Book your 3 day tour starting from Addis Ababa by flying to Jinka and starting the tour the same day from Airport driving to Lower Omo Valley tribes. Travel with a reliable local operator based in Jinka, South Omo Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia and get unforgettable authentic cultural experience. Discover the the non touristic approach with Omo Valley Tavel, witness genuine interaction with the Omo Valley tribes.
Omo Valley Travel: locally owned sustainable tour company that operates extraordinary cultural immersion tours & Adventures in Ethiopia, mainly to the Omo River Valley which is one of the most intact cultural landscapes in Africa – and the world.
Founded by Minalu Adem, who is originally from the Omo Valley tribes with over 15 years of experience in guiding and organizing tours in Ethiopia; who also is the author of the first guide book about the Omo Valley tribes, our organization is committed to preserving, understanding, and sharing Ethiopia’s rich historic and cultural heritages in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Working in partnerships with local tribal communities, we provide responsible and enriching tours that celebrate the diverse traditions of Africa’s last frontier. Book your 3 days tour from Addis or Jinka to the tribes with us and witness authentic unforgettable experience.
Hamar Tribe: Tours from Addis to Omo Valley Tribes
The Hamar are amongst the most readily identifiable of all the peoples of the South Omo. Women wear an elaborately decorated goatskin, often colored with beads and cowries. Beaded necklaces, bracelets and waistbands adorn their bodies, which, for the Hamar, tend to be made with black and red beads. (The Banna, their close neighbors, mostly use blue and black beads). Women wear thick copper necklaces announcing their marital status. They wear a lather long tipped necklace and two copper necklaces if they’re the first wife and only two copper necklaces if they’re second, third or fourth wife to one man.
One striking characteristic of the Hamar men and women is that they indulge in elaborate hair-dressing. Men wear a clay cap which is painted and decorated with feathers and other ornaments. They also paint themselves with white chalk paste during ceremonial events. The women decorate their hair with clay and butter twisted into a striking long plait. Ethnic men are often seen carrying a small stool or pillow in the Omo region in general.
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Visit Omo Valley tribes in 3 days tour from Addis
The natural beauty of the Omo Valley 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.
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.