Festivals & Events
Irrecha is a distinctive thanks giving Oromo tradition, one of the most populous ethnic group in Ethiopia. The tradition takes place annually in a town of Bishoftu 45 kms south of Addis Ababa, and major cities of Oromia regional state near River Bank and a mountain. The name irrechaa itself indicates ‘green and fresh grass’. The Oromo celebrate irrecha to thank the ‘Wakka’ creator of all for the blessings they received throughout the previous year. Millions of Oromo people come to the town of Bishoftu to celebrate irrecha every year at Hora Harsadde.
28 September: Arrival – picks up at the airport and transfer to hotel. Affternon after lunch you will have day city tour of Addis Ababa. Then transfer to Bishoftu/Debezeit for overnight.
29 September: Early morning drive to Hora Harsadde, where the festival celebrated with millions of people came from different regions of the region. The celebration starts with the speech of Abba Gada or Man Guddo (elders). They wear traditional clothes of the Oromo; especially the women decorate with different cultural jewelry.
30 September: Drive to Awash National where you see game animals and aquatic life. The park is naturally rich with different hot spring.
01 October: Full day in Awash National park and surrounding areas. We will dso an early morning pre-breakfast game drive, and among the wildlife we may see are: Beisa Oryx, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik-Dik, lesser and greater Kudus, Warthogs, Defarsa waterbuck, Anubis and Hamadryas baboons, Colobus and Grivet monkeys, Black-Backed and Golden Jackals, Caracals, Servals, Wildcats and if we are lucky, Leopards and Lions.
We can also make an excursion to Alledeghi Wildlife Reserve some 80 km from the park entrance on a good asphalt road. Awash Falls Lodge
02 October: Drive back to Addis Ababa. End of service