ETHIOPIA TREKKING TOUR ITINERARY IN WESTERN OMO AMONG SURMA PEOPLE:- On Surface -13 days
Day 1: Arrive to Addis Ababa:
Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel. After refreshment, depends on the time city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n Hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Jimma:
Heading west of Addis Ababa you will be driving 330 kms to Jimma. You will stop at Walkite for lunch. En route we will be visiting the Gurage and Oromo people and their beautiful villages. On the way you cross the magnificent and picturesque Gibe gorge and the Gibe River. After driving through coffee and chat plantation, Jimma was the capital of the former Keffa province. It is in this region that the coffee beans originated for the first time by a shepherd. Now Jimma is inhibited by Oromo, Kefecho and Kulo people. Overnight stay in Welde Argaw hotel.
Day 3: Jimma-Mizan Teferi:
Driving from Jimma to Mizan Teferi (240 km) through the Ethiopia’s indigenous dense forest. The people living in this area are from Kefecho, Yem and Bench ethnic groups. This place is famous in coffee, tea and spice growing region from all over the country. Overnight Eden hotel.
Day 4: Mizan Teferi- Maji:
Continue driving further to the west from Mizan Teferi to Maji (193 km) through Bebeka coffee plantation, the Ethiopias largest old coffee plantation. On the way visit the Menit tribe. After crossing the Akobo River you experience the African Savanna grass land. You will stop at the little town of Dimma for lunch. Continue driving to Maji and have stop over before you arrive at Maji and you will visit the Dizi tribal village. Overnight camping at Maji (altitude 2400 m).
Day 5: Maji:
Morning you walk through the beautiful country side for about 3 hours to visit the Dizi tribal village and the spectacular Maji Falls. You walk back to Maji. The rest of the day you finalize the arrangement of the team for the next trek to Surma Territory. Overnight Camping at Maji.
Day 6: Maji-Kibish:
This is the day that you start trekking and we will arrange you mules for your personal equipments. It takes 8-9 hours. On the way you will visit the Dizi and the Surma people. And you will experience a walk through Savanna grass land. Overnight Camping at Kibish.
Day 7: Kibish:
In the morning if there is any Donga (Stick fighting of the Surma people) you will attend it otherwise you walk around the old kibish village (14kms round trip) to see more, the Surma villages-to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of Surma tribe, they are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular or rectangular clay discs inserted. O/N Camping at Kibish.
Day 8: Kibish-Tulgit:
Walk with in the Surma territory for about 4-5 hours. The walk will have gentle slope ascending and descending. Upon arrival at Tulgit you will walk for about 40 minute to visit the Surma Village. O/N Camping at Tulgit.
Day 9: Tulgit -Tepi:
Driving to Tepi, through savannah the hunting areas and see many animals and birds. Lunch box on the way, dinner and O/N camp Tepi village.
Day 10: Tepi- Gambella:
Drive to Gambela, admiring on the way other coffee plantation and near to Gambela some of the Nuer Anuak people. Gambela, an old important port and center of trade with Karthum, is a very colorful and interesting town. Nuer and Anuak people have very interesting cultures, way of life and paintings and ornaments all over their body. Lunch box on the way, dinner and O/N Ethiopia hotel.
Day 11: Gambella:
Proceed for the very interesting fisher men and very decorative Anuak people, very nice views and visit their villages. You’ll camp near to one village. Visit their way of life, cultures and traditions. Lunch box will be served. O/N Ethiopia Hotel.
Day 12: Nekemte:
Proceed by Gravel road to Nekemte, for 7-8 hours drive averagely. Visit reaching the region of Nekemte different coffee plantation; being the Wellega region, as the Kaffa (from where reaches the name of coffee) the most famous region for coffee. Lunch box on the way, Overnight Ethiopia Hotel
Day 13: Addis Ababa:
After breakfast drive through the Oromo and Gurage culture arrive at Addis in the late afternoon. Evening a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from different ethnic groups. Then transfer to The Airport for your flight back home.
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