ADDIS ABEBA - OMO VALLEY - LALIBELA

ETHIOPIA

Investment: US $5,495

Date:October 19 to October 31, 2024
Banner Ethiopia

Our journey through the South and North of Ethiopia will take us to two of the most fascinating geographical areas of the African continent. In the South, we will explore the Omo Valley, home to 18 ethnic groups that still preserve their ancestral traditions. Here, we will discover the magic of the Karo, the Hamer and the Mursi, among others, with their fascinating scarifications, the Bull's Leap and the impressive lip plates.

In the north, we will visit the holy city of Lalibela, famous for its impressive churches carved into the rock, and we will marvel at the source of the Nile River and its impressive waterfalls. This trip to Ethiopia will allow us to enter a country full of mysteries and discover one of the most inaccessible areas of the planet.

Traveling to the Omo Valley means having an open mind to understand the lives of the people who live there and connect with the authentic Africa in all of us. This destination is ideal for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the culture and history of this fascinating ethnic country.

Finally, our journey will take us to the North, where we can explore the African Jerusalem of Lalibela and sail to the place where the great blue Nile rises. Many travelers categorize this destination as two trips in one, as it offers the opportunity to discover both the ethnic culture of the South and the breathtaking natural scenery of the North.

DAY 1 (19-10-24). ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA

Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Your Ethiopia adventure begins with your arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport, where the vibrant pulse of the capital welcomes you. As you exit through the terminal, you will meet a Namaste Photo Tours representative, easily recognizable and ready to greet you with a warm smile. From this first moment, our team will take care of everything, ensuring a smooth and comfortable transfer to your accommodation.

Transfer to the Hotel and Time to Rest
After the tour, we will transfer you to the prestigious Golden Tulip Hotel, your home away from home. Here, you can rest, refresh and acclimatize to the altitude and pace of the city. The Golden Tulip offers a perfect combination of Ethiopian hospitality and modern comforts, ensuring a pleasant stay from the start.

Afternoon exploration of Addis Ababa
Once revitalized, we invite you to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Ethiopia with a guided tour of Addis Ababa. This experience will not only allow you to get a first impression of the city but also to discover its most closely guarded secrets. From the historic monuments and museums, such as the National Museum of Ethiopia - home of Lucy, our most famous ancestor - to the bustling markets and lively streets, this afternoon promises to be an unforgettable introduction to Addis Ababa's rich heritage and dynamism.

Lodging: Golden Tulip Hotel.

 

DAY 2 (10-20-24). ADDIS ABABA - FLIGHT - ARBA MINCH

We started the first stage of the journey to the south of the South of the country.

To avoid the long trip to Arba Minchwe take an internal flight of only one hour (11.50h).

We will use high-end Land Cruiser V8 Executive all-terrain vehicles with air conditioning.

Upon arrival, we will make a first visit to the Dorze villages. Dorze Villages and their so called "Elephant Houses".located in a mountain landscape of great beauty.

The exact population of this ethnic group is not known at present, according to a census carried out in 1994 by Ethnologue, this tribe possessed a number of 29,000 individuals, of which about 9,910 spoke only one language. These individuals live mainly in the south of the country, although there are also some groups living in Addis Ababa and other regions.

This people is well known for the quality of the fabrics they make and with these same fabrics they make the so-called Shamma, which is a kind of tunic used by men and women in a traditional way. Sewing became important for this tribe because it is a primary profession for a group of the Dorze population.

The Dorze do not have the traditional economic habits of the indigenous peoples that exist today, due to the magnitude and demographic growth in relation to the amount of land they own, they had to change their economic distribution, but they did not manage to change the manufacture of clothing due to the success of their weavings.

Because of the demand for the garments manufactured by this ethnic group, they have turned it into their main economic activity. The manufacture of the Shama, which is a colorful tunic made by this group, has been a great success throughout the country and the demand is enough to keep the Dorze in an economic market that they can take advantage of to generate sufficient income.

The houses made by the Dorze are characteristic in relation to those of the neighboring peoples, they have the habit of inhabiting them for about 40 years and then abandon them and build a new house to live in. Another very important characteristic of the Dorze society is their polyphonic music, this type of music has been considered by experts with similarities to the pygmy peoples of Central Africa, these songs are performed by the whole community, that is to say that there are no professionals among them who perform this activity. 

The Dorze are known for their very particular dwellings, which are called "elephant houses" because their shape resembles the physical form of elephants. These houses are made with very high roofs that are covered with thatch to prevent the passage of water and the effects of the weather.

