Cultural Safaris Ethiopia & Uganda

This cultural safari starts in Ethiopia where you will visit the tribal people of Alaba, Mursi and Hamer. Enjoy the wildlife and scenery before flying to the Pearl of Africa for more meetings with the tribes of Uganda!

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and transfer in to hotel. Overnight at Global Hotel.

Day 2: ADDIS ABABA – TIYA – ADADI MARIAM – LANGANO

Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela, the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). At Lake Langano enjoy swimming and bird watching. Dinner and overnight at Sabana Beach Resort.

Day 3: LANGANO – ARBA MINCH

Drive 300 km south to Arba Minch visiting the tribal people of Alaba who are noted for their beautifully painted houses, Wolita, known for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana, and Dorze, who are renowned for their huge huts and colorful cotton clothes. Dinner and overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 4: ARBA MINCH

Morning visit of the Nech Sar National Park to visit mammals like Swains Hartebeest (endemic), Burchil’s Zebra, Grants Gazelle and also endemic birds like the thick-billed raven, the Wattled ibis, and the mysterious Nech Sar nightjar. In the afternoon, have a remarkable boat trip on the rift valley lake of Chamo to visit the ‘crocodile market’ where you can see display of large African Crocodiles, hippopotamus and low land water birds. Dinner and overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 5: ARBA MINCH – JINKA

Drive 275 km south to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces. (If the day is Thursday, stop on your way at Key Afer to visit the most colorful multicultural market in the Lower Omo Valley, which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai.) Dinner and overnight at Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 6: JINKA

Today you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley. Dinner and overnight at Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 7: JINKA – TURMI

Drive to Turmi – the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing and leather skirts. (If today is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a stop at the colorful weekly market of the Hamer and the Benna people at Dimeka.) Dinner and overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 8: TURMI

In the morning you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southernmost people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Then with a picnic lunch stop at Murulle, head to Korcho – the village of the Karo people. (OR if the day is Saturday or Tuesday, have an excursion in the afternoon to visit the colorful weekly market of the Hamer at Dimeka, or if Monday at Turmi.) Dinner and overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 9: TURMI – YABELLO

Drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore. Dinner and overnight at Yabello Motel.

Day 10: YABELLO – AWASSA

Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena and the other people of Sidama who are renowned for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana. Dinner and overnight at Pina Hotel.

Day 11: AWASSA – ADDIS ABABA

Visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla and Ziway. Have a free afternoon in Addis. In the evening before departure, have a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals. After this party transfer to the airport for your continental flight to Entebbe.
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be welcomed and transfered to your hotel. Overnight at Airport Guesthouse.

Day 12: ENTEBBE – FORT PORTAL

Early breakfast and then transfer to Fort Portal with traditional homesteads and farms along the way. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the large tea plantations. Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View Guesthouse.

Day 13: MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

Today you can enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in their full glory. Enjoy a guided nature walk at the foothills and learn about the local culture firsthand. Enjoy the scenic views, have a glimpse of the village life and visit a traditional witchdoctor at his home. We will also make a stop at the Amabere Caves, where you can discover the small hidden waterfall and admire the stalagmites and stalactites.
After this impressive day a cultural evening is awaiting you with traditional dances and songs from different tribes (only on Sundays!). Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View Guesthouse.

Day 14: FORT PORTAL – NSHENYI VILLAGE

Departure for Mbarara where you will have lunch before continuing to Nshenyi Village. A beautiful route will take you to this hidden rural farm, where you can experience the traditional way of living. Enjoy the rolling countryside of the Ankole Kingdom and listen to the silence. Dinner and overnight at Nshenyi Village.

Day 15: NSHENYI VILLAGE

The morning starts early as you go to the field to milk the long horned Ankole cows. Return to the farm for breakfast, before we take a short walk to the village of a Bahima tribe. Experience the lifestyle of this traditional tribe and learn more about where they live, what they eat and their other native habits. In the afternoon you may decide to go for a nature walk along the River Kagera, the natural border with Tanzania. The trail leads through undulating hills that overlook Nshenyi Village. Watch the unparalleled richness of bird species as you look right into Tanzania. In the evening you can enjoy traditional dancing and singing of a non-professional local group. Dinner and overnight at Nshenyi Village.

Day 16: NSHENYI VILLAGE – KAMPALA

After breakfast we depart Nshenyi. Enjoy the magnificent view one more time as we slowly head back. Drive to Kampala with lunch en route and usual stops at interesting places like the Ugandan Equator. In the afternoon, arrival in Kampala. Overnight at Cassia Lodge.

Day 17: CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on your flight schedule, you can join our guide on a city tour and visit some interesting and historical sites. In time you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.

Note: This safari combines a visit to different tribes in both Ethiopia and Uganda. Both parts of the package can be booked separately or you make the tour in opposite direction.