In the Omo Valley, a remote southern offshoot of Ethiopia, some 50 peoples have lived together in virtual isolation for a long time, maintaining centuries-old customs and traditions. Today, this region is no longer “Africa’s last unspoilt and wild frontier”, but its charm remains intact, especially if you leave the beaten track and enter its vast territory, where it is still possible to witness ancient rituals and suggestive initiation ceremonies.
The Dorze, farmers and cotton weavers, live in elephant-shaped bamboo huts. The Konso, tireless farmers, are renowned for their wooden sculptures of warriors who have died in battle, defeated enemies and captured animals. The Bodi are known for a unique beauty contest that rewards the fittest man in the village. The Mursi, with their carved bodies, scarifications and the lip plates of their women, embody the pride of a people strongly rooted in their traditions. Then there are the Hamer, famous for their ornaments of beads and shells and for the variety of their refined hairstyles.
Day 1: Thursday
Day 2 : Friday
Flight/Addis Ababa/Arba Minch
The prehistoric stelae of Tiya, the beehive huts of the Guraghe and the Wolayta.
Day 3: Saturday
Arba Minch/Chamo/Chencha/Arba Minch
The hippos and crocodiles of Lake Chamo, the Dorze, the weekly market of Chencha.
Day 4: Sunday
Arba Minch/Erbore Villages/Turmi
The beauty and showy ornaments of the Erbore and Hamer women, the evangadi night dance.
Day 5 : Monday
Turmi/Omo River Navigation/Turmi
On the river at Omorate for the meeting with the Dasanech, the Turmi market, the bull jumping ceremony.
Day 6 : Tuesday
The weekly markets of Dimeka and Aldouba, meeting with the Karo, Banna and Ari people.
Day 7 : Wednesday
Jinka/Mago/Bodi and Mursi villages/Jinka
The Bodi and Mursi villages in Mago National Park, the impressive clay lip discs carried by the women.
Day 8 : Thursday
Key Afer market, ingenious architecture and the worship of the Wagas by the Konso.
Day 9 : Friday
Coffee ceremony, the heavenly Lake Langano.
Day 10: Saturday
The Rift Valley, the Merkato of Addis, injera and traditional dances.
Day 11: Sunday
Arrival at the destination airport.