Photo : Karo Women © G.Pfannmüller

  • HOME
    - About Us
    - Contact Us
    - Booking Information
    - Testimonials

    - Murulle Omo Lodge
    - The New Flower
    - Lofty Mountains, Ancient Lure
    - Noble Heights, Mystic Splendor
    - Natural Beauty, Untamed Wilderness
    - Blending Adventures
    - Special Focuses
    - Birdwatching
    - Beyond the Foreseen

    - The Omo Valley
    - Northern Historical Circuit
    - Eastern Historical Circuit

    - Genna
    - Timket
    - Fasika
    - Meskal
    - Hidar Zion
    - Gishen Mariam
    - Kulubi Gabriel
    - Sheikh Hussein

    - Reading & Web References
    - Maps & Places of Interest
    - Statistics & Data
    - Travel Tips
    - Getting Here
    - Hotels in Addis


  • Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris
    P.O. Box 3658, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Tel. 251-111-552128/558591/551127
    Fax. 251-111-550298

    Programs to Ethiopia's Rift Valley Lakes, Omo Valley & Surma

    Photo : Hamer Woman © B.Miller Southern Lowlands Route - East Omo

  • Focus: Culture (remote ethnic groups), wildlife, birds, nature
  • Best time of year: All months except April & May
  • In-country days: 11
  • Transportation: Drive

    Day 01 - evening arrival in Addis
    Day 02 - to Leku; to Lake Awassa
    Day 03 - to Chencha (market); to Arba Minch
    Day 04 - to Konso; to Weito, to Key Afer; to Jinka
    Day 05 - to Mursi; via Mago National Park to Murulle
    Day 06 - to Kangatan; to Korcho; to Murulle
    Day 07 - to Omorate; to Murulle
    Day 08 - to Turmi; to Dimeka (market); to Arba Minch
    Day 09 - Lake Chamo; to Senkele Sanctuary; to Lake Langano
    Day 10 - to Lake Abiata Nat Park; to Addis; cultural evening out
    Day 11 - city tour of Addis; evening departure


  • A 360-degree experience with nature & people in "Real Africa"
  • Visits with Sidama, Dorze, Gamo, Konso, Tsemay, Ari, Bena, Mursi, Bume, Karo, Geleb & Hamar people groups
  • Two market days: Dorze & Hamar
  • Three comfortable nights at Murulle Omo Explorer's Lodge with special activities that can include wildlife & bird viewing in open safari vehicles, fishing, nature walks on the plains & mountains with trackers, traditional Karo body-painting & dance event and close, natural interaction with the interesting & friendly Karo people.
  • Special excursions to view Nile Crocodile, the endemic Swayne's Hartebeest & extensive aquatic bird life around Rift Valley Lakes
  • Opportunity to support conservation projects that involve communities

    The Borena:
    Among the 20 plus tribes of the Oromo, the Borena are accepted as the "first born" because of their ongoing role as preservers of genuine Oromo culture. Semi-nomadic pastoralists, the Borena occupy a vast and harsh region of the country, which they have dotted by traditionally controlled deep desert water wells that descend 30 mt or more. With a human chain down to the water level, a thousand cattle may be watered in one day at a single well. With 2 more days added to the Southern program, the Borena people and villages may be visited.


    Surma Trek - West Omo
  • Focus: Culture (remote ethnic group), nature, trekking
  • Best time of year: All months except April & May
  • In-country days: 13
  • Transportation: Drive

    Day 01 - arrival in Addis
    Day 02 - drive to Jimma, through land of Ghurage people
    Day 03 - drive to Bebeka coffee plantation
    Day 04 - drive to Tum
    Day 05 - trek to Maji
    Day 06 - trek to Adicas
    Day 07 - trek to Kibish
    Day 08 - trek to Magalogne & back
    Day 09 - trek to Adicas
    Day 10 - trek to Maji
    Day 11 - trek to Tum
    Day 12 - fly to Addis; shopping; cultural evening out
    Day 13 - city tour of Addis; evening departure


  • Trekking in true wilderness areas that requires moderate fitness
  • Visit with the Dezi and the lip-plated Surma people
  • Donga stick-fighting rite - seasonal
  • Drives through some of the most lush areas of the country
  • Opportunity to support conservation projects that involve communities


    The Anuak and Nuer:
    Gambella, with a brief British influence, was once a busy commercial port between Ethiopia and the Sudan. The main attractions are its National Park and ethnic groups. The park contains lowland animals seen nowhere else in Ethiopia: Roan antelope, white-eared Kob and the rare Nile lechwe. The two main people groups are the Anuak and Nuer. They are distinctly different from the Semetic and Cushitic speakers who dominate the rest of the country. With 4-6 more days added to the Surma trek program, the people of the Gambella Region and the National Park, may be visited.