Lakes & Forests of South Ethiopia

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What we came up with

Southern Ethiopia is a mecca of wonderful and diverse scenery, with lush greenery and vast lakes shimmering under the bright sun. Local tribes and intriguing traditions will entice visitors into learning more about the fascinating history of this scenic region.

— Amelia, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Addis Ababa - 2 Days
    Addis Ababa is the first port of call to find your footing in Northern Ethiopia. A stay at The Sheraton in Addis provides a sense of calm amidst the storm of bustling streets that explode to life the moment you step outside. A visit to the Raguel Church will heighten the sense of the anticipation for the other churches to be seen on the trip, while Mount Entoto provides glorious views across the whole city.

  • Bale Mountain National Park - 2 Days
    Head south to the mighty Bale Mountain National Park, where all manner of wildlife can be glimpsed in their natural habitat. It's a region often overlooked in favour of the more popular Simien Mountains, but a stay at Bale Mountain Lodge makes it suddenly far more accessible, and - in our opinion - equally stunning. A staggering 60% of the population of Ethiopian wolves live here, and, as the rarest carnivore in the world, they are a real wonder to see.

  • Nechisar National Park - 2 Days
    Continuing south, find yourself at Arba Minch, and the Nechisar National Park. A dazzling array of species can be found, from gazelle to baboons wandering freely, as well as zebra and hartebeest. Paradise Lodge is situated in the prime location from which to explore this undulating region, and with a decking overlooking the land below, the views are totally unbeatable.

  • Omo River Valley - 2 Days
    Round off your trip with an expedition to Turmi and the Omo River Valley, and a rustic stay in the charming Buska Lodge. From here it is possible to learn about the 50 or so tribes whose historic ways still permeate the texture of society today. The bull jumping ceremony of the Hamer Village people is an exhilarating experience, while the giant lip plates of the Mursi tribe are astounding.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £3,750 per person which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

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