The structure of the houses is made of wood or bamboo, depending on the materials found nearby and the personal tastes of the individual who will build it and the one who will inhabit it. The roof form extends from the top to the floor, since the walls of the house also have this coating and is completely aligned with the roof.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 3 (10-21-24). EXCURSION TO THE NATIONAL PARK OF NECHISAR

Morning: Chamo Lake Water Safari
The day begins with the serenity of dawn, the perfect time to embark on an aquatic adventure on Lake Chamo, a hidden treasure within the Nechisar National Park. Aboard a comfortable boat, we will have the unique opportunity to get up close to wildlife, observing giant crocodiles, submerged hippos and a diversity of exotic birds in their natural habitat. This experience is not only a visual delight, but also an opportunity to understand the rich biodiversity of the park.

Afternoon: Exploration of the forest and the 40 springs.
After reconnecting with the tranquility of the lake and its inhabitants, the adventure continues on land. We will enter the dense forest of Nechisar National Park, a sanctuary of flora and fauna. The hike will lead us to discover the 40 springs, known as Arba Minch in Amharic, a natural spectacle of crystal clear waters gushing in a dreamlike landscape. This visit is not only a walk through nature, but also a journey through the culture and legends surrounding this mystical place.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 4 (10-22-24). ARBA MINCH - JINKA

Distance: 240 km - Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes

The day begins at dawn, embarking on a fascinating journey from Arba Minch to Jinka, deep into the heart of the Omo Valley. Our itinerary takes us through breathtaking Ethiopian landscapes, with an essential stop at Dimeka, an encounter with the vibrant local life.

Morning: Exploration of Dimeka Market
Our route is designed around a visit to the Dimeka market, an explosion of colors, sounds and aromas. This market is one of the most emblematic and lively in the Omo Valley, where life bustles around every corner. Here, communities from various tribes - Hamer, Benna, Karo, among others - converge in a unique spectacle of cultural exchange, offering a window into their traditions through the trade of food, handicrafts and goods. It is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in Ethiopia's cultural diversity, capture memorable photographs and perhaps purchase some local handicrafts.

Afternoon: Arrival in Jinka
We continue our journey to Jinka, a town that serves as a gateway to some of the most remote and fascinating corners of the Omo Valley.

Lodging: Nassa Pension.

 

DAY 5 (10/23-24). JINKA - MAGO NATIONAL PARK - TURMI

Distance: 130 km - Estimated travel time: 3 hours

Morning Encounter with the Mursi
Sunrise marks the beginning of an exciting journey to Mago National Park, a sanctuary of biodiversity and home to the iconic Mursi tribe. Famous for their distinctive tradition of adorning the lower lip with clay dishes, the Mursi represent one of Ethiopia's most fascinating cultures. This visit not only allows us to witness their unique aesthetic practices, but also to understand the deep cultural meaning behind them. Our encounter with the Mursi promises to be an enriching exchange, revealing the stories and heritage of a people who have kept their traditions alive through generations.

Exploration of the Ari Village
We continue our journey to Turmi, making a stop at the charming Ari village. Known for their lively architecture, the Ari houses radiate with vibrant colors that reflect the joy of their community. In addition, their mastery of blacksmithing and pottery not only demonstrates exceptional craftsmanship skills, but also a deep connection to the land and natural resources. This visit provides an opportunity to admire and perhaps purchase unique objects, a testament to Ari's ingenuity and creativity.

Discovery on the Trail: Weyto and the Tsemai Tribe
Our journey also takes us through Weyto, home to the Tsemai tribe, another indigenous community with distinctive practices and traditions. Although lesser known, the Tsemai tribe offers a unique perspective on Ethiopia's cultural diversity. The visit to Weyto becomes a moment of learning and appreciation of the ethnic richness that characterizes the country.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 6 (10-24-24). VISIT TO THE ARBORE TRIBE

Distance: 75 km - Estimated Travel Time: 2.30 hours

Cultural Encounter in Erbore Village
The morning unfolds with an invitation to explore Erbore Village, located in the picturesque Weyto Valley. Here, there is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in local life through its vibrant market. This place is not only a trading center, but a cultural meeting point where various tribes of the region gather to trade. From agricultural products to unique handicrafts, the Erbore market is a window into local practices and economy. This visit offers the opportunity to observe and participate in the exchange of goods, allowing for an authentic experience of community life in Ethiopia.

Afternoon of Traditions with the Hamer
After returning to Turmi, the afternoon is reserved for an immersion in the culture of the Hamer tribe. Known for their expressive body art, the Hamer are distinguished by their beaded decorations, braided hair bound with an ochre clay paste, and artistically painted faces. These traditions are not only a form of aesthetic beauty, but also expressions of identity and belonging within the community.

