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January 7 - 17, 2007

Ethiopia: Journey into the Stone Ages

© Debbie Jefkin-Elnekave

The ancient kingdom of Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, is one of the few places in the world that has been inhabited since the dawn of mankind. It has embraced an unbroken chain of civilizations reaching into the remote past. We explore the Omo Valley, a narration of Southern Ethiopia s ethnic diversity, where proud nations of Hamer, Karo, Mursi and Elbore tribes still live the way they have for centuries. The cradle of civilization was almost certainly here, and the first inhabitants were stone-age people who thrived along the rich shores of the many lakes created by the Great Rift, or last massive movement of the earth. For anyone interested in tribal cultures, Ethiopia bestows all the rewards of visiting an exotic destination and its remarkable inhabitants.

Tour Highlights

* Traditional costumes and life ways of the exotic Tsemay

* Mursi women with terracotta lip plates and earlobe disks

* Scarification, body painting and exuberant dances of the Karo forms

* Elaborate adornments of the elusive but fascinating Hamer

* Proud, friendly, elegant Elbore

Tour Price: $2500 | Single supplement: $230

The tour price, based on a minimum of 6 participants, includes 8 nights hotel accommodations, all meals, domestic airfare, ground transportation, airport transfers, entrance fees, tips of a group nature and the services of an English speaking and photographic guide. The tour price does not include international airfare, visa (currently $60), tip to local guide, airport departure tax (currently $20), beverages and expenses of a personal nature.

A deposit of $500 is required to register and secure a place on the tour. This down payment is fully refundable if notice is given 60 days prior to the departure date. The balance of the tour cost is due 60 days prior to departure date.

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