Horn of Africa – NEW Itinerary

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$2,975

Explore the wilder parts of Ethiopia plus Somaliland. You will visit some of Africa’s oldest and most diverse tribes, feed the wild hyenas of Harar and experience one of the world’s least-visited countries.

As well as arranging as organising cultural trips, we have the pleasure to work on unique projects such as arranging the logistics for the first-ever crossing of the Danakil Depression by mountain bike, which saw an all-female team for a women’s charity cycle 200km over 6 days in 50C heat. You can see more photos by Untamed Borders team member, Matt Traver, here.

 

 

 

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All about the Horn of Africa – NEW Itinerary.

We begin in Ethiopia by visiting the tribes of the Omo Valley – some of the oldest and most diverse in Africa.

Then we’ll fly to the east of Ethiopia to the ancient walled city of Harar, exploring the narrow alleyways where wild Hyenas still wander. Finally, we will cross into the de-facto independent state of Somaliland to see the stunning cave paintings at Las Geel and enjoy the atmosphere in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa.

Then, for the truly intrepid, add on an extra 48 hours in Mogadishu with our experienced guide and security team.

Highlights

  • Experience the Omo Valley where some of Africa’s oldest and most diverse tribes reside
  • Feed wild Hyenas at dusk in ancient Harar
  • Explore one of the world’s least visited countries – Somaliland
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transport
  • Three internal flights (Addis Ababa to Jinka / Arba Minch to Addis Ababa / Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa)
  • International flight from Hargeisa to Addis Ababa (or Hargeisa to Mogadishu if the guest is joining the Mogadishu add-on)
  • Guiding
  • Breakfast
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Ethiopia visas ($50 each. You will need to get two if you return to Addis Ababa at the end of the trip)
  • Somaliland visa ($50 in Addis Ababa)
  • Other meals
  • Insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • International Flights (other than what’s stated)
  • Drinks
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Addis Ababa

    You will have an optional tour of the city depending on arrival time. This could include a trip to the Archeological Museum (where you can meet 3.25 million year old Lucy), the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Ethnological Museum (the former residence of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie) and Mercato – the largest open-air market in Africa.
    Overnight in Addis.

  2. Day 2 Addis – Jinka

    Fly from Addis Ababa to Jinka. Visit the South Omo Museum & Research Centre to learn more about the local tribes. Hike into the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village and learn about local crafts and trades such as blacksmithing and how the local gin, areki, is distilled. Overnight in Eco Omo Lodge.

  3. Day 3 Jinka - Mago National Park - Turmi

    In the morning we will drive through the Mago National park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi women are well known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. The larger the lip plate, the higher the price the woman will fetch when she is married.
    Depart to Turmi, the Hamer’s heartland, and visit one of their local villages . The Hamer are known to be one of the friendliest tribes in the Omo Valley.
    At night, we may get to witness the traditional night dancing, known as evangadi.
    Overnight in Buska Lodge.

  4. Day 4 Turmi - Omorate - Turmi

    In the morning, depart to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village to visit this pastoralist community. Return to Turmi.
    After you will travel to Kolcho beside the Omo River and meet the Karo tribe, which is the smallest tribe in the area and considered to be the most decorative.
    Return to Turmi. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area when a bull-jumping ceremony is happening you will visit that too. However, please be aware that depending on the timing of the ceremony you may have to adjust your day in order to see it.
    Overnight in Buska Lodge.

  5. Day 5 Turmi - Konso

    Depart Turmi for Konso.
    The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honour of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. We will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. With permission, we will visit the Konso chief’s compound. Time permitting we will also visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers.
    Overnight in Kanta Lodge.

  6. Day 6 Konso – Arba Minch – Dire Dawa – Harar

    Depart from Konso to Arba Minch.
    Fly to Addis Ababa to take a connecting flight to Dire Dawa followed by a drive to Harar. Time permitting, we shall visit the lively market at Kefira and/or the chat market on the way.
    Overnight in Harar.

  7. Day 7 Harar

    A full day to explore the walled city of Harar – considered by some to be the 4th holiest city in Islam. The old city is famed for its medieval townhouses and has 82 mosques, including three built in the 10th century. The walls surrounding the sacred city of Harar were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. African and Islamic traditions combine, creating a particularly unique character. One of Harar’s more unusual traditions is the nightly feeding of wild hyenas that wander the streets.
    Overnight in Harar.

  8. Day 8 Harar - Hargeisa

    A full day to drive from Harar to Hargeisa crossing the border between Ethiopia and Somaliland on the way. As you progress, you will pass out of the green Ethiopian lands into the brown scrub desert of Somalia, spotting camel trains as you drive.
    Overnight in Hargeisa.

  9. Day 9 Hargeisa - Las Geel - Hargeisa

    After a visit to the Hargeisa Camel Market, we will take you (with your security escort) to the beautiful cave paintings at Las Geel, one of the most intriguing sights in the Horn of Africa. On the overhangs of a rock in the desert are some of the world’s best-preserved ancient cave paintings. Dating from 5000-9000 years old they depict cows, people, dogs, and even giraffes. Return to Hargeisa.
    Overnight in Hargeisa.

  10. Day 10 Hargeisa - End

    Transfer to airport for morning flight to Addis.
    Connect with evening flights home.
    Those travelling to Mogadishu will depart on the same day from Hargeisa to Mogadishu.

Omo Valley Tribes, Ethiopia
Bull Jumping Ceremony, Hamer
Hotels, Lodges & Rope Beds

We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on you sharing a twin room. An optional single supplement is available for US$250.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Included in the price:
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transport
  • Three internal flights (Addis Ababa to Jinka / Arba Minch to Addis Ababa / Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa)
  • International flight from Hargeisa to Addis Ababa (or Hargeisa to Mogadishu if the guest is joining the Mogadishu add-on)
  • Guiding
  • Breakfast
Not included in the price:
  • Ethiopia visas ($50 each. You will need to get two if you return to Addis Ababa at the end of the trip)
  • Somaliland Visa ($50 in Addis Ababa)
  • Hargeisa airport departure tax ($41)
  • Other Meals
  • Insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • International Flights to and from Ethiopia
  • Drinks
Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
November 11, 2021 - November 20, 2021
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$2,975
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