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Southern Ethiopia
Code: PET 1001: Honeymoon to Southern Ethiopia
Duration: 14days/13nights or 16days/15nights
Transport: surface


Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel

Day 2: Fly to Arbaminch- meaning ‘Forty Springs’ in Amharic-the official language. Arbaminch takes its name from the bubbling streams that cover the groundwater forest occupying the flats of the town. Overnight Paradise Lodge that is situated on the hilltop having panoramic view over Lake Chamo and Abaya – the biggest Lakes in the Ethiopian Rift Valley.  

Day 3: Morning: Boat ride over Lake Chamo (551sq. and 10m deep- 3rd biggest Lake in Ethiopia, Located at 1,225 meters above sea level) to see Africa’s gigantic Nile Crocodile, Hippos and Aquatic birds. Afternoon: an hour drive uphill to Chencha to visit the Dorze, one of the many small segments of the great Omotic language group of southern Ethiopia. Once warriors, they have now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living. Their success in the field of weaving has been phenomenal and the Dorze name is synonymous with the best in woven cotton cloth. Each amazing Dorze bamboo house has its own small garden surrounded by enset (false banana plantation), beds of spices and cabbage, and tobacco (the Dorze are passionate smokers). The main house is a tall up to twelve meters bee-hived shaped building with an aristocratic ‘nose’, which forms a reception room for guests and is usually furnished with two benches. The vaulted ceiling and walls of the spacious and airy houses are covered with an elegant thatch of enset to form a smooth and steep unbroken dome.


Overnight Paradise Lodge Arbaminch

Day 4:  Drive to Hawassa, visiting the painted house of the Alaba people; Afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Hawassa with beautiful Sunset. O/n Lewi Resort or Haile Resort.

Day 5: Morning: visit the Fish Market on the shore of Lake Awassa at “Amora Gedel”; continue driving to

Aregash Lodge at Yergalem, visiting the Sidama village with their enset and coffee plantation. Late afternoon a short walk in Aregash Lodge will see colorful birds and Ethiopia’s indigenous plants.  

Day 6: Drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley to Lake Langano- best recreational center in the country, where you can enjoy swimming. The Lake is safe to swim.

Overnight Sabana Resort or Simbo beach resort

Day 7: Drive to Debreziet/Bishoftu and stop at Lake Ziway to see Aquatic birds and Head to Debrezeit and stay at Kuriftu Lodge or Adulala Resort. Both are located on the best view of the Crater Lake 

Day 8: After lunch an hour drive to Addis Ababa, sightseeing tour, Shopping, Evening farewell dinner party and departure. 

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