Bale Mountain Trek & Indigenous Tribe of Lower Omo Valley: 15 days
The Bale Mountains are a range of mountains in the Oromia Region of southeast Ethiopia, south of the Awash River. The Bale Mountains National Park covers 2,200 square kilometers of these mountains. The Bale Mountains are home to many of Ethiopia's endemic animals, notably the Ethiopian Wolf. The park also contains the Harenna Forest, situated to the south of the mountains which is a largely unexplored area thought to contain many undiscovered species of reptile as well as lion, leopard and various types of antelope. Besides wildlife the National Park offers exceptional trekking opportunities from the park headquarters at Dinsho.
The Lower Omo Valley is located in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia and offers a wide variety of indigenous tribal people and animals that inhabit it. The region is wellknown and famous for its culture and diversity.
The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. South Expedition Africa offers off the beaten tracks and ecological camping to several towns and villages. When you visit the Lower Omo Valley you have the chance to come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech, Dorze, Hamer, Kara, Konso, Kwegu, Mursi, Tsemay, Suri and Turkana.
Day 1 Addis Ababa – Robe:
Southeast 400km via Rift Valley Lakes, Shashemene, Dodola, Dinsho in to Robe.
Day 2 Robe - Sanetti Plateau - Goba:
44km Sanetti Plateau Safari Mammals, Amphibians, Birds & Endemic Species.
Day 3 Goba – Dinsho:
Bale National Park Head Quarter for afternoon walking trail/trek.
Day 4 Dinsho – Dorze:
409km southwest via Sahshemene, Soddo & detour on Guge Mountain in to Dorze.
Day 5 Dorze – Konso:
Visit Dorze Tribe & 140km via Arba Minch “Gamo Gofa Province” in to Karat-Konso to visiting Chief Kalla Gezahegn.
O/n Machike, Camping at Chief Kalla Gezahegn Campsite “Camp toilet & portable shower”
Day 6 Konso – Jinka:
Konso Tribe Machekie Village & 140km entering Lower Omo Valley via Weito “Tsemay Tribe” in to Key Afer & 42km via Kako “Ari Trbe” in to Jinka.
Day 7 Jinka –Mago National Park – Mursi Tribe:
55km Mago National Park & visit Mursi Tribe daily life. More info: http://www.mursi.org/
O/n Mago Park, Camping “Bush toilet & portable camping shower/Neri River”
Day 8 Mursi – Jinka:
Mago Park Safari & visit another village of Mursi Tribe for ceremonies & cultural-events.
Day 9 Jinka – Turmi:
Visit Ari Tribe & 142km via Key Afer “Banna Tribe”, Dimeka in to Turmi Hamer Tribe.
Day 10 Turmi:
Hamer Tribe surrounding Turmi searching for ceremonies & cultural-events & if possible Bull Jumping Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony & visit Schools & Pastoral Society.
Day 11 Turmi – Karo:
65km Savannah Plains in to Omo River & visit Karo Tribe at Korcho Village.
O/n Karo, Murulle Campsite
Day 12 Kangate – Karo:
17km to Kangate crossing Omo River to visit Nyangaton Tribe & afternoon walking trail at Murulle Camp.
O/n Karo, Murulle Campsite
Day 13 Karo – Turmi:
Visit Dus Village/Karo Tribe & afternoon 65km via savannah plains in to Turmi.
Day 14 Turmi – Arba Minch:
290km via Arbore Tribe/Weito Valley, Karat-Konso in to Arba Minch.
O/n Arba Minch
Day 15 Arba Minch – Addis Ababa:
446km via Soddo, Hosaena, Butajira “Gurage Tribe” Tiya in to Addis Ababa.
O/n Addis Ababa