|Timkat Festival & Omo Valley Tour (Jan.18-28)
Epiphany) is a very important celebration of Ethiopian Orthodox
Christian followers. It is the most colorful
and greatest festival of the year, falling
on 19 January, just two weeks after Genna.
It is actually a three day affair, beginning
on the eve of Timkat with dramatic processions
(Ketera), when the priests remove the
tabots (replicas of the tablets which
were written by finger of God and given
to Moses) from each church and bless the
water of the pool or river where the next
day's celebration will take place. The
following morning, the great day itself,
Christ's baptism in the River Jordan by
John is commemorated. The water is blessed
and sprinkled over everyone in a ceremony
where the faithful renew their vows to
the church. The third day is devoted to
the archangel St. Michael, one of Ethiopia's
most popular saints. Everyone, men, women,
and children appear splendid for the three
day celebration. Dressed in the dazzling
white of the traditional dress, the locals
provide a spectacular beauty to the colorful
Join the group.
Arrive in Addis Ababa and be transferred to your hotel.
Half day city tour in the morning. In the afternoon, attend the procession.
In the morning, we will attend the Timket Ceremony. Leisure in the afternoon.
Drive to Arba Minch. En route visit the rift valley lakes and Dorze village. O/N hotel
Drive to Jinka. En route have a stop at KEY AFER market to meet the Tsemay, Bena, and Ari tribes with their colorful costumes.
Drive to Mago National Park to meet the Mursi tribes with a lip plate and drive back to Jinka.O/N hotel
Drive to Turmi with a stop at Dimeka and meet the Hamer tribes in the market.O/n camping
In the morning, drive to Omorate to meet the Dasenech tribes crossinb the OMO River on a wooden boat. O/N camping
Drive to Arba Minch via Erbore village and meet the people there. O/N hotel
Drive to Wondo Genet, where you can enjoy the natural hot spring water and many birds in the forest. O/N hotel
Drive back to Addis Ababa. Farewell folkloric dinner with dances and musics from different regions. Be transferred to the airport for final departure.
Price per person is $1998USD
Accommodation - 4* in Addis Ababa and the best available hotels outside.
Minimum 3 and maximum 10 people