One of the most iconic Hamer rituals is the jumping of the bulls, a ceremony marking the transition to adulthood and eligibility for marriage. Young men must demonstrate their bravery and skill by running over a line of bulls without falling, a feat that requires both courage and dexterity. If you happen to coincide with the celebration of this event, you will have the unique opportunity to witness this impressive tradition at nightfall, a spectacle that will remain in your memory as a testament to Ethiopia's rich cultural fabric.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 7 (10-25-24). VISIT TO THE DASSENECH AND NYAGNATON TRIBES.

Distance: 140 km - Estimated travel time: 2 hours

Crossing to Omorate and meeting with the Dasenech people
The morning begins with an exciting expedition to Omorate, a starting point to immerse yourself in the rich cultural diversity that lies along the Omo River. Upon arrival, a boat ride across the mighty Omo River will take us to the Dasenech community. This tribe is distinguished by their expressive practices of body painting and skin scarification, a testament to their cultural identity and status within the community. In addition, the Dasenech have created ingenious wigs from bottle caps, a fascinating example of adaptation and creativity in their clothing.

Drive to Kangatan and visit the Nyangatom Tribe.
In the afternoon, the journey continues to Kangatan, where the Omo River once again guides us through its meandering paths. The walk through the fields reveals the natural beauty that surrounds the region, setting the stage for our encounter with the Nyangatom tribe. Known for their resilience and strong community ties, the Nyangatom share with us their way of life, from their agricultural practices to the ceremonies that mark key moments in their culture. This visit not only provides an insight into their traditions, but also an opportunity to appreciate the harmony with which they live in harmony with their environment.

A Night of Tradition: The Leaping of the Bulls
As night falls, the possibility of witnessing the jumping of the bulls, a traditional ceremony symbolizing the passage to maturity and bravery, awaits us. Although this event is occasional, witnessing such a tradition would be a privilege, offering a unique window into the rituals that define the cohesion and cultural continuity of these tribes.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 8 (10-26-24). VISIT TO THE KARO TRIBE

Distance: 140 km - Estimated travel time: 6 hours

Journey to the Cultural Heart of Murelle
The eighth day of our adventure takes us to a close encounter with the Karo tribe, renowned for their impressive and distinctive body decoration practices. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey of approximately 140 km to Murelle, a journey that will take us about 6 hours. Along the way, we will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, allowing us to savor the natural beauty and tranquility of the Ethiopian landscape.

Exploration of Murelle and meeting with the Karo people
Upon arrival in Murelle, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the life and customs of the Karo. This tribe is noted for their exceptional body art, using natural pigments and scarifications to create designs that not only adorn the body, but also express identity, status and beauty. A visit to their settlements offers a unique window into their traditions, art and the way they relate to their environment.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 9 (10-27-24). TURMI - KONSO - ARBAS MINCH

Distance: 186 km - Estimated travel time: 3 hours

Morning Meeting with the Hamer and Journey to Konso
The ninth day of our adventure begins with a visit to the Hamer tribe, whose traditions and culture we have begun to deeply appreciate. After this enriching morning experience, we embark on a journey to Konso, covering a distance of 186 km in approximately 3 hours. Our itinerary is designed to absorb the rich cultural tapestry of the region, including, time permitting, a stop at Key Afar. Here, we will have the opportunity to explore its famous market, a vital meeting point for the Benna and Tsemai tribes, where a fascinating exchange of goods takes place.

Exploring Konso: Stone Terraces and Wakas
Upon arrival in Konso, we will witness its fortified settlements and impressive stone terraces, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This agricultural engineering not only shows the harmony between the community and its environment, but also underlines the importance of sustainability and adaptation. In addition, Konso is famous for its wakas, wooden statues carved in honor of the tribe's heroes and important figures.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 10 (28-10-24). ARBA MINCH - FLIGHT - ADDIS ABABA

After breakfast, flight to Addis Ababa (10.20am).

In the afternoon, rest and relaxation in our fabulous hotel.

Lodging: Golden Tulip Hotel.

 

DAY 11 (10-29-24). ADDIS ABABA - FLIGHT - LALIBELA

Morning: Flight to Lalibela (8.10 am)
The day begins with an exciting flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, a destination that is home to one of Ethiopia's most sacred and architecturally stunning treasures. Upon arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel will provide a first glimpse of the stunning geography that defines the Lasta region.

Hotel check-in and lunch
After checking in at the hotel, you will enjoy lunch offering local and international dishes, preparing your palate for Lalibela's rich culinary offerings. This will be a perfect time to rest and prepare for the afternoon of exploration.

Afternoon: Visit to the Rock-hewn Churches
After lunch, you will begin your visit to the world-famous churches of Lalibela, a collection of rock-hewn liturgical structures dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. This tour will begin with the northwest group of churches:

  • Beth Medhane Alem, the largest of all, known for being the home of the replica of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Bet Maryam, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is possibly the most decorated.
  • Bet Meskel and Bet Danaghel, each with its own unique stories and decorations.
  • Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha, notable for their art and architecture, although Bet Golgotha is known for restricting entry to women.

