Voyage Ethiopie
Trek in Surma and Chakchako territory!

Hiking trip including the meeting of the isolated "ethiopian pygmies" people, accompagnied by famous explorer Philippe Frey.


With this unique adventure Philippe Frey, a member of the French Explorers Society (Société des Explorateurs Français, SEF) and renowned ethnologist, offers you a rendezvous in unknown lands!You leave for the heart of the equatorial forest where at least one day's walk will be necessary to reach the villages of the Chakchako people - the "Ethiopian pygmies" in the heart of the forest. This truly amazing tribe is unknown to the world and has never been counted!Next there is a 4 day trek in the heart of Surma, during which you will be accompanied by the best local guides from the villages on the route in order to facilitate exchanges and put you at ease for an out-of-time experience.This trek through the beautiful landscapes of south west Ethiopia allows you to spend time with the Surma people - today the most authentic of the Omo tribes. Stop dreaming and embark on an adventure!

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2 bonnes raisons de faire ce voyage

  1. The 4-days hiking trail in the isolated villages and valleys of Surma
  2. The hiking trail to reach a Chakchako village secluded away from the equatorial forest where we can meet a people completely unknown to ethnologists
Image Trek in Surma and Chakchako territory!

Le programme de la rando

  • Jour 1 From Addis Ababa to Jimma in the highlands

    On our arrival at Addis Ababa airport, we take the road towards the west and the highlands. We cross the country and the Gurage lands dotted with magnificent typical villages and see farmers working on their coffee plantations. We continue to the city of Jimma where we spend the night.Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, the highest capital in Africa and the 5th highest in the world, at an altitude of between 2,300 and 2,600 meters. The volcanoes overlooking the city rise to more than 4,000 meters.Transfer: 357 km, about an 8 hour drive

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 2 Jimma - Bench Maji Area - Tepi

    After breakfast, we take the road to the Bench Maji area, in the region of the nations, nationalities and peoples of the South.The closer we get to the southern Sudan border, the more the equatorial forest gains ground. Far less well known than the central African equatorial forest, the Ethiopian equatorial forest is wedged between the more arid areas of South Sudan and Kenya.We take advantage of this unexpected landscape, visit an amazing waterfall in the heart of the jungle and meet our first local inhabitants, the Chakchako tribe, which means "forest dwellers". They are the "Ethiopian pygmies" never approached and unknown to ethnologists. They are short, grow some cassava and tobacco under the great Ethiopian equatorial forest, and hunt buffalo or antelope in Sudan.After the visit, we take the road to the town of Tepi, where we spend the night.Transfer: 227 Km: about 8 hour drive on roads and then tracks

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 3 Tepi – high altitude lake

    After breakfast, visit to Tepi where we do some shopping, before taking the track and heading to a high altitude lake lost in the middle of the equatorial forest. A colony of baboons have chosen to settle on the shores of the lake. An orthodox church overlooks the lake and those who wish can go there. Preparing the logistics for the trek.Contrary to common belief, it is not in Yemen, but in this area that the first strain of wild coffee was discovered and identified. Night camping on the shore of the lake.Transfer: 120 km approximately, 4 to 5 hours of tracksA good track to start with leaving Tepi going towards Gambela. Then on to small forest tracks as we get closer to the border with South Sudan.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 4 Trek to meet Chakchako pygmies

    Today takes us through the Ethiopian equatorial forest to meet the Chakchako (which means "forest dwellers"), the local pygmies, unknown to ethnologists.After about an 8 hour walk through the dense and sometimes humid forest, we arrive in the Chakchako village where we spend the night. We share some exceptional moments with this isolated tribe.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 5 Chakchako village - Mizan Teferi

    Today, after our few last moments with these fabulous people, we go back to our vehicles and drive on tracks to the town of Mizan Teferi.We take this opportunity to collect our authorizations for the rest of the stay and refuel the 4x4. We spend the night in Mizan Teferi. It is a small town with a mainly plateau population (Kaffa or Madji ethnic groups). We can of course take a walk in the city or drink an Ethiopian coffee in a good category hotel (the only one for hundreds of kilometres).Transfer: about 220 km of small tracks... then national track. 4-5 hours of tracks

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 6 Mizan Teferi - Babyka forest - Kibbish (Surma country)

