This is one of the most surprising ethnographic journeys, in a secluded world far from the beaten track, where tribal culture is still present and vital, encountering populations who are masters of decoration and body deformation, such as the Anuak, Nuer and Surma, amidst ancestral traditions and atavistic rituals.
What strikes the visitor most on arriving in the far reaches of the Omo Valley is the particular aesthetic sense of the people who inhabit these lands. The Surma women, for example, from a young age, make lip holes in which they insert decorative terracotta plates, which are gradually replaced with larger and larger ones. A body cult made up of decorations, scarifications and deformations, sometimes bloody, which nevertheless play a fundamental identity role in indicating ethnic belonging.
Day 01 :
Day 02 :
Arrival in the Ethiopian capital and departure south to the coffee lands.
Day 03 :
The Sor river waterfall, a magnificent natural spot.
Day 04 :
Gambela/Nuer and Anuak villages/Gambela
The impressive scarifications of the Nuer and the Anuak, who are dedicated to farming and fishing.
Day 05 :
Gambela/Dizi Villages/Mizan Tefari
Crossing of one of the biggest forests of the country and meeting with the Dizi people.
Day 06 :
Mizan Tefari/Surma Villages/Tulgit
Encounter with the Surma people, famous for the trapezoidal saucers worn by the women.
Day 07 :
Surma men’s scarifications and the “donga” ceremony, violent fighting with sticks.
Day 08 :
Visit of the characteristic Bench Meshenger villages.
Day 09 :
Refreshing waterfalls and the royal palace of Abba Jiffar.
Day 10 :
The chaotic Merkato and the tasting of Ethiopian culinary specialities.
Day 11 :
Arrival at the destination airport.