Encounter the unique and diverse cultures of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley and learn about the rich traditions tribes there have maintained for centuries on a new tour from Adventure Life. On the Isolated Tribes of Ethiopia tour, see the fossilized remains of the early hominid “Lucy” and learn about the region’s cultures in museums before traveling out long dirt roads to meet and interact with the Hamer, Mursi, Karo, Arbore and Konso people in their villages. The 10-day tour starts at $4,415 per person with departures scheduled Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2017. Call 800-344-6118 or visit adventure-life.com for more information.
After arriving in the capital city of Addis Ababa, visit the National Museum of Ethiopia to see “Lucy” and other fossils, then learn about life and art among the country’s diverse cultures at the Ethnographic Museum. Next, fly south to the town of Arba Minch, the lush green gateway to the Omo Valley.
The remote southwest of Ethiopia separates the mountainous center of the country from Kenya, and the tribes there remain largely untouched by the outside world. Start in Hamer territory, where people adorn themselves with metal bracelets and necklaces and elaborate beadwork. On the banks of the Lower Omo Valley River, find the Karo, who paint themselves with colored ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal and iron ore. At a market in Key Afer, interact with the Ari, who sell coffee and honey, the Benna, who wear red clay beads, and their close relatives, the Tsemai and Mali. Along the Mago River, visit a Mursi village, where women wear large plates in their lower lip. Then stop in villages of the Arbore and Konso, the latter known for their stone-terraced hillsides and carved wooden statues used as grave markers, before returning to Addis Ababa.
Other highlights include:
- A boat ride to a crocodile and pelican feeding ground on Lake Chamo.
- A stay in a lodge at Nechisar National Park, home to kudu, zebra, eland and gazelle.
- A drive into Mago National Park, where hundreds of species of mammals and birds live in dense acacia forests and on open savannahs.
- A visit to the South Omo Research Centre and Museum to view artifacts of the region’s tribes.
The Isolated Tribes of Ethiopia tour is among several new Adventure Life itineraries in the country. More information: http://www.adventure-life.com/africa/ethiopia.