9 Days Danakil Depression and South Omo Valley Tribes

Sales Manager: Mr. Kiros Z.
Based on 116 reviews
A knowledgeable and flexible company. Excellent tour organised by Lucy Ethiopia Tours. From the very beginning, when Kiros patiently answered all my questions to the very end when Dagi dropped me off at the airport, I had a blast with Lucy Ethiopia Tours. I really appreciate the flexibility of the company. I asked for several last minute change of plans and Kiros, Dagi, Ben and Joseph were always amenable. A big big thank you to Lucy Ethiopia Tours for guiding me around their beautiful country.
Farshad M
Farshad M
Discover Ethiopia with Lucy tour If you want to discover Ethiopia, Lucy tour is the best. We had a great experience in Dallol and Danakil with its professional team. We saw the attractions of north with this team. Mr Kiros the owner of Lucy also helped us to visit the Lalibela church and Harar city.
Bella Galante
Bella Galante
Uma experiência que levaremos para a vida inteira Que difícil descrever o que foi essa viagem para Dalol. Claro que trata-se de uma experiência para os mais dispostos e aventureiros, já que inclui dormir a céu aberto, muitas horas de estrada, um ambiente hostil, andar sobre lava, entre outros "perrengues" e situações de risco. Mas a equipe atenciosa e de altíssimo padrão de qualidade, como o motorista Awet e o guia Anwar, trazem tranquilidade e tornam tudo ainda mais especial. Registraram todo o passeio com fotos e chegaram até a oferecer sapatos quando os nossos estavam se despedaçando ao entrar em contato com o ácido do deserto. A comida do cozinheiro que nos acompanhou foi um ponto de destaque, com tempero adaptado ao gosto ocidental, sem perder a essência local. Só tenho a agradecer ao Kiros e todos os colaboradores por proporcionarem momentos inesquecíveis e um suporte sem igual. Valeu cada centavo! Recomendo de olhos fechados a empresa.
Very bad experience 我不想指责这个公司,我只想说这个公司的某些人没有素质。我们俩人在网上联系了该公司的Kiros,订了8月6号的3天 Danakil Depession Tour(含来回机票Addis-Semera-Addis 200美元)全程1000美金。8月4日晚我们被告知去程的机票订不到了,8月5日有5辆吉普放空去Semera 我们可以搭顺风车过去,开始我们很犹豫,这是约600公里10个多小时的车程,很累。Kiros 说沿途可以看风景,于是我们就同意了。在Serema 给安排的酒店每晚20美金,没电没水,40多度的高温,彻夜无法入睡。我很生气,要求单程予以赔偿,因为单程我们支付了100美金的机票费,然而kiros 说我们的回程机票是公务舱,付了双倍的钱,Ok,我们同意了,多少有些安慰。然而我们8号回来时飞机根本就没有公务舱,是统一的经济舱。我打电话给kiros说这种情况航空公司会退款再次要求赔偿,他说航空公司不退款,我说我就是中国南方航空公司的,我知道会不会退款,他又说让我自己去找航空公司去申请。我说明天去公司和他面谈,他说他不在Addis。这就是我们的经历。为了金钱他可以不顾公司和个人的荣誉,百般推诿,毫无信义!
Hawi A
Hawi A
WOW, amazing experience ever This trip was a WOW! All the places where i have been are so amazing. The Landscape, natural beauty and the people with warm Hearts make all my time perfect. The team is very well organized and very professional. I got explanations more than i expected and hospitality is what i noticed during all my Trip session. I feel like i met old Friends. Geralta is definitely my favorite hiking spot and i can't wait to hike there again. The active Volcano called Ertale is another mega natural phenomena . I highly recommend Lucy tour and travel .
Romain R
Romain R
VALLEE DE L'OMO Six jours hors du temps pour visiter la vallee de l'Omo Organisation parfaite Yoseph le guide est tres gentil et dit jamais non une tres bonne qualite pour un guide Awet le conducteur a une tres bonne maitrise des routes interminables ethiopiennes Deux tres belles personnes J'ai ete ravi de mon experience avec Lucy Ethipia Tours Voir c est tribues fut une tres belle experience
