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Tour to Western part of Ethiopia

Transport: surface
Duration: 14 days
Type of tour: cultural & natural expeditions


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Western Ethiopia is a truly extraordinary place to visit with superb scenery and colorful culture. The Nuer people in Gambela are known by body scarification; Surma men people are known by the stick fighting, called Donga

Day 01: Drive to Menagsha Forest which is from the 15th c. during the time of Amda Tsion, continue driving to the Ambo town for overnight. O/N Ambo Ethiopia Hotel
Day 02: O/N Ethiopia Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Dembi Dolo, through wild coffee plantation, enjoy the Oromo Villages, O/N Local Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Gambela through the natural forest, enjoying the different wild animals and the Nuer villages, O/N Gambela Ethiopia Hotel
Day 05:Drive to Gambela National Park, have some game view of the and other beautiful Birds, drive through the Anuak and Nuer villages, back to Gambella, O/N Ethiopian Hotel
Day 06: Drive to Tepi through the luxuriant tropical rain forest and different vegetation and the wild coffee tree and then to Bebeka coffee plantation, O/N Guest House
Day 07:Drive to Tulgit and see the villages of the Surma known for their inserting round wooden or clay plates on their lower lip, O/N Camping
Day 08: Drive to Kibish where you can see the main settlement of the Surma people who apparently have much in common with their kinsmen the Mursi as manifested in languages and cultures. O/N Camping
Day 09: Drive to Maji where you can visit the villages of the different tribes such as Dizi and Minit who live around the Omo National park. O/N Camping
Day 10: Drive to Mui the head quarters of the Omo National Park which is the most inaccessible park in Ethiopia hence the least visited. O/N Camping
Day 11: Game viewing in Omo National Park where you may probably see the Big Game animals including: Buffalo, Lion, Elephants and others like Giraffe. ON Camping
Day 12: Drive back to Bebeka coffee plantation, where coffee has been growing wild for centuries: in one of Ethiopia’s richest and most fertile province of Kaffa- where coffee comes from and: the word originated. O/N Guest House
Day 13: Drive to Jimma visits the palace of Aba Jiffar and the Museum. O/N Ethiopian Hotel
Day 14: Drive back to Addis, evening departure


Tour to Western part of Ethiopia
Transport: surface
Duration: 11days

Summary: Western Ethiopia is a truly extraordinary place to visit with superb scenery and colorful culture. The fascinating costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance of Gambela, and Surma people along with the natural forests in the western part will be visited. The Nuer people are known by body scarification. The Surma people are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular or rectangular clay discs inserted. Surma men are known by the stick fighting, called Donga.

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis Ababa
On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to Ambassador Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight Ambassador Hotel

Day 2: Addis Abeba- Nekemt
After breakfast drive to Nekemte through the western direction of the country visiting the beautiful scenery and the Shoea and Wolega Oromo tribe with their village. Overnight local hotel.

Day 3: Nekemt - Metu
After breakfast drive to Metu: after crossing Didasa River we will stop at the town of Bedele for lunch. You drive through the indigenous natural forests of Western Ethiopia and it is a good experience the life of the local people residing in the region. Overnight at local hotel.

Day 4: Metu- Gambela
Continue driving to Gambella via Gore. Today also you will be driving through the indigenous natural forest of Western Ethiopia. Again this place is the famous place in Tea farms. En route you will visit the Gumero tea field. Overnight Gambella Ethiopia Hotel.

Day 5: In Gambella
the major two tribes living in Gambella town are the Nuer and Anuak people. Morning visit the Neuer people. In the afternoon visit The Anuak people. Overnight Gambella Ethiopia Hotel.

Day 6: Gambela - Mizan Teferi
Drive from Gambella to Mizan Teferi through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopia's largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit, Yem and the Dizi tribes. Overnight Eden Hotel

Day 7: Kibish
Continue driving further to the west from Mizan Teferi to Kibish through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopia’s largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit tribe. After crossing the Akobo River you experience the African Savanna grass land. You will stop at the little town of Dimma for lunch. Continue driving further west to Tulgit and then to Kibish. Tulgit and Kibish are small towns of the Surma people. Much more Surma people live in Kibish town. The rest of the days walk around your campsite to visit the Surma people. Overnight camping at KIbish. (Altitude 17450m above sea level).

Day 8: Around Kibish
In the morning if there is any Donga (Stick fighting of the Surma people) you will attend it otherwise you walk around the old kibish village (14kms round trip) for the visit of more of the Surma villages-to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Surma tribe, they are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular or rectangular clay discs inserted. The Surma men are well known for their stick fighting, which is called Donga. Players are usually unmarried men. The winner is carried away on a platform of poles to a group of girls waiting at the side of the arena who decide among themselves which of them will ask for his hand in marriage. Taking part in a stick fight is considered to be more important than winning it. The men paint their bodies with a mixture of chalk and water before the fight. Overnight Camping at Kibish.

