OMO VALLEY TRIBES. 2018
DEPARTURES: July 20, August 7 and 21, 2018
Tour Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
On this 8-days trip through southern Ethiopia, we will discover the Abyssinian Rift valley, surrounded by immense mountains and deep cracks and canyons produced by the slow volcanic rock erosion, which has greatly hampered access to the Omo River delta for decades. This physical difficulty to access this region has allowed the tribes that inhabit the Omo Valley to be isolated, not only from the rest of Ethiopia, but from the rest of the world, thus offering a unique experience for the traveler.
Arrive in Addis Ababa. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Have a city tour of Addis That includes: Museums, Monuments, Churches, Market and Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city.
Drive Addis Abeba to Arba Minch. On the way visit the Tiya Stele and different tribal villages who are known for their cultivation of Enset of False Banana & visit the villages of the Dorze people who are famous for their huge Bambu huts and colourful hand woven cotton clothes. (460km).
Have a boat ride on the Rift Valley Lake of Chamo where you can see big African Crocodiles, hippos, and low land water birds. (2-3hrs) After Picnic lunch drive to Konso & Visit the Konso village are famous by thier tótems & making teraz to protect their lad.
Drive to Key Afer and on the way visit the people of Tsemhai, Benna and Ari tribal villages. (Visiting the most colourful multicultural market in the Omo Valley at Key Afer if the day is Thursday – which is attended by the tribal groups of Ari, Benna, and Tsemai,) Then drive to Jinka.
After breakfast, drive to Mursi village crossing Mago National Park. Visit the Mursi tribe in their village who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Drive back to Jinka (3-4 hrs return including the visit in Mursi) after lunch drive to Turmi , the settlement of Hamer people. Stop off at Dimeka to visit the other interesting weekly cultural market (Saturdays) of the Hamer and the Benna people. After dinner at your hotel, you will be driven to the nearby village of the Hamer people to see the traditional dances of the Hamer people – the Evangadi Dance.
After Breakfast you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southern most known people of the country and are known for their scarifications. Drive back to Turmi.
Drive Turmi to Yabelo via Konso on the way Visit singing well of Borena pastoralists, water is retrieved from these Wells communally, by a row of up to 50 men who sing and chant as they pass buckets from one to the other.
Drive north to the Rift Valley Lakes of Lake Awasa on the route visit the Sidama village & sightseeing.
O/N Resort in Awasa.
Early in Morning visit the fish market near the lake and drive to Addis in the great rift Vally Relax, shopping & evening farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloric music that you are invited by representative of KARIBU and fly back.