15 DAYS - CULTURAL - GUMZE, GANZO & OTHER TRIBES OF
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa
Tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) chosen hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Debre Markos
Visit the Debre Libanos monastery, the old Portuguese bridge and Jemma river valley. Spot also the endemic Gelada Baboons here. Proceed then crossing the Blue Nile valley to DebreMarkos. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl DebreMarkos.
Day 3: Drive to Kossober -Zengena
Visit the Gojam and Agew people (Saturday’s market) Then proceed to Chagni (60 km, 1 hrs) and Mandura (67 km, 1 hr driving) to admire another colorful market, this time of the Gumze and Agew people. Then drive back to Zengena lake for ON camping (lunch on the way; dinner at camp).
Day 4: Drive to Dahans Baguna
To admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Reach then the Blue Nile. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at Shinashia, at a Agew people village.
Day 5: Proceed to Guba (or also called Mankush) village- Asosa
previous palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign. Reach so Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed so to Sherkole where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. (2 hrs drive). Then continue for the overnight at Asosa, at Mango campsite, among lot of Mango trees (lunch on way; dinner camp.
Day 6: Drive to the Sudan border town of Kumruk (3 hrs)- Asosa
Get the permits, and drive to Fametsere where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. Afternoon proceed to admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarifications all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp Asosa.
Day 7: Drive to Ye’amsera village (Tongo region)
camp next to the mosque, built in 1952 by an Algerian coming from Saudi Arabia. Here in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage. Organize the permits & police escort and drive to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81st tribe, just discovered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening, you’ll participate to dinner and dancing. Is a very particular experience. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Ye’amsera camp.
Day 8: Drive back to Asosa
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Ganzo people. Afternoon proceed to Asosa. On the way make a 1 hrs trek at Inzi, for very nice views over the region, and some villages. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Mango campsite Asosa.
Day 9: Drive to Nekemte (341 kms, 8 hrs)
On the way visit very nice views and Wollo people resettlements. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel.
Day 10: Proceed to Gambela
At the bank of Baro river, a previous famous commercial point with Sudan. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel.
Day 11: Drive to the Nuer & Anuak people
With many scarifications all over their body, leave at bank of Baro river, and are fishermen and hunters. ON next to a village.
Day 12: Visit villages then proceed back to Gambela. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl.
Day 13: Drive to Jima
On the way we stop at a waterfall for short walking too. Reach Jimma and visit the AbaJifar palace, old king house + the museum of all his artifacts & more, in town. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl.
Day 14: Drive to the Wolayta people and villages
Proceed then to the Rift valley lake of Langano Reach the Wenney ecolodge, and possibility of horse-riding, walking, cycling, bird-watching, swimming and more. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Wenney ecolodge wenney ecolodge.
Day 15: Drive back to Addis Ababa
In Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure.