Surma and Omo Valley Tours - 15 Days

Surma and Omo Valley Photo Tour

Explore the Omo Valley tribes with a local Omo Valley tour operator and Guide. Surma and Omo Valley phot tour offers authentic tribal photography experience to photographers. you will stay in campsites near tribal villages and make use of the best morning and evening light for photography. Your guide, Minalu Adem, is a hobby photographer and well experienced to lead photography tours by working with several big name professional photographers. He knows best remote villages where you can find genuine traditions. Omo Valley Tour and Travel will surly be your best choice. We have excellent TripAdvisor reviews for Omo Valley Tours.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Addis Ababa to Jimma

After your 55-minute flight (if direct) you will visit Aba Jifar palace and Jimma Museum, walk around the city and enjoy the old trade town.
Overnight: Central Hotel Jimma

Day 2
Drive Jimma to Mizan Teferi

Drive 230 km from Jimma to Mizan Teferi via Bonga enjoying the beautiful nature, on the way you will explore Wushwush tea farms.
Overnight: Salayish Hotel

Day 3
Drive Mizan - Kibish town

Drive 100km on an asphalt road to Dimma through the beautiful tropical canappys and stop in Dimma for lunch. Continue the 90km gravel road to Kibish. Until the team setup the camping, you will do photography by the Kibish River.
Overnight: Camping at Kibish

Day 4
Photography with Surma (Suri) tribe

After having breakfast at our camp, we will head to a Suri village where you will find photogenic tribal paintings and large lip plated women. Return to our campsite for lunch and a break, then head to another Suri village and do your photography.
Overnight: Camping by the Kibish River.

Day 5
Drive from Kibish to Nyangatom tribe

After breakfast, drive 150km from Kibish to Omo National Park via the new road to Omo sugar factories and pay the mandatory entrance fee at the park. After lunch we will continue 90 km drive on asphalt road to Nyangatom village.
Overnight: Camping near Nyangatom village

Day 6
Photography with Nyangatom tribe

Using the early morning light you will do photography at the Nyangatom village near your campsite and get back to your camp for breakfast. In the afternoon, you will head to another Nyangatom village and do your tribal photography.
Overnight: Camping

Day 7
Nyangatom - Karo Duss

In the morning, during the best photo light, you will do photography with the Nyangatom tribe. After lunch we will continue 100 km to Karo Duss on a partially asphalt and partially bumpy road to the largest kara village, in the afternoon you will get the best photos of the famous Kara tribe who live by the Omo River.
Overnight: Camping at Duss campsite

Day 8
Karo – Turmi

Depart for 80km drive to Turmi. You will have lunch at Buska Lodge and stay there for two nights while doing your photography with the Hamar tribe. You will take a break from camping by staying at the best lodge in Omo Valley for 2 nights while doing your activity with the Hamar tribe. In the afternoon, you may see the Bull Jumping Ceremony (Optional) and a tribal market (optional) if available or a Hamar village.
Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 9
Photography with Hamar tribe

In the morning of this day, you will visit a Hamar village. In the afternoon, you may visit a Hamar or Banna tribal market (Optional) and the bull jumping ceremony (Optional) or Evangadi dancing ceremony (optional)
Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 10
Trrmi - Omo Rate

Drive 70 km to Omo Rate to spend 1 night with the Dassanech people and do your Omo Valley photography with the Dassanech tribe. You will go to a non-touristy Dassanech village near the Kenyan border where the Omo River makes a delta.
Overnight: Camping

Day 11
Omo Rate - Mursi tribe

Drive 250 km to meet with the famous Mursi tribe. The Mursi and the Suri have resemblances, however, the Mursi make less paintings than the Suri and appear more naturally. During the best light for photography in the afternoon, you will visit an authentic Mursi village where you will meet several women wearing a clay lip plate.
Overnight: Camping

Day 12
Mursi - Bodi tribe

In the Morning you will explore another Mursi village and continue 60km to Hana town to visit the Bodi tribe. In the afternoon you will explore the Bodi tribe who practice extensive body scarification.
Overnight: Camping

Day 13
Bodi - Arbore tribe

After your morning photography, you will continue 260km to explore the Arbore tribe. I the afternoon and the next morning you will do photography of the Arbore people.
Overnight: Camping

Day 14
Arbore - Arba Minch

Drive 220km from Arbore to Arba Minch via Konso. You will visit the Konso village which is a world heritage site of UNESCO and have lunch in Konso. In the afternoon, you will visit the Dorze village.
Overnight: Hayle Resort

Day 15
Arba Minch - Addis Ababa

Early in the morning you will do a short boat trip on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles and hippos. And continue driving 450 km asphalt road to Addis Ababa and drop you at your hotel.

Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Transportation: 4WD vehicle with driver and fuel
  • Accommodations except in Addis Ababa: All hotels and camping during the tour
  • Food and non alcohol drinks
  • All entrance fees: villages entrance, national park fees
  • Guide (Minalu Adem) and Local Guides in all the tribal destinations

Cost Excludes

  • Flight tickets: International and Domestic flight tickets,
  • Accommodation in Addis Ababa
  • Photography fees,
  • Tips,
  • Shopping

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Surma and Omo Valley Tours

Trip Info

  • 4 Wheel Drive SUV
  • 2400m
  • Camping
  • Lowe
  • Jimma
  • Addis Ababa
  • All Seasons
  • Local Guides
  • Photography
  • International varieties
  • English

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