Day 1: Addis Ababa
Arrive at the Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Be met and welcomed by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Harar
Today you will fly to Diredawa then drive to Harar - “City within a city”. Visit the 16th century marvellous wall, Museums, colourful multicultural market in which the Amhara, the Oromo and the Adere people meet. In the evening, drive to one of the gates of Harar and visit the infamous ‘Hyena Man’ who feeds the wild hyenas by mouth.
Day 3: Bishoftu
Morning drive to the town of Nazareth admiring wonderful views, many birds, and more.
Day 4: Goba
After breakfast, drive from Langano to Dinsho, the head Quarter of Bale Mountains National park and up on arrival, you will make hiking around the head quarter of the park to spot the endemic mammals like Mountain Nyala, Menelik bush buck and the common mammals like warthog, reed buck, gray dicker. Late in the afternoon you will have a short excursion to Gessay here you will spot more mammals and birds.
Day 5: Goba
Today you will depart early, and ascend the Bale massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which is between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. Once you reach this unique plateau, you will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed “Afro-alpine moorland”, and is characterized by Jibrra or Giant Lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands and extensive cushions of yellow Everlasting flowers. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense importance, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s Highland biome species. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 4,000kg of rodents per hectare. This obviously attracts an array of raptors and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagle, Augur Buzzard and elegant Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea. They share this abundant food source with the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian or Simien Wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of “the world’s rarest canid.” We should enjoy excellent photographic opportunities in this unique mountain wonderland.
Day 6: Hawassa
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Awassa. Here you can enjoy watching several water bird species in and around the lake, and the ever spectacular sunset.
Day 7: Arba Minch
Drive to Arba Minch visiting the Alaba people who are known for their painted houses and the wolita people continue driving and visit the Dorze known for their hand woven colorful cotton clothes and their beehive shaped hut.
Day 8: Jinka
In the morning you will have boat trip on the rift valley Lake of Chamo to visit the crocodile market here you can visit the display of big African Crocodiles hippos, and various land water birds.
Then drive to Jinka on the way you will visit the Konso village known for their efficient rock terracing. Having your lunch at woito proceed to Jinka.
Day 9: Turmi
After breakfast leave Jinka and drive to Mursi village to visit and appreciate the very attractive culture of mursi tribe, they are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular disks inserted. Then we will drive to Turmi to see the Hamer tribe.
Day 10: Turmi
After breakfast drive to Duss village to visit Karo people which are the best known for the elaborate body painting they indulge in before important ceremonies. The Karo’s are famous for tattooing and scaring. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have the chance to visit the color full dimeka market that enables you to encounter the Hamer, Karo and Benna people.
Day 11: Turmi
In the morning, you will have an excursion trip to Omoratie the village of Dasenech people who are known for their body scarifications.
Day 12: Arba Minch
In the morning, you will drive to Arbaminch visiting the Erbore people.
Day 13: End of Itinerary
Today you will drive back to Addis Ababa. In the evening before your departure you will be for a farewell dinner at the best traditional restaurant and to see the folkloric dances of Ethiopia. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.