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Dates: September 19 - 28 2025

Status: Open

Deposit: $100


Queenie in Benin Republic
Lisa Shakespeare - Urban Flight Collective Host

September 19, 2025

Welcome to the "Land of Origins"! Today you'll get checked into our hotel in Addis Ababa and relax and unwind. In the day you can use the hotels gym, book a spa treatment, or enjoy the bar or small shops. 

In the evening, Queenie & Lisa invite you to join the rest of the group for a formal meet and greet! The dress code for the evening is GOLD. Following the meet and greet, indulge your taste buds in a delectable welcome dinner and mingle the night away!

Hotel Occupancy: Single occupancy


September 20, 2025

Embark on a guided city tour, delving into the rich history

and cultural heritage of Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you'll come

face-to-face with Lucy, the famous hominid fossil that sheds light on human evolution.

Immerse yourself in the captivating displays at the Ethnological Museum, showcasing

the diverse cultures and traditions of Ethiopia's various ethnic groups.

The afternoon takes a turn towards meaningful interaction as you

participate in a community service activity. We will visit a local school or visit an orphanage and offer companionship or assistance. These acts of kindness provide a deeper connection with the local people and a chance to give back to the community.

Hotel Occupancy: Single occupancy


September 21, 2025

Today we will take a domestic flight to Hawasa but before we do we will have a traditional coffee ceremony and learn about the traditional brewing method using a jebena, a black clay pot. You'll be able to observe the preparation of the strong coffee and the burning of fragrant incense that adds to the ambiance.

Following the enriching coffee ceremony, you'll take flight to Hawassa, a picturesque

city nestled on the shores of Lake Hawassa, a jewel of the Great Rift Valley. Upon arrival, prepare to be captivated by the stunning natural landscape.

Hawassa boasts a surprising array of bars and clubs catering to diverse preferences. If you're not too tired you can mingle with locals and fellow travelers, move to the rhythm of Ethiopian music, and experience the city's infectious energy.

Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy


September 22, 2025

Your Ethiopian adventure takes a vibrant turn as you embark on a lively boat trip on

the shores of Lake Hawassa. The morning unfolds with a festive atmosphere as you

board the vessel, ready for a party on the water.  Enjoy a delicious spread of food prepared with fresh local ingredients. This boat party provides a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the group. 


Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife that calls Lake

Hawassa home. You might catch a glimpse of graceful hippos emerging from the

water or be captivated by the vibrant colors of various bird species soaring overhead.

As high noon approaches, you'll journey to the historic town of Shashemene, also known as the RASTA VILLAGE, nestled amidst rolling hills. This town holds a special significance, known as a haven for Rastafarians and members of the African diaspora who settled here following land grants by Emperor Haile Selassie.

Step into the Shashemene Banana Art Gallery and prepare to be awestruck by the unique artistic expression on display. This gallery showcases a

remarkable collection of art pieces created using banana leaves, a testament to the

creativity and resourcefulness of the local community.

Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy


September 23, 2025

Free Day!

Relax and enjoy this beautiful luxury property! In the evening we will have a wine tasting with wines straight from an Ethiopian winery. 

During the wine tasting you can sip on Ethiopian wines made from indigenous grape varieties, like Acacia and Awash, while learning about the region's unique winemaking traditions. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through the tasting, explaining the flavors and characteristics of each wine.


Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy


September 24, 2025

Your journey begins with the Dorze people, famed for their distinctive beehive-shaped

dwellings. Towering above the landscape, these woven structures offer a fascinating

example of ingenious adaptation to the environment. As you enter a Dorze village, the

air hums with a sense of community. Women adorned with colorful beads weave

intricate patterns on looms, while men tend to their crops using traditional methods.

As the day progresses, you'll delve into the rich heritage of the Konso people, whose

cultural landscape has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. The journey takes you through breathtaking scenery, where terraced hills showcase the Konso's mastery of agriculture. These meticulously carved slopes, defying gravity and erosion, are a testament to their deep connection to the land.

Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy

Please Note:  This is a very local accommodation in a remote area, and it may not meet American standards. 


September 25, 2025

Embark on a southward journey from Konso towards the heart of the Omo Valley. The

landscape transforms dramatically, transitioning from the terraced hills of Konso to a

more rugged and semi-arid terrain. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the Omo

River, a vital lifeline that snakes its way through this remote region.

As you approach Turmi, the main town in the south Omo Valley, the anticipation builds.

Today, you'll have the privilege of encountering the Hamer tribe, renowned for their

vibrant culture and unique traditions. Stepping into a Hamer village is like stepping back in time.


Mud and stick dwellings cluster together, forming a sense of community. Women

adorned with intricate beadwork and elaborate hairstyles go about their daily tasks,

while children play amidst the lively atmosphere. Your guide will help bridge any

cultural gaps and ensure a respectful interaction with the tribe

Hotel Occupancy: Depending on the group size this property may be double occupancy. 3 months prior to the trip it will be confirmed. 

Please Note: This is a very local accommodation in a remote area, and it may not meet American standards. Additionally, WiFi is available only in the common area.


September 26, 2025

The Omo Valley unfolds its wonders as you embark on a journey brimming with

cultural encounters. Prepare to be immersed in the distinct traditions of the Dasenech

people in the morning, followed by an afternoon exploring the vibrant world of the Aari tribe

Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy

Please Note:  This is a very local accommodation in a remote area, and it may not meet American standards. Additionally, WiFi is available only in the common area.


September 27, 2025

As the Ethiopian sun rises, casting a warm glow over the Omo Valley, your day unfolds with a visit to the intriguing Mursi people. Famed for their distinctive lip plates worn by women, the Mursi culture offers a glimpse into a way of life deeply connected to tradition.

The Mursi tribe, particularly the women, are widely

recognized for their lip plates. These large clay discs inserted into the lower lip hold

cultural significance and are often seen as a mark of beauty, social status, and

readiness for marriage.

As the afternoon arrives, it's time to bid farewell to the Omo Valley and its captivating

tribes. You'll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Addis Ababa, the

bustling capital city of Ethiopia.

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, you'll be transferred to your hotel.

This vibrant city offers a delightful contrast to the rural landscapes you've explored.

Depending on your preference, the rest of the afternoon can be spent unwinding at

the hotel or venturing out for a final shopping.

Hotel Occupancy: Single Occupancy

Please note that the itinerary for our group trip to Ethiopia is subject to change based on weather conditions and other situations beyond our control.


September 28, 2025

Today you will head to the airport to go back home or to wherever you plan to travel to next!


  • English speaking guide for all tours and excursions

  • Themed welcome dinner 

  • Transportation to and from all scheduled activities

  • Air conditioned vehicle

  • Professional & licensed driver

  • UFC Sankofa Experience goodie bag

  • 9 Days, 8 Nights accommodation 

  • All applicable guides and activity fees

  • All applicable local and government taxes

  • Flight assistance before the trip to ensure you are getting the best deal from your chosen airport

  • Group photography

  • Daily breakfast

  • Scout fees, Village, and embarkation fees.

  • Flight service from ADDIS ABEBA – HAWASSA & JINKA– ADDIS ABEBA


  • International flights to & from Ethiopia

  • Tips

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tourist Visa

  • Vaccinations (If applicable)

  • Travel & medical insurance

  • Personal expenses, Tips & gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcohol, telephone expenses, excess

  • Baggage fees, and photo/video expenses inside museums (where allowed)

  • Anything not stated in the itinerary as covered



Hotel for days 1,2,and 9


Hotel for day 3 


Hotel for days 4 & 5


Hotel for day 6


Hotel for day 7


Hotel for day 8

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