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DINKNESH ETHIOPIA TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01, November 04, 2013: Arrive Addis Ababa Upon arrival in Addis international airport one of Dinknesh Ethiopia’s representatives will welcome you and transfer you to your Hotel. Overnight – Jupiter Hotel or Similar Meal – (Bed & Breakfast) Day 02, November 05, 2013 - Addis Ababa – Butajira Drive to Butajira town visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Overnight: - Rediat Hotel or Similar Meal Plan: - (B, L, D) Day 03, November 06, 2013: Butajira - ArbaMinch Drive from Butajira to ArbaMinch en route visiting the Gurage village which are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. You will also head to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village, the Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leafs, here you will also see the daily activity of the Dorze people. Overnight: - Paradise Lodge Hotel or Similar Meal Plan: - (B, L, D) Day 04, November 07, 2013: ArbaMinch – Jinka Morning you will have a boat trip on lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes, on this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos and also visiting the key Afer market where the Ari, benna Tsemay and some Hammer tribes will come to color the area with their diverse culture. Continue your drive to Jinka for the Overnight. Overnight: - Eco Omo or Similar Meal Plan: - (B, L, D) Day 05, November 08, 2013: Jinka – Mursi village excursion – Jinka Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley and the Ari village en route. Overnight – Eco Omo Hotel Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 06, November 09, 2013: Jinka – Turmi


Drive to Turmi – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. Upon arrival check into your lodge and then late afternoon you will have a visit of the nearby Hamer village and the people. Overnight – Buska Lodge Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 07, November 10, 2013: Turmi – Excursion to Murelle – Turmi (4-5hr.) A wonderful excursion to the village of Murelle awaits you today allowing us to visit the beautiful tribe of the Karo known for their tattooing, scaring and body paintings. One can experience the true and natural culture of these tribes; they are not biased by civilization. Their lively hood depends on their livestock and on market days they make their exchanges with the hammer and the bume tribes. In the afternoon head to Dimeka for the weekly market gathering of the Benna & Hamer tribes. Overnight: - Buska Lodge. Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 08, November 11, 2013: Turmi – Excursion to Omorate- Turmi You will be engaged today on an excursion to Omorate awaits you to visit the Dasenetch people found on the southern part of the country and are well known for their scarifications. The Dasenetch live just north of Lake Turkana, the region where Ethiopia borders Kenya and Sudan. The Dasenetch speak a completely different language and are actually the only Cushitic-speaking group of the Omo Valley. Return back to your lodge late afternoon for the night. Overnight: - Buska Lodge or similar Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 09, November 12, 2013: Turmi - ArbaMinch Drive to ArbaMinch via the village of the Erbore and weyto villages. Arrive at ArbaMinch late afternoon, upon arrival check into your hotel for the overnight. Overnight: - Paradise Lodge or similar Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 10, November 13, 2013: ArbaMinch - Awassa Today leave ArbaMinch and head towards Awassa. And on the way visit Senkele Wild life Sanctuary, here you will see the endemic Swain’s heart best and other mammals. Upon arrival in Awassa enjoy the beautiful sunset by Lake Awassa will be a treat. Overnight: - Haile Resort or Similar Meal Plan – (B, L, D) Day 11, November 14, 2013: Awassa – Goba Bale Mountains Today you will head towards Dinsho; headquarter of Bale Mountains National Park. Upon arrival at the headquarters you will search the trails for the colorful Chestnut-naped Francolin, Groundscraper Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic race simensis), the secretive Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, vocal Abyssinian Catbird, and the endemic Whitebacked Black-Tit. You might also hope to see a variety of mammals, including Mountain Nyala, now entirely restricted to the Bale Mountain, massif Menelik’s Bushbuck and Warthog, unusual at this high altitude. Overnight – Bale Mountain Lodge or Similar Meal plan- (B, L, D)


Day 12, November 15, 2013: Bale National Mountains Today will be a day of great contrasts with amazing scenery and birding. We will depart early, and ascend the Bale massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which is between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. Once we reach this unique plateau, we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed “Afro-alpine moorland”, and is characterized by Jibrra or Giant Lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands and extensive cushions of yellow Everlasting flowers. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense importance, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s Highland biome species. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 4,000kg of rodents per hectare. This obviously attracts an array of raptors and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagle, Augur Buzzard and elegant Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea. They share this abundant food source with the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of “the world’s rarest canid.” We should enjoy excellent photographic opportunities in this unique mountain wonderland. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down, through the clouds, at the vast Harenna Forest below. This remarkable forest is the largest intact forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Although unlikely that we will see either of these species, the descent through this breathtakingly beautiful moss-draped forest is inspirational. In the afternoon return to Goba. Overnight – Bale Mountain Lodge or Similar Meal plan- (B, L, D) Day 13, November 16, 2013: Goba - Langano Today you will drive to Langano having Lunch in Shashemene where you will be arriving a couple of hours later to your Lodge. Upon arrival check into your Lodge then you will have leisure time for the rest of your afternoon. Overnight – Sabana Lodge or Similar Meal plan- (B, L, D) Day 14, November 17, 2013: Langano – Addis Ababa Drive to Addis. Upon arrival you will have a half day city tour of Addis Comprising of: - National Museum: - It comprises of many archaeological and historical findings including the famous complete hominid fossil remain of ‘Lucy’ locally known as ‘Dinknesh’ meaning wonderful. Visiting this museum is having a good summary for your visit to the historic Ethiopia. Then head to Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa and collect your souvenirs that mostly possess your memories of your visit to Ethiopia. In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals. Evening Departure.

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The above prices are inclusive of:         

Accommodation on the basis of double room Meal on the basis of Bed and breakfast in Addis Ababa and full board elsewhere out of Addis Ababa All entrance fees according to the itinerary All ground transportations in excellent condition inclusive of fuel and comprehensive insurance coverage. Professional English speaking private guide service throughout your journey All scouts fees Portage fees Bottled mineral water service in the vehicle ( 1lt. per person per day, other than the beverage served during each meal) Government tax

The price is exclusive of      

International airfare Lunch and dinner in Addis Tips Personal nature expenses Alcoholic drinks All what is not included in the inclusive part above


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