11-Days Tour to Lake Ziway, Lepis forest, Dorze and Konso Community Based Tourism

FANOS Ethiopia Tours

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you Fanos Ethiopia Tour and Travel representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay Harmony hotel Addis Ababa.

Day 2: City Tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay Harmony hotel Addis Ababa.

Day 3: Drive to Sabana Beach Resort or Lake Langano
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Ziway (142 km from Addis Ababa). Upon arrival in Ziway take a short break and make a boat ride to Lake Ziway Island monastery. Visit Zay people village and learn their culture and visit the St. Maryam Tsion monastery (the Ark of the Covenant supposed to be placed during the 4th century). Then continue your drive to Langano for overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort.

Day 4: Drive to Awassa (75 km) & on the way visit Lepis Forest
The forest is among this region’s most pristine and secluded natural wonders, with breathtaking and stunning views, endemic bird and wildlife species, and a natural waterfall. Make Hiking in the forest to visit different wildlife including; leopards, warthogs, bushbuck, mountain nyala, colobus monkeys, thick-billed ravens, African white backed vultures, and blue-breasted bee-eaters. Then continue your drive to Awassa for overnight stay in Lewi or Haile Resort.

Day 5: Drive to Dorze via Wolayta
Today before starting drive to Dorze you will visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa where the fisher man sell his fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barbus whereas Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colbous monkey around the Amor Gedele. En route make a stop and visit Wolayta villages. Overnight stay in Dorze Lodge.

Day 6: Visit the Dorze Highland Community
You will have an early breakfast and make a visit to Dorze village where you can learn about the unique Dorze culture through experiential cultural hikes through the village. You can also try making clay posts, brewing local beer & spinning cotton at Dorze Cultural Hike. Overnight stay in Dorze Lodge.

Day 7: Drive to Arba Minch and visit Nech Sar NP & make a boat trip to L. Chamo
In the morning, after breakfast you will drive to Arba Minch (48km from Dorz) to Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc. ). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.
After a brief break, you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise/Swaynes Lodge.

Day 8: Drive to Konso to visit the UNESCO registered Konso Cultural Landscape
You will be driven to Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. Then, you will visit to the dramatic landscape that provides a stunning view of the Konso Cultural Landscape. Konso is well known for their colorful clothing, quaint huts, and detailed handcrafts, Konso offers so much for visitors. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge.

Day 9: Drive to Yabelo
In the morning you drive to Yabelo through semi-arid area of Borena. The Borenas are semi-nomadic tribe and you can see a small flock of camels with their Borena owners here and there. O/n stay in Yabelo

Day 10: Drive to Yireg Alem
Today you drive through the region of the Gedeo and Sidama people. The hills and mountains are intensively cultivated in this densely populated area. Overnight stay in Aregash lodge, a peaceful view to green valley and to intense tranquility, with hayena and the sound of many birds. O/n stay in Argash Lodge.

Day 11: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Tiya and Melka-Kuntare
On your way back to Addis Ababa via an alternative route through Ziway-Butajira, the green and fertile are of the Gurage people you can visit UNESCO registered the 600 – 800 years old Tiya stelae field and the interesting Melka-Kunture archeological site where thousands of Stone Age tools are found. There is also a small but interesting museum. Late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner then check-in for flight back home.

Price: 2300
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