MARCH 15-29, 2018

$4,490 (per person, based on double occupancy)


Day 1 - Addis Ababa

Upon arrival, we will pick you up and transfer you to our hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to wander around in the town. Overnight in Addis Ababa at the Zola International Hotel.

Day 2 - Addis – Arba Minch

We will depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way we will visit the archeological sites of Tiya. The Tiya stones are part of an archaeological site located in central Ethiopia, in an area known as the Gurage Zone. The 46 large, decorated Tiya megaliths have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then we go on to the Adadi Mariam church, which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela. The King carved 11 other, equally beautiful churches in northern Ethiopia. Our final destination for the day is Arba Minch, where we overnight at the Paradise Lodge (3 nights).

Day 3 - Arba Minch

We will have a full day Arbaminch to visit Netchsar National park which protects varsities of savannah habitats (zebras and gazelles) ranging from the knotted acacia scrub on the bridge of wide scenery. Once across the bridge, there are sweeping views over the plains to majestic volcanic hills on the eastern boundary.

After lunch, we head for boat ride on Lake Cahmo to enjoy the most spectacular scenery of the lake and see the largest crocodile species which reaches over 6 meters (or about 20 feet) in length. We will then visit the Crocodile Market and scout for various bird species. Overnight at the Paradise Lodge.

Day 4 - Arba Minch - Dorze - Arba Minch

In the morning after breakfast, we proceed to the Dorze village set in the high land above Arbaminch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. We will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people.

The Dorze people belong to one of the Omotic groups in the southwest of Ethiopia. They are a hard-working tribe renowned for their skill in weaving, bamboo carpentry and other traditional crafts. After the visit, we'll continue back to Arbaminch. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 5 - Arba Minch - Turmi

In the morning, we will begin our drive to Turmi. On the way, we will pass through the village of Weyto which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Also spelled Tsamai, these people are found living in the semi-arid region of the Omo Valley. The Tsemai are agro-pastoralist and use both livestock herding and agriculture to survive. Common crops grown by the tribe are sorghum, millet and sometimes cotton.

Then, we will continue to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. We will visit the Monday Market and, at night, we can see the traditional night dancing of the tribe, known as Evangadi. Overnight in Buska Lodge (3 nights).

Day 6 - Turmi - Omorate

In the morning, we will take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here, we will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter at Dassenech village. Afterwards, we will drive to Aliduba to visit the market. Then we will head back to Turmi. Either today or tomorrow in the Hamer village, we will see if there is a "Jumping of the Bulls" traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony.

Day 7 - Turmi - Karo

Early in the morning, we will drive to Karo to see their tribes who are famous in the south Omo zone for their body painting and ferrous warrior men. The Karo tribe use red ochre and white chalk to create intricate designs on their faces and bodies. The men also paint their faces and bodies to boost their sex. The women decorate themselves as well. 

In the afternoon, we will head back to Turmi and attempt to witness a "Jumping of the Bulls" traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony.

Day 8 - Turma - JinkA

Today we depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka and Key Afar villages. These are some of the most colorful markets in the area, and are visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Banna and Karo.

Afterward visiting the markets, we will continue to Jinka. In the afternoon we will visit the Ari tribe village. Overnight in Jinka at Eco – Omo Lodge (2 nights).

Day 9 - Jinka - Mursi

We will have an early drive to the Mursi villages - the most celebrated residents of south Omo. We can see examples of their interesting culture. For example, once the women reach the age of about 20, they have a slit cut by their lower lip. Over the next year, the gap is progressively stretched until it is large enough for a small circular clay plate. Eventually, the plate is replaced with a larger one, and the process is repeated. The larger the lip plate women can wear, the greater her value when she is married.

After our visi, we will drive back to Jinka through Mago National Park.

Day 10 - Jinka - Konso

In the morning, we will drive to Konso. In Konso, the market days are every Monday and Thursday. The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as Wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing.

Today we will have an opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many Waka statues. Overnight in Konso at Kanta Lodge.

Day 11 - Konso - Yabello

Today we will drive to Yabello, and on the way, we will visit the Borena people. In the afternoon, we will drive to Dubluk to visit the infamous singing walls. Overnight at Yabello Hotel.

Day 12 - Yabello - Awassa

We will journey to Awassa. On the way, we will visit the interesting green coffee plant and some traditional villages. Overnight in Awassa at Haile Resort.

Day 13 - Awassa - Bale

This morning we will have an early drive to Bale mountain. On our journey, we will visit the Oromoya region people and their village. In the afternoon we will visit animals around the Dinsho Lodge. Overnight in Dinsho Lodge.

Day 14 - Bale - Addis Ababa

Today we begin our drive back to Addis. On the way, we will explore the interesting highlands and visit their people. Overnight in Addis Ababa – Zola international Hotel.

Day 15 - Addis Ababa


PRICE: $4,490

  • Per person in double occupancy room

  • $650 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Private transport in 4x4 vehicles (3 ppl per vehicle)
  • 14 nights in hotels or lodges
  • All meals
  • Domestic flights
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Two expert photographers' guidance

price does not include

  • International airfare to and from Ethiopia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included


tour overview:

  • Dates: March 15-29, 2018
  • Price: $4,490 (per person, based on double occupancy)
  • Price includes: accommodations, all meals, all national park and site entrance fees, private transportation within Ethiopia, security personnel, expert photography guidance and lessons, local guides, transportation from arrival and departure airport
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
  • Places: Addis Ababa, Triya, Adadi Mariam, Arba Minch, Netchsar National Park, Dorze Village, Weyto Village, Turmi, Dassnenech village, Hamer Village, Omorate, Dimeka, Key Afar, Jinka, Dimeka, Key Afar, Mursi village, Mago National park, Konso, Yabello, Dubluk, Awassa, Bale
  • Tribes: Dorze people, Tsemai tribe, Hamer tribe, Dassnenech tribe, Banna tribe, Karo tribe, Ari tribe, Mursi Tribe, Borena people, Oromoya people

Photography instructor: Tim Vollmer

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Tim has everything. He has the knowledge, the eye, the patience. He is an amazing photographer, one of the best I know. A great person and professional photographer. Highly recommended him - he is just amazing.
— Sharon Hahn
One part Indiana Jones, one part Ansel Adams - Dean Tatooles is steadily circling the globe and capturing it on film. I own a limited edition print of [Dean’s photograph] “Moraine Lake” and am still awed by its brilliance.”
— Kevin Kenyon


This itinerary is subject to change.