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South Omo by Road

Trip Overview

Title: South Omo by Road
Duration: 08 days
Code: SLET – 004
Transport: Drive

This tour package shows the gradual process of the Great Rift Valley and the primitive habitats of human ancestors. It is also an open air museum of different earth activities on and underground. The geysers, hot springs, salt lakes, black pool, active lava lake, the dormant volcano, sulfuric landscapes the salt canyons, the sand dunes and not miss the local Afar people and their caravans.


Explore the unique Rift valley, a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collection of bird life, major national parks, and small game.

  • Explore the unique culture and the way of living at each tribal village and colorful local markets.
  • It is the only place to explore the multi cultural differences of the four major African linguistic groups that include Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic and Nilo-Saharan.
  • Enjoy seasonal and cultural events including traditional weeding, Bull Jumping in Hamer people, Donga Stick Fighting, as well as traditional dance.

The unique and 1500 years old terrace farming of Konso people and ancient social practices which are recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage in Ethiopia.

  • A lifetime experience of wilderness by driving through the only geological feature that can be seen from the space. Driving through different altitude Great Ethiopian Rift Valley provides to visit the natural eco system and varieties of flora and fauna.


Trip Details

Day 01: Depart by 4×4 vehicles for Arbaminch (505km) through the Rift Valley Lakes. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02: Full day in arbaminch to visit the Nech Sar national park and after lunch break head for boat trip to see the hippos and crocodiles. Overnight Hotel

Day 03: Leave for Jinka enjoying the extraordinary diversity of cultures.

Day 04: A.M. drive through the natural forests and undulating terrains across the Mago River and visit the Mursi Villages. Undeniably, the highlight of your Omo Safari will be the visit of the Mursi women who wear clay lip plates. P.M. game viewing at Mago National Park and overnight stay at camp site.

Day 05: Depart for Murulle home of Karo people who are considered the masters of body painting and decorate their bodies with chalk paint often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl.

Day 06: Drive to Turmi the capital of the archetypal South Omo residents, the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration like the other Omo area tribes and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers.

Day 07: Drive back to Arbaminch visiting more of the tribal people.

Day 08: A.M. visit the village of Dorze tribe’s who are known for their weaving skill and unique bamboo huts. And then proceed driving back to Addis Ababa.

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