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OMO VALLY TRIBES

Ethiopia encounters more than 80 ethnic tribe groups. The Omo Valley is a melting pot of cultures that have tried to keep untouched their traditions for generations up to our days. In addition, it is home to abundant wildlife as part of the Great Rift Valley scenery. Starting in Arba Minch with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo surrounded by hippopotamus and crocodiles, this unforgettable tour will take you to different tribes such as the Dorze, famous for their cotton-weaving skills and their bee-hives looking houses, the Mursi and their women with large plates in their lower lips or the Hamer, known for their goatskin outfits and the “bull-jumping” old tradition that young men try to accomplish if they want to get married. You will not be indifferent to this mosaic of unique cultures and ancient traditions.

5 Days (by flight)

Day 1

In the morning, fly to Arba Minch with time to visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo
to see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 2

Drive to Turmi to see the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping” tradition than the way to Turmi.
Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 3

Drive to Murulle to visit the Karo Village, famous for their meticulous body-painting tradition.
Drive back to Turmi for overnight (lodge or camping)

Day 4

Drive back to Arba Minch. On the way, visit the Dorze village, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and
the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Arba Minch (lodge or hotel)

Day 5

Fly back to Addis Ababa with time to do some shopping or sightseeing. In the evening, farewell
dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups.
Transfer to airport for departure.
End of the tour
6 Days (by surface)

Day 1

Drive to Arba Minch via Hosena. You will be able to see different historical places on the way such as Melka Kunture,
a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church and Tiya, a stelae from the 12th century considered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Before reaching Arba Minch, visit the Dorze Village, known for the beehive-shaped bamboo houses and the fine cotton weaved by their people. Overnight in Arba Minch (hotel or lodge)

Day 2

Visit the Nechisar National Park with a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to see crocodiles, hippopotamus
and abundant bird species. Proceed to Jinka and visit some ethnic tribes such as Gamo and Derashe. Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 3

Drive to Mago National Park and visit the Mursi tribe, known for the clay plates used by the women on their lower lip.
Overnight in Jinka (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 4

Drive to the village of Turmi to visit the Hamer tribe, where you may witness the “bull-jumping”
tradition that young men try to accomplish in order to get married. Visit the Benna and Ari people on the way to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi (lodge, hotel or camping)

Day 5

Drive to Awassa via Konso, where you can visit the 55 km stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements declared
as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Day 6

In the morning, visit the fish market of Awassa and drive back to Addis Ababa via the Rift Valley Lakes.
In the evening, farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with local dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s ethnic groups.
Transfer to airport for departure.
End of the tour