Western Ethiopia remains the least-explored area of the country, which leaves it all the more open to adventurers, from the Ethiopian highlands to the humid lowlands of Gambella. Coffee lovers - come visit the beverage's birthplace in what used to be the kingdom of Kaffa.
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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 (hotel).
After a morning visit the the Palace of Abba JIffar, the former King of Jimma, continue your drive to Mizan Tefari via Bonga. Bonga is in 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. Overnight in Mizan Teferi.
Departing Mizan Teferi, proceed driving to Metu. On the way, stop for a hike to visit the Sor Waterfall. Overnight in Metu.
Continue from Metu to Gambella via Bure. After passing Bure, you will descend into the Baro Valley to the steamy Western Lowlands, finally arriving in the town of Gambella, set on the banks of the Baro River. Overnight in Gambella (hotel).
Today you will explore the Gambella National Park, heading south to Lake Alwara and Lake Tata. Gambella National Park is the most remote National Park in Ethiopia and is full of interesting and unique wildlife including the shoebill stork as well as elephants, baboons, buffalo, lion, antelope and monkeys. Lake Tata is home to local Anuak people, and you will camp nearby their village.
Today you will explore more of the Gambella National Park and its inhabitants - the Anuak and Nuer people. Return to Gambella for overnight (hotel).
Departing from Gambella, we return to the highlands to the town of Nekemte. On the way you will pass through the Didesa Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many large mammals. Overnight in Nekemte.
From Nekemte, continue to Ambo. With several waterfalls in the area, this is a nice area for small hikes and fresh air. Overnight in Ambo, where you can soak in the therapeutic hot spring pool.
Today we depart from Ambo to Addis Ababa, stopping at Lake Wenchi for the day. Lake Wenchi sits in the collapsed crater of Mt. Wenchi and is home to an island monastery – Cherkos which can be visited by local boat. Finally, return to Addis Ababa.
Depart from Addis Ababa to Jimma. On the way you will pass through the land of the Gurage people, known to be the hardest working people of Ethiopia. You will have a chance to visit a Gurage village, where you will see the important enset plant (also known as false banana tree) and see typical Gurage house construction. Overnight in Jimma at hotel of your choice.
After breakfast, depart from Jimma to Mizan Tefari, passing through coffee plantations along the way. This is the land of the ancient Kaffa Kingdom, the birthplace of coffee. Here you can visit a traditional Kaffa house and learn about the culture of the Kaffa people. Overnight in Mizan Tefari at hotel of your choice.
Depart from Mizan Tefari 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 the coffee processing techniques. Afterwards, 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.
Today you will visit the Surma tribe near the village of Kibish. Overnight camping in Kibish.
After your breakfast, depart 25 km to the Surma village of Tulgete, where you can visit with 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 Kibish.
Today, depart Kibish for Tum. On the way, visit the Dizi tribe. The Dizi people are hereditarily very short people who have beehive-like houses, similar to the Dorze. Overnight camping in Tum.
From Tum, take a day trip to Magi, 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 for overnight camping.
Today we continue back north to Bebeka, where we will stay for overnight inside the guesthouse at the Bebeka Coffee Plantation. Overnight in Bebeka in guesthouse with hot shower!
Returning back, we continue to Jimma via Mizan Tefari. In Jimma you can take a refreshing swim in the pool at Central Jimma Hotel. Overnight in Jimma.
Return to Addis from Jimma, via Butajira. On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya and Adadi Maryam.