AMAZING Ethiopia – TIMKAT FESTIVAL 2020

Description :

   Location : Ethiopia
   Duration : January, 16th – 26th 2020
   Price : Call

Ethiopia,  The land of Origin fullest with boasts a sublime landscape, fascinating cultures and tribes, rare animals and iconic wildlife, and some of the best camps in Africa. These are just some of the reasons that Ethiopia an incredible, truly special Lifetime destination.  
Ethiopia doesn’t feature on any standard tourist trail, but this exotic and surprising country is ideal for exploring. This Ethiopia holiday is tailor made, and introduces you to the natural beauty, rich culture, long history and friendly people of this country. Visit Ethiopia’s diverse historical attractions, from the monuments, museums and markets of Addis Ababa to the ancient capital of Gonder and the iconic rock churches at Lalibela. Ethiopia’s beautiful, natural landscape is home to endemic wildlife only found here and trekking at the Simien Mountain National Park brings you closer to the spectacular scenery. Continue the Lower Omo Valley which will take you to meet Ethiopia Indigenous Peoples around in the Great Rift Valley in Southwestern Ethiopia and offer a wide variety of indigenous tribal people. The Tribes of lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.

This trip is especially designed for photographers and offers off the beaten tracks and ecological camping to several towns and villages. When you visit the Lower Omo Valley you have the chance to come into contact with the following tribes: Hamer, Kara and Mursi.
 
You should expect a real adventure! Accommodation in the Lower Omo Valley is rustic, hotels and lodges are generally of a very basic but clean standard. In many places we stay near the tribal villages in basic bush camps.  This gives us the opportunity to have enough time to interact with the tribal people and experience the daily life, the ceremonies and the cultural events. Especially for photographers it is important to gain the trust of the tribal people.  You always learn a few words of the tribal language, the  local guides will help you, and you have plenty of time for your pictures.
 
The photography level of this expedition is from beginner to advance. At least you should be enthusiastic about photography and eager to learn. The main focus of this tour is portrait photography of the tribes in the villages to capture the daily life, but also important events like markets, dances or rituals. Tribal photography is a very sensitive field in photography, and some of the tribal people react aggressive when a visit of a tourist group looks more like an invasion and they feel hassled by all the cameras. An important part of this photo expedition is to learn to respect each other, to communicate and to interact with the tribal people – the reward is a unique experience and you will see tribal people are in the same way interested in you as you are curious about their culture.
 
Feel special Encounters with lot of Ethiopia Tribal People

Day 1, Addis Ababa. January 17th

  • Morning Arrival in Addis Ababa from your homebase, check in Hotel and City Tour around Addis Ababa. 
  • Meals: L, D
  • Hotel: Addis Ababa.  

Day 2 – Day 3 , Addis Ababa Airport – Gonder. January 18th – 19th  

  • Flight ET124 departs Addis Ababa 07:30 AM & arrival Gondar Airport 08:30 AM.
  • Timket, feast of Epiphany is the greatest festival of the year falling on the 19 January just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is actually a three-day affair beginning on the eve of Timket with dramatic and colorful processions.
  • The following morning the great day itself, Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated.
  • Visit includes, the castle compound (UNESCO World Heritage Site), King Fasiledes’ Bath, the Debre Birhan Selassie (The light of Trinity) church with wonderful murals, Qusqam church and Mentwab palace.
  • Attend Timket/Epiphany evening celebrations...
  • Meals: L, D
  • Hotel: Gonder  

Day 4 , Gondar Airport – Lalibela. January 20th – 21st

  • Flight ET122 departs Gondar 09:45 AM & arrive in Lalibela Airport at 10:15 AM.
  • Attend Timket/Epiphany celebrations in Lalibela...
  • Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings.
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Hotel: Lalibela  

Day 5, Lalibela – Arba Mintch. January 22nd  

  • Flight ET101 | ET135 Lailibela departure 08:55 AM. Connection Addis Ababa arrival 10:10.
  • Addis Ababa departs 13:30 to Arba Minch arrival 15:10.
  • Transfer to hotel in Arba Minch, evening Fish Dinner.
  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Hotel: Arba Minch  

Day 6, Arba Minch – Mursi Tribe. January 23th

  • Southwest direct in to Mago National Park visiting Mursi Tribe Villagers.
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Camping: Merenge Village, Mursi  

Day 7 Mursi – Kara. January 24th

  • Kara Tribe are considered masters of body decoration and paint their bodies with chalk paint often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl.
  • Night life with Kara Tribe...
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Camping: Dus Village, Kara  

 
Day 8, Kara – Turmi. January 25th

  • Dimeka Saturday Market & proceed to Turmi for Hamer Tribe Ceremonies/Cultural-events
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Camping: Lojera Village, Turmi  

Day 9, Turmi – Arba Minch. January 26th  

  • Finalize Omo Valley long drive to Arba Minch to catch the flight ET135 Departs Arba Mintch 15:05 PM. Arrives Addis Ababa 16:45
  • Meals: B,L.
  • Midnight Flight Backhome from Addis Ababa. 
  • End of Services  

Day 10 : Arrival in Jakarta/Homebase.