Each church is a testament to human ingenuity and spiritual devotion, offering a window into Ethiopian faith and history.

Lodging: Mezena Lodge.

 

DAY 12 (30-10-24). LALIBELA

Morning: Visit to Genet Maryam Monastery
We start the day with an excursion to the impressive Genet Maryam Monastery, located approximately 35 km from Lalibela. This site, uniquely carved into a hill and visible from a distance, is distinguished by its architectural uniqueness compared to the other subway structures in the region. Near the source of the Tekaze River, Genet Maryam is not only an architectural wonder but also a place of deep spirituality and tranquility.

Afternoon: Tour of the Southeastern Cluster of Churches
The day continues with an exploration of the Southeastern cluster of churches in Lalibela, each with its own history and spiritual significance:

  • Bet Gabriel-Rufael, access to a complex that once served as a fortified palace.
  • Bet Merkorios, which has wall paintings that tell biblical and local stories.
  • Bet Amanuel, considered one of the architectural jewels of Lalibela for its refined style.
  • Bet Abba Libanos, notable for its almost intact facade and the legend of its night construction.

These visits will not only enrich your understanding of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian heritage but also your appreciation for religious art and architecture.

Culmination with St. George
The day concludes with a visit to St. George's Church (Bet Giyorgis), undoubtedly the most emblematic of all the churches in Lalibela and a symbol of Ethiopia. Sculpted in the shape of a cross from a single rock, it represents the culmination of the religious and artistic vision that inspired the creation of these churches. The history of its construction and its impressive preservation make St. George's a place of pilgrimage and worldwide admiration.

Lodging: Mezena Lodge.

 

DAY 13 (10/31/24). LALIBELA - ADDIS ABABA

Morning: Last Visit in Lalibela
We will begin the last morning in Lalibela with a visit to the serene monastery of Neakutolab, a spiritually rich and less explored place, offering a peaceful and reflective end to your stay in this sacred city.

Transfer to the Airport and Flight to Addis Ababa (13.10 pm)
After absorbing the serenity of Neakutolab, we will proceed to the airport for our flight back to Addis Ababa. This return journey not only marks the end of our stay in Lalibela but also the beginning of the last leg of our journey in Ethiopia.

Farewell Dinner with Namaste Photo Tours
To close on a high note, Namaste Photo Tours invites you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Enjoy a memorable evening with live music and dancing, celebrating the rich cultural experiences of your trip. This dinner will not only be an opportunity to taste exquisite local dishes but also to relive the highlights of the trip, in the company of those who have shared this unforgettable adventure.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).

INCLUDED:
  • 4 Internal Flights (1.Addis Ababa-Arba Minch | 2.Arba Minch-Addis Ababa | 3. Addis Ababa-Lalibela | 4.Lalibela-Addis Ababa).
  • 12 nights accommodation (double room), Single supplement: +$900.
  • Full board during the entire trip (except in Addis Ababa).
  • Technical and photographic advice by Juanra Noriega.
  • Transfers airport/hotel.
  • Transportation in a V8 all terrain vehicle (Omo Valley).
  • Transportation by minibus in Lalibela.
  • Boat trip on Chamo Lake.
  • Entrance fees to national parks.
  • Government fees.
  • Accommodations as specified in the Itinerary.
  • Water bottles throughout the trip.
  • All activities and/or excursions indicated as included in the itinerary.

 

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International flights(We will advise you to find the best flight from your city of origin).
  • Entry visa to Ethiopia. Link to obtain it online.
  • Any excursion or extra activity not specified in the data sheet.
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Tipping

PAYMENT POLICY

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US $1,000
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation and refund:

We understand that attending our trips requires a prior commitment and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the beginning of the trip: 100% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the trip: 50% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- 90-46 days prior to departure: 35% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- Within 45 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Health:

Participants must be in general good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical related arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

 

Cancellation by Namaste Premium Travel:

Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the trip.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Premium Travel to cancel a trip, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This reimbursement will be the limit of Namaste Premium Travel's liability.

Namaste Premium Travel is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

  1. Accidents:

1A. Namaste Premium Travel is not responsible for the accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses in case they are necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his/her safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Premim Travel is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his/her own photographic equipment.

  1. Punctuality:

2.A The trip begins on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location established for the starting day of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Premium Travel representative as soon as possible.

  1. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing must be respected. Disrespect from a participant to another trip member or staff member will not be allowed.

  1. Weather:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to another. We will always be aware of the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the itinerary.