Day 9: Kibish - Bebeka
Drive the same way back via Dima town to Bebeka town near the town of Mizan Teferi. Overnight Bebeka Gust House

Day 10: Bebeka - Jimma
Drive from Mizan Teferi to Jimma (240 kms) through the Ethiopia's indigenous dense forest. The people living in this area are from Kefecho, Yem and Bench ethnic groups. This place is famous in coffee, tea and spice growing region from all over the country. Overnight Welde Argi Hotel.

Day 11: Jimma – Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa; En route you will Visit one of the Oromo Villages. . Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then after transfer to the airport for flight back home



Tour western Ethiopia
Transport: Surface
Durations: 13 days
Type of tour: nature & cultural expeditions to among surma people

Day 1: Arrive to Addis Ababa:
Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel. After refreshment, depends on the time city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n Hotel.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Jimma:
Heading west of Addis Ababa you will be driving 330 kms to Jimma. You will stop at Walkite for lunch. En route we will be visiting the Gurage and Oromo people and their beautiful villages. On the way you cross the magnificent and picturesque Gibe gorge and the Gibe River. After driving through coffee and chat plantation, Jimma was the capital of the former Keffa province. It is in this region that the coffee beans originated for the first time by a shepherd.Overnight stay hotel.

Day 3: Jimma-Mizan Teferi:
Driving from Jimma to Mizan Teferi (240 km) through the Ethiopia’s indigenous dense forest. The people living in this area are from Kefecho, Yem and Bench ethnic groups. This place is famous in coffee, tea and spice growing region from all over the country. Overnight Eden hotel.

Day 4: Mizan Teferi- Maji:
Continue driving further to the west from Mizan Teferi to Maji (193 km) through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopias largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit tribe. After crossing the Akobo River you experience the African Savanna grass land. You will stop at the little town of Dimma for lunch. Continue driving to Maji and have stop over before you arrive at Maji and you will visit the Dizi tribal village. Overnight camping at Maji (altitude 2400 m).

Day 5: Maji:
Morning you walk through the beautiful country side for about 3 hours to visit the Dizi tribal village and the spectacular Maji Falls. You walk back to Maji. The rest of the day you finalize the arrangement of the team for the next trek to Surma Territory. Overnight Camping at Maji.

Day 6: Maji-Kibish:
This is the day that you start trekking and we will arrange you mules for your personal equipments. It takes 8-9 hours. On the way you will visit the Dizi and the Surma people. And you will experience a walk through Savanna grass land. Overnight Camping at Kibish.

Day 7: Kibish:
In the morning if there is any Donga (Stick fighting of the Surma people) you will attend it otherwise you walk around the old kibish village (14kms round trip) to see more, the Surma villages-to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Surma tribe, they are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular or rectangular clay discs inserted. O/N Camping at Kibish.

Day 8: Kibish-Tulgit:
Walk with in the Surma territory for about 4-5 hours. The walk will have gentle slope ascending and descending. Upon arrival at Tulgit you will walk for about 40 minute to visit the Surma Village. O/N Camping at Tulgit.

Day 9: Tulgit -Tepi:
Driving to Tepi, through savannah the hunting areas and see many animals and birds. Lunch box on the way, dinner and O/N camp Tepi village.

Day 10: Tepi- Gambella:
Drive to Gambela, admiring on the way other coffee plantation and near to Gambela some of the Nuer Anuak people. Gambela, an old important port and center of trade with Karthum, is a very colorful and interesting town. Nuer and Anuak people have very interesting cultures, way of life and paintings and ornaments all over their body. Lunch box on the way, dinner and O/N Ethiopia hotel.

Day 11: Gambella:
Proceed for the very interesting fisher men and very decorative Anuak people, very nice views and visit their villages. You’ll camp near to one village. Visit their way of life, cultures and traditions. Lunch box will be served. O/N Ethiopia Hotel.

Day 12: Nekemte:
Proceed by Gravel road to Nekemte, for 7-8 hours drive averagely. Visit reaching the region of Nekemte different coffee plantation; being the Wellega region, as the Kaffa (from where reaches the name of coffee) the most famous region for coffee. Lunch box on the way, Overnight Ethiopia Hotel

Day 13: Addis Ababa:
After breakfast drive through the Oromo and Gurage culture arrive at Addis in the late afternoon. Evening a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from different ethnic groups. Then transfer to The Airport for your flight back home.
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