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EDA 02: Awash National Park Day Trip

Awash National Park, 211 Kms east of Addis Ababa cover 756 square kilometers). The park takes its name from the Awash River which marks the park’s southern boundary. The rivers last gesture is the salt lake, Lake Abbe, on the Ethiopia-Djiboutian border. The park offers quite good wildlife and outstanding birdlife viewing. It also contains an interesting range of volcanic landscapes. The Beisa Oryx and Sommering Gazelles – in the open areas, 

Greater and Lesser Kudus - in the bushed areas, the endemic Swayne’s Hartbeest – in the grass plains, the tiny salt Dik-Dik – under the dry acacia bushes and Defarsa waterbuck – in the bushy river area and the two monkey species – the Anubis and Hamadryas - can be seen near the river. Among other monkeys, Colobus and Grivet monkeys are found in the riverside and drier areas respectively. Leopards, Lions, Black-Backed and Golden Jackals, Caracals, Servals and Wildcats are also seen in the park very rarely. Lunch will be provided at midday. In the evening drive back to Addis Ababa. End of Our Services.

EDS.0 1 8 Days/7 Nights: ETHIOPIA COLORFUL CULTURE US$1,935 per person Starting on the 16/08/2014

Day 1. Arrive in Addis Ababa

On arrival in Addis Ababa (Saturday arrival preferred, however if you want to meet up with the market day at Turmi, Friday arrival is recommended), you will be met and transferred to Elilly Hotel. In the afternoon, we will take you on a city tour. Addis Ababa in Amharic language means 'New Flower'. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, Addis is the capital city with a population of 4.5 million people. Drive through the Mercato, the largest open market in the continent, and then proceed to the National Museum where 'Lucy', the 3.5 million year old hominid, resides. Next is the Ethnological Museum, which exhibits the culture and arts of the Ethiopian ethnic groups. A selection will be made from interesting churches that may be visited: Ba'ata Church on the grounds of the Imperial Palace of Menelik II; Trinity Cathedral, built to commemorate Ethiopia's liberation from Italy; or St. George Cathedral, which houses a large collection of religious paintings, books, parchments, crosses and work of the great Ethiopian artist, Afework Tekle. Return to hotel after the city tour. Elilly Hotel

Day 2: Jinka - Goh Hotel

Today after breakfast, fly to Jinka and after a traditional lunch, visit the Ari and Bena tribes. Saturdays for Jinka and the neighboring town, Dimeka, are market days and the towns turn into lively places, attracting people from all around the region. Accommodations are in a very basic yet clean hotel. Go with the flow of the life in the town and enjoy local hospitality. (B,L,D) Goh Hotel

Day 3: Mago National Park - Murulle Lodge

After breakfast, drive to Mago National Park, sitting on the eastern bank of the Omo River. Rising in the highlands southwest of Addis Ababa, the Omo River charts its course southwards for almost 1000kms (620mi) but never reaches the sea and instead pours into Lake Turkana, East Africa's fourth largest lake. Over millions of years its flood waters have cut deep gorges into the mountains, creating exciting opportunities for whitewater rafting.

You too can now begin to understand that life does not have to be so complicated. In the evening enjoy some of the most magnificently stunningly beautiful sunsets from a special vantage point that overlooks the mountains of Kenya and Sudan. (B,L,D) Murulle Lodge

Day 4: Turmi - Murulle Lodge

Today, enter the fascinating world of the local Hamar market in Turmi. The Hamar women are simply stunning. They wear their hair in dense ringlets smeared with mud and clarified butter and topped off with a head-dress made out of an oblong aluminum plate. Their necks and chests are adorned with string upon sting of cowrie shell and colorful beaded necklaces of varying lengths. Chunky metal wristlets and armlets, shiny nails appended to skirts, multiple earrings simple leather garments are all so a la mode. This tribe is an inspiration to all. The market is exciting too and you may have the opportunity to buy some of the tribal regalia and artifacts. On a lucky day, you should be able to see a spectacle called 'cattle jumping', a ceremony that constitutes rite of passage for young men. (B,L,D) Murulle Lodge

Day 5: Kangatan - Korcho - Murulle Lodge

Another day of cultural emersion - the Bume and Karo tribes embody the incredible colorful culture of Ethiopia's tribes. In the absence of any modern materials, these tribes find unique age-old ways in which to express their artistic impulses. The Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clay and locally available vegetable pigments to trace amazing patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs. These designs are simply for fun and aesthetic effect, as each artist vies to outdo his fellow tribesman - it is really a contest of remarkable talents and imagination. The Karo men also sculpt their hair into extravagant shapes, with their special ochre 'caps' of hair containing several ostrich feathers. To watch this tribe perform is to watch Picasso at his best! (B,L,D) Murulle Lodge

Day 6: Arba Minch - Bekele Molla Hotel

After breakfast, depart for Omorate to visit the Gheleb tribe. The Gheleb have a decorative sense similar to the Karo tribe. After a picnic lunch, continue onwards to Konso where you will see some impressively terraced farmland and can interact with the Konso people, dressed in colorful costumes. You finally arrive at Arba Minch, 'Forty Springs' in Amharic. From here you can enjoy panaromic views of Nech Sar National Park and its bordering lakes of Chamo and Abaya. (B,L,D) Bekele Molla Hotel

Day 7: Addis Ababa - Elilly Hotel

After breakfast, embark on a full day's drive to Addis, visiting several Rift Valley Lakes, rich in aquatic birdlife, along the way. The drive is very scenic. Dinner at the restaurant in Addis. Overnight at Elilly Hotel

Day 8: Depart Addis Ababa

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back home. End of our services.

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