As you embark on our Ethiopian Cultural Safari tour, you’ll witness some of the most impressive historical and cultural sites in Ethiopia, starting with the world-renowned rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. These churches are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are considered some of the most remarkable religious monuments in the world. Our expert guides will provide you with insight into the fascinating history behind these ancient churches and their significance to Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.

Your Ethiopian cultural safari tour will also include a visit to the medieval castles of Gondar, which showcase the country’s unique architecture and design. These castles were built in the 17th and 18th centuries by Ethiopian emperors and served as the capital of Ethiopia for over two centuries. You’ll marvel at the intricate details of the castles and learn about the country’s royal history.

This Ethiopian cultural safari tour provide opportunity to visit Omo Valley where you will experience the diversity of Ethiopian culture, encountering different ethnic groups and their age-old traditions. Some of the ethnic groups you’ll encounter in the Omo Valley include the Mursi, Hamar, Karo, and Banna. These tribes have maintained their traditions and way of life for centuries and offer a fascinating glimpse into the cultural heritage of Ethiopia. You’ll have the opportunity to visit traditional villages and witness unique practices such as body painting, scarification, and lip plates. Our expert guides will provide you with a deeper understanding of the significance of these traditions and their role in Ethiopian society.

One of the highlights of our Ethiopia cultural safari tour is the opportunity to experience the country’s vibrant and diverse music and dance traditions. Ethiopia is known for its rich musical heritage, with a variety of instruments and styles unique to the country. You’ll have the chance to witness traditional performances by local musicians and dancers and even learn some of the moves yourself! Our safari Ethiopia tours are fully customizable, so you can tailor your itinerary to suit your interests. Our experienced guides will work with you to create a personalized experience that matches your preferences and priorities.

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Join us our Ethiopia tour packages from Addis Ababa and discover the rich history and cultural heritage of one of Africa’s most fascinating countries. With our expert guides, customizable itineraries, and immersive cultural experiences, you’ll gain a unique perspective on Ethiopia and create memories to last a lifetime.

 

Ethiopian Cultural Safari Tour Notes:

  • Tour Country: Ethiopia
  • Tour Style: Private Safari
  • Tour starts and ends: Addis Ababa.
  • Tour Departs: Any day throughout the year
  • Tour Suitability: Suitable for everyone (Solo Traveler, Groups or Family)
  • Children: There is no age restriction but children under 6 may not participate in all activities. Children sharing room with adults pay 50% of the adult fee
  • Comfort Level: Mid Range lodges and hotels but can be upgraded to Luxury (5 star) accommodation at an extra cost.
  • Additional Accommodation Before & After Safari: Arranged at an extra cost
  • Airport and Hotel Transfers: Included
  • Game Drives and Transportation: Done using a 4×4 safari vehicle.

 

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Arrive to Addis Ababa - City Tour

On your arrival, you will be received by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the National Museum, take in the city’s wide, tree-lined streets or the bustle of the “Mercato” (market). This colourful market has an array of fascinating goods and curios, providing a great place for exploration and people watching. Throughout the city there are shops that sell typical artisan wares, materials and antiques. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Addis Ababa to Arbaminch

There is a long drive to Arbaminch via Hossana (450km). This is the region inhabited by the people of the Guragie, who were once nomads but are now farmers–A long section of the road offers magnificent views of Lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink in color. Dinner and overnight.
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Boat Trip on Lake Chamo, Drive to Jinka

This morning we enjoy a boat trip on Lake Chamo – one of the best in Ethiopia. There is a chance to spot many hippos and large concentrations of giant crocodiles. Water birds abound and the scenery is truly unforgettable. The lake is about 32 kilometers long and provides a lush wetland habitat for many species of flora and fauna. In the afternoon we drive to Jinka. Dinner and overnight.
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Mursi Village Visit, Jinka Museum, Drive to Turmi

Today the journey begins with an excursion to a Mursi village (approximately 66km from Jinka). The Mursi are one of the original ethnic groups in Ethiopia. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta jewelry on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle.

Then we visit the Jinka Museum, which contains the Southern Omo Research Centre’s permanent cultural collection and continuing research of the various ethnic groups and provides an in-depth overview into the people and traditions of the Omo Valley. This afternoon we drive to Turmi, one of the largest towns in the region. Dinner and overnight.

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Karo and Hammer Villages -Turmi

This morning we begin with a memorable excursion to the Karo tribe, who–are very famous for their body painting. The Karo people use clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs. Karo men, as with neighboring tribes, are also famous for their unique hairstyle. In the afternoon we visit a Hamer village. The Hamer tribe (also called Hammer or Hamar) is one of the largest groups in the Valley.

The Hamer cultivate millet, vegetables, tobacco and cotton as well as raising cattle and goats. They are known for the fine pottery they produce as well as their remarkable hairstyling. Most dramatic of all are the clay hair buns with ostrich feathers that the men don when they have killed a fierce animal. These hair buns stay on for 3-6 months at a time. The women wear beaded necklaces and iron coils around their arms and decorate their skin with cowry shells. These decorations indicate the wealth and prestige of a woman’s husband. Return to Turmi in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

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Return to Arbaminch, via Konso Tribal Village

As we have seen already, Ethiopia has a huge diversity of ethnic groups and today we will witness the distinguishing behavior of another of these. We travel north to Arbaminch, en- route visiting a Konso tribal village – a World Heritage listed site of cultural significance. Invariably built on hilltops as protection from the lowland tribes, traditional Konso villages are surrounded by high stonewalls and encompass separate compounds, with outlying terraced agricultural fields.

You will be fascinated by the unique architectural aspects, largely unchanged cultural heritage and social cohesion of the village, and how it has adapted to its harsh environment. Another highlight is the famous ‘wagas’ – a funerary tradition where magnificent carved wooden sculptures were created in honour of Konso warrior heroes who have killed an enemy or animal, and often grouped to represent the man, his wives and his adversaries. Dinner and overnight.

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Dorze Village to Lake Langano

We visit a Dorze village this morning. One of the smaller ethnic groups, the Dorze are known for their textile weaving and bee hive shaped huts. In the afternoon we drive to the shores of Lake Langano, a freshwater lake popular with locals and tourists alike for its wildlife and water sports. Dinner and overnight.
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Return to Addis Ababa

This morning there is time to relax by the lake. After lunch we drive back to Addis Ababa passing more Rift Valley Lakes on the way. Upon arrival to Addis Ababa in the evening, you will be dropped off at the airport. This marks the end of this amazing cultural safari in Ethiopia with Kikwetu Cultural Adventures.

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Children Rate (Below 12 Years)

  • 2 years and below stays free
  • 3 to 11 years sharing a room with adults pays half (50%) of adult’s rate.
  • 3 to 11 years sharing their own room pay 75% of the adult’s rate.

What is Included & Excluded

This African safari tour of Serengeti national park has been seamlessly packaged from start to finish to allow you have fun and enjoy the real African experience with our professional African safari guides. Below find what is included and excluded in the rates.

INCLUDED
Transportation
All accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
All meals as per the itinerary
All applicable park entrance fees
All activities as per the itinerary unless labeled optional
Professional driver/guide
Roundtrip airport transfers
All government taxes
Unlimited bottled drinking water during the safari
NOT INCLUDED
International flights from your home and back
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips and gratuity
Personal items
Government imposed increase of taxes including park fees
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Turmi tribe of Omo village during Ethiopian cultural safari tour