Omo Valley Ethiopia Tours - 6 Days

Book best Omo Valley Ethiopia tours from Addis Ababa, Arba Minch or Jinka, Omo Valley Travel is a local Ethiopian tour operator from South Omo Zone, Jinka (the heart of Omo Valley). The peoples of this area 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. The Omo Valley 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.

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.

Tours to Omo Valley Ethiopia Tribes

Our unique Omo Valley Ethiopia tours will take you to the authentic villages of these fascinating peoples who 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 that you will experience during your Omo Valley Ethiopia Tours.

The annual flooding of the Omo River guarantees food security for some of the tribes along its banks, especially as rainfall is low and erratic. They depend on it to practice ‘flood-retreat cultivation’ using the rich silt left along the river banks by the receding waters. Having reached its maximum level, the river recedes rapidly during September and October, which is when people start preparing the recently flooded area for flood-retreat cultivation. Some also practice rain fed shifting cultivation, growing sorghum, maize, and tobacco. Some tribes, particularly the Kwegu and Kara, hunt game and fish. For most of these tribes one of the source of income is the fees they get from tourists that do Omo Valley Ethiopia tours.

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. For detailed information about the Omo ethnic groups read our blog post “A Guide to Omo Valley Tribes

6 Days Omo Valley Ethiopia Tours

The annual flooding of the Omo River guarantees food security for some of the tribes along its banks, especially as rainfall is low and erratic. They depend on it to practice ‘flood-retreat cultivation’ using the rich silt left along the river banks by the receding waters. Having reached its maximum level, the river recedes rapidly during September and October, which is when people start preparing the recently flooded area for flood-retreat cultivation. Some also practice rain fed shifting cultivation, growing sorghum, maize, and tobacco. Some tribes, particularly the Kwegu and Kara, hunt game and fish. For most of these tribes one of the source of income is the fees they get from tourists that do Omo Valley Ethiopia tours.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Addis Ababa to Jinka & Drive to Mursi tribe village (by 4WD)

Day 2
Drive to Turmi of Hamar tribe via Mago National Park & Jinka

Day 3
Drive Turmi - Karo tribe- back to Turmi

Day 4
Drive Turmi - Dassanech village - Turmi

Day 5
Drive to Mursi Village

Day 6
Drive to Jinka & 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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