Addis Ababa to Omo Valley tours; start your trip from the capital of Ethiopia and Africa. It is often the best choice for most visitors to begin their journey from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can do half or full-day city tours and day trips in and around Addis Ababa. Get more ideas on what to do on the KAYAK Addis Ababa Travel Guide
We offer you unique Omo Valley Tours that will deliver an authentic lift-time cultural experience with the Lower Omo River Valley Ethiopia tribes. Book your cultural tour to the Omo Valley with the best local tribal tour operator and guide in the Omo Valley and the top-rated Omo Valley Tour operator on TripAdvisor. Check out the Omo Valley tours we offer starting from Addis Ababa. You will get an unforgettable lifetime experience with Omo Valley Tour and Travel.
Addis Ababa – Omo Valley Tours We Offer
- Omo Valley Tours from Addis Ababa, 8 days
- Omo River Valley Tours, 7 days
- Omo Valley Tours from Arba Minch, 6 Days
- Lower Omo Valley Tours, 5 Days
- 4-Day Omo Valley Tour from Jinka
- 3-Day Omo Valley Tours
Omo Valley Cultural Tours
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.
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 socio-economic and ecological practices intricately adapted to the harsh and often unpredictable conditions of the region’s semi-arid climate.
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 Karo, hunt game and fish.
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.
Traditional livestock production 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 interethnic fighting far more dangerous.
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 unequalled 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.
Omo Valley Photography Tour
Book your Omo Valley photography tour and experience unique tribal rituals and ceremonial events. Experience photography in an adventurous way in Omo valley. Discover untraveled villages and unique faces adorned with paintings and lip plates in the Lower Omo of Southern Ethiopia.
Omo Valley Tours from Addis Ababa
Get the best Omo Valley tours from Addis Ababa by Omo Valley Tour and Travel, the best recommended Omo Valley Tour Operator in Addis Ababa on TripAdvisor. Check what our guests say about the service and experience we deliver in the Omo Valley. If you want to visit the Omo Valley tribes on an authentic tour led by a local? You are on the right track. Check out the Omo Valley tours we offer. We can customize your tailor-made itinerary for visiting the Omo.
You can book from 3 to 8 days Omo Valley Tours from Addis Ababa. For photographers who have a personal and professional interest in the Omo Valley, we offer your unique itineraries from 9 to 15 days photography adventure packages to the Lower Omo Valley tribes. We will put your budget into consideration while preparing your custom tour. You can also choose one of the Omo Valley tours from Addis Ababa and reduce the cost by staying in mid-range and budget accommodations during the trip. All trip-package includes luxury accommodations, so there will be a significant reduction in price on all of our trip packages if you stay in mid-range or budget accommodations.
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Omo Valley Tours from Jinka
Jinka is a central city for all the tribes of the Omo Valley. It is also the administrative capital of the South Omo Zone of the SNNPR region in Ethiopia. You can make day trips to the villages of the Mursi and Hamar tribes. You can also visit the most authentic and unique tribes with in a few day tours. Minalu Adem, the founder of Omo Valley Tour and Travel, was born and raised in Jinka. He speaks the local language well enough and has written books about the tribes of the Omo Valley. Book your Southern Ethiopia tribal tours with Minalu and get unforgettable cultural experience with Omo Valley tribes.
Visit the Omo valley Ethiopia tribes by booking 5-star rated Omo Valley Tours from Jinka on TripAdvisor. There is a daily flight from Addis Ababa to Jinka (Baco). The flight usually arrives around 10:30 am in the morning. Upon arrival in Jinka, you can take a city tour and visit sights such as the Jinka Museum and a nearby village of the Ari tribe or continue to Turmi on the same day you arrive in Jinka. Book authentic Omo Valley tours from Jinka, SNNPR, Ethiopia with affordable price. You will have the chance to witness the most amazing cultural events of our planet like Hamar bull jumping ceremony, Mursi tribe stick fighting ceremony (Donga), Dassanech tribe circumcision ceremony (Dimi) etc. At your request, we can arrange a unique itinerary. We will also consider your budget in the itinerary we make just for you. We look forward to hearing from you, contact us and send us your inquiries.