Omo River Valley Tour - 7 Days

Book best Omo River Valley tour from Arba Minch with Omo Valley Travel. Get the most of South Ethiopia’s attractions with a local travel agency based in Arba Minch and Jinka South Omo Zone capital city. Named after its geographical location and the famous Omo River, the South Omo Zone is a spectacularly beautiful area with diverse attractions, ecosystems, cultures and languages. The majority of the region is dry and inhospitable: 0.5 % is highland, 5 % is midland, 60 % is lowland and 34 % is desert. Despite this only 8.5 % of the populations are urban dwellers.

Cattle, goats and sheep are vital to most tribes’ livelihood, producing blood, milk, meat and hides. Cattle are highly valued and used in payment for ‘bride wealth’ (dowry). They are an important defense against starvation when the rains and crops fail. In certain seasons, families, particularly young adult males, travel to temporary camps to provide new grazing for herds, surviving on milk and blood from their cattle. Donkey and poultry are also livestock for most tribes. Bee keeping is widely practiced and honey is used as a household food and to generate income. Milk is mainly for household consumption. Butter, however, is sold in markets and used as face, hair and body cream, as well as in various rituals. Book your Omo River Valley tour with us and get authentic lifetime cultural experience!

Tour to Omo River Valley Tribes

Traditional livestock production of the tribes you will visit on your Omo River Valley tour is based on herd diversification to make use of various plant species, and herd splitting to spread the livestock out in line with the available grazing resources and to prevent the spread of disease. There are periodic inter-ethnic conflicts within the zone (and across the borders) as people compete for natural resources, most frequently water and pasture. However, conflicts may also originate from deep-rooted cultural practices, such as heroism, asset building and collective revenge. The introduction of firearms has made inter tribal fighting far more dangerous.

These fascinating peoples live isolated, extreme and particularly harsh lives. However, they decorate themselves lavishly and their colorful dress and beautification customs give them an identity and highlights their uniqueness. Their dress is often scant, commonly utilizing skins and other natural resources. However, for men and women alike, it is usual to be adorned with jewelry, beads, clay face and body painting, feathers, ear and lip plates, bodily scarification and other practices. Little is known about the origins of these customs but it is sufficient to say that appearance is a distinguishing factor for neighboring tribes; it is indeed extremely important to these exceptional people.

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Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.

The origin of the word “travel” is most likely lost to history. The term “travel” may originate from the Old French word travail, which means ‘work’. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century.

It also states that the word comes from Middle English travailen, travelen (which means to torment, labor, strive, journey) and earlier from Old French travailler (which means to work strenuously, toil). In English we still occasionally use the words “travail”, which means struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best Travelers’ Tales (2004), the words “travel” and “travail” both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means “three stakes”, as in to impale).


Day 1
Fly from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch and visit Dorze village

Arrive at Arba Minch Airport, you are welcomed by the team and then you will be taken to a nice restaurant for lunch, after lunch continue a short 45min drive to Dorze village at an altitude of 2400m and experience life in Dorze by witnessing the preparation of the local food called Kocho and consume the prepared mill the Dorze way and spend the evening with them.

Day 2
Drive to Lack Chamo out side Arba Minch and to Konso Village.

Day 3
Drive from Konso to Turmi to meet the Hamar tribe

Day 4
Drive to Kara/Karo tribe village of Korcho and back to Turmi

Day 5
Drive to Omo Rate Dassenech tribe and back to Turmi

Day 6
Drive from Turmi to Jinka and Continue to Mursi tribe village

Day 7
Drive from Mursi village to Jinka and fly to Addis Ababa

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transportation (4WD vehicle with driver and fuel starting from Jinka airport),
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea),
  • Accommodations during the trip in Hotel & Camping in tent at campsites with & without shower,
  • Service fees for camping and cooking equipment, guide, cook, local guides, village fees and park fees
  • Tent, mattress & pillow, all-season sleeping bag/bed sheets (in case if you don’t have your own. Sleeping bag/sheets must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses (In Addis Ababa)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, tidbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Addis Ababa
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary (Bull Jumping ceremony, Evangadi dance ceremony or other ceremonial events, photo & video fees for the tribes)
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter or vehicle off the program

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