The Omo Valley Tour in Ethiopia is a unique opportunity to experience the way of life of different tribes firsthand. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in traditional activities such as singing and dancing, as well as assist the locals in some of their daily tasks. You will be able to immerse yourself in another culture and gain a deep understanding of what life is like for these people.
When you arrive at Jinka airport, our vehicle will be waiting for you, and you will be able to drive to KeyAfar (if it is Thursday), where you can see the very colorful Benna, Hammer, Tsemay and Erbore people markets. Take a trip to Turmi and see the colorful Dimeka village of the Hammer people.
If you are fortunate, you may be able to see one of their dances, the Evangadi, which was invented by the hammer girls and boys to dance under the moonlight. Turmi is also known for its bull jumping ceremony, which marks the transition from childhood to adulthood for hammer boys. If you are interested in staying in a lodge with a double bed or if you would like to camp in Turmi, we offer both options.
After breakfast, drive to Karo, or Kara, an ethnic group in Ethiopia known for their body painting. The tribe has an estimated population of 1.000 to 1.200 people, making them one of the smallest in the region. It is thought that they are closely related to their neighbors, Hamer and Banna, with a lexical similarity of 81%. They live along the east banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia and survive on agriculture and annual flooding.
They have had the same culture and traditions for 500 years, such as traditional dancing and painting their bodies with ash and fat. After the performance, we will take a lunch break in Turmi, then take a drive to Omorate. The Omo River is crossed by a traditional canoe (a recently built bridge now permits optional crossings by tour vehicles.). It is possible to visit another Omo tribe, the Dasanech, which is one of the more numerous tribes in the Omo (about 30,000 people). After we have finished, we will drive to Jinka. Overnight jinka resort.
Drive to the Mago National Park in the early morning to visit the Mursi people. Women from Mursi tribes are known for inserting clay plates into their lower lips. After we have completed our tour, we will drive back to Jinka Airport so that we can return to Addis Ababa and the tour ends.
This tour is priced per person.
1 person: $650
If you are traveling with more than ten people, you will receive a significant discount. Please contact us for more information.
The deposit required to confirm your booking is $100 and the balance on arrival.
Bookings can be made at any time of the year.
Our custom tours are tailor-made itineraries designed for individual travellers, families, or a small group.
We can arrange an itinerary around your interests, dates, and special requests, all our tours include private drivers, private touring, unique accommodations, and exclusive experiences.
First, we encourage you to view our published itineraries and if it is not fit your interest then contact us and let us design a customized itinerary for you.
We always advise booking in advance. For confirmation of the tours, we require a 10% deposit payment in advance. This can be done via an online to our Business Bank account in USD. The remaining can be paid upon arrival in cash USD.
However, you can choose to pay the full amount in advance via our Somaliland Business bank transfer. We will always send the invoice with all the banking details.
IMPORTANT: All wiring fees need to be paid by the customer. Visit Horn of Africa cannot be held responsible for the failure of booking due to delay in payment.
If you wish to cancel your booking, the following conditions apply. A deposit payment has to be made to Visit Horn of Africa 30 days before the scheduled departure/beginning of the Tour.
IMPORTANT: The cancellation policy stated above does not apply if a prior agreement has been made with Somaliland Travel Agency.
Visit Horn of Africa tries to follow the agreed tour program with its clients as much
as possible. However, under certain circumstance, we might need to change the program
due to: Road conditions, safety, adverse weather conditions, civil war, strike, cancellation
or delay of domestic flights, high-level government meeting.
In the case where Visit Horn of Africa does not provide one of the services
mentioned in the program, we will provide a refund for the services not rendered, except
in the following cases:
A delay or cancellation of scheduled flights is not the responsibility of Visit Horn of Africa. We will, however, provide all the necessary assistance to our customers in such circumstances. All airfares are subject to availability at time of booking. Please also note that fares are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased.
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