INFORMATION
ADDIS ABEBA - OMO VALLEY - LALIBELA

ETHIOPIA

Investment: US $5,495

Date:October 19 to October 31, 2024
Banner Ethiopia

Our journey through the South and North of Ethiopia will take us to two of the most fascinating geographical areas of the African continent. In the South, we will explore the Omo Valley, home to 18 ethnic groups that still preserve their ancestral traditions. Here, we will discover the magic of the Karo, the Hamer and the Mursi, among others, with their fascinating scarifications, the Bull's Leap and the impressive lip plates.

In the north, we will visit the holy city of Lalibela, famous for its impressive churches carved into the rock, and we will marvel at the source of the Nile River and its impressive waterfalls. This trip to Ethiopia will allow us to enter a country full of mysteries and discover one of the most inaccessible areas of the planet.

Traveling to the Omo Valley means having an open mind to understand the lives of the people who live there and connect with the authentic Africa in all of us. This destination is ideal for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the culture and history of this fascinating ethnic country.

Finally, our journey will take us to the North, where we can explore the African Jerusalem of Lalibela and sail to the place where the great blue Nile rises. Many travelers categorize this destination as two trips in one, as it offers the opportunity to discover both the ethnic culture of the South and the breathtaking natural scenery of the North.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 (19-10-24). ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA

Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Your Ethiopia adventure begins with your arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport, where the vibrant pulse of the capital welcomes you. As you exit through the terminal, you will meet a Namaste Photo Tours representative, easily recognizable and ready to greet you with a warm smile. From this first moment, our team will take care of everything, ensuring a smooth and comfortable transfer to your accommodation.

Transfer to the Hotel and Time to Rest
After the tour, we will transfer you to the prestigious Golden Tulip Hotel, your home away from home. Here, you can rest, refresh and acclimatize to the altitude and pace of the city. The Golden Tulip offers a perfect combination of Ethiopian hospitality and modern comforts, ensuring a pleasant stay from the start.

Afternoon exploration of Addis Ababa
Once revitalized, we invite you to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Ethiopia with a guided tour of Addis Ababa. This experience will not only allow you to get a first impression of the city but also to discover its most closely guarded secrets. From the historic monuments and museums, such as the National Museum of Ethiopia - home of Lucy, our most famous ancestor - to the bustling markets and lively streets, this afternoon promises to be an unforgettable introduction to Addis Ababa's rich heritage and dynamism.

Lodging: Golden Tulip Hotel.

 

DAY 2 (10-20-24). ADDIS ABABA - FLIGHT - ARBA MINCH

We started the first stage of the journey to the south of the South of the country.

To avoid the long trip to Arba Minchwe take an internal flight of only one hour (11.50h).

We will use high-end Land Cruiser V8 Executive all-terrain vehicles with air conditioning.

Upon arrival, we will make a first visit to the Dorze villages. Dorze Villages and their so called "Elephant Houses".located in a mountain landscape of great beauty.

The exact population of this ethnic group is not known at present, according to a census carried out in 1994 by Ethnologue, this tribe possessed a number of 29,000 individuals, of which about 9,910 spoke only one language. These individuals live mainly in the south of the country, although there are also some groups living in Addis Ababa and other regions.

This people is well known for the quality of the fabrics they make and with these same fabrics they make the so-called Shamma, which is a kind of tunic used by men and women in a traditional way. Sewing became important for this tribe because it is a primary profession for a group of the Dorze population.

The Dorze do not have the traditional economic habits of the indigenous peoples that exist today, due to the magnitude and demographic growth in relation to the amount of land they own, they had to change their economic distribution, but they did not manage to change the manufacture of clothing due to the success of their weavings.

Because of the demand for the garments manufactured by this ethnic group, they have turned it into their main economic activity. The manufacture of the Shama, which is a colorful tunic made by this group, has been a great success throughout the country and the demand is enough to keep the Dorze in an economic market that they can take advantage of to generate sufficient income.

The houses made by the Dorze are characteristic in relation to those of the neighboring peoples, they have the habit of inhabiting them for about 40 years and then abandon them and build a new house to live in. Another very important characteristic of the Dorze society is their polyphonic music, this type of music has been considered by experts with similarities to the pygmy peoples of Central Africa, these songs are performed by the whole community, that is to say that there are no professionals among them who perform this activity. 

The Dorze are known for their very particular dwellings, which are called "elephant houses" because their shape resembles the physical form of elephants. These houses are made with very high roofs that are covered with thatch to prevent the passage of water and the effects of the weather.

