The rift valley is a funnel shaped depression that opens up in the northeast in to Gulf of Aden and red Sea and crosses Ethiopia from northeast, Afar area to southwest, lower Omo area. It is formed as a result of the volcanic movement of tertiary period. During that period there was extensive lava outpouring followed by a great uplifting movement of earth and the crust of the earth was pushed up to 3000m.
Eventually, the uplift movement and the removal of magma from beneath the crust weakened the central part of the arch. This resulted in cracks and rift valley was created. Several lakes were created, too.
Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa. O/N Ghion hotel.
Day 2: In the morning, drive to Langano (215 km.) En route, visit lake Ziway (on average 434km2 large, 4m.deep). It is rich in bird life; Village weaver, Marabou stork, Egrets, Hammer kop, Egyptian goose, Plover, African fish eagle, Sacred ibis, are only few of the birds that can be seen on the shore. After lunch at the namesake Town, proceed to lake Langano. After checking in to Wabi-Shebelle hotel, proceed to Abyata-Shalla National Park. Lake Abyata, the feeding ground of birds is 205 km2 in area and 14 m. in depth. This lake is referred, as the bird watchers’ paradise for the abundance of birds, most importantly Flamingos and Pelicans, where as Lake Shalla the breeding ground of birds is 410-km2.in area and 250m.deep.Then, relax on the shore of lake Langano, some more birds can be seen on the shore. O/N Sabana Resort Hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast, drive to Arbaminch (40 springs), where one start to see people with there uninfluenced indigenous culture. En route, glimpse to the green land. Then visit the village of the Dorze people, famous for their intricately woven Bamboo huts and weaving of traditional closes. O/N Tourist hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast, drive to Nechisar National Park for game viewing. Mammals like Burchel’s zebra, Gazelles, Kudus, Dikdiks, Swayness hurt beast, etc and many birds can be seen. After lunch, boat trip on Lake Chamo where crocodiles can be seen in abundance. This place is locally known as the crocodile market since several crocodiles can be seen at a time. Hippos and plenty of birds; like storks, Egyptian goose, herons etc. can also be seen. O/N Tourist Hotel.
Day 5: After breakfast drive to Jinka, on the way visit the Gidole, Tsemay, Bena, and Ari people.O/N Jinka Resort hotel.
Day 6: In the morning, drive through Mago National Park, This Park has a total area of 2162km Square, 84-recorded species of mammals, and 257 species of birds. Buffalo is the charismatic species of the park. Then, visit the Mursi people famous for the clay disc the female insert in to their lower lips as a mark of beauty. As the larger the disc is, the more beautiful the lady is. After picnic lunch by the head quarter of the park, drive back to Jinka for dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 7: After breakfast, drive to Turmi (128 km.) through Keyafer and Dimeca to visit the Hammer people known for their dancing known as Evangadi, occasional bull jumping as a mark of promotion for the young men from childhood to adulthood, jewelries; like copper bracelets, beads etc and hairstyle. O/N camping.
Note: Thursday, Saturday and Monday are the market days of Keyafer, Dimeca and Turmi respectively, where the surrounding people gather in large number.
Day 8: Afterbreakfast, drive to Murule to visit the Karo people known for their body painting with the use of local colors especially white lime, which they use to imitate the plumage of Guinea fowl. Then, cross-river Omo at Kangate to visit the Gnangatom (Bume) people, brave warriors, and also known for their decoration style. After Picnic lunch by the rift Valley safari Camp, drive back to Turmi for dinner and overnight camping.
Day 9: After breakfast, drive to Omorate (75km.), cross the river Omo to visit the Geleb (Dassenech) people. These people are mainly pastoralists and to some extent they also produce grains. The Geleb people have their own cultural dressing style. The unmarried girls wear leather skirt with double flaps where as the married ones wear a single flap skirt. Then, drive back to Turmi for over night camping.
Day 10: After breakfast drives to Konso via Erbore (120km.). The Erbore are people with culture and language that relates to those of the Konso and the Tsemay. The Konso people are famous for their natural resource conservation activities like, terracing for water and soil conservation. They are also known for wood carving art. Visit the red soil pinnacle carved by erosion, Gesergiyo village, and Waga village for the woodcarvings erected as a mark of tomb. O/N Edget Hotel/Camping.
Day 11: After breakfast drive to Yabello (105km.) to southeast, on the way glimpse to the way of life of the Borena, pastoralist people. After check in to a hotel/pitching tent and lunch, proceed to visit the Crater Lake at a place locally known as El Soda, 100km. South of Yabello town. On return, visit one of the cattle watering wells at Dibluque (65km. South of Yabello) where people haul up water from depth for their cattle & other animals. People sing a song to moralize themselves while they are on work, for which reason those wells are known as singing well. O/N Hotel/ tent at Yabello Motel.
Day 12: After breakfast drive to Wondo-genet via Awassa. On the way visit the Sidamo verdant plain renown for the best quality coffee production. Boat trip on lake Awassa; visit the fish market where a number of species of birds (like Marabou Stork, Herons, Cormorants, Pelicans, King fishers etc) can be seen. Lunch at Awassa, and proceed to Wondo-genet, relax at the thermal swimming pool. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.
Day 13: After breakfast, dive back to Addis Ababa and in the after noon city tour.
Note: This program can be combined with the historic route, or with Harar. It can also be extended to Kenya through our company or through our agents in Kenya.