The Southern Routes

12 Days

This tour is ideal for travellers who want to explore within short time Ethiopia’s South with its fantastic landscapes and unique tribes of the Omo Valley. This tour can be perfectly combined with one of our other short Ethiopia tours or with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or the Seychelles.


Embark on a journey of cultural discovery and amazing wildlife viewing on this short day tour of southern Ethiopia.

Split asunder by the Great Rift Valley, Southern Ethiopia is a land of lakes, rivers, and diverse tribal cultures awaiting discovery.

<p>In the morning drive to Hawassa via Mojo and Ziway and we will stop over at lake Ziway for relax and then continue driving, On the way you will visit the Abidjatta –Shalla National park</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>In the morning visit The fish Market at Lake Hawassa</p><p></p><p>After the visit drive to Yebelo via Dilla and Yirga Chefe on the visit the coffee farm around Yirga Chefe</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>On this day excursion to visit the salt mine lake of El Sod and the Singing Wells where the local Borana people extract water for their cattle making a human ladder.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>After breakfast drive to konso, these tribes are known for the erection of stones and poles are part of the Konso tradition. A generation pole is raised every 18 years, marking the start of a new generation. The age of a village can be determined by how many poles are standing. Carved wooden statues are also used to mark the grave of a famous Konso tribal member. The marker, called a Waga is placed above the grave and smaller statues are then placed around the larger one representing his wives and conquered enemies.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p> After breakfast visit the Konso chief house and visit Carved wooden statues are also used to mark the grave of a famous Konso tribal member. The marker, called a Waka is placed above the grave and smaller statues are then placed around the larger one representing his wives and conquered enemies. After the visit drive to Jinka, on the my stop at key Afere town, in this town if the day is Thursday there will be open-air Beena tribes weekly market and in this market you can see Hamer, Ari and Stmay tribes, buying and selling their goods. to visit Beena we</p>

<p> In the morning drive to Mursi village- a minority people living in the Lower Omo Valley. The women in this tribe are known for a big clay plate they put in their lips for decoration, whereas the men are known for the different patterns they paint on their body for decoration. After Mursi village drive back to Jinka and In the late afternoon visit Jinka museum and Ari tribes village.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>After breakfast drive to Turmi on the way stop at small Hamer tribes town Dimeka for a Market day, we will visit the colorful market and maybe on this day we can find one of most unique event of bull jumping- a ceremony when a boy is pronounced “man” after proving his capacity to jump 5 up to 13 cattle’s stand in a row, The day includes a special event in which a woman shows her appreciation for the bride groom by letting the boys whip them with a stick until they bleed. At night the day is called off after a colorful party with Evan Gady dance (night dance).</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p> In the morning drive to Dassench village around Lake Turkana: this tribe lives just north of Kenya’s Lake Turkana. Their neighboring tribe is the Turkana people. The Daasanech are pastoralists (cattle herders), but due to the harsh territory, they have moved south to grow crops and fish. Cattle are used by the tribesman for meat, milk and clothing. Often their cattle die from disease and drought. Of all the tribes in the Omo Valley, the Daasanech are the poorest.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p> Morning drive to Kara Village called Duse or Labuck around 80Km off-road; Karas are a small tribe with an estimated population between 1,000 and 3,000, they live along the east banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia and practice flood retreat cultivation. The crops that are grown by them are sorghum, maize and beans. After the village drive back to Turmi</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>In the morning start driving to Arba Minch, after we get there you will take a boat trip in Lake Lake Chamo, to visit the crocodile market, it is a local name for a place in Lake chamo that the crocodiles went out of the lake and chill, there is no buying or selling, also you will see hippos and different kinds of birds.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p>After breakfast drive to Dorzy village, This people set high up in the Gughe Mountains where we see the traditional Dorze beehive shaped huts recognized as one of the visually attractive structural houses by the UNESCO. After the village drive to Lake Langano, here you can relax swim in the Lake.Overnight B.L.D</p>

<p> After breakfast relax around lake Langano and after start driving back to Addis, on the way visit tiya, is known for the 10th centuries adjacent archeological site, which is distinguished by 36 standing stones or steal “32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords,” marking a large, prehistoric burial complex. The archeological site was designated a World Heritage Site in 1980 also it listed as world heritage by UNESCO.</p><p></p><p>Overnight B.L.D</p><p></p><p>In this day we will take you a nice traditional house to show you the Ethiopian traditional dancing style.. All we do here is depend your departure time.</p><p></p><p>END OF THE TOUR!</p>

Do you have any age restrictions?

You must be at least 15 years old to be eligible to participate in the majority of our trips. For all minors, an adult must accompany them. Our Adventure tours have a minimum age limit of 18. Younger children can accompany the adults in leisure and educational trips, but check the trips for their individual age requirements on the trip details page.

Usually, our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for participants who are 70 years and above.

Is it okay for a solo traveller to join a trip?

Yes, there are a lot of solo travelers in each group and it adds an extra dimension to the trip by allowing you to know like-minded people and share your experiences. About 60% of our groups are solo , other are group of friends and couples .

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

After your payment is completed and your booking is confirmed, if you cancel your booking 45 or more days before the departure, you will get a 50% refund. If your trip is departing in less than 45 days, the amount is non-refundable. So we highly recommend taking an all-inclusive insurance policy, so you know your investment is secure! For further information regarding cancellation and refund, please refer to our terms and conditions.

What is included in my trip?

Some of the meals, accommodation, transport and activities (it will be indicated in detail in the itinerary). We try to include more to add value in your trip.

What is not included in my trip?

Mainly international flight tickets to the reporting destination, visa fees and insurance fees which is a must.

What are the accommodations provided?

If I am a solo traveller, will I be charged single supplement?

Our accommodations on most of the tours are on a twin share basis. We believe that accommodations are an integral part a great trip. Our accommodations are good quality hotels, wherever provisional. The type of accommodation depends on the trip and can differ throughout the trip. You can get the exact list of accommodations just before the start of the tour.

As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another participant of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement.

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The Southern Routes