Five days Omo Valley Tour

Karo tribe in Omo valley
Karo people, Omo valley

Our five days program will take you to the Omo valley, a cultural and natural treasure in South of Ethiopia. Omo Valley is known to be home to more than 20 different indigenous ethnic groups. It is a unique place that offers an unforgettable experience for travelers who want to explore the culture and traditions of the people who live there.

In Omo valley you will have the opportunity to meet some of the most diverse and colorful ethnic groups in Africa. Those groups have maintained their traditions and lifestyles for centuries. You will also witness the stunning scenery and wild life of the Omo River and its tributaries.

Besides, Omo Valley is a treasure trove of culture and diversity. With over 20 ethnic groups residing in this region, it is a melting pot of traditional lifestyles, handicrafts, and customs. The tribal communities in the valley have remained untouched by the trappings of modern civilization and continue to live their lives according to age-old practices.

Exploring indigenous cultures

Moreover, a visit to the Omo Valley offers a unique experience to witness cultures that are vastly different from anything you might have seen before. The Hamar people, for instance, are known for their unique bull-jumping ceremony. Whereas, the Mursi people are famous for the lip plates worn by their women. Aside from the cultural richness of the valley, it is also a haven for photography enthusiasts. The vibrant colors and intricate patterns of the clothing and jewelry of the kinship groups present excellent opportunities for portraiture. The landscapes themselves with the hills and valleys provide captivating backdrops for landscape photography.

In general, a trip to the Omo Valley is a chance to immerse yourself in a world that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It is a chance to explore a unique culture and witness a way of life that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. If you are interested in learning more about our program to the Omo valley, please read on. We will provide you all the details and information you need to make your decision. 

We hope you will find this tour program appealing and suitable for your expectations and budget.

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Day 01:  Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

On the first day of the Omo valley tour, we will have flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch. Then, our driver will pick you form the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short break drive to Dorze. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.  You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people.  On this day you will also visit the local market of Dorze village if the day is market day.  Overnight in Dorze within traditional hut or in Arba Minch (hotel).

Day 02: Dorze – Turmi

On the second day of the tour, we will wake up early morning and have breakfast and then depart to Lake Chamo for a boat trip and to visit the crocodile market, and the Hippopotamus. After that drive to Konso to have lunch and a short break before visiting Konso Village. In the village we will visit one of the 9 UNESCO registered villages.

neverthless, the Konso people are known for the erection of stones and poles called generation pole (where a pole implies 18 years) marking the start of a new generation. The age of village can be determined by how many poles are standing. Next, we will drive to Turmi for the night. Overnight Turmi.

Day 03: Turmi

Early in the morning after your breakfast drive to Karo Village. Karo’s are a small clan with an estimated population of 3000 who live along the east banks of the Omo River. The Karo’s known by their beautiful village and their kid’s panting the faces and body.

Karo tribe in Omo valley
Karo people, Omo valley

Meanwhile, we will drive back to Turmi to have lunch and a short break. After lunch, visit Hamer people. Most importantly visit the most unique but seasonal event of bull jumping. Bull jumping is a ceremony where a boy is pronounced “man” after proving his capacity by jump 5 up to 13 cattle’s standing in a row. In addition, this day includes a special event in which a woman shows her appreciation for the bride groom by letting the boys whip them with a stick until they bleed.  At night, the day is called off after a colorful party with Evan Gady dance (night dance). Meanwhile if there will not be bull jumping, you will visit Hamer village in the afternoon. Overnight in Turmi (Lodge).

Turmi girls
Turmi girls, Omo Valley Ethiopia.

Day 04: Turmi – Jinka

On this day early morning after breakfast, we will drive to Omorate. Also, we will cross the great Omo River with Local boat and visit Dassanech kin group. Next, we will drive back to Turmi for lunch and later visit the local market if the day market day. Overnight Turmi.

Day 05: Turmi – Jinka

In early morning of the day, we drive from Turmi to Jinka through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi kin group.  The Mursi people are known for making and wearing lower lip and earlobe plates.

After returning to Jinka, you will visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local people.  As an alternative however, you can go for a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. Overnight in Jinka (hotel or lodge). The next day morning flight to Addis Ababa. End of the tour!

How to get to the Omo Valley

There are a few ways to get to the Omo Valley. The most common way is to take domestic flight to Arba Minch. Arba Minch is the largest city on Ethiopia’s southern circuit and the gateway town into Omo Valley. If you are on a budget, you can take two buses from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch. First, catch a bus from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch. You will need to buy your ticket the day before you want to travel. Note that however, this is a longer and more uncomfortable journey.

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Once you are in Arba Minch, you can hire a car or a 4×4 to explore the rest of the valley. There are also a few local tour operators that can arrange day trips and longer tours to the different villages and attractions in the Omo Valley.

What to visit in Omo Valley

There are so many things to see and do in the Omo Valley, but it is hard to know where to start.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Visit the villages of the Mursi, Hamer, Konso, and Dassanech people. These groups have their own unique cultures and traditions, and it is fascinating to learn about their way of life.
  • See the annual bull jumping ceremony of the Hamer people. This is a rite of passage for young men, and it is a truly impressive sight.
  • Go on a safari in Mago National Park. This park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
  • Visit the Omorate market. This is a lively market where you can buy souvenirs, traditional handicrafts, and fresh produce.

The Omo Valley is a truly unique and special place, and it is a must-visit for any traveler interested in Ethiopia.

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