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Ethiopia
Ethiopia is officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Situated   at the Northern east of Africa, an area of 1,112,000 square kilometers. Ethiopia Shares its boundaries with Eritrea North and North east, Djibouti Easter part, Somalia south east and south, Kenya south and Sudan in the western side.

Capital  
The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa founded in 1886 by Empress Taytu  as Addis Ababa, currently Addis Ababa is  known as the capital of Africa by hosting many international organization headquarters, UN for Africa (ECA), the AU (African union) and other Diplomatic mission for Africa.

Currency

The Ethiopian currency is called Birr and is issued by the National Bank of Ethiopia. One Birr is made up of 100 cents. The Bank notes are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 Birr and the coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 ,  50 and 1 Birr  cents. Visitors may import unlimited foreign currency. Foreign currency can be changed at banks and hotels and the receipts for all exchange transactions must be retained as this may be required by Customs on departure. Visitors may change back any leftover Ethiopian Birr to their chosen foreign currency at the airport before departure and must provide the declaration form with all receipts for exchange transactions. Please note that the exchange rate fluctuates from day to day.  Banks are open from 8 AM (2 o'clock local time) to 5:30 PM (11:30 o'clock local time). Some banks close for lunch between 1 PM (7 o'clock local time) and 2 PM (8 o'clock local time).

Money Transfer and Courier Services  

Money transfers can be made through Western Union and Money Gram. Both have representative branches in Addis Ababa and outside in some of the major towns and make their services available from private and national Banks. For courier services, DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, and EMS have offices in Addis Ababa.

Time and Calendar

Ethiopia is in GMT +3 hours’ time Zone, and follows the unique Julian calendar which is seven years and eight months behind the Gorgonian calendar, consists of thirteen month, the twelve months consists of 30 days each and the last (13th Month) will have 5 or 6 days during leap year, The New Year fall on the 11th of September.

Accommodation 
Addis Ababa has two 5 stat hotels- the Hilton Addis and the Sheraton Addis  (Luxury collection) and a growing number of tourist class hotels. Standards vary outside the capital, but apart from some remote areas where camping is unavoidable it is generally possible to get relatively clean rooms with en suite toilet and shower.

Communication:
Telephone, Tele fax, Internet, e-mail and postal facilities are available in the country. Internet services are available in major cities and towns. The international dialing code for Ethiopia is +251.
Customs: Duty-free import are permitted for up to: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars or 1/2 lb of tobacco
1 liter of alcoholic beverages1/2 liter, or two bottles of  perfumes Visitors may export souvenirs with a value not exceeding Birr 500, although some articles (such as animal skins and antiques) require an export permit.

Ethiopian Seasons

  • Summer (Kiremt or Meher ) June, July and August are the summer season. Heavy rain falls in these three months.
  • Spring (Tseday ) September, October and November are the spring season sometime known as the harvest season.
  • Bega (winter) - December, January and February are the dry season with frost in morning especially in January.
  • Belg (Autumn) - March, April and May are the autumn season with occasional showers. May is the hottest month in Ethiopia.

Clothing

Warm clothing is essential throughout the year in the highland regions. You may wish to bring light cotton clothing for use in the hot areas in the country. A hat and sunglasses are  must!!

Language

Amharic is the official language, but there are more than 80 other local languages which is dialectic to some 200. English and Arabic are wildly used and also Italian and French are spoken.

Religions

A large number of religions are traditionally practiced in Ethiopia, the most numerous today being Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam. Protestant Christian and Traditional beliefs, usually categorized as Animism, attract a decreasing number of followers.

Visa

Visas are required for all visitors, however; Nationals of the 36 countries, Listed Here Below are given visa on arrival at Bole international Air Port. 

1. Argentina
2. Australia
3. Argentina 
4. Australia
5. Austria  
6. Belgium 
7. Brazil
8. Canada   
9. China 
10. Check Republic
11. Denmark             

10. Finland      
11. France                   
12. Germany  
13. Greece  
14. India                    
15. Ireland                
16. Israel               
17. Italy      
18. Japan       

 

19. Kore Republic               
20. Kuwait                    
21. Luxembourg                       
22  Mexico                                     
23. Netherlands                            
24. NewZealand                      
25. Norway                                
26. Poland
27. Portugal      

               

28. Russian Federation  
29. Slovakia                          
30. South Africa                         
31. North Korea                   
32. Spain                      
33. Sweden              
34. Switzerland            
35. United Kingdom
36. U.S.A 

 

Entry Points

Travelers using rail ways Dewele on the Djibouti border is the only point of entry to Ethiopia and those driving to Ethiopia via surface, Moyale (in Kenya), Humera and Metema (in Sudan), and again Galafi in Djibouti are the available means of entries. All arrivals undergo full customs and immigration checks. For the major part of travelers accessing via flight, the Bole International Airport is the only terminal available in the Capital Addis Ababa though there are other domestic airports and airstrips serving domestic needs.

