The following itinerary is based on the market days at different tribal village towns. So that it gives you a chance to visit as many markets and tribes as possible.Duration: 9 days/8 nightsCar: 4x4 VehicleDestination: Omo Valley
Ethiopia is a land of discovery. Whether you are heading out to experience its culture, to dwell in its dramatic landscapes, drink the sinful coffee, explore the historic ruins or mingle with some of Africa's most fascinating tribes, it is a journey to be remembered. Considered to be Africa's gem, Ethiopia offers a plethora of activities ranging from mountain adventures to visiting tombs and 17th century castles. The country's immense diversity encompasses soaring rugged mountains, roaring giant rivers, undulating plains and sharp cliffs. The central highlands and the lowlands of the east and the south deserve a special mention as major landmarks.
A culture tour of Ethiopia is literally going back in time. Ethiopia is also called the Cradle of Life, since this is one of the oldest locations where human life (Homo Sapiens) evolved and later set out for the Middle East and the rest of the world. Some tribes here still follow customs and rituals that are around 1000 years old. The 3.5 million years old remains of ‘Lucy’ (Australopithecus Afarensis) and the older (4.4 million years) fossil of the Homo Ramides make Ethiopia one of the earliest inhabited places in the world. Similarly, the earliest hand tools discovered here make it the origin of modern technology. The diverse culture manifests itself in the various languages, throbbing music, attractive hairdos, and friendly attitudes of the people. As a cultural mosaic Ethiopia is a multi ethnic state. There is a bounty of fascinating costumes, color ceremonies and celebrations, arts, crafts, music and dance that distinguish Ethiopia from Africa.
What makes Ethiopia even more fascinating is that its culture has no influences of the European countries, like many of the other African countries do. While the western powers were dividing the continent among themselves, Ethiopia was the only country that was succesful in fighting away the Europeans and maintaining its sovereignty. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa and is multi-lingual with around 80 ethnic groups residing within its borders. The largest ones being Omoro and Amhara. It has the most number of UNESCO Heritage sites in Africa.
Ethiopia is blessed with a lot of beauty. But, most of all what is highly relevant to travelers here is its culture that precedes many old cultures of the world. Culturally, there is much to witness and I have done my best to put it all in this tour.
The following itinerary is based on the market days at different tribal village towns. So that it gives you a chance to visit as many markets and tribes as much as possible.