arba Minch

Morning visit to a local Hammer village in Turmi where you’ll meet some of the families and take part in a traditional coffee ceremony. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to Arba Minch with an en-route stop and visit to one of the UNESCO stone-walled Konso villages. Return to Arba Minch and check-in to Paradise Lodge for your last night in the south. 

Day 7: Arba Minch > Addis Ababa

Opportunity to visit the crocodile market on Lake Chamo by boat and enjoying hippo- and croc-spotting. Transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa (flight not included). Transfer to your hotel. 

Day 8: Addis Ababa > Home/

Transfer to the airport. Fly home.

Or continue on with our other Ethiopia-based experiences.

*please note that the itinerary is flexible and is likely to change depending on festivals and/or market days that may be taking place on a given day. Your local guide is the expert and will adapt the experience accordingly.  

 

> What is included?

Includes   Transfers Private airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes   Accommodation 1 nights B&B accommodation in Addis Ababa, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Arba Minch, 1 night half-board accommodation in Jinka, 2 nights half-board accommodation in Turmi

Includes   Meals 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Includes   Activities Tour of Addis Ababa including Mercato, Red Terror Museum and local transport, Omo Valley village entrance fees

Includes   Other The services of bi-lingual guides, the Tribal Experience booklet

For booking and enquiries please click here.

 

> What about group numbers? 

2 – 4 people. Private groups can be larger.

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.

 

> What does the experience look like?

See gallery.

THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> Where does the experience take place?

Ethiopia

When you think of Ethiopia, you’ll no doubt be inundated with mental images of extreme famine and poverty set against an infertile and unforgiving desert landscape ravaged by war. Put the preconceptions aside, however, and you’ll discover a colourful nation that stands apart from every other country on the African continent.

The only African country to have resisted colonisation, Ethiopia is also one of the oldest in the world with scientists declaring it to have been the beginning of mankind thanks to the discovery of the 3.5 million year old fossils from ‘Lucy’, the first human being on record. Bordering Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, Ethiopia rests on a plateau at 2,500 metres above sea level and boasts staggering landscapes rich in  natural beauty with gushing waterfalls and winding rivers set amongst fertile highlands and the flat-topped peaks of the vast Simien Mountains. This wild paradise is fused together with ancient civilisations and historical treasures like the awe-inspiring rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the fascinating lost tribes of the Omo Valley to create a remarkable country that astounds and overwhelms visitors in equal measure.

If it’s a luxury getaway you’re after then look elsewhere. Not for the feint-hearted, exploring Ethiopia can be challenging and will almost certainly push you to the edge of your comfort zone. But come prepared with an open heart and mind and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most extraordinary experiences of your lifetime and will come to know the true essence of adventure.

Oh and the outstanding coffee, of course. Don’t forget the coffee.

 

Southern Ethiopia & The Omo Valley

The main draw of Southern Ethiopia is the culturally diverse and fascinating Omo Valley, which is located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Here, the landscape ranges from endless arid savannah plains punctuated with acacia bushes to the verdant forests and fertile banks of the Omo River that are filled with birds and monkeys hiding in the dense vegetation.

The life-giving Omo River snakes through the Omo and Mago National Parks for nearly 800km all the way down the the Kenyan border and shelters some of Africa’s most remote and remarkable ethnic tribes. Each of the two dozen tribes that called the Omo Valley home is as culturally diverse and unique as the next. From the walled stone villages of the Konso and the body-painting Karo tribe, to the tall beehive-shaped homes of the Dorze and the lip-stretching clay plates of the Mursi people, you’re unlikely to have seen or see anything quite like it.

But these tribes that have little or no acknowledgement of the 20th century (let alone the 21st) are starting to be influenced by a wave modernisation from the outside world. Hydroelectric dams, palm oil plantations, Chinese road construction and new laws aimed to ‘civilise’ these tribes threaten the very existence of these remarkable people. Even tourism, which offers the most stabilising influence from the western world needs to be practiced in a sensitive, respectful and sustainable manner in order to preserve the ancient traditions and unique cultures from this untouched corner of Africa.

Most people who visit Ethiopia won’t venture further south than Addis Ababa so this really is a remarkable opportunity to take a journey through time to the very edge of your comfort zone where you’ll witness a world that is so utterly captivating and unique that the memories you create along the way will stay with you for a lifetime.

THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> When does the experience run?

September to April.

Like much of the rest of Africa, Ethiopia experiences wet and dry seasons which in turn impacts the period of travel. In the Omo Valley, the rains commence from around June or July and continue for a couple of months making the gravel roads completely impassable and the area inaccessible. As such, we only run the Tribal Experience during the dry season which runs from September through to April.

 

> When is the best time to travel?

September, October & November

The period just after the rainy season means that temperatures will be mild and dust levels will be at a minimum. That being said, the rains often arrive late in the Omo Valley so there is a chance that some light rainfall may be experienced during these months, September in particular.

December, January & February

Prime time to visit Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. Tribal celebrations and festivities typically take place during these months so you’ve got a much better chance of witnessing one of the famous ‘bull-jumping’ ceremonies that occur throughout the region. January and February are the driest months of the year so rain is unlikely however there will be a fair amount of dust around.

March & April

The latter part of the dry season sees temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees celsius so be prepared for sunny days and warm weather.

 

> When are the experience dates?

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The calendar on the right shows exactly when the Tribal Experience trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer.

Once you’ve decided on the dates you’d like to travel, head over to the HOW tab and fill out the enquiry form with all the required details. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

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THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> Why do you recommend this experience?

The Tribes

It’s all about the tribes. There are around two-dozen tribal groups in the Omo Valley that range in size from a few hundred people to tens of thousands. Despite their close proximity to one another, each tribe is as unique and utterly fascinating as the next with their own traditions, practices and social structures.

 

> Why go on this experience?

Includes Action & Adventure

Includes Get Back To Basics

Includes Live Like The Locals

Includes Culture & Tradition

Includes Step Back In Time

THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> How to book the experience?

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in your details where necessary on the enquiry form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours, answering any questions you may have and confirming availability for the experience over the dates you’ve enquired about. If that’s all good to go, we’ll hold your places for you and ask you to look into booking your return flights.

Once you’ve booked your flights please send us over the details via email including flight times, numbers and departure airports. We’ll then process your booking and send you an RBS payment link for the deposit or full balance depending on how soon you’re travelling. If your trip departs in less than 6 weeks we require full payment in order to guarantee your places on the experience, however if you are travelling in more than 6 weeks we will only take a 25% deposit at the time of booking. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before your departure date.

After your payment has been received we’ll send you confirmation of your booking along with a personalised trip itinerary, information pack and any other appropriate materials. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

 

> How to book flights?

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. Ethiopian airlines have an impressive new fleet of planes and not only offer the most cost effective international flights into the country but also run all the domestic flights. By booking through Ethiopian airlines you are entitled to substantial discounts on their domestic flights which are crucial to seeing the country as land transport between the key locations is both uncomfortable and very time consuming. Acquiring the discount on domestic flights is something we are more than happy to assist you with.

All the listed airlines fly directly in and out of the arrival and departure airports for this experience.

London > Addis Ababa

Heathrow (Ethiopian Airlines)

Europe > Addis Ababa

Paris (Ethiopian Airlines)

Frankfurt (Ethiopian Airlines)

Madrid (Ethiopian Airlines)

Rome (Ethiopian Airlines)

Milan (Ethiopian Airlines)

Stockholm (Ethiopian Airlines)

> How is the experience run?

Hands-On.

As a Hands-On Experience, you’ll be taken care of from the moment you touch down in the country to the moment you leave. While you’re on the trip, you won’t have to worry about how, when or where you’re going and our bi-lingual guides will be on hand at all times, welcoming you at your hotel and providing you with all the information you need.  All your tickets, tours and transfers are taken care of so you don’t have to waste your time worrying about logistics or paperwork.

THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> Who is this experience suitable for?

Includes Culture Vultures

Includes Free Spirits

Includes Explorers

 

> Who should come along?

Includes Couples

Includes Friends

Includes Families

Includes Solo Travellers

THE TRIBAL EXPERIENCE

> Want to learn more?

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, want to check availability and prices or have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Special offers are highlighted in red.

Super special offers are highlighted in yellow.

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How many people are travelling in your party?


Are you interested in combining this with any other experience?


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