We are delighted to be offering an exceptionally unusual and very special small group set departure, taking in the following Ethiopian highlights and experiences: Start off by exploring the fascinating South Omo & Konso Region where you will meet the celebrated resident tribes who still retain their incredibly distinctive cultural identity.You will get to know about people such as the Mursi, Hamar, Karo and Konso among many others, during your time in the South Omo and Konso region.
As this tour is timed during the June to September harvest season, there may also be an opportunity to attend one of the famed bull-jumping events held by the Hamar tribe, should one be scheduled to take place during the time you are there.
Departing back to Addis Ababa, note the wonderful floral displays, even along the airport runway! These displays are sometimes regarded as second only to Namaqualand, and in the Ethiopian Highlands they are dominated by endemic, bright yellow, Meskel daisies.
You then fly up north to Lalibela, the country's number one must see site on the Historical Route. At Lalibela, spend two days being over-awed by the magnificent rock-cut churches that have made this one of the country's many UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites.
End the tour with attendance of the colourful Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa - this is Ethiopia's second largest annual festival and as is the case during our very much- enjoyed Timket Festival tours each January, we shall arrange special passes enabling guests the opportunity to make the most out of the festivities. Throughout the tour you will be staying in comfortable accommodation and you will be led by one of our superb, highly rated, experienced, professional Ethiopian tour leaders. (We encourage you to read the reviews on our website, particularly for example, for our Timket set departures).
Finally, nature enthusiasts will not be disappointed: two seldom-visited national parks are included in the itinerary: first, you'll take a boat excursion on Lake Chamo in remote Nech'Sar National Park (mostly for aquatic wildlife) and then near Jinka, you'll visit Mago National Park, where there is plenty of small wildlife and an abundance of birdlife. (Birding is excellent all over the country).
Group size is limited to a maximum of 6 participants and a minimum of 4, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
(Guaranteed departure; only 3 spaces remaining - 14 August 2020 update).