Awesome Times in Ethiopia thanks Lucy Ethiopia Tours Ich hatte Dank Lucy Ethiopia Tours eine der abenteuerlichsten und entspanntesten Zeiten bei meiner Reise in Afrika Die Guides von Lucy Tours haben mich zu den atemberaubendsten und schönsten Orten in Äthiopien geführt Der Reiseleiter Salomon war super freundlich sehr hilfsbereit und konnte alle meiner vielen Fragen sehr detailliert und leidenschaftlich beantworten Ich habe mich sehr willkommen gefühlt und konnte mich einfach zurück lehnen und die unwirklichen Landschaften sowie die spannenden Kulturen genießen Die äthiopische Kultur ist mit der ägyptischen die wohl interessanteste in Afrika und die Landschaften sind so einmalig wie wunderschön. Ich kann diese Reise nur von ganzem Herzen empfehlen. Für mich sind die Erlebnisse fürs Leben und ich bin super glücklich die Reise mit Lucy EthiopiaTours gebucht zu haben Mir hat echt alles super gut gefallen aber mir ist besonders die reise ins Danakil, zur Felsenkirche Abune Yemanta und die Tribes im Süden in Erinnerung geblieben. Das waren echt unglaubliche Erfahrungen. Außerdem gab es in Tigray eine Community Projekt bei dem man auf den Dächern von Afrika in einer schönen Unterkunft schläft und eine 360 Grad Aussicht genießen kann und die Erlöse fließen fließen direkt in den Ort und kommen bei den Lokals an. Das war echt toll Vielen Dank für die unglaubliche Zeit ich komme gerne und bald zurück! I had one of the most adventurous and relaxing times during my trip in Africa thanks to Lucy Ethiopia Tours The guides from Lucy Tours took me to the most breathtaking and beautiful places in Ethiopia The tour guide Solomon was super friendly very helpful and was able to answer all my many questions in great detail and passionately I felt very welcome and could just sit back and enjoy the surreal landscapes as well as the exciting cultures Ethiopian culture is probably the most interesting in Africa with Egyptian and the landscapes are as unique as they are beautiful. I can only recommend this trip wholeheartedly. For me the experiences are for life and I am super happy to have booked the trip with Lucy EthiopiaTours. I really liked everything but I especially remember the trip to the Danakil, the rock church Abune Yemanta and the tribes in the south. Those were really incredible experiences. In addition, there was a community project in Tigray where the proceeds flow into the village and reach the locals. That was really great Thank you for the incredible time, I will be back soon!
Amazing 3 day 2 night trip to Danakil with Lucy Tours Just got back from an amazing tour to Danakil with Lucy Tours, can highly recommend the company to anyone planning a visit to this beautiful part of Ethiopia. Everything was well organised, and the team (guide, driver and chef) went the extra mile to ensure we had a trip of a lifetime.
Danakil: another planet! This trip has been amazing! Danakil is a place that you need to visit once in a life. The team is very well organized and all the members are very professional, reliable, helpful, friendly and flexible: super guide Solomon, best driver ever (Adwat, probably is not spelled correctly heheh) and super chef Santayo. I therefore highly recommend Lucy for a perfect 3 days Danakil tour.
Simon S
Simon S
Fantastic Lucy Ethiopian Tour From The moment i contacted kiros(CEO) of Lucy tour he is very ,welcomed ,friendley, easy-going and flexible person Our tour waz To Afar(Denakil) Omo valley And Lalibella For ten(10)days It waz very enjoyable and fantastic time the place is really help us to know something about ethiopian cultures and food we really like it!and The guide solomun waz very humble and fluent in english knowledgeable about history and local culture. The driver Awet is very active and always in time and chef cooked us some traditional food waz really yommy!and in this company they have very great chemistry and cared so much about their customers! Definitely recommend Lucy ethiopian tour Already talk about my second trib with my big family with Lucy ethiopian tour


