Ethiopian manLeptis Magna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally a Phoenician trading port and then associated with the Romans from the 2nd century BC  

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Ethiopia suggested Tailor made holidays

THE OMO & THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY
Nights stay at:
1 Addis Ababa
2 Awash
3 Arba Minch
4 Arba Minch
5 Jinka
6 Mago National Park
7 Turmi
8 Turmi
9 Yabello
10 Yabello
11 Wondo Genet

Discover an area of Ethiopia that is home to the great volcanic Rift Valley, a geographical feature that slashes Africa from the Red Sea to Mozambique. There are seven chains of lakes created by it that are habitats for a wide range of birds, indigenous animals, flowers and vegetation. Here you will also find the Omo Valley, an area which is unique as it is home to a melting pot of people, each with their own way of life.

It would be a fitting start to pay a visit to ‘Lucy’ in the National Museum, the 3-million-year old humanoid discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. Travel south into the Rift Valley, true Africa, and relax at Lake Awassa before continuing to Arba Minch, located in the foothills of the valley overlooking lakes Chamo and Abaya, in Bale Mountains National Park. From here visit one of the most beautiful game reserves, Nechisar National Park. 

You are now entering a region only recently opened to visitors, the Omo Valley. Jinka 
is the starting point, with its spectacular Saturday and Wednesday markets, before journeying into a region where women still wear animal skins for clothing and have huge lip plates. Overnight in Mago National Park, an area of dense acacia woodland and open savannah and keep a look out for lions and baboons. 

Move on to Turmi, home to the Hamer people where the men have to jump cows in a traditional ceremony before they can come of age. The women wear intricate hairstyles of ochre-coloured plaits and are particularly fond of beads and bracelets. Your final destination in the Omo is Yabello, home to a semi-nomadic people. Nearby is the El Sod Crater Lake, a very deep lake famous for its black salt which is still extracted and carried out by donkey. Reluctantly leave this unique region of Ethiopia and return to Addis Ababa, spending a well deserved night in the hot springs resort of Wondo Genet.

Cost per person from £1,459.00 (based on two people travelling in a twin/double room)

A Silk Steps inclusive holiday price includes:
• Private return transfers between airports and hotels (unless otherwise specified)
• The services of English speaking guides and representatives at each stage of the tour. Between most places you will travel unescorted
• Accommodation in a standard room (shared twin) with private facilities (unless otherwise specified) with breakfast
• Government taxes and compulsory service charges
• All tours and sightseeing as specified, inclusive of entrance fees
• Economy class air travel within all countries on the scheduled services of the national or domestic carrier as specified in each tour
• The services of our local representative
Extras:
• International flights - please contact us for up-to-date prices
• Travel insurance
• Meals - unless otherwise stated
• Optional sightseeing other than specified
• International airport departure tax payable overseas
• Visa fees
• Single supplement (on request)

Suggested tailor made holidays
Historical Route & Lake Langano
Historical Route & The Simien Mountains
The Omo & the Great Rift Valley

Ethiopia Hotel Selection
Ethiopia Brochure download
Foreign office travel advice

RECOMMENDED GUIDE BOOKS
Ethiopia, published by Bradt Guides in 2005
Ethiopia and Eritrea, published by Lonely Plant in 2006

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)

Price

Validity

Requirements

Can be obtained in advance and is valid for 30 days. A completed visa application form, a passport photo, your passport and a copy of your Silk Steps confirmation invoice are required to procure the visa. Current cost £18.00 (subject to change).

WEATHER

Because of its high altitude, Ethiopia has a temperate climate despite its proximity to the equator. The average daytime temperature is 16°C and at night it can drop to 10°C. The rainy season runs from June to September and the best time to visit is from  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather   www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Apr-06 Patriots' Victory Day Movable Ethiopian Good Friday Movable Ethiopian Easter
Jan-07 Ethiopian Christmas
Jan-19 Ethiopian Epiphany
Mar-02 Adwa Day Movable Ramadan
May-01 Labour Day
May-28 Downfall of the Dergue Movable Moulid
Sep-11 Ethiopian New Year
Sep-17 Meskel

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Holidays are protected by the Travel Trust Association. The Travel Trust Association exists in order to provide you, the customer, with 100 percent financial protection and has been doing so for over fifteen years. This means that every penny that you pay to our members is protected by the Travel Trust Association.The Air holidays and flights shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is T7409. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.