I Love Adventures - Ethiopia Discovery

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This 12-day adventure through a less-visited part of Ethiopia offers travellers willing to go without some western conveniences an opportunity to truly interact with various ethnic communities. Explore the enigmatic beehive houses of the Dorze and stop in numerous villages for truly immersive cultural encounters with the Ari, Karo, Mursi, Hamer and Dassanech people. Visit two national parks and explore Lake Chamo by boat in search of crocodiles, hippos and bird life. With your expert CEO doing the planning, you're free to soak in the diversity of this remote land and its incredible people.


Whats Included

  • Lake Chamo boat safari (Nechisar National Park). Dorze market and village visit. Traditional lodging overnight stay with dance ceremony. Konso Museum, Chief and village visit. Anthropological Museum visit (Jinka). Ari village visit. Camping with the Mursi. Key Afar market and village visit. Karo and Hamer village visits. Hamer dance performance. Dimeka Saturday market visit. Boat ride across Omo River for Dasanech tribal visit. Borena village visit. Yabelo camel market visit. Tutu Fella's stelae visit. Sidamo community walk. Lake Ziway visit and bird-watching. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Simple hotels (4 nts), simple lodges (2 nts), traditional accommodation (1 nts), camping (4 nts).
  • 4x4 landcruiser, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver(s) throughout, local guides.
  • 14

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  • Ethiopia

Embark on a boat trip on Lake Chamo, uncover rural culture and traditions, meet different ethnic groups, view the incredible birdlife of Lake Ziway, camp with the Mursi people

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Days : 12

Price : From AED 0*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

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Trip Type : Individuals

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Full Itinerary

Day 1 Addis Ababa
Days 2-3 Arba Minch/Dorze Village (1B,1D)
Days 4-5 Konso/Mursi (1B,1D)
Days 6-8 Turmi (3B,3L,3D)
Day 9 Konso (1B)
Days 10-11 Yabelo/Yirgalem (1B)
Day 12 Addis Ababa (1B)

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, or sports bag, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, a warm jacket is recommended. You will have a number of early mornings, and because of altitude, the climate in Addis Ababa and in the Dorze Village is not typically “tropical”. On the contrary, it can get very cool in the evenings./early mornings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. It is suggested to bring a few items to give to locals in the community. Clothing and toiletries are very much appreciated. Small items such as sugar-free gum are handy to trade for the opportunity to take photos.

About Accommodation

Accommodation in Ethiopia is not to the standard of the west or other parts of Africa where tourism is more developed. Hotels don't always have much character, as they are made more functional than decorative and the choice is limited due to both lack of local and foreign demand. As such customer service standards are lower, due to lack of a large tourism industry and lack of exposure to western service standards. Plumbing can be simple and not always reliable and water pressure is weak, especially in dry season. Safety, location, and cleanliness are our top criteria when choosing hotels. We choose the best one that meets our criteria, and constantly evaluate the options that are out there.

Local Dress

It is recommended to cover legs, and to remove shoes and hats in churches and monasteries. Women should cover their hair with a shawl in churches/monasteries. Please note that Ethiopia is a fairly conservative country, so please dress accordingly.


When meals are not included, your hotel will have a restaurant or your will be advised of a good local establishment. Part of the excitement of a G Adventures trip is the ability to try local dishes when possible. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is not expensive. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though, and you may choose to explore some local restaurants on your own or with your travel companion(s). All camp meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. Hot breakfasts with coffee and tea will be provided. Lunches will usually be hot but occasionally will be light meal such as sandwiches or salads. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of continental and/or local dishes. Meals will be prepared by the crew with assistance from you if you would like to help cook, this is not compulsory. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

About our Transportation

This trip is done in private 5-seater old model land cruisers. If the group is larger than 3 persons, two or more vehicles will be used, and the group will be split up. Road conditions in the south of Ethiopia are generally very poor, especially during the rainy season, and during dry seasons, the roads can become very dusty. This style of travel is the best under these circumstances, having our own private vehicle allow us the flexibility of making stops when needed.

Group Leader Description

Throughout the entire 12-day journey in the south of Ethiopia, you will be accompanied on your trip by a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). To round out the team, you will be joined by expert driver(s). The Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will be the group manager and leader. He/she organizes the trip, and will be there to assist you when needed. He/she will have a general knowledge base of the region, history, culture, and wildlife. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. Your driver(s) is(are) skilled and experienced in his/their trade, and is/are an integral part of the team. In addition, for some included activities, we engage local guides to add to the experience and share their expertise. While camping, you will have a cook, who will prepare your meals and add some further local flavour to the trip.

Check List

Suggested Items: - Fleece or wool jumper/jacket - 4 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable - 1 Long-sleeved shirt - 1 pair of shorts, mid-thigh or longer - 2 pairs of long hiking trousers, lightweight, breathable - 1 pairs of long trousers - Hiking Boots / Walking Shoes - Sandals - Day pack, for you to carry - 2-season (spring/summer) sleeping bag, and sleeping sheet for warm nights camping in Turmi - Water bottle, and water purification tablets or purifier (bottled water is also available for purchase) - Sun hat, Bandana (many uses - head protection, handkerchief, wrap injuries) - Sunglasses - Headlamp / torch / flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs) - Camera and extra memory card/film - Extra batteries (recommended) - Pocket knife / Utility knife - Electricity Plug Adapter - Personal First Aid kit (should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen , Malaria pills, band aids/plasters, adhesive tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder (salt and sugar mix), throat lozenges, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) - Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, razors, etc) - Hand sanitizer gel/Sanitizer wipes - Toilet paper - Candles, matches - Plastic bags for packing (rain protection) Optional Items: Sleeping pad (optional – simple, thin mattresses provided while camping), reading/writing material, binoculars, cover for backpacks., Playing cards, games, frisbee, notebook, pens/pencils Documents: - Passport (with photocopies) - Travel insurance (with photocopies) - Yellow fever certificate - Airline tickets (with photocopies) - USD cash - Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) - G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier - Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights