Tour to Western Ethiopia – Surma & Gambella - 14 Days

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Western Ethiopia


Day 1: Drive to Jimma
Depart from Addis Ababa to Jimma via Weliso, which is home to the Gurage tribe, known as “the hardest working people in Ethiopia”. On the way, you will pass through beautiful landscapes as you drive through the Gibe River Valley. Overnight in Jimma at the hotel of your choice.

Day 2: Drive to Mizan Tafari
Continue your drive to Mizan Tafari via Bonga. Bonga is in the ancient Kingdom of Kaffa, the birthplace of coffee. You will have an opportunity to visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. You will also pass through the Belete Forest, where you can visit the Colobus monkeys.

Day 3: Drive to Kibish
Depart from Mizan Tafari to Kibish. On the way, visit the Bebeka coffee plantation, where they cultivate organic coffee trees as well as rubber trees. You can also learn about coffee processing techniques. Afterward, pass through Dima, which is home to the Inuak tribe; here you can visit these tribes and learn about their culture. Overnight camping in Kibish.

Day 4: Visit the Surma Village
Today you enjoy the surroundings of Kibish, including visiting a Surma tribe near the village. Overnight camping in Kibish.

Day 5: Drive to Tulgit
After your breakfast, depart 25 km to the Surma village of Tulgit, where you can visit the local Surma people. Also, if you’re lucky, see the Surma stick-fighting competition, known as Donga. Here, men from different local villages meet and compete against each other, winning the respect of the maiden ladies in the crowd. Overnight camping in Tum.

Day 6: Excursion to Maji
From Tum, take a day trip to Maji, where you will meet with the Dizi, Surma, Tishena, and perhaps the Bume tribe. If lucky, you will visit on market day (Saturday), which is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with the local tribes. Return to Tum overnight.

Day 7: Drive back to Bebeka
Today continue driving to Bebeka. Overnight at Bebeka guest house.

Day 8: Drive to Metu
Today you will drive to Metu. Along the way, you can visit the Sor waterfalls. Overnight in Metu.

Day 9: Drive to Gambela
Continue driving from Metu to Gambela, descending from Metu into the steamy lowlands, home to Gambela. Overnight in Gambela.

Day 10: Excursion to Gambela National Park
Today you will drive into the Gambela National Park, home to wonderful birdlife, as well as elephants, baboons, buffalo, lion, antelope, monkeys, and other antelope. Overnight camping in Gambela National Park.

Day 11: Excursion to Anuak and Nuer Village
Today you will continue to explore Gambela National Park and the people living in the area – the Anuak and Nuer people. Overnight in Gambela.

Day 12: Drive to Nekemte
Today we depart from Gambela, driving to Nekemte. Overnight in Nekemte.

Day 13: Drive to Ambo
Overnight stay in Ambo

Day 14: Visit the Crater Lake Wenchi and drive back to Addis Ababa
Take a boat trip on Lake Wenchi to the island that houses Cherkos church. Afterward, continue driving back to Addis Ababa.

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