Example trip

The Lakes and Forests of Southern Ethiopia

Best for:

Experimental travellers and culture vultures

8 nights
$4,100
Jan Feb Mar Apr Nov Dec

Curated by Victoria

“Ethiopia is a new, fascinating and exciting destination for more adventurous travellers who are looking for a trip less ordinary. Experience unparalleled landscapes, rare wildlife, vibrant cities and a unique culture before everybody else."

The Lakes and Forests of Southern Ethiopia

Day 1

Day 1
Arrival Addis Ababa

Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole international airport, you’ll be escorted by car to your accommodation in Addis Ababa.

The remainder of your day will be spent at leisure.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 2

Day 2
Addis Ababa

Spend your first day acquainting yourself with Ethiopia’s sprawling capital. Explore the National Museum including a replica of ‘Lucy’, the famous early hominid, visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and head up Mount Entoto for spectacular views over the city.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can help plan activities that suit your needs prior to departure.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 3

Day 3
Addis Ababa – Bale Mountain National Park

After breakfast on day three, you’ll head south to the Bale Mountain National Park and check into your luxury lodge.

Spend your days exploring the Sanetti Plateau and Bale Forest watching for wildlife, including numerous bird species, Bale monkeys, and the Ethiopian wolf, the world’s rarest carnivore and an icon of Ethiopian wildlife.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 4

Day 4
Bale Mountain National Park

Continue to explore the Sanetti Plateau and Bale Forest watching for wildlife, including numerous bird species, Bale monkeys, and the Ethiopian wolf, the world’s rarest carnivore and an icon of Ethiopian wildlife.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can advise on activities prior to departure.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 5

Day 5
Bale Mountain National Park – Nechisar National Park

Continue south to Arba Minch in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley, where you’ll be staying at the aptly named Paradise Lodge overlooking Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo.

Go on game drives searching for animals and endemic birds, take a dip in the sacred waters of Forty Springs, see hippos and crocodiles on Lake Chamo, hike across ‘God’s Bridge’ (an isthmus separating the two lakes), and visit the elephant huts of the Dorze people.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 6

Day 6
Nechisar National Park

Continue to enjoy your time at Nechisar National Park.

Embark on game drives, visit Forty Springs, see hippos and crocodiles on Lake Chamo, hike across ‘God’s Bridge’, and visit the elephant huts of the Dorze people.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can advise on activities prior to departure.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 7

Day 7
Nechisar National Park – Turmi & the Omo River Valley

Your final destination is Turmi in the Omo River Valley in the heart of southern Ethiopia, where you’ll be staying in an eco-lodge overlooking the Buska Mountains.

After settling in you'll have time at leisure. Perhaps take the time to learn about the local Hamer tribe, famous for their Evangadi dance and ‘bull leaping’ ceremony.

 

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 8

Day 8
Turmi & the Omo River Valley

Enjoy your final day in the Omo River Valley.

This is your chance to meet and interact with other Omo River Valley tribes, such as the Dorze, Konso, Karo, Dassanetch, and Benna, each with their own fascinating culture and traditions.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing
Day 9

Day 9
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

From: $4,100 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing