Zest Ethiopia Tours | LAND OF BLACK SAMURAI 17 DAYS
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Tour Overview

Western Ethiopia


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.


Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Air port Meet and greet Inside Ethiopia Tours representative at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Hilton Hotel.


Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa After having breakfast you exploring Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. Then continue to visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. After lunch, you will take time in Holy Trinity Cathedral. And then you will visit Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Hilton hotel


Day 3: Drive to Jimma After an early breakfast you drive to Jimma via Weliso, which is home to the Gurage tribe, known as “the hardest working people in Ethiopia”. On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley. Overnight stay in Central hotel or Honey Land hotel.


Day 4: Drive to Mizan Tefari In the morning after breakfast you will drive to Mizan Tefari via Bonga. Bonga is in ancient Kingdom of Kaffa, the birthplace of coffee. You will have an opportunity to visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. Overnight stay in Local hotel.


Day 5: Drive to Kibish After breakfast you will drive to Kibish. On the way, visit the Bebeka coffee plantation, where they cultivate organic coffee trees as well as rubber trees. You can also learn about the coffee processing techniques. Afterwards, pass through Dima, which is home to the Anuak tribe; here you can visit these tribes and learn about their culture. Overnight camping in Kibish.

Day 6: Drive to Omo National Park in the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Omo National Park through the savanna grassland and crossing the Surma people villages. Overnight camping in Omo National Park.


Day 7: Visit the Omo National Park An early drive after breakfast will visit Omo National Park, where you can see wildlife such as Oryx, eland, zebra, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, hartebeest, and maybe (if you’re lucky) lion, leopard, or cheetah. Overnight camping in Omo National Park.


Day 8: Drive back Kibish After breakfast you will drive to Kibish, visiting the Surma tribe near the village. Overnight camping in Kibish.


Day 9: Drive to Tulgit in the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Tulgit, where you can visit with the local Surma people. Also, if you’re lucky, see the Surma stick-fighting competition, known as Donga. Here, men from different local villages meet and compete against each other, winning the respect of the maiden ladies in the crowd. Overnight camping in Tulgit.


Day 10: Drive back to Bebeka an early morning drive after breakfast will take back to Bebeka. Overnight stay in Bebeka guest house.


Day 11: Drive to Metu Today you will drive to Metu. Along the way you can visit the Sor waterfalls. Overnight stay in local hotel.


Day 12: Drive to Gambela After having breakfast you will drive to Gambella, descending from Metu into the steamy lowlands, home to Gambela. Overnight stay in local hotel.


Day 13: Day trip to Gambela National Park Today you will drive into the Gambela National Park, home to wonderful birdlife, as well as elephants, baboons, buffalo, lion, antelope, monkeys, and other antelope. Overnight camping in Gambela National Park.


Day 14: Visit Anuak and Nuer village today you will continue to explore Gambela National Park and the people living in the area – the Anuak and Nuer people. Overnight stay in local hotel.


Day 15: Drive to Nekemte an early drive after breakfast take you to Nekemte. Overnight stay in local hotel.


Day 16: Drive to Ambo Depart from Nekemte to Ambo, another beautiful journey along the escarpment and through this prime agricultural region. Overnight stay in local hotel.


Day 17: Visit Lake Wonchi Crater Lake and drive to Addis Ababa Today you will visit Lake Wonchi, a crater lake hosting an island monastery, hot springs and stunning scenery. You may take a boat trip on Lake Wenchi to visit the Cherkos monastery on the island. Horse riding is also available. Afterwards, continue driving back to Addis Ababa.


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