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The Southern part of Ethiopia is an ideal place for a visitor who wants to experience natural attractions, landscapes, archeological sites and massive cultural diversity of more than 56 nations and nationalities. This region is also rich in lakes with abundant bird life, ancient churches, mosques, natural spring waters, underground caves, as well as national parks and sanctuaries.

YOD Abyssinia arranges tours to this fascinating route by surface drive, flight or mix of both: 12 Days & 11 Nights (surface drive), 11 Days & 10 Nights (surface drive), 10 Days & 9 Nights (surface drive); 9 Days & 8 Nights (flights & surface drive).

Melkakuntere is a famous place where pre-historic tools used by Homo sapiens have been discovered. Adadi Maryam Church is the only monolithic rock hewn church in the area along with Tiya, the place that contains 40 stelaes with the highest 2 meters tall.

This area is also rich of various rift valley lakes and natural resources worth visiting. Lake Ziway is the largest of the northern group of rift valley lakes and is best known for bird life, and also home to Fishery Center, making it an interesting destination for those who love fishing. There are also five volcanic islands and three monasteries on the lake.

Langano, Abyata & Shalla Lakes are also found in this area. Lake Langano is a recreational lake with clean and bilharzias free water. Apart from its fauna and flora, Lake Abyata is also source of food for birds found around Lake Shalla. Lake Shalla is, however, a fine site for various species of birds, where as Lake Abaya is the largest, the longest and the most remarkable lake from the Rift Valley chain, lying side by side with Lake Chammo.

Wondo Genet is enriched with hot spring water, green dense forest, birds, vegetables and fruits. Senkele Wild Life Sanctuary is also where indigenous wild animals and bird life are found.

Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary, covering 2,500 km2 is also the best place to see bird and endemic wild life like Swaynes Hartebeest, Zebra, Gazelle and other predators.

The Crocodiles Market is one of the fascinating places in the Southern Ethiopia that displays big crocodiles. Nechisar National Park reflects the diversity of birds and wild animals.

Omo Valley, 1000 km from Addis Ababa, is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth inhabited by wide variety of animals and few of the most fascinating, colorful and the last truly tribal people of the African continent like Mursi, Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech, Dorze, Hamer, Karo, Konso.

Cultural events like Bull Back Jumping, Mursi Men Stick Fight, Women with Lip Plate and Evangadi (Hammer people night dance) are some of the attractions in this area.

Bale Mountain National Park is home for wild life such as Nyala, Ethiopian Wolf and birds like malachite and sunbirds is also suitable for trekking lovers.

The major site for Muslim pilgrimage, Sophomore Cave, the longest underground cave in the world, is also found in this region.

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Tour Code: YAT-S01 Tour Itinerary to Southern Ethiopia/Omo Valley

Focus: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights

Transportation:  Surface drive & boat ride

Day 1: YOD Abyssinia Office, tour orientation, a welcome refreshment, check into a hotel, lunch. A city tour to Addis Ababa: National Museum, Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University, Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (at Entoto Mountain), Merkato. Dinner.

Day 2: Drive to Arba Minch. Lunch at Wolayta Sodo. En route visit the Dorze Village. Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 3: Visit to Nech Sar National Park. Lunch. A boat ride on Lake Chamo. Back to the lodge. Dinner.

Day 4: Drive to Jinka. En route visit the Konso Village. Lunch at Konso. Check into a resort. Dinner.

Day 5: Drive to Mago National Park, & visit Mursi Village. Lunch, visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka, dinner.

Day 6: Drive to Turmi. En route visit the Key Afer Market (Thursday). Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 7: Drive to Omorate, & visit Dassench/Geleb Village, lunch. Visit the Hammer Village, dinner.

Day 8: Drive to Yabelo via Arebore-Tsmaye. Lunch at Konso. Check into a motel. Dinner.

Day 9: Drive to Borena Village & visit singing wells. Drive to Yirgalem. Lunch at Dilla. Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 10: Driven back to Addis Ababa, shopping for souvenirs. Lunch at Ziway. A farewell dinner, transfer out to Bole International Airport.

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Welcome to an extraordinary treasure in the horn of Africa, ETHIOPIA! YOD Abyssinia Tour Operation & Travel Agent - Where your comfort, safety & satisfaction is our priority!

Tour Code: YAT-S02 Tour Itinerary to Southern Ethiopia/Omo Valley

Focus: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture

Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights

Transportation:  Flight, surface drive & boat ride

Day 1: YOD Abyssinia Office, tour orientation, a welcome refreshment, check into a hotel. A city tour to Addis Ababa: National Museum, Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University, Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (at Entoto Mountain), Merkato.

Day 2: Flight to Arba Minch, check into lodge, lunch. Drive to Dorze Village. Dinner.

Day 3: Drive to Jinka. En route visit the Konso Village. Lunch at Konso. Check into a resort. Dinner.

Day 4: Drive to Mago National Park, & visit Mursi Village, lunch. Visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka. Dinner.

Day 5: Drive to Turmi. En route visit the Key Afer Market (Thursday), lunch. Check into a hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Omorate, & visit Dassench/Geleb Village, lunch. Visit the Hammer Village, dinner.

Day 7: Drive back to Arba Minch. En route visit the Arbore people. Lunch at Konso. Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 8: Visit to the nearby NechSar National Park, lunch. Take a boat ride on Lake Chamo. Dinner.

Day 9: Flight back to Addis Ababa, shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner, transfer out to Bole International Airport.

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Welcome to an extraordinary treasure in the horn of Africa, ETHIOPIA! YOD Abyssinia Tour Operation & Travel Agent - Where your comfort, safety & satisfaction is our priority!

Tour Code: YAT-S03 Tour Itinerary to Southern Ethiopia/Omo Valley

Focus: Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights

Transportation:  Surface drive & boat ride

Day 1: YOD Abyssinia Office, tour orientation, a welcome refreshment, check into a hotel. Lunch. A city tour to Addis Ababa: National Museum, Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University, Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (at Entoto Mountain), Merkato. Dinner.

Day 2: Drive to Awassa. Lunch at Ziway. En route visit the Awash River and Lake Ziway. Check into a hotel. Dinner.

Day 3: Drive to Arab Minch. Moring visit Fish Market in Awassa. Lunch at Wolayta Sodo. En route visit the Dorze Village. Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 4: Visit to Nech Sar National Park. Lunch. A boat ride on Lake Chamo. Back to the lodge. Dinner.

Day 5: Drive to Jinka. En route visit the Konso Village. Lunch at Konso. Check into a resort. Dinner.

Day 6: Drive to Mago National Park, & visit Mursi Village. Lunch. Visit the Ethnographic museum of Jinka. Dinner.

Day 7: Drive to Turmi. En route visit the Key Afer Market (if on Thursday). Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 8: Drive to Omorate. Visit Dassench/Geleb Village. Lunch. Visit the Hammer Village. Dinner.

Day 9: Drive to Yabelo via Arebore-Tsmaye. Lunch at Konso. Check into a motel. Dinner.

Day 10: Drive to Borena Village & visit singing wells. Drive to Yirgalem. Lunch at Dilla. Check into a lodge. Dinner.

Day 11: Driven back to Addis Ababa. Lunch at Ziway. Shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner. Transfer out to Bole International Airport.

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