When to come to  Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s climate is typically very mild, with temperatures on the wide-ranging highlands averaging below 20°C. Only on the lowland fringes of western, eastern and southern Ethiopia can temperatures soar past 30°C.

The heaviest rains traditionally fall June to early October, making the rest of the year prime time to visit. Directly after the rains the highlands are wonderfully green, covered with wildflowers and sublime for trekking .

Business hours

Banks, post offices and telecommunications offices are open at least 8.30am to 11am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturday. Government offices’ hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm (to 11.30am Friday) and 1.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Shop hours are 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm weekdays.

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Cultural, Tribal,  Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tours.

5 Days / 4 Nights 

Tour code: My.T.T  0080 
Package Title: Short Omo Valley tribal & Cultural Tour
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: Surface and flight    

Day 1: Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02: Today Morning transfer to Bole Airport to fly to Arba -Minch on the same day  drive to Turmi  via Weyto  and Erbore villages. Overnight - Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/ 

Day 03:- Morning excursion to Murulle to visit Karo tribe.  In the afternoon visit hammer village. Who have retained their own unique customs and traditions; Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Overnight - Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 04:- Drive back to Arbaminch on the way visit Konso  tribe  and the UNESCO  site  cultural landscape and late afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo, Overnight Hotel Arba-  Minch Meals – Full Board /BLD/

Day 05:- Drive /flight back to Addis, evening cultural dinner and departure.

Tribal, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour.

6 days and 5 nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0081 
Package Title: Short Omo Valley tribal & Cultural Tour  
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 01- Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour.Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02:- Today Morning transfer to Bole Airport to fly to Arba -Minch on the same day  drive to Turmi  via Weyto and Erbore villages. Overnight- Lodge / Camp at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 03:- Morning excursion to Murulle to visit Karo tribe.  In the afternoon visit hammer village. Who have retained their own unique customs and traditions; Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves.Overnight- Lodge / Camp  at Turmi. Meals - Full Board / BLD/

Day 04:- Turmi – Key Afer- Jinka

Morning After breakfast, drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer  explore  the colorful weekly Keyafer Market. Overnight: Jinka Resort-Jinka. Meals- FULL BOARD /BLD/

Day 05:- Mago National Park- Arba-Minch

Today Morning Excursion to Mago national park to visits the Mursi tribe after that drive back to Arba-Minch, overnight Arba-Minch.

Day 06:- Drive/ Flight back to Addis Ababa evening cultural dinner in traditional restaurant, then  transfer to ADD to departure home.

Note:- If you drive back to Addis from Arba-Minch most probably your departure to home might be on the 7th day .

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour.

7 days and 6 nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0082
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02 :- Addis – Arba Minch via Great Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia

Today at  morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arba- Minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 03:- Arba Minch –Jinka  

After an early breakfast, drive to Jinka via  Weyto ( Market Day Sunday )  en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area.  Overnight: Hotel – Jinka  - Meals- Full board

Day 04:- Jinka-Mursi-Jinka 

Morning, after breakfast drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After discovering to the Mursi Village, have   picnic lunch in the Mago National Park  exploring the national park and continue driving back to Jinak  through the park. Overnight: Hotel – Jinka. Meals- Full Board

Day 05: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 06:- Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

Today you will have simple  tour  and leisure, at  the morning,  a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles , hippopotamus, Egzir Dildiy… Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

 Day 07:- Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo,  Tiya  Stelea  World Heritage Site  and Addadi Mariam or Melka Qunture  Paleontological site. Late in the afternoon arrive Addis and Day use of hotel for rest and ready for flight home at the Evening.

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

8Days / 7Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0083
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight  - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02:-Addis Ababa- Arbaminch

Morning after breakfast drive to Arba Minchj en route  visit the Dorze tribes ,they are famous for constructing distinguished beehive shaped huts, terrace cultivation and the best weaving work of Ethiopia and  Tiya steleas  world heritage /UNESCO site. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 03:- Arba Minch –Jinka  

After  breakfast drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe, who are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. Afterwards, return to Jinka to the Ari village and visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center for more information about the tribes. Additionally, Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Jinka, which will be visited. Overnight: Hotel – Jinka. Meals- Full board

Day 04:- Jinka-  Turmi

Drive Jinka to Turmi, home of the Hamer people. On  the way, stop in Dimeka for the local market, which is on Tuesdays and Saturday. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by neighborhood Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Overnight in Turmi. At night you may see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as  Evangadi. Overnight- Turmi Lodge. Meals Full board

Day 05:- Turmi  and  surrounds

Today will be a day trip to visit the people of the Karo tribe. Depart from Turmi to the villages of Murulle, Kolcho and Dus on the shores of the Omo River. The Karo people are the smallest in number of all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate decorations, particularly during local ceremonies. Overnight in Turmi. Overnight- Turmi Lodge. Meals Full board

Day 06:- Turmi – Arba Minch

Depart from Turmi to Arba Minch, via Erbore in the Weyto valley and Konso. Friday is market day in Erbore, so if passing on this day, the market will be visited. Stop in Konso for a visit with the Konso people, who are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques. Afterwards, continue to Arba Minch. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 07:-Arba Minch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo 

Today you will have simple  tour  and leisure, at  the morning,  a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles ,  hippopotamus, Egzir Dildiy… 

Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 08:- Arbaminch – Ziway – Addis Ababa

Early morning, you will be heading back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley line. Driving through the lake region, you will be able to see Ziway, Langano, Shalla and Abiatta lakes and additionally the crater lake region of Debrezeit.

