In my personal opinion, I’d say 8 days is a good amount of time to really get a good flavor of the region and what all the various tribes are about (including travel to and from Arba Minch).
Well, that’s a perfect segue into guides. This is perhaps the most critical part of trip planning because having the right guide can make or break your experience.
On the other end you have fragmented group of independent tour operators that you’ll find being promoted on pages like this on TripAdvisor.
• Someone who understands your request to have an experience that is hands-on and not on the typical tourist path. • The ability to completely customize an itinerary, personalized service is key.
• A large number of authenticated reviews across the web (not just TripAdvisor; Google it). • Good command of spoken English (reviews should be telling).