Ethiopian Omo Valley Tribes - 7 Days

7 days Omo Valley tribes tour

Book your 7 day tours to Ethiopian Omo Valley tribes with local agency in Jinka, (SNNPR) South Ethiopia and get authentic experience with the native Omo Valley Travel which is outstretched from these amazing tribes. The peoples of the region have managed to retain their traditional lifestyle. This is apparently due to the fact that the harsh environment in which most of the tribes live is undesirable to outsiders. Omo Valley Ethiopia is a cultural melting pot with at least 16 distinct tribes. Two of the four main African linguistic families are represented in the area: Nilo-Saharan; and Afro-Asiatic, with its Omotic (endemic to the South Omo) and Cushitic branches.

Tours to Ethiopian Omo Valley Tribes

Best cultural tours to Ethiopian Omo Valley tribes. We take you to the authentic tribes around the River Omo Valley. 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.

The Omo is one of Ethiopia’s largest rivers. It flows south for over seven hundred kilometers from the Shewan highlands to the northern end of Lake Turkana. Some of the tribes live alongside the Omo River and depend on it for their livelihood. They have developed complex socioeconomic and ecological practices intricately adapted to the harsh and often unpredictable conditions of the region’s semi-arid climate.

Traditional livestock production by Ethiopian Omo Valley tribes 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.

We are proudly the best agency in Ethiopia for authentic tours to Ethiopian Omo Valley tribes as well as South & South-West Ethiopia tours & Adventures! Book your cultural journey with us and discover the Ethiopian Omo Valley tribes with genuine interaction. Check out our community conservation project at Lower Omo Valley.

Omo Valley Ethiopia

The natural beauty of the area is unsurpassed. The diverseness of the people, the languages, the traditions and the landscape (in a comparatively small area) is unequaled anywhere on this vast continent. The untainted attire and intrinsic majesty of the people living in an age-old traditional manner will touch the hearts of all who come here and the images will stain the visitors’ memory long after they return home.

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.


Day 1
Fly Addis Ababa - Jinka

Day 2
Drive to Jinka Musium, Ari Village & Turmi

Day 3
Drive Turmi - Karo tribe- back to Turmi

Day 4
Drive Turmi - Dassanech village - Turmi

Day 5
Drive Turmi Konso Village

Day 6
Drive Konso - Dorze Village

Day 7
Dorze Village to Arba Minch - Fly from Arba Minch 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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Ethiopian Omo Valley Tribes
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