14 Days Trip To Surma and Gambella Itinerary
Pick you up at Gondar Airport or your hotel, and drive along a good paved road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark. The 100 km journey will take around two hours. At the headquarters, we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. After that, we will drive for another hour before we start our first-day introductory walk. This first hike is an easy one along the northern edge of the escarpment with nice viewpoints over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike and overnight at Sankaber.
Day 01 : Activity Drive to Wenchi Crater Lake and Woliso
In the morning drive to Wenchi Crater Lake, via Ambo; Crater Lake is located on the mountain range between the town of Ambo and Woliso. This beautiful lake is situated at an altitude of about 3000m above sea level; the area is famed for its beautiful mountainous landscape, used partly as farmland and partly covered by natural forest. Wonchi contains hot springs, waterfalls, breathtaking valleys, scenery, and an island, an old monastery named Cherkos is found. Wonchi is a real paradise for trekkers,on this day you will trek for 3-4 hours and drive to Woliso
Overnight Lodge in Woliso
Day 2: Activity Drive to Jimma
In the morning start driving to Jimma, 246km; Most of the territory is inhabited by the Oromo people. The Oromo are an ethnic group found in Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and to a lesser extent in parts of Somalia. With 30 million members, they constitute the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and approximately 34.49% of the population according to the 2007 census. Their native language is Oromoiffa which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
Overnight Hotel in Jimma.
Day 3: Activity Drive to Mizan Teferi
After breakfast start driving to Mizan Teferim, 240km; this is the place where coffee is believed to have originated. In fact, the name itself “Coffee” might have derived from the name of this old region called “Kaffa”. Morning visit to the famous Aba Jifar II palace. Abba Jifar II was king of the Gibe Kingdom of Jimma (reigned 1878 – 1932). He was the son ofAbba Gomoland Queen Gumiti.After the visit to Jimma; drive through one of the largest and the oldest natural forests in Ethiopia and also large tea and coffee farms
Overnight Hotel in Mizan Teferi.
Day 4: Activity Drive to Kibish
In the morning Continue driving to Kibish 200km; The first part of this area is covered by dense pluvial rainy forest with different indigenous trees. The Agnuak people reside in the Dima district which is very near to Sudan. The Anuak are a river people whose villages are scattered along the banks and rivers of southeastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, in the Gambela Region. On the way, you will visit Bebeka coffee plantation, Ethiopia’s largest old coffee plantation.
Overnight Camping in Kibish.
Day 5: Activity Overnight Visit Suri tribes Village
After breakfast start exploring Suri (Surma) tribe’s villages; Suri live in a remote corner of south-western Ethiopia, virtually untouched by the modern world. According to Suri’s oral tradition, came to their present territory near Mount Naita about 200 years ago from the banks of the Nile River. The Surma have a sky god named Tuma. The Suri also believe in spirits and use medicine men to undertake sacrifices or prayers and directly send them to Tuma. Another belief of the Suri is the rainmaker. Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Suri culture. At the point of puberty, most women have their bottom teeth removed in order to get their lower lip pierced. Once the lip is pierced, it’s then stretched and a lip plate is then placed in the hole of the piercing.
Overnight Camping in Kibish.
Day 6: Activity Drive to Tulgit
In the morning start our journey to the village Tulgit; 20km; Where to camp this day depends on where possible stick-fighting is available. Normally stick-fighting takes place between Kibish and Tulgit. A sport and ritual the Surma takes extremely seriously is stick fighting. In most cases, stick fighting is done so young men can find wives. It is a way for young men to prove themselves to young women. To the Suri, the ideal time to stick fight is just after it rains. The fights are held between Suri villages, and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights, there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed.
Day 7: Activity Drive to Omo National Park
In the morning drive Omo Park 115km; Drive through a very dense tropical forest until Adika. Then drive another 65km to the headquarter of Omo Park. Omo National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region on the west bank of the Omo River, the park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers, about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa; across the Omo is the Mago National Park. Although an airstrip was recently built near the park headquarters on the Mui River, this park is not easily reachable.
Overnight Camp in the Park
Day 8: Activity Safari Omo National Park
After breakfast, Start a Game drive in the park to see its many animals around 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burchell’s Zebra and others.
Overnight Camp in the Park
Day 9: Activity Visit Nyangatom tribes and back to Kibish
In the morning start driving back to kibish on the way to visit the Nyangatom tribe’s village; these tribes are the other semi-nomadic pastoral society. Known to their enemies by the derogatory term ‘Bume’ (the smelly ones), the Nyangatom are proud cattle herders. Cow’s blood and milk form a major part of their diet and they are traditionally known for body scarifications and elaborate hairstyles symbolizing achievements in fights.
Overnight Camping in Kibish
Day 10: Activity drive back to Mizan Teferi
In the morning start driving back to Mizan on the way stop to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Overnight small Hotel in Mizan Teferi
Day 11: Activity Drive to Gambella
In the morning start driving to Gambella on the way visit the Menit, Yem, and Dizi tribes
Overnight Hotel or camp in Gambella.
Day 12: Activity Explore Gambella National park and tribes Around
Gambella N.P has a diverse set of Wildlife, Which the country shares with neighboring countries. Vast collections of plain games are observed and could arguably be one of the best wildlife areas in the country. Major wildlife conserved includes white-eared Kob, Nile Lechwe, Roan Antelope, Topi, and Elephant. The near threatened Shoebill and Basra Reed Warbler have been recorded from here back in the 1960s. The area holds 11 Sudan-Guinea Biome species holding 69% of Ethiopia’s total assemblage for this category. The park area is home to the Nuer and the Anuak people. Both sexes of the Nuer favor cicatrization, an adornment causing bumps in various patterns on their bodies. It is about 5060 sq. km in area. Originally the park was created for the protection of the extensive swamp habitat and its wildlife. Located on the Akobo river system it hosts money wildlife not found elsewhere in Ethiopia. These include the Nile lechwe and white-eared kob. The banks of the Baro are rich in birdlife and thus give visitors an extra advantage.
Overnight Hotel or camping in Gambella
Day 13: Activity Drive to Nekemt
After breakfast drive to Nekemt: here You drive through the indigenous natural forests of Western Ethiopia and it is a good experience of the life of the local people residing in the region Continue driving through the beautiful scenery. Overnight local hotel or Camping in Nekemt
Day 14: Activity Drive Back to Addis Ababa
In the morning star drive back to Addis Ababa on the way visit Shoea & Wolega Oromo tribes village
Overnight Hotel in Addis Ababa
- Airport transfers and road transport by private car
- Full board, including mineral water.
- Full camping equipment including tents, mattresses and sleeping bags for camping and trekking.
- Recommended to bring your own sleeping bag.
- Fees for entrances, local guides, compulsory scouts/ security personnel for activities mentioned in the itinerary.
- All government taxes for the services included in the tour price
- Additional food and drinks
- Personal expenses