Southern and Eastern Ethiopia

This 3-week adventure takes you through the heart of the Lower Omo Valley before traversing eastwards to discover the Bale Mountains National Park, Awash National Park and the walled city of Harar.
23 Days

Southern and Eastern Ethiopia - 23 - $4,226

Itinerary Map

Start from Addis Ababa and end at Addis Ababa

Landmarks potentially visited on Southern and Eastern Ethiopia


Day 1 - Addis Ababa

Arrival at Bole International Airport. City tour of Addis Ababa. Welcome dinner in cultural restaurant.

Day 2 - Rift Valley 

Drive (4 hrs) Addis Ababa to Lake Langano, en route visit Lake Ziway and Abijatta-Shalla National Park.

Day 3 - Dorze

Drive (5 hrs) Langano to Dorze, en route visit Lephis Forest or Senkele Game Sanctuary.

Day 4 - Dorze

Visit Dorze people and market.

Day 5 - Arba Minch

Drive (1 hr) Dorze to Arba Minch. Afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo and game walk in Nech Sar National Park.

Day 6 - Omo Valley

Drive (2 hrs) Arba Minch to Konso. Visit Konso people, museum and Konso King.

Day 7 - Omo Valley

Drive (2.5 hrs) Konso to Jinka, en route visit Key Afar market.

Day 8 - Omo Valley

Visit Mago National Park and Mursi people. Afternoon visit Ari people.

Day 9 - Omo Valley 

Visit Jinka Museum. Drive (2.5 hrs) Jinka to Turmi, en route visit Dimeka market. Optional 'Evangadi' dance and/or bull jumping ceremony if it coincides with your stay in Turmi.

Day 10 - Omo Valley

Morning visit Karo people in Kolcho. Afternoon visit Hamar people

Day 11 - Omo Valley 

Morning visit Dassanech people in Omerate. Afternoon visit market in Turmi and Hamar people

Day 12 - Omo Valley 

Hike in Turmi area. Drive (6 hrs) Turmi to Yabello, en route visit Arbore people.

Day 13 - Omo Valley 

Visit Borana people, the 'singing well', and El Sod crater lake.

Day 14 - Omo Valley

Drive (6.5 hrs) Yabello to Yirgalem. Relax around lodge on arrival. 

Day 15 - Omo Valley 

Visit Sidamo people and coffee plantation.

Day 16 - Bale Mountains National Park

Drive (5 hrs) Yirgalem to Goba, en route visit fish market in Hawassa and hike at Bale Mountains National Park Headquarter in Dinsho.

Day 17 - Bale Mountains National Park

Visit Bale Mountains National Park, including the Harenna Forest and Sanetti Plateau

Day 18 - Awash National Park

Drive (6.5 hrs) Goba to Awash National Park.

Day 19 - Awash National Park

Visit Awash National Park.

Day 20 - Harar

Drive (6 hrs) Awash National Park to Harar.

Day 21 - Harar

Visit Babile, Valley of Marvels and camel market.

Day 22 - Harar 

City tour Harar. Evening visit Hyena Man.

Day 23 - Addis Ababa

Visit bustling Saturday market. Drive (1.5 hrs) Harar to Dire Dawa. Flight Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa. Minibus available for transport around Addis Ababa. Evening transfer to Bole International Airport for international flight.

Prices and Inclusions

Prices are per person based on 2 people travelling together. Price is guideline only. Price will depend on your final itinerary, group size, accommodation choices, and time of year. 


  • Domestic flights. 
  • Airport transfers and road transport around Addis Ababa and Harar by private minibus.
  • Road transport from day 2 until day 21 by standard 4WD with English-speaking driver/ guide, including fuel, driver allowances and accommodation.
  • Accommodation based on double/ twin room sharing.
  • Meal plan bed and breakfast.
  • Fees for entrances, local guides, compulsory scouts/ security personnel and boats for activities mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All government taxes for the services included in the tour price.


  • International flights and visa fees.
  • Lunches and dinners, unless stated as included above.
  • Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
  • Fees for photos and video.
  • Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.

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