Tribes of Omo Valley

Discover the incredible number of different ethnic groups in and around the Omo Valley. Explore their villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets.

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Day 1: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

Fly to Arba Minch. On arrival drive to the village of Chencha, home to the Dorze renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive- shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The main occupations of the region are subsistence farming and weaving. The shama cloth produced around Chencha is regarded to be the finest in Ethiopia: plain white gabbi robes and brightly colored scarf- like netalas are sold along the roadside.

Hotel: Paradise Lodge

Day 2: Arba Minch – Key Afer – Konso – Jinka

Drive southwest to Jinka via Key Afer where you make a stop at the colourful Thursday market, the best known in the lower Omo Valley, frequented by the local Bena, Ari and Hamar tribes. You also visit Yetnebersh village to watch how the Ari distil their own liquor from sorghum, garlic and maize. At Jinka, visit the South Omo Research Centre and museum which focuses on the various ethnic groups living in South Omo.

Hotel: Eco Omo Lodge

Day 3: Jinka – Mago National Park – Turmi

Early this morning head into Mago National Park on the east bank of the River Omo, home to a wide range of ethnic groups. Visit a Mursi village and learn something of their unique habits including lip plates and large decorative ear plugs. Afterwards continue to Turmi, home of the proud Hamar tribe.

Hotel: Buska Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4: Turmi – Karo – Turmi

An early drive this morning to Murelle, home to the Karo people, recognisable by their elaborate body scarifications and lower lip piercings. Wander around the colourful Saturday Dimeka market where tribes travel for miles to trade.

Day 5: Turmi – Arba Minch

Morning after breakfast drive to Arbaminch and en route see the beautiful terraced agricultural fields of the Konso. Whose people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves. Enjoy the terrace they make recognized and prized by UNESCO. Visit the Machekie tripe, on the way to Machekie there is a home of all Konso tribes king & it is worth to visiting.

Hotel: Paradise Lodge

Day 6: Arba Minch – Addis Ababa

This morning is a boat trip on Lake Chamo – one of the best features of the park. See hippos and Nile crocodiles in abundance. After lunch transfer to the airport for the return flight to Addis Ababa and a transfer to your hotel .

Hotel: Sheraton Addis Ababa

Day 7: Depart Addis Abab

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Note: A&K recommends this journey commences on a Wednesday to take advantage of the local market visits on Days 2 and 4. Departures on alternate days will not include market visits as detailed above and alternate activities will be included. Ask your A&K Travel Specialists for more details.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
From $5,500.00Form $8,875.00
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & air-conditioned vehicle & Light aircraft
Accommodation:7 nights accommodation
Guide: Local Experienced Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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