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Put some respect on her name!

Ethiopia is affectionately known as the 𝑶𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅, 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅, 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉, the 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑪𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, and never to have been colonized by Europeans.

Respectfully, we start with Ethiopia!

We're kicking off the month of October and our fundraising efforts with our beloved Ethiopia in mind, for she is the conception of Footprints in Africa's existence. The constituent for which we were birthed! It was there, during the Year of Return, that our Founder leaned into the call of the Motherland. So over the coming months, we'll share pertinent information about the projects, programs, and community outreach initiatives geared to aid the country that is interchangeably referred to as the "𝑶𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅," "𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅," "𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉," and the "𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑪𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏," because she's truly the beginning.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive at Bole International Airport 

  • Check-in Hotel

  • Private Welcome Dinner (Meet & Greet)

Day 2: Addis Ababa

  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.

  • Visit the National Museum, home of the 3 million-year-old skeleton “Lucy.”

  • Visit Trinity Cathedral, the resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

  • Make a short drive to the Entoto Hills for an overlook of the cit and visit Maryam church on top. En route, stop at Sheromeda traditional cloth market.

Day 3: Fly to Bahir Dar

  • Check out of the hotel and drive for about 2 hours through beautiful farming areas and various stops in the countryside to Blue Nile Falls. 

  • Hike for about 1:30 hours round trip, and drive back to the city.

  • Take a boat trip to Lake Tana to visit the source of the Blue Nile and visit one of the most ancient and beautifully decorated island monasteries.

Day 4: Fly Back to Addis Ababa
(afternoon flight)

Day 5: Drive to Arba Minch
(9 hours)

  • Arrive in Addis Ababa in the afternoon and relax at the hotel.

  • Capital Nightlife (club hop/enjoy the night vibe)

  • Drive to Arba Minch, En route visit Adadi Mariam, a 12th-century rock-hewn church.

  • Visit Tiya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mysterious steal, thought to be grave markers, dating from the 12th century.

  • Visit Dorze village in the Guge mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall beehive-shaped bamboo houses, if the base becomes infested with termites the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.

Day 6: Drive to Jinka

(5 hours)

Day 7: Excursion to Mago National Park

  • Take a boat trip to Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake. Hippopotami and birdlife are also abundant.

  • Drive to Jinka through areas inhabited by various tribal people, such as the Gamo, Derashe, Konso, Tseme, Benna, and Ari.

  • Early morning drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. The Mursi women are known for the clay plates they insert into their lower lips.

  • If time permits, visit the Omo Valley Museum in Jinka.

Day 8: Drive to Turmi (3 hours)

  • Stop at Key Afar & #39;s weekly market (if on a Thursday) and wander among the various tribes that have gathered to barter their goods. 200km.

  • Drive to Turmi, home of the Hamer people, stopping to see the various tribes such as the Ari, and the Benna. The Bannas are known for decorating their bodies with clay. The Hamers are known for their body decorations and the clay and ochre that they put in their hair.

  • Have lunch in Turmi.

  • Drive to Korcho village to visit the Kara people who are famous for their body painting.

Day 9: Excursion to Omo Rate and
Konso (5 hours)

  • Excursion to Omorate visiting the Dasanch Tribe who lives on the banks of the Omo River. Cross the River to visit the

  • Return to Turmi and have lunch

  • Drive to Konso to visit Konso village if time permits or it can be done the next morning.

Day 10: Drive to Hawassa (7 hours)

  • Drive to Hawassa and relax at a lakeside

Day 11: Drive to Addis Ababa (5 hours)

  • Drive to Addis Ababa stopping at Abjata Shalla national park which is known for endemic birds, ostrich, Gazzel, and other

  • Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, souvenir shopping.

  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.

  • Transport to the airport for late-night departure or an additional hotel night booked upon request.

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