We offer you a unique Surma and Omo Valley photo tour from Addis Ababa. You will stay in campsites near tribal villages and make use of the best morning and evening light for photography. You will also stay in the Best Resorts and Lodges in Omo Valley wherever available. We are well-experienced to organize and lead photography tours working with several big-name professional photographers. Top Omo Valley Tours has excellent TripAdvisor reviews for Omo Valley Tours.
Surma and Omo Itinerary
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.