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Ethiopia Photography Tour | small group photography tour to remote Tribes of The Omo Valley 13 days

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  • Tour Type Photography Expedition
  • Limited To 8 Guests only
  • Duration 13 Days | Round-trip Addis Ababa
  • Price From USD: 6,477.00

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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 and the West 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.

One of the most exotic and authentic tribes are the Suri with colorful body and face paintings. Lip plates made out of clay are used by the women. 

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.

Tour guide


Trip highlights

  • visit and photograph the most remote and authentic tribes in Africa
  • visit the Suri, the maybe most exotic tribe in the Omo Valley
  • see the daily life of the tribes
  • witness the rituals and traditions of the tribes and visit colorful markets in different villages
  • enjoy the amazing landscapre, nature and birdlife of the Ethiopian Rift Valley
  • meet your ancestor Lucy at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Charter flight Mizan - Addis Ababa


Tour guide
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
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 (not included)
- Charter flight from Mizan to Addis (included)

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 Abab.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

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 any where in Africa.
Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is a nice way to get slowly to the authentic tribal experience awaiting 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 Konso to Turmi

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 Hamar 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, Evangad 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 Abore and Dassenech 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 Daasanech 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 6-8 Karo-Dus

This morning, we will have a chance for one final shooting with the Hamerr 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 Karar 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.Dus, This will help us to get very close to the Karo Tribes.
Overnight: Mobile Camping-Dus.

Day 9-12: Dus-Kibish-The Exotic Suri Tribes

Today, we start our day very early as we prepare to depart for the real adventure awaiting on the other side of the Omo River in the Land of The Suri. After breakfast, we start driving to the other side of the Omo River to Kibish, home of the exotic Suri Tribes. ‘Exotic’ finds true meaning here.
We will set our mobile camp at Kibish, very close to the villages we will be visiting the following days. After we get some snack, when the sun starts to get cooler, we will walk to Kibish River where we will find the Suri tribes along the river and this will create a wonderful photographing opportunity of the exotic tribes in their daily activity in a good light.
Here we will have another three full days to explore the Suri Tribes. The Suri are one of the most attractive and decorative tribes in the whole of Africa. They paint their body in detail so colorfully and they make different headpieces from nature & wildflowers. The women wear lip plate made of clay and the bigger the plate the more beautiful the woman is considered to be among the tribe. The art on the body and the scarification are created with different thorns from threes and razor blades. You can’t help but feel that you are transported thousands of years back in time and witnessing an ancient traditions unchanged to this date isolated from the fast changing world.

The Suri Tribes are Nomadic Pastoralists and the men live in the cattle camps. They live on drinking raw blood from the live cow and milk. During our stay at Kibish we will visit cattle camp and witness rituals and cultural activities at different villages. There will definitely be many great photographing opportunities and a chance to interact with the tribes.
In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.

Overnight: Mobile Camping-Kibish.

Day 13: Kibish-Mizan-Addis Ababa-Charter Flight

In the morning, we will drive to Mizan to catch our private charter flight to Addis Ababa. The charter flight will save us two days of long drive. Upon arrival, we will meet our driver for the drive to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and to freshen up.
In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.


Rate per person  in USD

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Rate per person 6,477.00 sharing double
Single Suppl..:  525.00

Groupsize: 4-8

Extra night in Addis
in double:  125.00 p.P.
in single:  145.00


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Rates include:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • Transport in 4 x 4 with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 6 6 nights in hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis)
  • 6 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
  • all meals in the sout(breakfast ponly in Addis Ababa)
  • all entrance fees
  • english speaking, qualified tourguide
  • farewell-dinner (flightschedule permitting)
  • taxes

Not included:

  • visa fee
  • Tips
  • Meals in Addis (bfst only.)
  • personal expenses
  • domestic fligh Addis-Arba Minch

Duration of the tour:

depending on your fligh schedule an additional night in Addis Ababa will be necessary

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