Photography Expedition to The Unique Wilderness- The Tribes of the Omo Valley
- Tour Type Photography Expedition
- Limited To 8 Guests only
- Duration 11 Days | Round-trip Addis Ababa
- Price From USD: 3,898.00
Photography Expedition to the Tribes of the Omo Valley
This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote Tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes in the African continent. .
This photographic expeditions will take you on the East Side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Karo and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their life style, attending ceremonies and rituals taking photos. There will be enough time with good light at different days to photograph their day today activities when they do their body & face paintings, herd their cattle, do farming and more.
Being isolated from the fast moving world because of their remote locations, for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a heaven for anthropologists and for photographers looking for a unique photographing opportunity to a region less known and photographed seldom.
This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly who have lead many photography tour to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well and they will guide you on the best time and place to be. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture and how to deal with them
Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the challenging Omo Valley area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.
On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s to the most part.
- Domestic flight: there will be one leg commercial domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch.
On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will be having a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tent which will be waiting for us ready before we arrive. We will also have our cooks ready for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge our batteries as well as proper mobile shower and toilet in the mobile tented camp.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel.
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato". The rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting.
Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel-Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch (B-L-D)
We will have a nice breakfast in the morning and get ready for pre-tour briefing. This morning, we will share different useful information before we go ahead with the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.
After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for our flight to Arbaminch. A 40-minute flight takes us to the Great Rift Valley.
Upon arrival at Arbaminch Airport, you will meet with your drivers and start driving north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen anywhere in Africa.
Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is a nice way to get slowly to the authentic tribal experience wait for us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arbaminch enjoying the beautiful view with the sunset and drive through hundreds and hundreds of cattle herds here and there as they come back from day long grazing in the field.
Overnight - Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch
Day 3-5 From Arbaminch to Turmi (B-L-D)
After breakfast, we will continue driving further south west to the Omo Valley. Driving from Arbaminch to Turmi, noting prepares you for the exciting experience awaiting you as we will be driving through many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.
Our last destination for today is the Turmi, home to the beautiful Nomadic Hamer Tribe living on the side of Keske River. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamer women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit Hamer village with good light for photography.
For the next three nights, we will be based here at Turmi Village the center of the Hamer Tribes and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including, Evangadi and Bull Jumping Ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. From our base here, will help us great deal to create a wonderful photographic opportunity for the next three nights. This allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will visit the Arbore and Desanech tribes.
Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Desanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shore of Omo. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.
Overnight: Buska Lodge
Day 6-9 Karo-Dus (B-L-D)
This morning, we will have a chance for one final shooting with the Hamer before we continue our drive to the Kara Tribe residing on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body & face painting which they practice on daily bases. Before their rituals and dances they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using different color soil, mineral, plan pigments, flowers, white chalks and black charcoal. Men are mostly well decorated with red clay hair buns, prepared for days to be ready for the event.
For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Kara and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals, follow them as they herd their cattle, do farming.
Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next three days. This will help us to get very close to the Karo Tribes.
Overnight: Mobile Camping-
Day 9 Dus-Konso (B-L-D)
Today we leave this exceptional region towards Konso. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing (UNESCO- World Heritage Site) and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. The villages are protected with huge stone walls.
Day 10 Konso-Langano (B-L-D)
After breakfast we drive north to the beautiful lake Langano. On the way we will stop at different villages. Later in the afternoon you can relax on the beach (bilharzia free) and enjoy the birds at the lake.
Day 11 Langano–Addis Ababa (B-L-D)
The morning is free for leisure. After lunch we drive back to Addis Ababa. Depending on the flight schedule a farewell dinner with local specialties and cultural dances can be organized. Transfer to Airport - end of tour.
B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner
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Rate per person: 3,898.00
Single suppl.: 498.00
Group size: 4-8
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- roundtrip as per program
- transport 4 x 4 with AC
- all necessary transfers
- 7 nights accommodation in good hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
- 3 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
- all meals as stated in the program
- all entrance fees
- English speaking, qualified national tour guide
- farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
- visa fees
- meals not stated in the program
- all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
- domestic flights
The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.