Seven Day Southern Ethiopia Cultural Tour

Seven Day Southern Ethiopia Cultural Tour

Short Overview

Embark on a journey of cultural discovery and amazing wildlife viewing on this six-day tour of southern Ethiopia.

Split asunder by the Great Rift Valley, Southern Ethiopia is a land of lakes, rivers, and diverse tribal cultures awaiting discovery.

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Details of Seven Day Southern Ethiopia Cultural Tour


You'll start your Ethiopian adventure with a tour of the nation's capital.

Your Addis Ababa tour will include a visit to the National Museum as well as the historic Trinity Cathedral to soak in the nation's fascinating Christian history.

Another highlight of your day is sure to be the chance to take in the city from atop Mount Entoto.

You'll then overnight in the capital.


You'll set off after breakfast and make your way to Arba Minch on the fringes of Nechisar National Park.

Along the way, you'll visit tribes such as the Guraghe, Kambatta, and Wolayita to learn more about their different tribal cultures and beliefs.

You'll overnight in Arba Minch. Situated close to both Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya, this often overlooked city is your gateway to Ethiopia's diverse cultures.


You'll set off in the morning for your first wildlife experience of the trip, taking a boat safari out onto Lake Chamo to see the crocodiles, hippos, and birds that call the region home. A boat safari gives you a unique perspective on Africa's wildlife, and you're sure to get a thrill from the up close and personal tour.

In the afternoon, you'll go on a cultural safari as you drive to Chencha to explore an authentic Dorze village and learn more about the Dorze people. You'll not only tour the village and get a taste for village life, but also speak with the villagers to learn more about their rich culture.

In the evening, you'll return to Arba Minch to overnight.


You'll spend some time with the famous Ari people today as you make your way to Jinka.

The Ari are the largest tribe in the Omo Valley and are well-known for their pottery, their distinctive scarring, and the banana peel 'enset' skirts worn by their women.

You'll have time to explore the village and learn more about the Ari people before continuing on to Jinka to overnight.


The cultural exploration continues today, as you'll venture into Mago National Park after breakfast to meet with the Mursi people.

Famous around the world for their instantly recognisable 'lip plates', the Mursi tribe are one of Ethiopia's most famous tribal peoples and one of the most fascinating cultural encounters you're ever likely to have.

After lunch back in Jinka, you'll spend your afternoon with the Hamer tribe.

You'll then overnight in Turmi.


You'll return to Arba Minch today to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Konso Cultural Landscape.

A site of immense cultural importance, this 400+ year old village stands as testament to the enduring adaptability of the people who have called the arid lands home for generations.

Characterised by stone walled fortifications and ancient stelae, Konso is bound to be a highlight of your trip.


You'll depart after breakfast for the journey back to Ethiopia's capital.

Upon arrival, you'll proceed to Abiyatta-Shalla National Park for an afternoon of bird-watching in the verdant park. While not known for its large game, this tranquil park is a haven for a huge variety of bird life of all shapes, sizes, and colours.

You'll overnight in Addis Ababa.


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Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: ADDIS ABABA City tour. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - ADDIS ABABA - ARBA MINCH. Tribal village tours (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - ARBA MINCH Boat safari. Dorze tribal tour. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - ARBA MINCH - JINKA Ari tribal tour. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - MAGO NATIONAL PARK - TURMI Mursi and Hamer tribal tours. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - TURMI - ARBA MINCH Konso Cultural Landscape. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - ARBA MINCH - ADDIS ABABA Abiyatta-Shalla National Park. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Explore the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

  • Interact with Ethiopia's diverse tribal cultures, including the Mursi, Hamer, and Ari.

  • Visit the Konso Cultural Landscape.

  • Boat safari on Lake Chamo.

  • Birding in Abiyatta-Shalla National Park.

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World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
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Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
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