Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. At 10 am tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital and the National museum, where Lucy is visited. Lunch restaurant in town. Afternoon relax at the hotel. Dinner & ON (overnight) hotel
Day 2: Flight to Arbaminch (in amharic meaning forty springs). Drive then to Chencha mountain to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. If is Saturday enjoy also their colorful market. Visit also how they produce their traditional bread, the kotcho, from the tree of the false banana, and how they produce their traditional dresses. Relax then at the Resort with a nice swimming pool, spa & spectacular views over Chamo and Abaya Rift Valley lakes and the Netch Sar National park. At 06:00 pm enjoy the sunset with a sun downer. Dinner & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch www.emeraldresortandlodge.com
Day 3: Morning enjoy and relax at the Emerald Resort, with its facilities, spa, indoor and outdoor games and more. Have a boat trip on Chamo lake, to visit the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach till 6 meter length), hippos, birds & a very nice sunset. Late afternoon relax then at the hotel with a nice swimming pool, spa & spectacular views over Chamo and Abaya Rift Valley lakes and the Netch Sar National park. At 06:00 pm enjoy the sunset with a sun downer.
Day 4: Drive to Konso, to visit the Konso villages. They are the first in Africa to start terracing agriculture. They have unique culture and are registered under UNESCO heritage. Continue your drive to the Omo valley and if TUE or THU or SAT visit respectively the Hamer, Karo & Tsemay people market at Alduba village or the Tsemay & Erbore people market at KeyAfer village or Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market at Dimeka village. Reach then Turmi, to visit the very colorful Hamer people villages. At 06:00 pm have a sun downer looking at the Hamer village and the savannah. Dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com
Day 5: Morning excursion to Omorate, at Omo river bank, to visit Dassanech people, their culture and villages. Afternoon time for the very colorful Hamer people; walk to visit a Hamer people village and have time with the very interesting Hamer people. If Monday visit the very colorful Hamer, Karo & Dassanech people market. If we get information of the bull jumping ceremony happening we can visit this, with the bull jumping & Evangadi dances ceremonies. The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails. At 06:00 pm have a sun downer looking at the Hamer village and the savannah. Dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi www.emeraldresortandlodge.com
Day 6: Drive to visit the Karo people, with ornaments and scarifications all over their body. Admire nice view over the Omo river from the Kortcho village. Fly then to Kibish to visit the Surma people. The Surma are famous for their traditions, women wearing plates into their lips and men different scarification all over their body. With luck find a donga: the Surma people stick fighting game. Meals & overnight luxury camping at Kibish
Day 7: Remaining visit of the Surma people. Then fly back to Addis Ababa. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day 8: Chartered flight from Addis Ababa to Lobo airstrip, at Serengeti. Discover the animals and landscape of Serengeti.
Day 9: On the second day enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in wonderful Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Day 10: Chartered flight from Serengeti to Lake Manyara airstrip. Drive to for your unforgettable Ngorongoro Crater Tour. At the beginning you will descend into the crater – 600m from the rim to the floor. When you reach the bottom, start your game drive and discover this breathtaking landscape. Wildebeests, zebras and lions will cross your way. Enjoy your picnic lunch next to the hippo pool. After the game drive ascend the steep crater wall with the safari car and proceed to your accommodation on the crater rim. The Ngorongoro conservation area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Within the protected area is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest caldera in the world. The crater is 600m deep and 260 square km in size and offers the diversity of East African scenery and wildlife in a confined space. Enjoy the breathtaking views at sunset from one of the lodges on the crater rim. Lunch box; dinner & overnight at your lodge
Day 11: Chartered flight to Arusha. Extend your tour to the wonderful beached of Zanzibar or fly back home. If flying to Zanzibar, transfer to your hotel at the beach and leisure time. Meals and overnight hotel/lodge
Day 12 & 13: Days of leisure in Zanzibar. While you are there you can organize yourself trips to different interesting places on the island, including the visit of stone town, Jozani forest and much more. Staying in The Palm or Zawadi or Baraza on FB (full board basis; which means you have your breakfast, lunches and dinners included).
Day 14: Transfer to the airport on time to catch your flight back home.
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