The ethnic groups of Omo valley

Duration 12 JOURS
Region SUD DE L'ÉTHIOPIE
Price Dès 990€/pers.
Difficulty DIFFICULTÉ 0
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  • 12 tribes in 12 days
  • A chance to attend a “bull-jumping” ceremony and Hamer’s traditional Evangadi dances
  • Visit the local markets of Dimeka, Key Afar and Turmi to mingle with tribes

Day 1

Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site). Final destination for the day is Awassa. Overnight in Awassa.


Day 2

In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall houses and their cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. Overnight in Dorze in a traditional Dorze hut.


Day 3

In the morning, visit the local market in Dorze or Chencha. Afterwards, continue driving to Arba Minch. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Overnight in Arba Minch.


Day 4

After breakfast, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto, which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village. Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. Overnight in Turmi.


Day 5

In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited. Overnight in Turmi.


Day 6

Early morning depart from Turmi to the village of Kangatan. Here you will cross the Omo River and take a short walk through the local fields to visit a village of the Nyangatom tribe. After the visit, return across the river and proceed to the Karo village of Korcho, with a stunning location looking over the Omo River. The Karo people are known to be the most decorated of the Omo tribes. After the visit, return to Turmi for another opportunity to see Jumping of the Bulls. Overnight in Turmi.

Day 7

Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Dimeka hosts one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. Overnight in Jinka.


Day 8

In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of 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 to visit a local Ari village. Overnight in Jinka.


Day 9

After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Konso, via Key Afar. Key Afar hosts a very popular market where the Benna and Tsemai tribes come to trade goods. After the visit, proceed to Konso. Overnight in Konso.


Day 10

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. After the visit, continue to Yabello. If there is time, visit the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to see zebras. Overnight in Yabello.


Day 11

Early in the morning, take an excursion south to visit El Sod, a village that is home to a crater lake with a large salt deposit called the House of Salt (chow bet). This is the land of the Borena people, a large nomadic ethnic group that extends deep into Kenya. After the visit, proceed driving to Yirgalem. Here you can enjoy an evening coffee ceremony while watching the hyenas in the surrounding forest. Overnight in Yirgalem.


Day 12

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.

Options available:

  • Full-Board
  • French-speaking guide

Package Inclusions:

  • Private ground transportation with English-speaking driver-guide

  • Hotel accommodation, double or twin share including breakfast

  • Entrance fees to all locations including local guide service and boat trip

  • All applicable taxes

Package Exclusions:

  • Lunch, dinner and beverages, including all alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses

  • Camera and photo fees