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Ethiopia’s Omo Valley & Madagascar’s Northern Wildlife

Best time to travel
Oct – Dec
Ideal length
20 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa.
  • All private transfers, guiding requirements and internal flights.
  • 20 nights’ accommodation in Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Murule, Konso, Nosy Be, Ambanja, Ambilobe, Diego Suarez, Joffreville and Nosy Komba.
  • Cultural experiences throughout Ethiopia, visiting indigenous tribes with your private guide.
  • A multitude of wildlife experiences in Madagascar, as you set out on guided national park tours, nocturnal walks and sea adventures.
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Introduction

Celebrate the wonders of Africa as you set out on an intensive expedition through Ethiopia and Madagascar. Immerse yourself in the spectacular culture and traditions of Ethiopia’s indigenous tribes who live amid its remote highlands and waterways. After marvelling at the unique world of the native tribes, discover incredible wildlife that is unique to the island of Madagascar. This suggested itinerary is perfectly tailored to the adventure seeker. We’ve also incorporated luxury beach stays to ensure you experience a wonderful balance of discovery and relaxation.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for your two night stay. We’ve arranged a privately guided tour to introduce you to the capital’s highlights, including a visit to Mount Entoto for superb views.
Depart for Arba Minch, a city at the foothills of the Rift Valley.
During your one night stay, visit the Dorze people of Chencha, who are famed for their traditional hutted homes which resemble huge beehives. Soak up the beautiful culture of the indigenous people and learn about their customs.
Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Transfer to the Omo Valley.
Fondly regarded as the Garden of Eden, spend three nights in an exclusive luxury camp on the river. Visit the Karo tribe who live in remote areas of the river and are characterised by their colourful body painting techniques and traditional dance rituals.
Omo River Valley
Cross the magnificent Omo Delta.
Traverse the delta and visit Dassanech villages to meet the Galeb tribes. Named the “people of the delta”, their various groups are culturally unique. Continue by visiting the Mursi people by boat, a native tribe who live in a remote area of the delta.
Dassanech village Tribal girl
Discover the customs of the Turmi Hammer tribes.
Learn their unique traditions of moonlight dancing and bull jumping, a ceremony which marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. After an insightful day, drive to Konso where you’ll spend the night.
Turmi Tribe Ethiopia
Privately transfer to the Konso highlands, defined by unique fortified settlements.
Admire the UNESCO heritage site and learn about the Konso people’s traditions and celebratory customs. Continue to the home of the Konso tribal kings in Machekie before spending the night in Arba Minch.
Konso Waka, Ethiopia
Enjoy a guided boat trip along Lake Chamo.
Witness magnificent Nile crocodiles, hippo and reptiles. After your adventurous morning, transfer to the airport for the Madagascan island of Nosy Be. Spend the night in a glorious eco-hotel and relax on the sandy beach and by the infinity pool.
Crocodile
Journey by boat to Ankify and experience an insightful stay at a picturesque plantation.
Spend the night in a boutique property on a working plantation and learn about the processes involved in growing and producing products like organic cocoa, ylang ylang and vanilla.
Cacao Beans
Transfer to Ankarana National Park and arrive in time for a sundowner cocktail.
Spend two nights in a sustainable bush camp in the wilds of Madagascar. Set out with your local guide in search of native wildlife as you embark on hiking trails, cave experiences and canoeing excursions.
Ihrana Tsingy
Continue exploring Ankarana National Park.
With your expert guide, explore the vast national park. Marvel at wildlife like crown lemurs, ring-tailed mongoose, stiped civet and fascinating temrecs, a mammal which resemble hedgehogs and shrews.
Baby lemur, Madagascar
Journey to Amber National Park to continue your guided wildlife experience.
Journey along crater lakes, through dense forest and past cascading waterfalls on guided day and night tours in search of chameleon, lemur and rare aye-ayes, which can only be found on the island of Madagascar.
Forest in Madagascar
Transfer by car and by boat to the idyllic shores of Nosy Komba.
Spend four nights in a sustainable luxury lodge and admire fantastic sea vistas from your hillside accommodation. We’ll reserve a table at the hotel restaurant, regarded as one of Madagascar’s finest.
Nosy Iranja beach
Relax on the sandy shores and set out on land and sea adventures.
Spend your days however you like, whether it be lazing on the secluded beach or setting out on wildlife expeditions and diving excursions. Snorkelling, canoeing and fishing are excellent afternoon activities to enjoy.
Snorkeling
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Sheraton Addis offers luxury accommodation in Addis Ababa. Grand exteriors feature elegant interiors with classic furnishings and opulent embellishments like grand chandeliers and indoor water features. The landscaped gardens are tropically themed and feature various water features and ornaments. The main pool is set within the gardens and is surrounded by sun loungers as well as the pool bar. Other luxury amenities include 11 bars and restaurants, a kids’ pool and kids’ club, a fitness centre and the beautifully decorated Aqva Club Spa, offering various relaxation spaces and pampering treatments.

