8 DAYS TOUR IN WOLAYTA VILLAGE
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Air port
Meet and greet Network Travel and Tour Agency representative at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Reliance Hotel Apartment.
Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Reliance Hotel Apartment.
Day 3: Drive to Wolayta Sodo via Butajira road
After breakfast, you will drive to Wolayta Sodo (325 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Melka-kuntare Archeological & Paleoanthropolgical site, the rock-hewn Adadi Mariam church and Tiya Steale. Lunch in Butajira (125km from Addis Ababa).
Continue your drive to Wolayta crossing the Gurage, Silti, Hadiya, and Kambta. You will arrive late in the afternoon. Upon arrival in check in to hotel. Rest and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay at Fanta Vision Hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Buge Wanchi
After breakfast, first you will visit the Wolayta Sodo Museum and after lunch you will drive to Buge Wanchi Rural keble (12 Km from Sodo). On the way, you will visit Bosa Kecha Istifanos church, Gulgula local market and Medanhe Alem Orthodox church. You will arrive late in the afternoon at Boyanso Farm house. Where you will have a rest and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Boyanso Farm house.
Day 5: Farm Tour
In the morning, after breakfast you will visit coffee & enset (false banana) plantation guided by agriculturalists officers of the area and visit the country side with half-day walking.
Lunch at Boyanso Farm house. In the afternoon participate with the local people daily life such as; coffee bean harvesting, watching domestic animals, caring cattle’s and plowing the land. In the evening campfire, game, and cultural Wolayta Dance and music with local. Overnight stay at Boyanso Farm house.
Day 6: Visit the Surrounding villages and rural school
In the morning, after breakfast you will visit farmer’s local market at the villages, visit rural schools. Lunch at Boyanso Farm house. In the afternoon educational programs how to dance the circular Wolayta dance with local young and elders. In the evening campfire, game, and cultural Wolayta Dance and music with local. Overnight stay at Boyanso Farm house.
Day 7: Drive to Awassa
After breakfast you will drive to Awassa (155km from Wolayta Sodo) through Alaba Kulito. Visit Alaba people village and take a tea/coffee break at Alaka-kulito town. You will arrive in Awass in the afternoon, upon arrival check in and after a few minutes break. You will walk around the ditch to for nice sunset and aquatic birds; Malachite & pied Kingfisher, Long necked Cormorants, Storks, Herons, Egyptian goose, and so on . Overnight stay in Lewi Resort or Haile Resort.
Day 8: Drive back to Addis Ababa via the Great Rift Valley
After breakfast you will drive to the fish market. The scenic Fish market in Awassa where the fisher man sells his fresh Tilapia, Catfish, and Barbus whereas Pelicans and Storks are competing to take the left over. You can also spot Black and White Colbous monkey around the Amor Gedele.
You will stop for lunch at Ziway where you will also visit to Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner at the Cultural Restaurant, where you will enjoy the authentic Ethiopian cultural food buffet along with cultural drinks, live music and dances of the diverse nations and nationalities of Ethiopia. After dinner, depending on your scheduled flight, you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
N.B; We can set up a customized tour itinerary to meet your requirements and you can combine with tour to Southern Ethiopia & tribes of Omo valley and to historical routes of Northern Ethiopia.