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Privately Guided: Tribes of the Omo Valley


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9 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
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This privately guided tour explores the fascinating tribes of the remote Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia, travelling via Lake Langano to Arba Minch. Visit many tribes, including the Dorze, and see Nile crocodiles in Lake Chamo. Continue to Turmi, the home of the Hamer tribe, where young men "jump the bulls" to prove their manhood. English speaking guide & all transfers included.
Cultural Tour Ethiopia Omo Valley Turmi Hamer Karo Tribes
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Adis Adaba
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Lake Langano
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Omo Valley Tribes
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Arba Minch
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Dorze Village
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Lake Chamo
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Turmi
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Hamer Tribe
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Jinka
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Cultural Dinner
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Adis Adaba
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Lake Langano
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Omo Valley Tribes
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Arba Minch
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Dorze Village
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Lake Chamo
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Turmi
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Hamer Tribe
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Jinka
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Cultural Dinner
Day 1
You will be met at Addis Ababa Airport and transferred to your hotel in Ethiopia's capital city. This beautiful high-altitude country was once ruled by the Queen of Sheba and has a fascinating and ancient history. With over 80 different languages, and many different religions, its strong tribal traditions and festivals are world famous.
 
After checking into your hotel, enjoy a short City Tour, including a visit to the National Museum and Trinity Cathedral. Then ascent captivating Mount Entoto for panoramic views over the city.
Day 2
Today we leave Addis Ababa and travel 5-hours southwards with your guide through the beautiful Rift Valley with its chains of lakes - Lake Ziway, Lake Langano, Lake Abijatta and Lake Shala.
 
Enjoy wonderful views of the countryside and prolific birdlife around the lakes, including pelicans and flamingos. On arrival you can relax or swim in Lake Langano.
Day 3
Another full day on the road today as we leave Lake Langano and travel 7-hours to Arba Minch.
 
Along the way you will be introduced to the rural way of life, as we travel through the villages of Alaba and Wolita and interact with the local people.
 
We continue driving through spectacular green hills to Arba Minch, whose name means 'Forty Springs'. This town is the gateway to the tribes of the Omo Valley.
 
Note: You will be expected to pay a small fee to photograph local tribal people.
Day 4
This morning we travel 2-hours to Dorze Village, one of many small tribes of the great Omotic language group of southern Ethiopia. Once warriors, they have now turned to weaving and farming to earn a living. Admire their traditional homes, which are tall beehive shaped structures that resemble elephant faces, surrounded by enset (false banana) trees. We also visit their market.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Chamo, where you can see the "crocodile market" - the point at which the Kolfo River empties into the lake and a popular place for giant Nile crocodiles to sunbathe. You can also see many hippos and lowland waterbirds such as the African fish eagle, great white pelican and egret. Fishing for Nile perch is also outstanding.
Day 5
Today we travel 6-hour from Arba Minch to the market town of Turmi in the Omo Valley.
 
Along the way we visit the village of Benna Tsemay and meet its people. If it is open, we also visit the fascinating market at Dimeka, the largest town in the Hamer region.
 
We continue to Turmi, which is the home of the cattle herding Hamer tribe, and check into our hotel.
Day 6
Today we take an excursion from Turmi to the Omoratie region, travelling through savannah and along tracks that are barely visible, and passing through vast meadowlands with shrubs and umbellifers ('umbrella' acacia trees).
 
We drive to  the settlement of the Dasenech people who are known for their body scarifications and interact wth the community.
Day 7
After a morning at leisure, we drive 3.5-hours to the market town of Jinka, located in the hills north of the Tama Plains.
 
After checking into our hotel in this regional capital, we visit the small Omo Valley Cultural Museum that gives insight into the customs and traditions of the southern Ethiopian tribes of the Omo Valley.
Day 8
This morning we leave Jinka and drive to Mursi Village, where the local custom for young women reaching maturity is to have their lower lips slit and circular clay disks inserted.
 
Afterwards we drive 5-hours to Arba Minch, travelling through the scenic eastern lower Omo Valley.
Day 9
We return to Addis Ababa today, driving 8-hours through scenic countryside from Arba Minch.
 
Along the way we visit the Tiya Stelea - the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined. There are 36 monuments at this UNESCO World Heritage site, including 32 carved stone slabs covered with symbols that are difficult to decipher.
 
We also stop at the Melka Kunture Archeological Site in the Awash River Valley, where many ancient stone tools and huge mammal fossils nearly 2-million years old have been discovered.
 
On arrival in Addis Ababa, check into your hotel and relax. In the evening enjoy an included dinner at a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy Ethiopian music, folk dance and a delicious variety of local food.
Day 10
Transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight home.
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