SOUTHERN ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA

RIFT VALLEY LAKES & ARBA MINCH Code: HESS 4002- 5 days/4 nights
BALE MOUNTAINS NP & WENDO GENET Code: HESS 4038 - 5 days/4 nights
BALE MOUNTAINS NP & SOF OMAR CAVES Code: HESS 4039- 6 days/5 nights
BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Code: HESS 4036 5 days/4 nights
OMO Ethnological Expedition-Tour Code: HESS 5000 - 13 days/12 nights

RIFT VALLEY LAKES & ARBA MINCH
Code: HESS 4002- 5 days/4 nights

Day 1 : Addis Ababa - Wendo-Genet
Day 2 : Arba Minch
Day 3: Arba Minch
Day 4 : Arba Minch - Awassa
Day 5 : Awassa - Addis Ababa
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BALE MOUNTAINS NP & WENDO GENET
Code: HESS 4038 - 5 days/4 nights

Day 1 :Addis Ababa - Wendo Genet
Day 2 :Wendo Genet - Dinsho
Day 3 :Dinsho - Goba
Day 4 :Goba - Nazreth
Day 5 :Nazreth - Addis Ababa
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BALE MOUNTAINS NP & SOF OMAR CAVES
Code: HESS 4039- 6 days/5 nights

Day 1 :Addis Ababa - Wendo Genet/Aw,
Day 2 :Wendo Genet/Awassa - Dinsho
Day 3 :Dinsho - Goba
Day 4 :Goba
Day 5 :Goba - Sodore
Day 6:Sodore - Addis Ababa

Special tour programs for trekking and bird watching in the Bale Mountains as well as in the Semien Mountains can be provided on request.
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BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Code: HESS 4036 5 days/4 nights

Day 1 : Drive along the southern route out of Addis Ababa passing by the Rift Valley Lakes, stopping at Lake Koka and Lake Ziway for bird watching, to arrive at Lake Langano for lunch. After lunch drive lo Lake Abiyata and Shala National Park for more bird watching. Proceed to Awassa to spend the night.
Day 2 : After a visit of the Lake Awassa fish market drive to Dinsho, the headquarters of the Bale Mountain NP. In the afternoon walk around the camp and spend the night in the simple lodge.
Day 3 : Whole day driving and walking excursion around Dinsho with the best chance to observe most of the characteristic fauna and flora of the park. Well known are the endemic mountain Nay, the Manlike' s bushbuck and die 16 endemic birds. Drive to Bale Goba, me centre of this region. Overnight (ovn.) in a hotel.
Day 4 : Early in the morning leave your hotel for the Senete Plateau at around 4,000 meters above sea level, covered with Afro-Alpine plants. The plateau is also the home of the endemic Semien fox. Ovn, in the same hotel in Bale Goba.
Day 5 : Drive back to Addis Ababa, via Asela, along fertile farmland with magnificent views to Addis Ababa.
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OMO Ethnological Expedition-Tour
Code: HESS 5000 - 13 days/12 nights

Day 1 : Drive with a 4x4 land-cruiser, southwest out of Addis, visiting the rock hewn church of Adadi Maryam, the stelae of Tiya and villages of the Gurage tribe with their neat thatched-roof circular houses, surrounded by enset "false banana" trees, to arrive in Hossana. Overnight (ovn.) in a simple hotel or camping-tent.
Day 2 Drive from Hossana to Arba Minch, overlooking Lake Abaya & Lake Chamo. Two overnights in a hotel at Arba Minch.
Day 3 : A.M. Visit Chencha, the largest Dorze village with their unique weaved bee-hived shaped bamboo houses. P.M. if the weather condition allow,-game viewing in the Nech-Sar National Park.
Day 4 : Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka. En route visit a Konso village with their terraced fields. Other tribes like the Tsemay, Bena and Ari live between the Weyto-River and Jinka. Ovn. in a simple hotel.
Day 5 : Over a difficult road and the Neri-River, crossing the Mago NP (2162km3), you will reach the first villages of theMursi near the Omo river. The Mursi women wear large clay discs in their lower lips. Ovn. tents in the Mago NP.
Day. 6 : Proceeding further to. the South to Murule, you will enter the typical Acacia-savannah and the land of the Karo.The Karo and the related Hamar are artists in creating special hairstyles and in body paintings. Ovn. camping-tent
Day 7 : Cross the remote savannah from Murule to Dimeka. in the centre of the Hamar region. See the small but interesting market of the town. Ovn. for 2 nights in tents.
Day 8 : Whole day time to visit some of the villages of the transhumant Hamar. Discover their lifestyle. culture and by chance also one of their old ritual.
Day 9 : A short drive lakes you to Turmi, another small district town, where mainly Hamar people live. Especially on the market day, hundreds of Hamar, mostly traditionally dressed, stream to the market place to buy, sell and exchange goods and news. Ovn. tents.
Day 10 : Back to the northern direction, the road leads you via Erbore and Konso to Arba Minch- Ovn. in a hotel.
Day 11 : Along the large gorge of the Rift Valley, your next destination is Lake Awassa, Ovn. in a hotel.
Day 12 : Drive back from Awassa to Addis Abeba, passing the chain of lakes, like Lake Shala, Abiyata Langano,Ziway,Koka and Hora.

**Any other tour programs like trekking, bird watching, river rafting or extension tours to Eritrea etc. can be organised on request.