    Today, we are preparing to go to Surma. We first go through the Bebeka forest, then leave the equatorial forest and arrive in one of the most beautiful areas in the region made up of savannah interspersed with scrubland, driving from valley to valley.It takes around 7 hours driving on tracks to reach Kibbish, the administrative centre of Surma. In the evening, when the cows are returning for the night, you may see the immense herds of cattle led by Suri herdsmen - usually naked and armed with spears. Overnight stay in Kibbish.Meeting with the Suri (plural of Surma) - a very endearing and spectacular people. Soomsoon, our local guide, is with us and acts as the intermediary. He has land the banks of the Kibbish River - 2-3 km away and the tribes come there to meet us, or simply to wash in the river. We sleep there... so there is plenty of contact during the evening and the following morning.NB: Depending on the season or possible ethnic tension, we choose one of 2 routes: either via Tum and Maji, or via Bebeka. If all goes well, we choose the 2nd route (about 250 km, around 7 hours of track)

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 7 Kibbish and trek in Surma country

    In the morning, while the last details for our trek are being settled, we visit the city (administrative centre of the Suri) or spend more time with the villagers we met the day before. As soon as everything is ready, we start our 4-day trek through Surma country. On our first day, we climb the mountains that border the Kibbish valley. We spend the night with the inhabitants of a small village.On this trek, we walk for between 7 and 8 hours a day, at our own pace, stopping frequently when meeting Suri nomads along the way.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 8 Trek in Surma country

    In good shape for our second day, today we go to the next valley, inaccessible by car. Our day’s trek is punctuated by stops to meet with the Suri, with whom we spend a little time.Night in a Suri village.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 9 Trek in Surma country

    Today we spend the day discovering the small isolated villages in the territory. We spend time with the Suri people and may also meet their neighbours, the Mursis and the Bumes.The Mursis are an ethnic group related to the Suri. With the Me'en, the three tribes – Suri, Mursi and Me’en - form the Suri, who all speak the same language.The Nyangatom Bume however are the traditional and ancestral enemies of the Suri. Each territory is marked and delimited, with some areas of no-man’s-lands that separate them.We spend the night in a Surma village.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 10 Trek in Surma country

    Today marks the last day of a magnificent trek full of encounters. We take advantage of the last few moments and exchanges with the Suri as we pass through the villages and reach the limit of the Omo national park.The Omo national park is one of Ethiopia’s 9 national parks and is located in one of the most remote and picturesque places in the country. It covers the lower Omo valley which in 1980, following the discovery of fragments of 195,000-year-old Homo sapiens fossils, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.This is where we re-join our 4X4 vehicles.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 11 Omo - Jinka national park

    Today we leave Suri country and take a track to join Nyangatom on the banks of the Omo River, where there is one of the few bridges.The track has just been resurfaced and so in principle easier than before. If all goes well, we can reach Jinka and sleep in the hotel, otherwise we camp overnight.NB: the track in the Omo park is classified as "good": around 60 km to the river in 2 hours. Then the new tarmac road means we should reach Nyangatom quickly: 120 km in 2 hours. There is a bridge at the exit of the Omo national park, but its use is prohibited. However, the Nyangatom bridge has been in operation for about three years. From Nyangatom, there is a roughly 90 km track to Turmi (3h). Then it is the Turmi to Jinka national track: 90 km of track then 50 km of tarmac (3 hours).In total, 410 km. In about 10h. Admittedly, it's a long stage. But the improved condition of the tracks and bridges makes it feasible. Above all there is no reasonable possibility of finding accommodation in Nyangatom and going to Turmi would mean making a detour.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 12 Jinka - Arba Minch

    After breakfast, we are back on the road, this time on tarmac, and make our way to Arba Minch, the city of "forty springs". Overnight stay in Arba Minch.Arba Minch is the largest city in the Woreda region of southern Ethiopia, named after the many underground springs that flow beneath the city. It offers a magnificent view of Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo.Lake Abaya is yellow and silty, whereas Lake Chamo is blue and home to the largest crocodiles in the world.Transfer: 366 km: about a 6 hour drive

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 13 Arba Minch - Addis Ababa

    Early morning drive back to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the airport and return flight.Transfer: 435 km, about a 7½ hour drive

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  bord

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