Lost Tribes of Ethiopia Overview

Travel to Ethiopia and discover one of the world's most intriguing countries on this comfort-style journey. Take a game drive through Bale National Park, cruise the waters of Lake Chamo and meet the people of the Dorze, Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes.

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      USD $3,700
      CAD $3,820
      AUD $3,745
      EUR €2,575
      GBP £2,165
      NZD $4,170
      ZAR R37,485
      CHF FR3,120
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 27, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier Lost Tribes of Ethiopia .

Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Encounter the tribes of the Omo Valley on this off-the-beaten track adventure in Ethiopia

A region of rugged landscapes, iconic wildlife and some seriously isolated people, travelling in Ethiopia's Omo Valley often feels like a journey into old-world Africa. Lake Chamo's fishermen casually clean their catch by the riverbank as humungous crocs skulk offshore, traditional initiation rites and superstitions prevail over every aspect of village life and, to the people of the Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes, the outside world seems to exists as an aside. Not only is English as alien a language as the country's national tongue of Amharic, but the hallmarks of Western culture take on markedly different appeals. Soft drink bottle caps are woven into necklaces, mobile phone recharge vouchers are fashioned into earrings and elaborate body-paint and hairstyles are favoured over clothing. As far as exotic, intercultural encounters go, this is a trip as fascinating as it is mind-blowing.

  • Indulge in a sweet Ethiopian coffee in Addis Ababa
  • Visit the remote tribes of the Omo Valley
  • Spot crocs and hippos on Lake Chamo
  • Stop by the 'singing wells' of Dublock

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Accommodation:

  • Transport:

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    758kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. 3. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,700
    CAD $3,820
    AUD $3,745
    EUR €2,575
    GBP £2,165
    NZD $4,170
    ZAR R37,485
    CHF FR3,120
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $264
    CAD $272
    AUD $267
    EUR €183
    GBP £154
    NZD $297
    ZAR R2,677
    CHF FR222
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Day 1 Addis Ababa

Hop to it exploring Addis Adaba, Ethiopia's timeworn yet fascinating capital. A visit to the Ethnological Museum is highly recommended, as it provides a valuable background to what you'll be seeing in the days ahead.

Days 2-3 Bale Mountains

Drive out along the ever-changing Ethiopian landscape to Bale Mountains National Park. Try to spot packs of Painted Hunting Dogs and Ethiopian Wolves - some of the rarest canids in the world - on a nature walk in the Havenna Forest. Travel on to Arba Minch, stopping off at small villages en route.

Days 4-5 Arba Minch

Set out by boat on Nech Sar National Park's Lake Chamo for the chance to see hippos and crocodiles up close.

Days 6-7 Jinka

Venture into the hills for a visit to the friendly Dorze people. Learn about the logic underlying the construction of their unique huts and perhaps witness traditional weaving in action. Take a game drive through Mago National Park to meet the Mursi tribe, known for the huge clay lip plates worn by the women.

Days 8-9 Turmi

Marvel at the distinctive hairstyles and highly imaginative bodily decorations of the Hamer and Karo tribes. If the timing of our visit coincides with a male initiation rite, we may even catch a bull jumping ceremony.

Day 10 Konso

Learn about a development project designed to improve the livelihoods of the local Konso people.

Day 11 Yabello

Watch local men haul in salt from the bottom of a salt lake.

Day 12 Lake Awassa

Wander among the standing stellae of Tututsi, which reveal something of the ancient customs of the people whose graves they mark.

Days 13-14 Addis Ababa

Travel to the university town of Awassa and check out its fascinating fish market. Return to the relative modernity of Addis. Perhaps head for the bustle of the Mercado Central, the biggest open-air market in Africa, or pick a restaurant for a final feasting on spicy Ethiopian cuisine.
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    • YOKL
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,700
      CAD $3,820
      AUD $3,745
      EUR €2,575
      GBP £2,165
      NZD $4,170
      ZAR R37,485
      CHF FR3,120
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Overland
    • Comfort
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