Lost Tribes of the Omo Valley

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Lost Tribes of the Omo Valley

Lost Tribes of the Omo Valley – 8 Days Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa

Private Escorted Tour


Ethiopia is a veritable mosaic of peoples. There are over 83 ethnic groups with 200 dialects. Based on the language they speak, they can be divided into Semitic, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Omotic stocks. The unique and indigenous cultures of the different tribes make Ethiopia a photographer’s paradise. The fascinating costumes, colourful ceremonies and dance distinguish Ethiopia from other African countries.

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Day 1: Addis Ababa – Half Day City tour
Arrive in Addis Ababa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Addis Ababa is the third highest capital in the world and one of the largest cities in Africa. In the afternoon, take a visit to Mount Entoto, which was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik -II, the founder of Addis Ababa. Then visit the local weavers making cultural clothes with different designs in a traditional way. The main products are the traditional Shema Clothes like Gabi and Netelan
Overnight: Golden Tulip Hotel or Similar Hotel

Day 2: Rift Valley Lakes
Drive to Awassa. Drive to Awassa through the rift valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The rest of the day is at leisure at Haile Resort on the banks of Lake Awassa.
Overnight: Haile Resort or Similar Hotel

Day 3: Visit Fish market, Alba and Dorze Village
Drive to Arbaminch. Visit the Fish market in Lake Awassa then drive to Arba Minch stopping at Alaba and Dorze tribal villages’ enroute. Dorze people are known for their weaving culture which is reflected in their beautiful cotton clothes, fences, and beehive shaped bamboo huts.
Overnight: Paradise Lodge or Similar Hotel

Day 4: Boat ride on Lake Chamo and Visit to Konso people
Drive to Jinka. Take a boat ride on the southernmost Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia – Lake Chamo. You may spot Hippos and the world’s most spectacular concentrations of Giant Crocodiles (locals call it the “Crocodile Market”). In the afternoon, drive to Jinka visiting the Konso village, recognized as the 9th UNESCO World heritage site in Ethiopia. The Konso people are noted for their rock terracing and colourful hand woven cotton clothes.
Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge or Similar Hotel

Day 5: Mursi Village
Drive to Mursi village to visit the very attractive culture of Mursi tribe, renowned for their strange customs followed by their women who on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular disks inserted. Visit a Mursi family and spend time with them to share their way of life. They will show how they drink blood from the cows.
Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge or Similar Hotel

Day 6: Hammer Village
Depart from Jinak and proceed with the drive to Turmi. In the afternoon, visit the Hamer people in their village. The women of the Hamer are known for their striking, thick plaits of ochre-colored hair hanging down in a heavy fringe, leather skirts decorated with cowries and a dozen or more copper bracelets fixed tightly around their arms. The men are noted for the initiation ceremony of Jumping over the Bulls. Catching this interesting ritual is entirely a matter of chance.
Overnight: Buska Lodge or Similar Hotel

Day 7: Karo village and local market
Depart on an excursion to Murelle to visit the village of the Karo people, the tribe with the least number of members and known for their body paintings before important ceremonies. Karo woman scarify their chests to beautify themselves. The complete scarification of a man’s chest indicates that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. The scars are cut with a knife or razor blade and ash is rubbed in to produce a raised effect. In the afternoon, attend the weekly market of the Hamer and Benna tribes at Dimeka if the day is Saturday or Tuesday.
Overnight: Buska Lodge or Similar Hotel

Day 8: Departure
Fly to Addis Ababa. Drive to Arbaminch then fly to Addis Ababa. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner party in one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa to end the tour.

Price + Inclusions


Lost Tribes of the Omo ValleyPrice per person
2 Passengersfrom $5,320 pp twin share
4 Passengersfrom $4,420 pp twin share

2024 Departures: Daily (minimum 2 passengers)

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on a twin or double room sharing basis
  • Meals-Bed and breakfast in Addis and Full board elsewhere
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All airport transfers
  • All ground transportation
  • Local guide at each spot
  • Professional English speaking guide accompanying you throughout the trip
  • Scout fees
  • Government tax
  • Boat rent on Lake Chamo

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner in Addis
  • Any Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

Itinerary Terms and Conditions:

Considerable care has been taken to compile the information on our website and pricing shown is based on twin share, low season travel and the current exchange rate at the time. All pricing on this website should be used as a guideline only. Contact The Africa Safari Co. for the most up to date prices.

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