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Title: Jimma, Gambella and Lake Wenchi Tour

Tour code: VET520

Tour Duration: 9Days/8Nights

Transportation: Surface

Type of Vehicle 2009/10 Nissan Patrol or 2009/10 Toyota Land cruiser &

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Western Ethiopia is a truly extraordinary place to visit with superb scenery and colorful culture. The fascinating costumes, colorful ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance of Gambela, and Surma people along with the natural forests in the western part will be visited. The Nuer people are known by body scarification. The Surma people 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. Surma men are known by the stick fighting, called Donga.
Day-to-day program:

Day 1: Depart from Addis Ababa to Jimma via Weliso, which is home to the Gurage tribe, known as “the hardest working people in Ethiopia”.  On the way you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley.

Overnight in Jimma

Day 2: After a morning visit the Palace of Abba JIffar, the former King of Jimma, continue your drive to Mizan Tefari via Bonga.  Bonga is in ancient Kingdom of Kaffa, the birthplace of coffee.  You will have an opportunity to visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people.  You will also pass through the Belete Forest, where you can visit the Colobus monkeys.

Overnight in Mizan Teferi.

Day 3: Departing Mizan Teferi, proceed driving to Metu.  On the way, stop for a hike to visit the Sor Waterfall.

Overnight in Metu.

Day 4: Continue from Metu to Gambella via Bure.  After passing Bure, you will descend into the Baro Valley to the steamy Western Lowlands, finally arriving in the town of Gambella, set on the banks of the Baro River.

Overnight in Gambella

Day 5: Today you will explore the Gambella National Park, heading south to Lake Alwara and Lake Tata.  Gambella National Park is the most remote National Park in Ethiopia and is full of interesting and unique wildlife including the shoebill stork as well as elephants, baboons, buffalo, lion, antelope and monkeys.  Lake Tata is home to local Anuak people, and you will camp nearby their village.

Overnight camping in Tata

Day 6: Today you will explore more of the Gambella National Park and its inhabitants - the Anuak and Nuer people.  Return to Gambella for overnight

Overnight in Gambella

Day 7: Departing from Gambella, we return to the highlands to the town of Nekemte.  On the way you will pass through the Didesa Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many large mammals.

Overnight in Nekemte

Day 8: From Nekemte, continue to Ambo.  With several waterfalls in the area, this is a nice area for small hikes and fresh air.  Overnight in Ambo, where you can soak in the   therapeutic hot spring pool.

Overnight in Ambo

Day 9: Today we depart from Ambo to Addis Ababa, stopping at Lake Wenchi for the day.  Lake Wenchi sits in the collapsed crater of Mt. Wenchi and is home to an island monastery - Cherkos which can be visited by local boat.  Finally, return to Addis Ababa. In the Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups. Then after transfer to the airport for departure back to home.


  You will be given an adjusted program of this tour that goes along with your arrival time in Ethiopia upon request

  Extension or reduction of this tour is possible

  This tour can be re-programmed to fit your interest, time and budget

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