The Lower Omo Valley is home to a remarkable mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups not only the Dasench(Geleb) and Dorze, but also the Bume, the Aari, the Bodi, the Mursi, the Suri, the Tsemai and Arbore, and the Hamer, to name but a few. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture, and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.
I am a pure local from Omo valley Southern Ethiopia and I have been working for many years as local professional guide and tour organizer. In all that time I discovered so many different rural villages which other tour companies don't know. I know the local people from the villages and can take you there and give you a unique experience while having much closer interactions with the local people. My aim is to show my guests the beauty and the reality of my country in a very authentic way. By other hand give direct and indirect benefit to the community, As well as guests and locals shall meet on eye level.
Day 1: Addis Ababa - Arba Minch - Konso
Fly from Addis to Arba Minch. Drive to Konso (If the flight is in the morning), Visit Konso traditional villages and the remarkable landscape of Konso.
The Konso rank among the most singular of African nations. Mixed agriculturists, They make the most of hard, rocky slopes that characterize their relatively dry and infertile homeland through a combination of extensive rock terracing, They use animals dung as organic fertilizer, crop rotation and hardworking made them one of a unique tribe in Ethiopia.
Konso is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in southern Ethiopia, stay overnight in Konso at Kanta lodge.
Day 2: Konso - Turmi
In the morning we will drive to Turmi via Woyito and Key Afar. During our Journey we will stop over in Woyita to see the Tsemai tribes and their village, We will explore the way of living and if it is Saturday we will visit the market in Woyito, The market also attracts a fair number of Tsemai, Arbore and Konso. We can easily see three different indigenous tribes are exchanging goods for goods or buying. The participant tribes are Tsemai, Arbore and Konso. Then after we will proceed to Key Afar if it is Thursday we will attend one of the biggest and colorful Banna tribe market. At this Market, we will discover the three different ethnic groups: Benna Aari and Tsemai. Stay overnight in Turmi Hamer village on tent or hotel.
Day 3: Turmi - Omorate
In the early morning, we will proceed to Omorate to visit the Dasench(Geleb) tribal villages along the riverside of Omo in Omorate. The Dasench tribes are pure pastoralists and living totally nomadic lifestyle. At this day we will explore their villages and their ancient traditional houses we will also make interaction with the local indigenous Dasench tribe. Then we will eat picknick lunch at the shore eastern bank of the Omo river and enjoy the fresh air, In the afternoon we will return back to Turmi visit the Hamer village, If it's Monday and Thursday market days in Turmi, If we are lucky we will attend the most important event in Turmi, The Hamer tribe bull jumping ceremony. In the afternoon and evening, traditional dancing which is known as (evengade) The bull jumping ceremony takes place from February - September. Stay overnight in Turmi at Hamer village on the tent or hotel.
Day 4: Turmi - Jinka
In the early morning, we will visit the Hamer tribal village and we will discover their culture with them the early morning activities, such as cooking traditional food and the coffee husk tea preparation process. Getting to the village in the earlier as much possible gives the best chance to see the small children are drinking fresh milk direct from gots breast. And also we can make relaxed interaction with indigenous Hamer tribes while they are preparing their breakfast and coffee husk tee (known as shoforo). Then early noon we will proceed to Jinka. In the afternoon we will visit the near Aari village and Omo researching center museum. Stay overnight Jinka in the hotel.
Day 5: Mursi - Arba Minch
In the early morning, we will proceed to Mursi tribal Village to see the fascinating culture and their villages. The Mursi tribes are best known for one of item their face decoration and the women
lip plate wearing practice. When larger the lip-plate women can wear, the great her value during the marriage. The lip-plates wearing is not mandatory, they women can wear if they are
When a Mursi young girls are an age of 8-10 they start to cut beneath their lower lip, creating a small hole between the lip and the tissue below. Most of the time for an initiation process, wearing a lip plate is the choice of the girl she can decide if she likes. A lot of married Mursi women have never forced to get cut their lips. The afternoon we will drive back To Arba Minch, stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 6: Arba Minch Nech Sar National Park and Lake Chamo
In the early morning we will proceed to Lake Chamo to see the African largest Nile crocodiles, Hippopotamus and different types of aquatic birds, Then we will cross the lake and hike minimum 2-4 hours we will explore the Nach Sar National park to see Grevy's Zebra Anubis baboon and Grant's gazelle. we will enjoy the beautiful landscape of mountains. In the afternoon relax at the hotel in Arba Minch.
Day 7: Arba Minch - Dorze - Addis Ababa
In the morning we will continue to Dorze tribal village to discover their traditional way of living. The Dorze tribes are well known for weaving. traditional clothes, as well as their houses
and fences, are made by weaving process. The weaving process involves men and women. The men are weavers, the women are spinning the cotton the first process of weaving is done by women. Most
of the time their houses are constructed out of locally available Organic materials, and they look like elephant shaped, the legend tells, at the mountains areas of Dorze there were many
elephants, But nowadays they don't exist anymore in Dorze area, In that case, to remember the elephant they made elephant shaped typical house. The Dorze traditional houses are
functioning for the family and for their animals, They live together inside the house, For the seck of the natural house heating method during winter or rainy season.
And also we will explore the preparation of the false banana (very important plant), It is known as "Enset" by the local language, We use every part of the plant for a different purpose, It is Staple food at the southern part of Ethiopia.If it's Monday or Thursday we will visit the market in Dorze. In the afternoon continue drive to Arba Minch Airport.
Notice: This Tour itinerary program can be flexible and we can reorganize the dates to explore different markets at Omo valley.
If you would like to extend the tour program to Another part of the country, To Bale mountains, Harar and Awash National park, To the northern Ethiopia, Guassa community reserver, Lalibela, Mekele, Adigrat, Aksum, Simien mountains national park, Gondar, Gorigora Bahir Dar, It should be mentioned in advance, Because it is necessary to organize things as much possible in advance.
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- Accommodation as per the program
- Domestic flight ticket
- Ground transportation by 4x4 WD Toyota Land Cruiser or well-conditioned minibus
- An experienced driver, driver allowance, fuel and all entrance fees.
- Local English speaking professional driver
- Boat trip on Lake Chamo in Arba Minch
- All entrance fees, Village and elders payments at rural area
- International Flights
- Any alcoholic drinks
- Any video graph or camera fee needed
- Laundry service
- Any expense of Personal items like internet, fax, telephone swimming pool
- Services which are not mentioned in the above section.
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