Late in the afternoon arrive Addis and Day use of hotel for rest and ready for flight home at the Evening. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back.

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

8Days / 7Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0083/84
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

Morning   drive from  Addis Ababa  heading down South to Arbaminch via Butajira  and Hosaina. At Tiya, you will have a brief stopover to visit the UNESCO-registered Stalae fields of Tiya. With lunch break at Wolaita Sodo, you will proceed to Arbaminch, arriving late afternoon. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full board

Day 02: - ArbaMich – Konso - Jinka

Morning, you will head down South to Konso. Arrival at Konso, and  visit the  UNESCO registered site the local Konso village, their terraced farm fields and totems. Driving further down into the Lower Omo Valley via  Weyto Plains,  to see the Tsemai tribe. Further on at Key Afer, you will visit the Bena tribe. Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 03 : Jinka – Mago National Park – Jinka

After breakfast in Jinka  drive heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. Settled in the lowland plains of the Park, you will visit a local village of the Mursi’s  back to Jinka  to visit the local South Omo Museum, an opportunity that will give you a good overall insight into the various tribes of the South. Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel. Meals – Full board

Day 04 :- Jinka – Key Afer - Turmi

Drive from Jinka to Key Afer  , at Keyefer visit the colorful weekly Bena market, same a very colorful market that attracts neighboring tribes in the area – the Aris from Jinka, the Tsemais from Weito, the local Benas and the Hamers from Dimeka area. After lunch at Key Afer, you will be proceeding to Turmi via Dimeka.                                      

Overnight - Buska Lodge / Turmi Lodge -  Turmi. Meals – Full Board

Day 05 : Turmi – Korcho - Turmi

Drive some kms to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe. Settled around the banks

of the Omo River, the Karo tribe are known for their body paintings, same done for beautifying purposes. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, a high ground view seeing off the Omo River flowing down South into the Turkana Lake.   Evangadi dancing  and   bull jumping ceremony of the Hamers Will make  your  trip very unique and unforgettable memory in your life.

Overnight - Buska Lodge / Turmi Lodge -  Turmi. Meals – Full Board

Day 06 : Turmi – Dimeka - Turmi

Mid-morning, you will be heading to Dimeka, another Hammer tribe settlement 28kms out.

Saturday being the weekly Hamer market in Dimeka, you will be able to join in at this market, see their day-to-day activities. Returning back to Turmi early afternoon, you will visit a local Hammer village 

Overnight - Buska Lodge / Turmi Lodge -  Turmi. Meals – Full Board

Day 7 : Turmi – Arbore - Arbaminch

Morning after breakfast drive  to ArbaMinch . Extending for roughly 96kms in the Weyto Plains parallel to Lake Stephanie for certain parts, you Will have chance to  the Arbore tribe. With lunch stop at Weyto, you will head to Arbaminch .

Overnight – Arba Minch – Hotel. Meals – Full Board

Day 08 : Arbaminch – Ziway – Addis Ababa

Morning After breakfast in your hotel drive back to addis Ababa   via the Rift Valley line. Farwell diner and departure home

Tribes, Wildlife, National Parks, Lakes & Local Market Tour

9 Days and 8 Nights

Tour code: My.T.T  0084
Package Title: Omo Valley Tour
Duration: 9 days and 8 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:- Arrival (ADD) Addis Ababa Bole international Air port.

Arrivals at Bole international Air port Meet and Greet service will be offered by Myseru tour managers and    be transferred to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the gust’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours there will city tour or it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight - Hotel Addis Ababa. Meals - Dinner

Day 02:  Addis Ababa-Arba Minch

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arba Minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla LAKES national park. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full Board

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

At morning, have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals – Full Board

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi
 After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area. Overnight- Lodge –Turmi. Meals Full board

Day0 5:  Turmi - Omorate

After breakfast drive  to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. In the afternoon, go to visit the Hamer Village. At the same village we you will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing). Overnight: Turmi Lodge-Turmi. Meals Full Board

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

After breakfast,  we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market. Overnight: Jinka Resort-Jinka. Meals Full Board

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, drive from Jinka to Mursi Village; visit to the Mursi Village, picnic lunch  will be in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park. Overnight: Jinka Resort Hotel-Jinka. Meals Full Board

Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

At the morning start driving back to Arba Minch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. Overnight: Paradise Lodge Hotel-Arba Minch. Meals Full Board.

Day 09: Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, here you will visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo. 

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Bole international airport for the flight back. End of tour!

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