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10-Days Omo Valley (Cultural Tours) of Ethiopia
Tourcode SET0366


The Omo Valley is one of the most culturally rich tribal regions on the African continent. For generations these tribes have been shielded from the modern world in place that is still raw, natural, and timeless. However, change is happening quickly in this region, which will soon impact their traditional clothing, body painting and way of life.

Inspired by their environment of wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation these tribes use colorful make-up, of bright yellows, startling whites and rich earth-reds created from the clay soil. They wear flamboyant accessoriies and brilliant head decorations to become a walking body of art. As a celebration of themselves they paint each other's bodies and make bold decisions about their outfits motivated by the sheer fun of creating and showing off to other members of the tribe.

We have access to the villages of the Arbore, Karo, Hamar, Mursi, and Dassenech. We will have many opportunities to photograph and filming their daily lives, as well as experience some of their timeless ceremonies. It is lively we will meet several other tribes along the way that we can also visit. The time we will spend with a tribe will depend on what is happening in and around the village. In true expedition style we will make the programe flexible to ensure there is enough time to immerse outselves in these cultural and take advantage of any touring opportunities that may arise. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime!

Day 1 Arrival Addis Ababa and drive to Arbaminch

Arrival at Bole Internaional airport, meet our representative and then drive with 4x4 Land cruiser south west of Addis Ababa via Hossana, over viewing the Oromo and the Gurage tribes way of life with their thatched roof circular house surrounded by enset "false banana" trees. Overlooking lake Abaya and lake chamo, one of the fertile and everygreen place in the country.
Overnight at Mora Height Hotel


Day 2 Arbaminch

In the morning on a boat sailing on Lake Chamo to see pelicans, hippos and the world's largest crocodiles. Afternoon we go to the village weavers chencha to meet with representatives of the nation Dorze tribes with their way of life. Should today is Saturday and you will visit their market. Back to Arbaminch.
Overnight at Mora Height Hotel

Day 3 Arbaminch - Turmi

Morning drive to Turmi. On the way visit the Konso, Tsemay, Erbore tribes. Late afternoon you will visit the hammer village which is one of the famous tribes in the Omo Valley.
Overnight at Buska/Turmi Lodge

Day 4 Turmi - Karo - Turmi

Today leave your lodge late afternoon and then you will visit the beautiful market of the haamer tribes if today is Monday or Tuesday and together with other tribes of the benna, ari and karo. After the market, if you are lucky you will see the bull Jumping ceremony around Turmi. Late afternoon after the market time, we ill go to Murulle to meet with the tribe Karo, whose members are known for their adorn bodies with which of various patterns and scars. Back to Turmi.
Overnight at Buska/Turmi Lodge

Day 5 Turmi - Omorate - Turmi

Morning excursion to Omorate, on the banks of the Omo River, to visit the Dassanech people. Afternoon free to relax in the Hammer village of Turmi.
Overnight at Buska/Splendor lodge.

Day 6 Turmi - Junka

Moving in Jinka. Along the way, you can see the decorated tribal Benna, Ari and their village. If today is Thursday, you will visit one of the of the best market in the omo Valley at Keyafer. It is a wonderful opportunity meeting many tribes together exchanging goods. Further drive to Jinka.
Overnight at hotel in Jinka Resort

Day 7  Jinka - Mursi/Mago park - Jinka - Konso

Moving in national park Mago. Meeting with the Mursi tribe! Women have taken Mursi inserted into the lower lip plate, and the men inflict a scar on the forearm by the number of killed enemies or wild animals. Back to Jinka and further drive to Konso.
Overnight at New Kanta Lodge

Day 8  Konso - Yabello

In the morning visit the Konso village which is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO. Enjoy Konso - Gargesie Near the village lies a giant cleft, within which many rock formations resembling the outline of their forms in New York. Proceed to Yabello visiting the Borena tribes with their herd of cattle.
Overnight at Yabello Hotel

Day 9 Yabello - Yirgalem

Morning drive to Yargalem on the road watching the original life of the people of Borena, Sidamo, which are mainly engaged in breeding camels and cultivation of coffee. We came ot lodge Aregash who hid in the jungle. Do not miss the evenings to come visit the real wild hyenas.
Overnight at the Aregash Lodge

Day 10 Yirgalem - Addis Ababa

Morning drive to Awassa, visit the biggest fish market in te country. Drive up to Mount Tabor for the panoramic view of Awassa town. Then drive to Addis via the Rift Valley over viewing the rift valley lakes of Shalla, Abyata and Langano. After Zeway turn left to Butajira. Further drive to Adadi Mariam cave church that date back to the 13th century and give a good indication of Lalibela rock-hewn churches of the 12th century. Proceed to Addis Ababa and attend the farewell dinner in the best Ethiopian tradiitional restaruatnt.
Transfer to Bole International airport for evening night flight back to home.


Have a nice holidays!

Remarks :
Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned itinerary.  However, due to weather conditions and reasons beyond our control, changes to the itinerary might occur, for which the company accepts no responsibility.



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