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Embark on an extraordinary adventure through the vibrant cultures and stunning landscapes of Arbaminch, South Omo and Dorze in Ethiopia. Begin your journey in South Omo, where you'll encounter diverse tribal communities known for their unique traditions and colorful attire. Immerse yourself in the fascinating lifestyles of tribes such as the Hamar, Karo, and Mursi, experiencing their ceremonies, markets, and traditional village life. Continue to the picturesque village of Dorze, nestled in the mountains, where you'll witness the remarkable architecture of their beehive-shaped houses and learn about their traditional weaving techniques. This immersive journey promises an unforgettable encounter with the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Southern Ethiopia.

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Day 1

Fly Addis – Jinka / Visit Jinka Museum

After having breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your local flight to Jinka.
Today you will visit Jinka Museum: Perched on a hill northeast of town (look for the green roof), this museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the region's cultures.

Also known as South Omo Research Centre, this museum is dedicated to preserving certain aspects of traditional tribal life in the Omo Valley. Chronicling the transformation of the tribes, the museum exhibits a number of tools and clothing items in its hall.

Day 2

Jinka - Mago - Turmi (~ 230 km & ~ 5 hrs.)

Take a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyles.

The tribe is famed for their fierce warrior disposition and wildly decorative appearance, with large circular clay labrets that the women wear in the lower lip. The larger the lip plate, the greater the woman’s value when she is married. She removes her plate for eating and sleeping. We may see some women, especially elder women, without their lip plates. They are easily distinguished by how their long, distended lips hang down from their mouths. Visit and drive to Turmi.

Day 3

Excursion to Murulle & Alduba Market

Today you will venture to Murulle to visit the Karo people, who reside along the banks of the Lower Omo River. The Karo incorporate rich cultural symbolism into their rituals and use ornate body art, intricate headdress, and body scarification to emphasize beauty and status within their community. This small but lively tribe numbers under 1,000, but they are the main non-nomadic agriculturalist group in the Lower Omo Valley.

The Karo are differentiated from neighboring tribes by placing higher emphasis on body and face painting. They paint themselves daily with colored ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal, and pulverized iron ore - all resources found in this area. Karo body painting is a deep aspect of their culture; they are communicating as well as decorating. The experience of visiting the people of this incredibly rich, proud, yet adapting culture gives amazing insight into Ethiopia’s indigenous peoples.

Lataer on you will proceed to Alduba market: a bustling place where various dwindling tribes of the Omo Region come together to socialize, share what is happening around and sell and buy goods. Ari, Tsemai, Hamar and Benna people can be seen mixed in the colourful marketplace - a great place for people watching. All kinds of goods are sold at the market, including lots of crafts, jewelry and spices.

Day 4

Excursion to Omorate

Take an excursion to Omoratte where you will have cultural experience with the Geleb/ Dassenech people inhabitants of lower Omo River Valley. Visit & dive back to Jinka for your overnight accommodation.

Day 5

Drive Jinka - Konso – Arbaminch // Visit Key Afer Market

Leaving Jinka, today’s drive will take you to Arba Minch. You will drive to Key Afer to meet the Ari & Bena people in their Thursday market.

En route visit one of the Konso villages. The Konso people live in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be one of the hardest working groups in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the country’s best coffee. They are known for their tradition of erecting peculiar totems on the graves of their deceased. Along today’s drive, you will experience interesting cultural encounters with different tribes along the way.

Day 6

Visit Chencha Village // Fly back to Addis

Today you will drive to Chencha Village, home of the Dorze people. Renowned for their cotton weaving, called Shammas and their distinctive house- towering beehive shaped structures made from woven thatch. Visit and drive back to Arbaminch where you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight back to Addis.

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