Day 1: Semera – Hamedela

You will fly from Addis to Semera and you drive about 5-6 hrs to reach Hamed Ela on the way, you will stop at Lake Afdera for lunch and maybe even swim a bit. In the next camping village this evening, we will visit Lake Asale with salt flats and have wine or beer drink in the stunning place while you are swimming in the salt lake. o/n open air camping at hamedela.

Day 2: Dalol- Erta ale (volcano)

After breakfast, you will drive to the colorful attractions of Dalol which is located at -125 below sea level. Here you will visit the different landscapes formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salt mining. After we visit all the attractions, continue driving to Erta Ale which ranks as one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and a 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters altitude, with a lava lake, The drive may take about 4 hrs passing through a changing landscape of solidified lava rock and sand After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive at Erta Ale camping site,. After a short break and early dinner, just before sunset, we will trek for about 20 minutes to Erta Ale, where we spend a few hrs watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. And you will trek back to the basic camp basement to spend the night, and sleep under the stars).

Day 3: Erta Ale-Semera- Addis Ababa

Early morning, you visit boiling lava again, and after breakfast drive to Afdera about 2 hrs. From Afdera, drive all the way asphalt road to semera for about 3:30 hrs to semera airport. Overnight at Aya Addis Hotel in Addis.

Day 4: Fly from  Addis Abeba – Arbaminch 

You will drive for about 6 hrs to Arbaminch. From Arbaminch you will continue to drive directly for about 45 minutes where we will make a left turn to the Dorze tribe of Chencha and visit the village life of these people; famous for traditional cloth making by weaving cotton using locally made instruments. We will visit their daily activities in the afternoon around 16:00. Finally, around 17: 30, we drive back to Arbamimch and overnight in Haile Resort Arbaminch.

 Day 5: Arbaminch- Jinka

In the morning we drive to Jinka. After 2 hrs drive, on the way, we will make a stop for 1hour in Konso and visit the village life of these hard-working communities, well known for their terracing culture that dates back to some 500 years, to cultivate crops especially Maize and Sorghum in a challenging topography which has been recognised by UNESCO as a heritage. After visiting this village for 1hr head to Jinka  and arrive around 16:00 where we will visit the village life of the Ari tribe  ( for about 2 hrs) who  are living on the plateau lands surrounding Jinka town ( The administrative town of the 16 different Tribal communities of the Omo valley area Overnight at Jinka Resort or Eco omo lodge

 Day 6: Murci – Jinka

In the morning we drive for about 2 hrs to the unique tribe of Mursi (The women are famous for putting clay-made circular lip and ear plates which symbolize beauty in honor) crossing through Mago National Park to reach their village. We will visit the uninterrupted authentic daily life activities the entire afternoon ( visit for about 4 hrs) where which will give you an excellent time of interaction which makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overnight at Jnka resort or eco omo lodge.

Day 7: Jinka – Turmi

In the morning after breakfast, we drive back to Jinka and then continue driving for 131 k.m which will take us about 3 hrs directly to Turmi where we will have several village stops on our way down to meet the tribes we come across as such: Banna visit for 30 minutes and Hammer tribes village life daily activity for about 2 hrs visit with no interruptions till late afternoon and overnight in Buska Lodge. Not forgetting to mention that we will attend any colorful tribal markets we come across which happen once in a week in each tribal destination. Overnight Paradise Lodge.

Day  8: Turmi – Omorate – Arbaminch

In the morning we drive further down to Omorate: 70 k.m and will take us about 1 hr drive which is a border town with Northwest Kenya to visit the Dasenech tribe deep in their remote villages leaving the commonly visited ones by going down as far as the Northern tip of Lake Turkana and experience a wonderful time you will never forget.  Here we will visit Dasenesh tribes for about 2 hrs. Later on the way drive back to Turmi about 1 one-hour drive and have lunch. After lunch, we will drive for about 4 hrs to Arbaminch overnight at Haile Resort.

Day 9:  Arbaminch- Addis Ababa

Depart south to Addis Ababa via Butajira.  On the way, you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (an ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela), and Melka Kunture (a pre-historic tool-making site).  The final destination for the day is Addis. And we will drop you at the airport to fly back home.

What to bring for the Danakil part

  • Torches (walking in the night)
  • Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano
  • Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes )
  • Swimming clothes to swim in Lake Afdera.
  • Sun protection like sun cream, a hat jacket for the night on the volcano

Price Includes

  • Car 4WD with fuel and drive
  • Domestic flights
  • Accommodation in a clean room with a private shower
  • English-speaking tour guide and local guide fee
  • Village, market, park entrance fee
  • Ceremonial payment
  • Scout
  • Community payment

The price includes in Danakil part

  • All Entrance fees and licenses are as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Bottles of water for the trip.
  • Light sleeping bags ( sheets)
  • Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense
    and driver allowance
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • Cooking, camping equipment,
  • Scout and police service in the Afar Region as per the program.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camel and camel tires in the Afar Region as per the program.
  • For the duration of the trip, we are responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees,
    accommodation, security, and transportation.

Price Excludes

  • Meals and drinks ( out of Danakil which is very cheap in Ethiopia)
  • Photography payment, shopping, and Tips
  •  International flights are not included in this price

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