- Verdant mountain ranges
- The lakes of the Great Rift Valley
- Visit to the Harrena Forest, a wildlife lovers haven
- The chance to see the Ethiopian wolf – the world’s rarest canid
- Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
- A boat trip on Lake Chamo
- Meeting the incredible indigenous people
- Sundowner drinks on the bank of the Omo River
- Spend a night with the Mursi or Hammer people
Best time to go: November – March
Tour at a glance:
In stark contrast to the ancient north of Ethiopia, the southern region features lush mountain ranges, the Great Rift Valley’s lakes, and beautiful farmlands nourished by the powerful Omo River. Instead of castles and churches, visitors can encounter rare wildlife and have the opportunity to interact with some of the colourful tribes that live deep within the Omo Valley.
The first destination on your exploration of Southern Ethiopia will be the breathtaking Bale Mountains National Park, which is a picturesque drive south from Addis.
Begin your tour in earnest today with a trip to the Harrena Forest, a refuge for wildlife lovers with frequent sightings of rarer species like Meneilek’s bushbuck, vervet and Bale monkeys, black-maned lions, enormous forest hogs, and more. Avian life in this area is diverse, and keen birders will enjoy seeing unusual species like the Ethiopian cisticola, Abyssinian catbird, and black-headed siskin. This is a truly magnificent place to explore, with crystal-clear mountain streams, lovely clearings where you can have a picnic lunch, and the sensation of being a million miles from anyplace.
The Bale Mountains’ ability to offer a vast assortment of diverse experiences in a very short space and the fact that no two days are ever the same are only two of their many charms. Keeping this in mind, you will leave this morning to explore the Sanetti Plateau, a breathtaking open plain that is home to what is perhaps THE reason to travel to the Bale Mountains: the opportunity to observe the Ethiopian wolf, the rarest canid in the entire world. Despite the fact that there are only 350 of these creatures surviving, the plateau is where one may find their preferred prey, the weirdly charming gigantic mole rat. Admire the breathtaking views that surround you and take advantage of the possibility to visit the village of Rira to partake in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Today, continue into Southern Ethiopia’s fertile lowlands, taking in the verdant vistas that are all about you. Arba Minch, the largest town in the South and a great location to unwind and enjoy a well-earned afternoon of R&R, will be where we spend tonight.
taking a boat ride on Lake Chamo, which is a haven for a sizable crocodile and hippo population as well as a fascinating variety of wildlife. Return to dry land and go south towards the Omo Valley while stopping along the way for a picnic lunch.
Today is the first day of your exploration of the Omo Valley, and Lale will take you well into the area to begin meeting the amazing indigenous people that live there. You may escape the Omo Valley’s “masses” and have some very unique experiences with the tribes, which many other visitors are unable to do, thanks to the camp’s remote position, as well as Lale’s knowledge of and connections to the area. On the Omo River’s bank, sip cocktails as the sun sets.
You will get the opportunity to fly camp by one of the nearby villages in addition to seeing some of the area’s more isolated tribes; this genuinely one-of-a-kind opportunity is only available to visitors to Lale’s Camp. By doing so, you can get a better sense of the area and discover more about the distinctive traditions that each tribe has. You have the option of staying the night with either the Mursi or Hammer people, two of the most renowned tribes in the area who are well worth the trip down here to see.
On your last day of exploration with Lale, you can visit some of the tribes you haven’t yet been able to visit. A trip near the Kenyan border, where the Karo and Dasanaech people dwell, will be particularly gratifying. As you move around, Lale will tell you more about the growing difficulties these tribes face due to interactions with one another, climatic changes, tourism, and the transformation of the Omo Valley into a centre of agriculture and industry, which alters their traditional way of life.