The structure of the houses is made of wood or bamboo, depending on the materials found nearby and the personal tastes of the individual who will build it and the one who will inhabit it. The roof form extends from the top to the floor, since the walls of the house also have this coating and is completely aligned with the roof.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 3 (10-21-24). EXCURSION TO THE NATIONAL PARK OF NECHISAR

Morning: Chamo Lake Water Safari
The day begins with the serenity of dawn, the perfect time to embark on an aquatic adventure on Lake Chamo, a hidden treasure within the Nechisar National Park. Aboard a comfortable boat, we will have the unique opportunity to get up close to wildlife, observing giant crocodiles, submerged hippos and a diversity of exotic birds in their natural habitat. This experience is not only a visual delight, but also an opportunity to understand the rich biodiversity of the park.

Afternoon: Exploration of the forest and the 40 springs.
After reconnecting with the tranquility of the lake and its inhabitants, the adventure continues on land. We will enter the dense forest of Nechisar National Park, a sanctuary of flora and fauna. The hike will lead us to discover the 40 springs, known as Arba Minch in Amharic, a natural spectacle of crystal clear waters gushing in a dreamlike landscape. This visit is not only a walk through nature, but also a journey through the culture and legends surrounding this mystical place.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 4 (10-22-24). ARBA MINCH - JINKA

Distance: 240 km - Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes

The day begins at dawn, embarking on a fascinating journey from Arba Minch to Jinka, deep into the heart of the Omo Valley. Our itinerary takes us through breathtaking Ethiopian landscapes, with an essential stop at Dimeka, an encounter with the vibrant local life.

Morning: Exploration of Dimeka Market
Our route is designed around a visit to the Dimeka market, an explosion of colors, sounds and aromas. This market is one of the most emblematic and lively in the Omo Valley, where life bustles around every corner. Here, communities from various tribes - Hamer, Benna, Karo, among others - converge in a unique spectacle of cultural exchange, offering a window into their traditions through the trade of food, handicrafts and goods. It is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in Ethiopia's cultural diversity, capture memorable photographs and perhaps purchase some local handicrafts.

Afternoon: Arrival in Jinka
We continue our journey to Jinka, a town that serves as a gateway to some of the most remote and fascinating corners of the Omo Valley.

Lodging: Nassa Pension.

 

DAY 5 (10/23-24). JINKA - MAGO NATIONAL PARK - TURMI

Distance: 130 km - Estimated travel time: 3 hours

Morning Encounter with the Mursi
Sunrise marks the beginning of an exciting journey to Mago National Park, a sanctuary of biodiversity and home to the iconic Mursi tribe. Famous for their distinctive tradition of adorning the lower lip with clay dishes, the Mursi represent one of Ethiopia's most fascinating cultures. This visit not only allows us to witness their unique aesthetic practices, but also to understand the deep cultural meaning behind them. Our encounter with the Mursi promises to be an enriching exchange, revealing the stories and heritage of a people who have kept their traditions alive through generations.

Exploration of the Ari Village
We continue our journey to Turmi, making a stop at the charming Ari village. Known for their lively architecture, the Ari houses radiate with vibrant colors that reflect the joy of their community. In addition, their mastery of blacksmithing and pottery not only demonstrates exceptional craftsmanship skills, but also a deep connection to the land and natural resources. This visit provides an opportunity to admire and perhaps purchase unique objects, a testament to Ari's ingenuity and creativity.

Discovery on the Trail: Weyto and the Tsemai Tribe
Our journey also takes us through Weyto, home to the Tsemai tribe, another indigenous community with distinctive practices and traditions. Although lesser known, the Tsemai tribe offers a unique perspective on Ethiopia's cultural diversity. The visit to Weyto becomes a moment of learning and appreciation of the ethnic richness that characterizes the country.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 6 (10-24-24). VISIT TO THE ARBORE TRIBE

Distance: 75 km - Estimated Travel Time: 2.30 hours

Cultural Encounter in Erbore Village
The morning unfolds with an invitation to explore Erbore Village, located in the picturesque Weyto Valley. Here, there is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in local life through its vibrant market. This place is not only a trading center, but a cultural meeting point where various tribes of the region gather to trade. From agricultural products to unique handicrafts, the Erbore market is a window into local practices and economy. This visit offers the opportunity to observe and participate in the exchange of goods, allowing for an authentic experience of community life in Ethiopia.

Afternoon of Traditions with the Hamer
After returning to Turmi, the afternoon is reserved for an immersion in the culture of the Hamer tribe. Known for their expressive body art, the Hamer are distinguished by their beaded decorations, braided hair bound with an ochre clay paste, and artistically painted faces. These traditions are not only a form of aesthetic beauty, but also expressions of identity and belonging within the community.

One of the most iconic Hamer rituals is the jumping of the bulls, a ceremony marking the transition to adulthood and eligibility for marriage. Young men must demonstrate their bravery and skill by running over a line of bulls without falling, a feat that requires both courage and dexterity. If you happen to coincide with the celebration of this event, you will have the unique opportunity to witness this impressive tradition at nightfall, a spectacle that will remain in your memory as a testament to Ethiopia's rich cultural fabric.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 7 (10-25-24). VISIT TO THE DASSENECH AND NYAGNATON TRIBES.

