Lower Omo Valley Tribes & Nature Tour 8 days

  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture diversity. The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.

This is one of the most interesting tours to south Ethiopia.

You can shorten this trip to 5 days - see itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival and Addis Ababa City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa. Check in to your hotel and after couple of hours of rest, start a city tour of Addis Ababa. Visit the National museum , Entoto Mary’s Church and Merkato Market.

Day 2: Drive from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch

After breakfast drive to Arba Minch via the Hosanna Road. En route visit to the Gurage people village. The Gurage are known to be Ethiopian-Chinese as they are very hard working people who have controlled many of the economy in Trade. They have a custom of eating a traditional food called “Kocho” made out of false banana. Take time at the house and their back yard farm and learn from their culture. There is a lunch break at the town of Hosana. O/n in Hotel

Day 3: Arba Minch

After breakfast, head to Chencha. A settlement for the “Dorze” people known for a culture of cotton weaving and also bamboo made bee-hive shaped houses. Take time in the village visiting houses. Spend time at the market of Chencha which is colorful on Tuesday and then back to Arba Minch. After lunch break head for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the Crocodile and Hippos. O/n in Hotel

Day 4: Drive from Arba Minch to Turmi and Dimeka

After breakfast, you will be driven to Turmi (290 Km from Arbaminch).En route visit Konso villages (180 Km from Turmi, famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

Continue driving to Turmi en-route visiting Tsemay and Benna tribes. If it is a market day, you will visit the colorful markets of Key Afer and Dimeka markets. (Market days for these markets are Tuesday, Saturday and Thursday)

If it is not market day you can take lunch break at Key After and arrive in Turmi in the afternoon. Today you can take walk to the villages of the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers spend pleasant after noon with friendly Hamar people.

Day 5: Drive to Omo Rate and back to Turmi

An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench village.

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs).

Optional excursion: attend the bull jumping - if possible and available with luck. O/n in Hotel

Day 6: Drive to Jinka via Karo village.

Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka or Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is 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 (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 7: Visit Mursi Tribes

In the morning after breakfast excursion to the Mursi tribe village known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips. Then drive back to Jinka.

Day 8: Fly back to Addis.

Morning visit Jinka museum which consists of different cultural artifacts.

After lunch fly depart to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. After arrival in Addis Ababa, day use room or depart to your country.

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  • Omo Valley
  • Tribes
  • Nature
  • Konso Village
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Mursi
  • Rastafari

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