Omo Valley

Tours

TOURS

Visit – comfortable families at omo valley;

Why you seek to come to Ethiopia and more specifically Omo Valley? Simply put, for you it is about a once in a lifetime chance to see a land frozen in time.  As a kid you would pick up an issue of National Geographic and flip through pages of explorers uncovering the truth of new traditions or being the first outsider to a tribe and thinking “wow that’s incredible” but also at the same time thinking that “you’d never be able to do something like that”.

Immersion - access off the beaten path (a way from the tourist route)

Experience once-in- a-lifetime opportunity in the Omo Valley, visiting tribes living off beaten areas, enjoying the night under the stars, and joining a traditional night dancing and learning about the local experiences.
I have developed a strong connection to many of the tribes and am able to organize unique tours around their traditional events and ceremonies. Together, we can create the perfect exploratory trip for you, visiting as many places as your time will allow, and organize the perfect accommodation, whether it is in the comfort of a hotel or sleeping in tents alongside a remote tribe.

Research

Alliance omo valley tour will provide well organized services for the clients who are coming to omo valley for whom interesting to experience Languages, cultural practices, Besides; I will assist to NGOs, Researchers, Interns, and others, who are seeking to work through the development activities specifically, data surveying as well as looking to render volunteering service (For further information, Please Click here >> TESTIMONY)

South Ethiopia

South omo Zone in one of the most diverse culturally rich areas of Africa: the south omo zone is located in the extreme southwest corner of Ethiopia; it is home to 16 distinct ethnic groups, each with its own culture, reflected by their hairstyle body decoration dress, jewelry language and cultural ceremonies

The south omo zone covers 23, 535 square km, 22 % of SNNP Region Ethiopia, According to 2008 central statistical agency censes with a population at 731, 806 Administratively the Zone is divided in to 8 words and 1 administrative town, Jinka

omovalleyIndigenous Tribes in Lower Omo Valley:

Lower Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth. It is located in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia and offers a wide variety of indigenous tribal people and animals that inhabit it. The region is well known and famous for its culture and diversity.

The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. South Expedition Africa offers off the beaten tracks and ecological camping to several towns and villages. When you visit the Lower Omo Valley you have the chance to come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Benna, Bodi, Bumi, Dasanech, Hamer, Kara, Konso, Kwegu, Mursi, Tsemay, Suri and Turkana It is estimated that the Lower Omo Valley is home to over 200,000 tribal people. Among the ancient African tribes that live in the southern part of Ethiopia, there is a wide variety of wildlife as well. Some of the animals that you will find there are the bites ariettas (a venomous viper species), crocodiles and hippos. The two main national parks in Omo Valley are the Omo National Park and the Mago National Park which are home to the majority of the wildlife in the valley.

Highlights about omo valley

Every single tribe is unique in their culture and language.  Here’s a really quick look at each one and what make you memorable.

  • Mursi Tribe – Most aggressive out of all of them but fascination to be seen because of their clay lip plate traditions.  Out of all the tribes I’d have to say they had the roughest of villages with dung literally everywhere.v
  • Hammer Tribe – Incredibly friendly and easily recognizable by their red shiny wet clay that they have in their braided hair. All the women have the same hair do!
  • Ari Tribe – The tribe that seemed to have become the most modernized out of everyone.  This tribe was right outside Jinka and was essentially indistinguishable from modern-day Ethiopians.
  • Karo Tribe – The tribe with the best and most well-known view of Omo River that flows right below the edge of the village in a horseshoe shape.  I remember them being more well off and established than the other tribes and seemed to have a very well thought out community building planning.  This is also the tribe that has it so good that they have their own hut that doubles as the local bar with refrigeration courtesy of outdoor generator.
  • Nyangatom Tribe –This is the tribe where women will wear large plastic bead necklaces.  We didn’t stay too long here but Steve had a blast learning how to sew.  I had a chance to get inside a few of the huts and overall you will fascinate with how communities were planned and how similar a sense of “home” is to ours with home, front yard and area for gardening.
  • Dassenech Tribe – Located near the border of South Sudan and Kenya, This tribe required the crossing of the Omo River in a canoe made of one large tree trunk which was an experience in itself. This tribe where make their home with metal sheet roofed.
  • Mursi village camping – As aggressive as the Mursi are, staying with them, seeing their way of life, walking to the watering hole with them was quite the experience.
  • Donga – Donga is something that’s difficult to plan for but you should ask in advance about it and whether they have any inside scoop on if there will be any chances to see special ceremonies while you’re there and whether you should adjust your schedule to align with them,
  • Bull Jumping Ceremony – Bull jumping ceremony was quite interesting although less intimate than you had imagined since there are a ton of tourists there. In Hamar and Bana tribes a boy (Ukuli) enters adulthood (Maza) through a ceremony known as Bull Jumping (Ukuli Bula). When the boy is ready for to become a “man” and go on to have wives he is given a miniature club known as Boko by the family elders. This is his permission to start inviting other family and friends to his Bull Jumping ceremony.

 

Address

Location:
Alliance Omo Valley
S.N.N.P.R/ South Omo Valley
Jinka, Ethiopia.

Email:
ybelete32@gmail.com
allianceomovalleyguide@gmail.com

Phone:
+251 (0)91 396 5440/ +251 (0)96 769 0707

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