9-DAYS OMO VALLEY PHOTO EXPEDITION TO SURI(SURMA) AND OMO VALLEY TRIBES

This new omo valley tribal culture and photo expeditions bring you to both the western Omo to Suri (Surma) tribe and the southern Omo tribes. this rarely been combined in one photo expedition, we took advantage of the newly opened bridge on the omo river and resumed weekly flights between Addis and JINKA. The highlight of this photo expedition would be

    • MURSI TRIBE PHOTOGRAPHY
    • KARO TRIBE PHOTOGRAPHY
    • SURI( SURMA) TRIBE PHOTOGRAPHY
    • HAMER TRIBE
    • BUME(NGANGATOM)
    • DASENCH TRIBE PHOTOGRAPHY
    • WEEKLY TRIBAL MARKET

Day 1 FLY ADDIS TO JINKA( BCO)

Pick you up from the airport, transfer to the hotel freshen up and go to the south omo research center, Visiting the ethnological museum would give us a brief preview of ethnographical information about a variety of tribal groups residing in omo valley, depending on our time we can also have a chance to visit the evening market of Ari tribe. O/N Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 2 JINKA-MURSI-TURMI

This day our expedition starts early morning with an excursion to a Mursi village (approx 66km from Jinka). Meet the Mursi, who is renowned for wearing the largest lip plate and ear lob, Then after lunch, we drive to Turmi (120 km ) from Jinka, O/N – Buska loge

Day 3 DRIVE TURMI –KORCHO-DUS– TURMI

Early in the morning, make an excursion trip to korocho to visit the Karo The Karos residing on the bank of the Omo river, are celebrated for the finest body painting and body scarification. Return to Turmi for lunch, This afternoon we will have a visit to the biggest hammer village O/N – Busk loge Meal (B,L,D)

Day 4 DRIVE TURMI – KANGATEN-KIBISH

After early breakfast we depart to Kibish to the heart of Suri land(surma), crossing the Omo river the Kangaten side on a newly build bridge, the west side of the river relatively been isolated and preserved from tourist radar en route we encounter different wild animal as we crossing omo national park. Today mostly it driving aiming to get suri for the evening photo section. O/N – camped tent

Day 5 FULL DAY SURI(SURMA) PHOTOGRAPHY

The suri still remain less visited tribes due to their remoteness and inaccessibility, and are also the most photo desired of all, For for their incredibly ornate decoration of themselves, which they achieve through painting, scarification, and adornment with flowers and other natural objects. O/N – camped tent

DRIVE 6 KIBISH -KAKUTA

Early depart to KAKUTA spend this afternoon and the morning visiting and photo the bume tribes. The BUME: camping in kakuta will give us a chance to get familiar with the life and culture of one of the most worriers tribes in omo valley Nyangatom women use (Hang) enormous loose colorful bead necklaces around their necks, they shave around their scalp and leave a central friezed tuft of hair on to which a generous amount of red ochre is applied. And Nagatom men undertake voluntary scarification on their upper body killing traditional enemies, mans hairstyle is clay hair buns with ostrich feathers that could be fixed. Both men and women elders are also famous for their labial piercings in which they plug decorative wooden, metallic, or ivory structures.

Day 7 KAKUTA -TURMI

This afternoon Continue to drive to Turmi central town of the Hamar Tribe, transfer to buska lodge relax getting ready for the next morning’s tribal photo expedition.

Day 8 TURMI – DASENECH -TURMI

After breakfast, make an excursion to Omorate which is found east of the Omo River; We cross Omo River by a small boat and walk 20 minutes to the Gelab (Dassanech) tribal village. Dasenech people are also known for their body painting and body scarification. In any of the above afternoon we might be attending hamer bull jumping(age rite) depending when and where happing.

Day 9 TURMI -JINKA- ADDIS( FLY JINKA(BCO) -ADDIS (ADD)

Return to Jinka airport en route visit the weekly tribal market of Dimeka(on Saturday) or Keyafer(on Thursday) Market is 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 mixing in the colorful marketplace and proceeding to jinka and transfer to the airport

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