BOOK NOW at www.imaginative-traveller.com or CALL 0845 287 0769ETHIOPIA61The Omo Valley 14 days An encounter with extraordinary people in a unique part of Ethiopia.Visiting the people of the South Omo is an enriching and educational experience. Over twenty tribes inhabit the area and we visit villages and local markets in the hope of meeting several of them. The most famous are the Mursi, renowned for their clay lip plates, but there are many other vivid encounters with some fascinating tribes. Whilst the emphasis of the trip is on the people, we also visit the Rift Valley lakes with their beautiful scenery and fertile surroundings, and we are likely to see a wide range of mammals in Nechisar and Mago Parks.Trip InfoDeparture DatesTransport: 4WD vehicles. This is a demanding trip in an area with little infrastructure and rough roads.Group size: normally min. 6, max. 18, plus leader and local staff. Accommodation: 9 nights hotels (2 of these nights are in simple hotels) and 4 nights basic camping.Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners included.Start day: Sunday End day: SaturdayTour code: EAYOStart FinishStart Finish201123-Jan 05-Feb03-Jul 16-Jul07-Aug 20-Aug30-Oct 12-Nov25-Dec 07-Jan201222-Jan 04-FebItineraryDay 1 / Adis Ababa Afternoon tour including the Church of the Holy Trinity and Ethnographical Museum.Day 2 / Rift Valey Drive into Rift Valley, home of the Oromo people. To Lake Langano; visit Lake Abiata-Shala N.P., home to many water birds and antelope..Day 3 / Arba Minch Visit Chencha village, home of the Dorze people who live in beehive shaped houses.Day 4 / Arba Minch Visit Nechisar N.P; boat trip on Lake Chamo.Day 5 / Key Afer Drive to Key Afer for colourful market of Ari, Bena, Hamer and Tsemai people; continue to Jinka.Day 6 / Mago To Mago N.P. Continue to Mursi village; visit Mursi tribe.Day 7 / Turmi Long drive to Turmi via Korcho village, meet Karo people, known for their elaborate body painting.Day 8 / Omorate Continue south to Omorate to visit the Desanech (also known as Geleb) village.Day 9 / Omorate Full day to explore the Monday Market of the Hamer people and other villages in the region.Day 10 / Konso To Konso via an Arbore village where we may see the Erborie people and their neighbours the Tsemai.Day 11 / Yirga Chefe To Yirga Chefe through the valleys of the Konso Hills. Visit weekly market of Hagere Mariam.Day 12 / Yirga Chefe Visit ancient anthropomorphic and phallic stelae fields of Tuta Fela or Tututi; continue through beautiful landscapes to Wondogenet with its lush tropical forest and hot springs.Day 13 / Lake Awassa - Adis Ababa Drive to Lake Awassa with its lakeside fish market. Return to Addis Ababa.Day 14 / Adis Ababa Tour ends.
For detailed departures, itineraries and prices please visit our website62KENYA / TANZANIA / MALAWI / ZAMBIAItineraryAfrican Wanderer - Northbound 21 days From Livingstone to Nairobi.A journey of memorable highlights, our overland adventure from Livingstone to Nairobi covers some of the most spectacular experiences in Africa. Starting from mighty Victoria Falls, we travel through Zambia and Malawi and relax into paradise on the spice island of Zanzibar. Back on the continent, nature abounds on the Serengeti Plains and within Ngorongoro Crater - two of the most incredible wildlife havens in the world. You can do this same trip in reverse - 'African Wanderer Southbound' tour code GAWS - please visit our website for more details.Trip InfoDeparture DatesDay 1 / Livingstone Our wanderings begin in Livingstone, on the Zambian side of magnificent Victoria Falls, where we stay in a campsite on the banks of the Upper Zambezi River. Day 2-3 / Lusaka - Chipata Travelling further into Zambia, our next stop is the bustling capital city of Lusaka. We then continue to Chipata - gateway to the renowned South Luangwa National Park. Day 4-5 / South Luangwa National Park A remote location and an abundance of wildlife to experience during morning and afternoon game drives, with an optional night drive available. Day 6 / Lilongwe Leaving South Luangwa National Park, we cross into Malawi and spend a night sampling African city life in its capital, Lilongwe. Day 7-9 / Lake Malawi We continue to magnificent Lake Malawi - the third largest lake in Africa and home to memorable African sunsets and pristine beaches. Day 10-11 / Iringa - Dar es Salaam We travel to the Swahili-speaking nation of Tanzania through mountainous countryside abundant with tea and banana plantations, before continuing to our seaside campsite at Dar es Salaam. Day 12 / Stone Town (Zanzibar) Saying farewell to the truck for the next few days, we take the morning ferry to the spice island of Zanzibar, where we explore evocative Stone Town - a historic treasure trove of narrow winding streets and buildings with magnificently impressive doors. Day 13-14 / Nungwi (Zanzibar) We transfer to the village of Nungwi on the northernmost point of Zanzibar. Day 15 / Dar es Salaam A ferry takes us back to Dar es Salaam, where we are reunited with our overland vehicle. Day 16-17 / Arusha - School of St Jude - Mto Wa Mbu Arriving in Tanzania's 'safari capital', Arusha, we wander through town and visit the School of St Jude, which aims to 'fight poverty through education' and provides free schooling and support for some of the poorest children in the region. Day 18 / Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park Transferring to 4WD vehicles, we drive down to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, where we spend the morning exploring this world famous wildlife sanctuary.Day 19 / Serengeti National Park The Serengeti is home to more than three million large mammals spread over endless plains. We enjoy marvellous wildlife viewing all around us, with our camp set right in the heart of the animal-rich plains. Day 20 / Serengeti National Park - Arusha After our final game drive in the Serengeti, we make our way back to Arusha and spend a final night in Tanzania. Day 21 / Nairobi We cross into Kenya and travel to the capital city of Nairobi, where our tour ends on arrival. Group size: Maximum 24.Grade: Wildlife Moderate.Transport: 4WD vehicle, Custom-built safari vehicle, Ferry, On foot, Open 4WD vehicles.Accommodation: 17 nights camping, 3 nights hotel.Meals: 21 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners.Parks: This trip includes 2 days in South Luangwa National Park and 3 days in the Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Start Day: Saturday End Day: Friday Tour code: GAWNStart FinishStart Finish201105-Feb 25-Feb12-Mar 01-Apr23-Apr 13-May28-May 17-Jun09-Jul 29-Jul13-Aug 02-Sep24-Sep 14-Oct29-Oct 18-Nov10-Dec 30-Dec201214-Jan 03-Feb25-Feb 16-Mar31-Mar 20-Apr12-May 01-Jun