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CULTURE & WILDLIFE (Surma, Hamer, Sibiloi, Turkana, Borena) 14 days

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01. WED. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Start the trip driving to the coffee region of Kaffa. Visit Jima with AbaJifar palace and museum. Proceed to Bonga and visit a coffee plantation.
Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON camping.

02. Proceed to Mizanteferi for permits, visiting Dizi people on the way. Then drive to ShoaGhimira to visit the Menit and Surma people. Continue to Tum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping in Tum.

03. Visit Surma people. The Surma are famous for their traditions, women wearing plates into their lips and men different scarification all over their body. With luck you could find a donga: the Surma people stick fighting game.
Lunch box; dinner & ON camping.

04. Proceed to Nyangatom villages and visit this very interesting tribe. Drive then to the other very colorful Karo people and visit their villages; fantastic view from Kortcho village.
Lunch box; dinner & ON camping at Duss

05. Drive to visit the Hamer people, to Turmi.
With luck we try to visit ceremonies as bull jumping & Evangadi dance.
The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails.
Meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi

06. MON. Full day for the very colorful Hamer people, famous for the decorative hairstyles and ornaments. Visit also the very colorful Hamer, Karo & Dassanech people market (from around 11am to about 2pm). With luck we try to visit ceremonies as bull jumping & Evangadi dance.
The Hamar are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails.
Meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi

07. Early morning drive to Omorate, at Omo river bank, to visit the Dassanech people. Proceed then to the border and make necessary process. Enter into Kenya at Ileret border & proceed to Sibiloi National park. Late afternoon have a game drive.
Lunch box on the day; dinner & ON camping or lodge

08. Have an early morning game driver. Then drive to Loyangalani, at Turkana lake.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON lodge at Turkana

09. Admire the Turkana and Elmolo people and very interesting villages.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON lodge at Turkana

10. Cross Chelbi desert and reach Marsabit National park. Late afternoon if time permits have a game drive.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON lodge

11. Visit Borena people (Kenya & Ethiopia Borena) and their villages. Reach Moyale border and enter into Ethiopia.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Moyale

12. Visit ElSod crater (where form a marshy lake men extra salt for their cattle), the singing wells and then drive to Yirgalem
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON lodge

13. Drive to the Rift valley lakes of Awasa, Shala & Abyata National park and Langano; relax then at Langano lake, the only blamable of the Rift Valley in Ethiopia.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Hara Langano or Sabana lodge

14. Drive to Addis Ababa.
Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure.

SERVICES INCLUDE:
-Vehicles all tour with 4WD Land Cruiser/s capacity till 4 clients/car (max 4 passengers, which could include also one guide or one cook + driver)
-Hotels & camping during the rest of the tours (as soon you confirm us the booking, we proceed to book all hotels and we send you the final confirmed hotels list with the telephone numbers. Choices are camping in Surma area, Emerald lodge Turmi, camping or lodge at Sibiloi, Turkana & Marsabit, local hotel in Moyale, Aregash lodge at Yirgalem, Hara Langano or Sabana lodge at Langano) in double/twin rooms-tents
-Meals in FB (full board) during all the tour, with water during meals
-English speaking driver-guide all the tour
-Entrances fees & needed permits for visits
-Cook for camping nights
-Camping gear (clients must only bring their sleeping bags)
-Needed support vehicle for cook, escorts, police, when needed in Surma
-Necessary escort & police during Surma days
-Administration cost & government taxes

DON’T INCLUDE:
Alcoholic drinks and drinks out of the meals for all the tour, incidental meals, snack and drinks; Flights, including embarkation fees, airports porters and taxes; Visa; Tips, all personal expenses, expenses to see dances, ceremonies; Photo and video filming fees; Laundry services; excess baggage charges; Hotel/airport porter fees and gratitude expenses; Personal travelling insurance (is requested); All whatever not included under the list “Services INCLUDE”

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