Haile Resort Arbaminch

Haile Resort Arbaminch

Haile Resort is a traditional property overlooking the twin lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Surrounded by evergreen mountains, the laid-back resort offers a relaxing stay in Ethiopia’s countryside.  Choose to unwind by the outdoor pool, by the firepit or in one of the panoramic lounge areas. Perfectly situated, guests can set out on a short boat ride to Nech Sar National Park. Other nearby attractions include Forty Springs, The Crocodile Ranch, Dorize Village and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Konso.

Omo River Valley view

Lale’s Camp

Set in the Omo Valley, Lale’s Camp is a luxurious property offering an exclusive experience along the Omo River. The camp is classic in its safari style, with domed canvas tents featuring glamorous interiors with antiques and adventure memorabilia. With such an exclusive location, Lale’s Camp gives guests the opportunity to explore the Omo Delta, which is only accessible by boat. It is made up of islands and marshland and is virtually unexplored. Home to remarkable indigenous tribal groups, guests can learn about an incredible culture some will never witness.

Omo Valley

Kanta Lodge

Set in the remote wilds of the Omo Valley, Kanta Lodge is an experiential property in Konso. It features traditional round tukul exteriors which are beautifully set within the colourful gardens. Interiors are characterised by the woven domed roof and the traditional furnishings.

Iharana Bush Camp

Iharana Bush Camp

Iharana Bush Camp offers sustainable accommodation in the wilds of Madagascar. Experience the beauty of the natural landscape in complete wilderness, with no modern facilities or appliances as distractions. An excellent destination to explore, guests can set out on hiking trails, cave experiences and canoeing excursions in the Ankarana National Park. Each accommodation is shaded by the native mango trees and offers an ensuite bedroom and private terrace.

Ankarana Lodge

Ankarana Lodge

Ankarana Lodge is a sustainable boutique property surrounded by the Ankarana Special Reserve. Offering a small selection of guest rooms, it offers an exclusive nature experience in the reserve. The gardens feature a spacious outdoor pool where guests can relax in the afternoon sun. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, wildlife like lemurs and brightly-coloured chameleons are frequent visitors.

Tsara Komba Lodge

Tsara Komba Lodge is a luxury property set on the idyllic shores of Nosy Komba. Listed as one of the National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, it promises a sustainable and exclusive experience in Madagascar. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and endless ocean, guests can partake in a variety of memorable land and sea activities. From paddle boarding in the calm ocean, diving in the marine-rich lagoon and setting out on wildlife expeditions, there are endless ways to appreciate Madagascar’s natural beauty. For relaxation, step onto the sandy shores and spend the afternoon lazing on the beach.

L’heure Bleue

L’heure Bleue

L’heure Bleue’s luxury beachside hotel has long been regarded as one of the finest eco properties in Madagascar. Stretching along Nosy Be’s coastline, renowned fashion designer Frederique Glainereau has perfectly decorated the traditional hutted buildings with stylish interiors that evoke laid-back luxury. Set along the sandy shores, the tropical gardens feature two spacious swimming pools including a rim-flow infinity pool on the water’s edge. For adventure, set out to explore Nosy Be’s volcanic lakes, ylang ylang plantations and the ocean’s coral reefs.

Lemurs

The Litchi Tree

The Litchi Tree hotel is a charming guesthouse situated near the entrance of the celebrated Amber Mountain National Park. Constructed in 1902, it celebrates its long history with traditional colonial-style interiors. There are just six bungalow rooms, promising guests a homely and exclusive experience.

Cacao

Plantation Millot

Plantation Millot, established in 1904, is home to beautiful plantations of organic cocoa, essential oils, vanilla and spices. The plantation offers boutique accommodation in the historic Planter’s House, where guests can experience the wonders of the production throughout their stay. An experiential property, guests are invited to explore the plantation throughout their stay. Learn how each plant is grown, picked and processed as you follow guides throughout the various fields. After exploring, sample the produce in the restaurant which offers communal dining and a wonderful selection of dishes using the plantation’s produce.

What people are saying

“The OROKO experience was genuinely special. Hotels and experiences were very carefully chosen to match our expectations and tastes. Ten out of ten to all concerned.”

Aidan and Eileen – Puglia, May 2018

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