Omo Valley

Hisitors with an interest in observing pre-materialist cultures or in anthropology will find much to fascinate them in the different ethnic groups situated along the Omo River, with marvelous scenery, wild life and bird life as an added bonus. Before reaching the Omo, just before Arba Minch, boat trip at Lake Chamo, a visit can be to Chencha, the home of the Dorze people, famed for their bamboo bee-hive shaped houses and their weaving skills. Further south are the Konso, noted for their intricately terraced hillsides and the wooden totems with which they adorn their cemeteries. Along the Omo River a variety of different ethnic groups are found, such as the Tsemay, Arbore, Hamer, Galeb(Dasenech), Karo, Benna, Ari, and MursiBume(Nyangatom), Bodi, Surma, Yabello, Yirgalem(Sidama), whose contact with the modern world has come only within the last two to three decades. (The Omo, flowing for nearly 1000 km from the highlands south west of Addis Ababa to Lake Turkana in Kenya, provides excellent opportunities for white water rafting.)

OMO Valley and Bale Mountains Tour for 17 Days

Duration: 17days

Day 01: Drive to Langano, about 200kms

The soft brown waters of Langano are set against the blue backdrop of the Arsi Mountains soaring 4, 000 metres high. Bilharzias-free Lake and place for popular resort of swimming, aquatic sports, sunbathing, camping and bird-watching.

Day 02: Drive to Arba Minch, about 310kms

Arba Minch (Forty Springs) derives its name from the innumerable little springs that bubbles up in the evergreen forest covering the flats below the town. It is the site of the only ground-water forest. En route make a short detour to Chencha, the home of the Dorze people, known for their bamboo, bee-hive shaped houses and their fine quality cotton “shamma”.

Upper and Lower OMO Valley tour for 14 Days

Day 01: Drive to Jimma via Welkite & Weliso, about 350kms

Day 02: Drive to the highland town of Mizan Tefari, about 220kms

This is a drive through the Kaffa region, generally regarded to be the region from where the Arabica strain of coffee originated, and it is also where this plant was first cultivated.

Day 03: Drive to Kibish. Set to the Simi desert southern lowlands roughly 180km south of Mizian Tefari, the unassuming village of Kibish. It is the conventional springboard for excursion to the western half of south Omo.

South Western OMO Valley Expedition to Surma Territory for 8 Days/

8 days drive to Jimma, Weliso, Kaffa, Kibish, Mizan Teferi, Surma villages and other interesting omo valley places.

South Western Southern OMO Valley Expedition to Surma Territory for 12 Days

12 days tour by land to Jimma, Surma people, Omo national park, Konso and other omo valley places.

OMO Valley and Ethnic Tours 12 Days

Duration: 12days

Day 01: Fly / Drive to Arba Minch via Ziway, Langano, Shashamene and Sodo 505kms / 10/11hrs

Arba Minch (Forty Springs) derives its name from the innumerable little springs that bubbles up in the evergreen forest covering the flats below the town. It is the site of the only ground-water forest.

Day 02: Full day at Arba Minch

Make a short detour to Chencha, the home of the Dorze people, known for their bamboo, bee-hive shaped houses and their fine quality cotton “shamma”. Late afternoon, enjoy the boat trip over Lake Chamo viewing of hippos and crocodiles from a very close range.

OMO Valley and Ethnic Tours 8 Days

Duration: 9 days

Day 01: Drive to Langano, it’s about 210km /3 hrs from Addis. Relax by Langano’s fresh breath taking atmosphere.

Day 02: Drive to Arba Minch, about 305km / 5hrs, en route visit the Dorze people, known for their bamboo, bee-hive shaped houses and their fine quality cotton “shamma”.

Day 03: Drive to Jinka via Konso, Weyto and Key Afer, about 265kms / 4hrs