Distance: 140 km - Estimated travel time: 2 hours

Crossing to Omorate and meeting with the Dasenech people
The morning begins with an exciting expedition to Omorate, a starting point to immerse yourself in the rich cultural diversity that lies along the Omo River. Upon arrival, a boat ride across the mighty Omo River will take us to the Dasenech community. This tribe is distinguished by their expressive practices of body painting and skin scarification, a testament to their cultural identity and status within the community. In addition, the Dasenech have created ingenious wigs from bottle caps, a fascinating example of adaptation and creativity in their clothing.

Drive to Kangatan and visit the Nyangatom Tribe.
In the afternoon, the journey continues to Kangatan, where the Omo River once again guides us through its meandering paths. The walk through the fields reveals the natural beauty that surrounds the region, setting the stage for our encounter with the Nyangatom tribe. Known for their resilience and strong community ties, the Nyangatom share with us their way of life, from their agricultural practices to the ceremonies that mark key moments in their culture. This visit not only provides an insight into their traditions, but also an opportunity to appreciate the harmony with which they live in harmony with their environment.

A Night of Tradition: The Leaping of the Bulls
As night falls, the possibility of witnessing the jumping of the bulls, a traditional ceremony symbolizing the passage to maturity and bravery, awaits us. Although this event is occasional, witnessing such a tradition would be a privilege, offering a unique window into the rituals that define the cohesion and cultural continuity of these tribes.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 8 (10-26-24). VISIT TO THE KARO TRIBE

Distance: 140 km - Estimated travel time: 6 hours

Journey to the Cultural Heart of Murelle
The eighth day of our adventure takes us to a close encounter with the Karo tribe, renowned for their impressive and distinctive body decoration practices. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey of approximately 140 km to Murelle, a journey that will take us about 6 hours. Along the way, we will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, allowing us to savor the natural beauty and tranquility of the Ethiopian landscape.

Exploration of Murelle and meeting with the Karo people
Upon arrival in Murelle, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the life and customs of the Karo. This tribe is noted for their exceptional body art, using natural pigments and scarifications to create designs that not only adorn the body, but also express identity, status and beauty. A visit to their settlements offers a unique window into their traditions, art and the way they relate to their environment.

Lodging: Buska Lodge

 

DAY 9 (10-27-24). TURMI - KONSO - ARBAS MINCH

Distance: 186 km - Estimated travel time: 3 hours

Morning Meeting with the Hamer and Journey to Konso
The ninth day of our adventure begins with a visit to the Hamer tribe, whose traditions and culture we have begun to deeply appreciate. After this enriching morning experience, we embark on a journey to Konso, covering a distance of 186 km in approximately 3 hours. Our itinerary is designed to absorb the rich cultural tapestry of the region, including, time permitting, a stop at Key Afar. Here, we will have the opportunity to explore its famous market, a vital meeting point for the Benna and Tsemai tribes, where a fascinating exchange of goods takes place.

Exploring Konso: Stone Terraces and Wakas
Upon arrival in Konso, we will witness its fortified settlements and impressive stone terraces, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This agricultural engineering not only shows the harmony between the community and its environment, but also underlines the importance of sustainability and adaptation. In addition, Konso is famous for its wakas, wooden statues carved in honor of the tribe's heroes and important figures.

Lodging: Haile Resort.

 

DAY 10 (28-10-24). ARBA MINCH - FLIGHT - ADDIS ABABA

After breakfast, flight to Addis Ababa (10.20am).

In the afternoon, rest and relaxation in our fabulous hotel.

Lodging: Golden Tulip Hotel.

 

DAY 11 (10-29-24). ADDIS ABABA - FLIGHT - LALIBELA

Morning: Flight to Lalibela (8.10 am)
The day begins with an exciting flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, a destination that is home to one of Ethiopia's most sacred and architecturally stunning treasures. Upon arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel will provide a first glimpse of the stunning geography that defines the Lasta region.

Hotel check-in and lunch
After checking in at the hotel, you will enjoy lunch offering local and international dishes, preparing your palate for Lalibela's rich culinary offerings. This will be a perfect time to rest and prepare for the afternoon of exploration.

Afternoon: Visit to the Rock-hewn Churches
After lunch, you will begin your visit to the world-famous churches of Lalibela, a collection of rock-hewn liturgical structures dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. This tour will begin with the northwest group of churches:

  • Beth Medhane Alem, the largest of all, known for being the home of the replica of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Bet Maryam, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is possibly the most decorated.
  • Bet Meskel and Bet Danaghel, each with its own unique stories and decorations.
  • Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha, notable for their art and architecture, although Bet Golgotha is known for restricting entry to women.

