Omo Valley Photo Tour – 9 Days
Omo Valley Photo Tour – 9 Days expeditions brings you to both western Omo valley to suri( surma) tribe and the upper Omo Valley tribes expeditions, Omo Valley Photo Tour – 9 Days took advantage of new opened bridge on Omo river and the resume of weekly flight between Addis Ababa and Jinka.
Day 1: FLY ADDIS TO JINKA
Pick you up from airport , transfer to hotel freshen up and go to south Omo Valley research center , Visiting the ethnological museum would give us brief preview of ethnographical information about verity of tribal groups residing in Omo valley, depending on our time we can also have a chance to visit the evening market of ari tribe.
O/N Eco-Omo Lodge
This day our expedition stars early morning with an excursion to a Mursi village (approx 66km from Jinka). Meet the Mursi, they are renowned for wearing largest lip plate and ear lob, Then after lunch we drive to Turmi (120 km ) from jinka ,
O/N – Buska lodge
Day 3 DRIVE TURMI –KORCHO-DUS– TURMI
Early in the morning, make an excursion trip to Korocho to visit the Karo The Karos residing on the bank of omo river, are celebrated for the most fine body painting and body scarification. Return to Turmi for lunch, This afternoon we will have a visit of biggest hammer village.
O/N – Busk lodge Meal
Day 4 DRIVE TURMI – KANGATEN-KIBISH
After early breakfast we depart to Kibish to the heart of Suri land (Surma), crossing Omo river tfrom Kangaten side on newly build bridge, the west side of side of the river relatively been isolated and preserved from tourist radar en route we encounter different wild animal as we crossing Omo national park. Today mostly it driving aiming to get Suri for the evening photo section.
O/N – camped tent
Day 5: FULL DAY SURI(SURMA) PHOTOGRAPHY
The Suri still remain less visited tribes due to their remoteness and inaccessibility, and are also the most photo desired of all, For for their incredibly ornate decoration of themselves, which they achieve through painting, scarification and adornment with flowers and other natural objects.
O/N – camped tent
DRIVE 6 KIBISH -KAKUTA
Early depart to Kakuta spend this afternoon and the morning visit and photo the Bume tribes. The Bume: camping in Kakuta will give us chance to get familiar with the life and culture of one of the most worriers tribes in Omo valley Nyangatom women use (Hang) enormous loose colorfull bead necklaces around their necks, they shave round their scalp and leave a central friezed tuft of hair on to which a generous amount of red ochre is applied. And Niyagatom man undertake voluntary scarification on his upper body killing traditional enemies, mans hair style is clay hair buns in to with ostrich feathers could be fixed. Both men and women elders are also famous in their labial piercing in to which they plug decorative wooden, metallic or ivory structures.
Day 7: KAKUTA -TURMI
This aftrernoon Continue drive to Turmi central town of the Hamar Tribe, transfer to Buska lodge relax getting ready for the next morning tribal photo expedition.
Day 8: TURMI – DASENECH -TURMI
After breakfast, make an excursion to Omorate which is found east of the Omo River; We cross Omo River by a small boat and walk 20 minutes to the Gelab (Dassanech) tribal village. Dasenech people are also known for their body painting and body scarification. In any of the above afternoon we might be attending hamer bull jumping(age rite) depending when and where happing.
Day 9 TURMI -JINKA- ADDIS( FLY JINKA(BCO) -ADDIS (ADD)
Return to Jinka airport en route visit the weekly tribal market of Dimeka (on Saturday) or Keyafer (on thursday) Market is a bustling place where various dwindling tribes of the Omo Region come together to socialize , share what is happening around and sell and buy goods. Ari, Tsemai, Hamar and Benna people can be seen mixing in the colourful marketplace and proceed to jinka and transfer to the airport