Southern Omo Valley Tribes
When visiting the Omo, planning the dates of the tour with the market days of the different villages, most particularly with those at Dimeka and Key Afer are important and make your tour more interesting. We will help you in designing the programs to fit with market days of each tribal village taking place at different days of the week. Please contact us for discussion and detail tour program.
Visitors who want to take photos of the ethnic groups in the Omo are expected to pay for each photograph.
The Itinerary can easily be adjusted to fit our clients’ schedules and special interests. Furthermore, it could easily be extended to take in some other famous parks such as the Bale Mountain national park or to combine with other routes.
According to your specific date you will encounter the markets of southern omo valley tribes as stated here under.
Turmi market: - is just a speck of a town. It’s surrounded by Hamer villages and on Monday the villagers, along with nearly every tourist in the valley, descend on the large market. Hamer women, with their shimmering coppery-colored tresses, sell vegetables, spices, butter, milk and traditional items like incised calabashes, head stools, metal arm bracelets and fantastically smelly goatskins decorated with beads and cowrie shells – it doesn't get more atmospheric than this. The smaller Thursday market is almost tourist-free. Turmi is also a handy base from which to arrange day trips to Omorate.
Dimeka market: - 28km north of Turmi, is the biggest town in Hamer territory and its Saturday market (Tuesday is smaller) is said to be the most atmospheric and liveliest of the big ones. It has a great crafts section, with jewelry, woodcarvings, masks and pottery. Ask your guide to take you to the tej bets that are just behind the market – around noon they're full of Hamer men and women enjoying calabashes of honey wine or sorghum beer. The cattle market, which is held in the morning about 400m further north, is also not to be missed.
Key Afar market: - rests on a lush plateau along the Konso–Jinka road. A rather large modern town, what it lacks in atmosphere for six days out of the week it more than makes up for on Thursday with one of the best markets around. Thousands of Banna, Hamer and Tsemay descend on the town, along with every tourist in the vicinity – memorable!
What's Included?• Meet and greet at airport
• All accommodation based on twin room sharing
• Meal on half board basis
• All entrance fees at sites, parks, and churches
• All transfers and visits in Addis Ababa using a new model minibus or coaster bus as per the number of travelers
• All ground transportation using recent model Minivan & 4x4 with Ac supplement according to the itinerary
• An English-speaking regionalguide at each destination
• Boat fee on Lake Tana and scouts for the simien mountain national park
• Farewell dinner in Addis to enjoy traditional Ethiopian food and Music
• A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time in the program
• Portage fees
• Cold bottled water throughout the trip
• 15% Government taxes
Destination CoveredArba Minch, Jinka, Konso, Turmi and Addis Ababa
Best SuitedAll, Budget, Families, Groups, Kids, Solo travellers
Up on your arrival at Bole International Airport and you will clear immigration and proceed to baggage claim, after collecting your checked bags, clear customs and pass through the arrivals hall where you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. Beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa, Morning free (may be exchange money, when necessary briefing of the itinerary etc and be ready for the tour).
Afternoon you will have a half day city tour of Addis. Drive north up to Entoto Mountains with spectacular views over the capital. After the visit, proceed down to Addis Ababa via ShiroMeda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes and continue visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed.
Afterward, you will precede your visit close to the National Museum, the Selassie (Trinity) church, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa and the final resting place of Haile Selassie, to whom there is a dedicated museum on site. After your visit you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Caravan hotel or similar
Day 2: Drive from Addis to Arbaminch and en route visit Wolayta village
Drive through spectacular surroundings to Arbaminch. On the way, you'll visit the Wolayta people's villages and get a taste of their culture. Arba Minch is the largest town in southern Ethiopia, set amongst lush green hills near Lakes Abaya and Chamo.
Arba Minch is named for the abundant local springs that produce a groundwater forest; in Amharic, arbaminch means “forty springs.”
Overnight: Paradise lodge
Day 3: Excursion to Dorze village and visit Nechsar National park
In the morning drive to Chencha village, to visit the Dorze ethnic group with their unique home building style and traditional weaving. (Visit their market if it is a market day), drive back to Arbaminch. Afternoon, you will have a visit of NechSar National Park.
Overnight: Paradise lodge
Day 4: Drive from Arbaminch to Jinka and visit Ari people
Before your drive to Jinka you will enjoy the boat trip on Lake Chamo, as one of the best features of the park. Attraction of the boat trip includes viewing of large number of hippos and crocodiles from a very close range. There is a good place to watch large number of crocodile’saquatic birds and hippos on the shore of Lake Chamo.
Day 5: Drive from Jinka to Mago National park and visit Mursi tribe
You will have an excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. Drive back to Jinka and in the afternoon visit the museum in the town.
Overnight: Jinka resort
Day 6: Drive from Jinka to Turmi and en route visit Tsemay tribes
After breakfast drive to Turmi-On the way visit the Tsemay ethnic group and the most Colorful market in the Omo valley- Key Afer market if it is Thursday and the Dimeka market if it is Tuesday.
Overnight: Turmi/Buska lodge
Day 7: Excursion to Murulle and visit Karo ethnic group
Drive towards the Murelle area to see the Karo ethnic group, experts in the body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs. Karo men are also famous for their unique hairstyle. After your visit you will have a drive back to Turmi.
Overnight: Turmi/ Buska lodge
Day 8: Excursion to Omorate and visit Dassanech tribe or if the day is lucky attend Bull Jumping
After breakfast you will drive to Omorate to visit the Dassanech people ‘people of the Delta’, who lives on the northern shore of Lake Turkana. Afterward, if the day is lucky you might have a chance to visit Bull Jumping.
In order to get permission, boys must jump the cows four times to be successful. This test is performed while naked except for a few cords bound across the chest as a symbol of the childhood he is about to leave behind him.
Dozens of Hammers gathered in a place to start the ceremony, which is initiated by highly decorated young women most of them female relatives of the young boy, whom danced in circle and begged to be whipped by the maz, which is a group of single men, who has already gone through the adulthood test.
The ceremony lasts a few days of celebration, including the typical jumping dances, accompanied by as much sorghum beer and a drink made of coffee.
Overnight: Turmi/ Buska lodge
Day 9: Drive from Turmi to Konso and en route visit Woito tribe
Depart Turmi for Konso and en route you will visit the. Further along the route visit the Woito people live in the area around Woito River and Tsemay village. After the visit, proceed driving to Konso.
Overnight: Kanta lodge
Day 10: Visit Konso village and drive to Hawassa
Before you leave Konso and you will visit the Konso village that lives in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be the hardest workers in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county’s best coffee. They have an article tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased. Afterward you will precede your drive to Hawassa. After you check in to the hotel you will have a visit Lake Hawasa to relax with a very nice sunset and lake view at Hawasa Lawi resort, secluded in a natural paradise at shore of Lake Hawasa.
Overnight: Lewi resort
Day 11: Drive from Hawasa to Addis Ababaen route visit AbjathaShala Park and departure
Morning relax and make a visit to fish market drive through AbjathaShala National park with great views of the two rift valley lakes (Abjhata and shala) and lunch at Savana beach resort in Langano. After lunch, drive back to Addis Ababa which is end of the tour and evening traditional dinner with folkloristic dances as a Farwell night party. Three hours in prior for your departure you will be transferred to the airport.
End of tour
• Alcoholic drinks
• Video filming and photography fees
• Incidental meals, lunch, snacks and drinks
• Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc.
• All what is not included in the list above
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