Each church is a testament to human ingenuity and spiritual devotion, offering a window into Ethiopian faith and history.

Lodging: Mezena Lodge.

 

DAY 12 (30-10-24). LALIBELA

Morning: Visit to Genet Maryam Monastery
We start the day with an excursion to the impressive Genet Maryam Monastery, located approximately 35 km from Lalibela. This site, uniquely carved into a hill and visible from a distance, is distinguished by its architectural uniqueness compared to the other subway structures in the region. Near the source of the Tekaze River, Genet Maryam is not only an architectural wonder but also a place of deep spirituality and tranquility.

Afternoon: Tour of the Southeastern Cluster of Churches
The day continues with an exploration of the Southeastern cluster of churches in Lalibela, each with its own history and spiritual significance:

  • Bet Gabriel-Rufael, access to a complex that once served as a fortified palace.
  • Bet Merkorios, which has wall paintings that tell biblical and local stories.
  • Bet Amanuel, considered one of the architectural jewels of Lalibela for its refined style.
  • Bet Abba Libanos, notable for its almost intact facade and the legend of its night construction.

These visits will not only enrich your understanding of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian heritage but also your appreciation for religious art and architecture.

Culmination with St. George
The day concludes with a visit to St. George's Church (Bet Giyorgis), undoubtedly the most emblematic of all the churches in Lalibela and a symbol of Ethiopia. Sculpted in the shape of a cross from a single rock, it represents the culmination of the religious and artistic vision that inspired the creation of these churches. The history of its construction and its impressive preservation make St. George's a place of pilgrimage and worldwide admiration.

Lodging: Mezena Lodge.

 

DAY 13 (10/31/24). LALIBELA - ADDIS ABABA

Morning: Last Visit in Lalibela
We will begin the last morning in Lalibela with a visit to the serene monastery of Neakutolab, a spiritually rich and less explored place, offering a peaceful and reflective end to your stay in this sacred city.

Transfer to the Airport and Flight to Addis Ababa (13.10 pm)
After absorbing the serenity of Neakutolab, we will proceed to the airport for our flight back to Addis Ababa. This return journey not only marks the end of our stay in Lalibela but also the beginning of the last leg of our journey in Ethiopia.

Farewell Dinner with Namaste Photo Tours
To close on a high note, Namaste Photo Tours invites you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Enjoy a memorable evening with live music and dancing, celebrating the rich cultural experiences of your trip. This dinner will not only be an opportunity to taste exquisite local dishes but also to relive the highlights of the trip, in the company of those who have shared this unforgettable adventure.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).

INCLUDED/NOT INCLUDED
INCLUDED:
  • 4 Internal Flights (1.Addis Ababa-Arba Minch | 2.Arba Minch-Addis Ababa | 3. Addis Ababa-Lalibela | 4.Lalibela-Addis Ababa).
  • 12 nights accommodation (double room), Single supplement: +$900.
  • Full board during the entire trip (except in Addis Ababa).
  • Technical and photographic advice by Juanra Noriega.
  • Transfers airport/hotel.
  • Transportation in a V8 all terrain vehicle (Omo Valley).
  • Transportation by minibus in Lalibela.
  • Boat trip on Chamo Lake.
  • Entrance fees to national parks.
  • Government fees.
  • Accommodations as specified in the Itinerary.
  • Water bottles throughout the trip.
  • All activities and/or excursions indicated as included in the itinerary.

 

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International flights(We will advise you to find the best flight from your city of origin).
  • Entry visa to Ethiopia. Link to obtain it online.
  • Any excursion or extra activity not specified in the data sheet.
  • Travel/health insurance.
  • Tipping
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PAYMENT POLICY

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US $1,000
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation and refund:

We understand that attending our trips requires a prior commitment and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the beginning of the trip: 100% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the trip: 50% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- 90-46 days prior to departure: 35% of the amount paid to date will be refunded.

- Within 45 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Health:

Participants must be in general good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical related arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

 

Cancellation by Namaste Premium Travel:

Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the trip.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Premium Travel to cancel a trip, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This reimbursement will be the limit of Namaste Premium Travel's liability.

Namaste Premium Travel is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

  1. Accidents:

1A. Namaste Premium Travel is not responsible for the accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses in case they are necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his/her safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Premim Travel is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his/her own photographic equipment.

  1. Punctuality:

2.A The trip begins on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location established for the starting day of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Premium Travel representative as soon as possible.

  1. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing must be respected. Disrespect from a participant to another trip member or staff member will not be allowed.

  1. Weather:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to another. We will always be aware of the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the itinerary.

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