Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture diversity. The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.This is one of the most interesting tours to south Ethiopia.
But it’s the seemingly timeless tribes of the Lower Omo Valley, such as the lip-stretching Mursi and body-painting Karo, that leave the deepest impression on visitors. To meet them 20 years ago was nearly unheard of. To travel here today is very easy, but still a privilege. And if you really want to get away from it all, you can cross the Omo River and explore the Omo National Park, which feels like the world's end.
Depart from Addis for Dorze via Butajira. On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). Final destination for the day is Arbaminch. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “Crocodile market” and the Hippos. Afterwards, drive to Turmi via Erbore. Overnight Hotel/Lodge..
In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech/Gelleb/ tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a local Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi. If there is Bull jumping – a traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony - that will be visited. In the evening you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. Overnight in Lodge.
Morning After breakfast drive to Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which are among of the most colorful markets in the area. In this market you can find tribes such as Tsemai, Benna, Hamer, Karo and Ari. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. Overnight Hotel/Lodge.
In the morning, drive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills and visit a local Ari village. Overnight Hotel/Lodge.
Morning After breakfast drives to Konoso to visit Konso village. The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Time permitting; you can also visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers. 5:00AM drive to Dorze village The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. Afterwards, continue to Langano. Overnight Hotel/Lodge.
After breakfast, depart north to Addis Ababa. On the way, you may visit the Abiatta-Shala National Park. Lake Shala, with its deep blue waters is the deepest lake in Ethiopia at 236m. Lake Abiatta is a soda lake at which thousands of flamingos can be seen at various times of the year.