Tours

Visit the rich tapestries of life in southern Ethiopia. Your personalised tour can include time with ancient tribes untouched for generations, a traditional canoe ride down the Omo River, dancing with the singers from Dorze village and breathtaking drives across the African savannah. All tours are designed around the local communities so they earn income and create job opportunities.

Omo Valley

Our tailored tours take between four to twelve days enabling you to see the rich culture, endemic wildlife and stunning landscapes of southern Ethiopia.

You can see the lifestyles of ancient tribes, unchanged for generations. Visit the Konso, Bena, Ari Mursi, Hammer, Karo, Dassanech and Arbore tribes. Our tours are designed so you can visit their colourful local markets, join their celebrations and take part in daily village life including an overnight stay.

Mago national park is a birdwatchers paradise and an overnight camping stay enables you to see buffaloes, bushbacks, dik diks, gazelles, greater kudus, Swaynes hartebeest and if you are lucky elephants.

Travel past terraced farms, stone houses and through the amazing Rift Valley. Take a traditional canoe down the Omo valley and glimpse across at Kenya.

Our tours built for you include transport, guide, hotel bookings, entrance payments and camping equipment. See example of tour for Omo Valley.

 

Gamo people. Photo by Marc Veraart.

Gamo people. Photo by Marc Veraart.

Mursi boy. Mich Verbelen.

Mursi boy. Mich Verbelen.

Hamer tribe's market. Mich Verbelen.

Hamer tribe’s market. Mich Verbelen.

 

Arba Minch

Spend one or two days enjoying the varied wildlife and nature surrounding Arba Minch.

Our tours include a visit to the forty springs, where you will see the source of the town’s water, baboons and a lush forest. Bring your swimming costume and enjoy a cooling dip in a natural pond.

Arba Minch is home to two Rift Valley lakes separated by forest covered hills (known locally as the bridge of god). Take a boat trip on Chamo lake to see wild crocodiles, hippopotami, pelicans, flamingoes and local fishing boats. On our fishing trip you will be surprised at your catch of tiger fish, tilapia and many more.

Drive across the bridge of god to experience 514 square kilometres of African savannah containing wild zebras, gazelles, swaynes hartebeest, kudus, birds and stunning views of both lakes.

Visit the local day market to buy coffee, weaving materials and grains. At the night market, join the sellers from neighbouring villages and enjoy local food and drink.

Save time in your tour for an Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony in a family home.

Our tour will be designed especially for you and includes transport, guide, entrance fees and hotel booking. See example of tour for Arba Minch.

Pelikans on the Lake Abaya. Mich Verbelen

Pelikans on the Lake Abaya. Mich Verbelen

Crocodile on Lake Chamo. Mich Verbelen.

Crocodile on Lake Chamo. Mich Verbelen.

Baboon near Forty Springs, Arba Minch. Mich Verbelen.

Baboon near Forty Springs, Arba Minch. Mich Verbelen.

 

Dorze and Chencha

Spend one or two days experiencing the lifestyle of the Dorze and Chencha tribes. The Dorze tribe are famous throughout Ethiopia for their traditional cotton weaving and pottery.

Our tours include a visit to the home of a local potter where you will be amazed by their talents, as they make a pot in front of your eyes. You will have an opportunity to visit the local village to see the traditional bamboo homes (designed like an elephant head), help prepare bread freshly made from the false banana tree and meet the community weavers. Market days are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. See the locals selling their farming, weaving and pottery goods. You can also try the local drinks, such as honey based Teij. At the end of the day, stay overnight at a local lodge with stunning views of both lakes. Enjoy the camp fire and take part in the local singing and dancing. In the morning, wake up early to see the glorious sunrise.

All entrance fees are paid directly to the community for their own projects, for example, immunisations for the children. Our tour will be designed to meet your needs and includes transport, guide, entrance fees and hotel booking. See example of tour for Dorze and Chencha.

Dorze lodge. Photo by Gamo Travel

Dorze lodge. Photo by Gamo Travel

Making false banana bread. Gamo Travel.

Making false banana bread. Gamo Travel.

Dorze camp fire. Photo by Gamo Travel.

Dorze camp fire. Photo by Gamo Travel.