Quotation 

  • 3 – 5   :   4.500/Pax
  • 6 – 12 :   4.000 /Pax
  • Single room supplements US$500:-

The following services are INCLUDED in our packages:

  • Domestic Ticket (return)
  • Airport transfers in Gondar, Lalibela, Axum. Mine Bus transport in North Danakil Depression 4WD Vehicles’ traveling in convoy with other groups Danakil Depression Full Board Logistics.../Meals/Camping/Guide/Security/Water/Entrance Hotel accommodation 3 double/twin bed rooms in north & south Breakfast, lunch, dinner Camping in Mursi, Kara, Hamer & Konso Cooking, camping equipment with a Cook for Lower Omo Valley Two Vehicles’ 4WD starting & finishing at Arba Minch Airport  
  • English Speaking Guide  
  • Village & mago Park Entrance Fees  

The following services are NOT INCLUDED in our packages:
International and domestic flight tickets from your home base to Jakarta, payable beverages and drinks, accepts the mineral water we provide during camping, optional activities: ceremonies & cultural-events, tipping and any other expense of personal nature, video camera and photography fees, any services that are not mentioned in the list above    
 
PAYMENT SYSTEM :
By Transfer to :
PT. ITA WISATA NUSANTARA,
BANK RAKYAT INDONESIA (BRI)
Account Number : 0530–01–000096-56–9
Branch: KCP Sunan Giri Rawamangun, Jakarta Timur
SWIFT CODE: BRINIDJA

Good To Know

Photo equipment 
You are requested to bring your own photo equipment; we recommend a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. But it is also no problem to bring your compact camera with a zoom lens. However, the trip is a photo expedition, so we do not recommend a simple point and shoot camera or a smart phone as your main photo equipment. 

Additional suggested items:

  • Enough spare memory cards
  • Extra rechargeable batteries
  • Optional: Small notebook or backup storage device
  • Optional: Tripod, flash, optical filter 

Road Conditions
This trip is done in private 5-seater old model 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers. Please keep in mind that the dirt roads of southern Ethiopia are of very poor condition and it can become an exhausting experience to travel on them, especially in Karo and Mursi areas. During dry seasons the roads can become very dusty.
 
Photography fees and tipping
In Lower Omo Valley tourists are requested to pay for photos. As a guideline you pay for a portrait in a village or on a market about 5 Birr, for a child around 2 or 3 Birr. Please keep in mind that you often have to pay for a single photo. If you push the button 3 times, you have to pay for 3 photos! Especially the Mursi people are famous in counting your shutter clicks and asking for a lot of photo money. To avoid these awkward situations you get assistance of your photo instructor and your local guide. It is often a good idea to agree upon a photo price in advance, like for instance 20 or 30 Birr so that you can make a row of pictures and be sure to get your unique portrait of the tribal people. Usually you pay for a ceremonial event, like for instance a dance or the bull jumping ceremony, and for that fee you can take as much pictures as you like.
 
Tipping is not compulsory but an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. You may use the following as a guideline, all given in a per client format: restaurant servers: 10% of cost of bill; tour driver US$2 (full day); local guides, camp cook US$1.50-2 (full day); tour leader, photo instructor: $15-20 per week.

Optional Activities
As mentioned in the itinerary we are always looking for interesting ceremonies and cultural events. We offer these events as optional activities, which gives you more budgeting flexibility. You need to know that prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the number of people on a specific excursion. Not all optional activities listed below may be available. As a rough guideline we list the prices in US dollar (per person). 

  • Mursi Donga fight, Mago National Park: $25 – $30
  • Mursi blood drinking ceremony: $25
  • Evangadi "evening dance" in Kaina village: $10
  • Bull Jumping Ceremony in Turmi: $25
  • Anthropological museum in Jinka: $4

Money exchange
ATMs are available in Addis Ababa, and credit cards (VISA only) or debit cards are useful for cash advances. Please keep in mind, that there is no guarantee that your card will actually work in Africa. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, so we recommend you also bring cash.
We also recommend that you try to get small Birr notes on your arrival day. You can get the small notes in a bank near RAS hotel. We recommend enough 1-, 5- and 10 Birr notes, which will come in handy to pay the photography fees in the tribal villages.
 
Checklist: Suggested Items

  • 4 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable
  • 1 Long-sleeved shirt, 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long hiking trousers, lightweight, breathable
  • 1 pairs of long trousers
  • Hiking boots, walking shoe, sandals
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle, and water purification tablets or purifier (bottled water is also available for purchase)   
  • Sun hat, sunglasses
  • Headlamps and small torches (strongly recommended having one of each, with spare Batteries).
  • Pocket knife / utility knife
  • Electricity plug adapter
  • Personal First Aid kit: Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen , Malaria pills, band aids/plasters, adhesive tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, throat lozenges, insect repellent
  • Toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, razors
  • Hand sanitizer  
  • Toilet paper
  • Candles, matches

Important Notes
Due to the expedition style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. Therefor a certain amount of flexibility is built into the itinerary. On occasion it may be necessary to change the itinerary or to make alterations. It is our intention to visit all villages and places mentioned in the itinerary, but due to unpredictable circumstances, like weather conditions or tribal conflicts, there is no guarantee for the itinerary described in this document.
 
Its Important to you to get  Malaria and Yellow Fever Vaccine at least  3 weeks before your departure date to Ethiopia from your legal authorities (Human Health Quarantine  normally located in Airport and Seaport ) proof it by Vaccination Certificate and you should bring it with you while you travel for  this trip.

Terms of payment and cancellation
If the photo expedition departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of  2.500.00 US Dollar per person will confirm the booking.
 
When your deposit is made, your payment of the balance is due 30 days before departure. When your deposit is made, and the booking is confirmed, the deposit is non-refundable if you cancel your booking within 45 days of departure.  
 
If you cancel your booking within 30 days of departure, the penalty is 30% loss of the tour price. If you cancel your booking within 15 days of departure, the penalty is 50% loss of the tour price.
 
Indonesia Trip Advisors  can cancel the photo expedition if there are not enough participants. In that case the tour price is for 100% refundable.