The villages of the Lower Omo Valley are home to some of Africa’s most fascinating ethnic groups and a trip here represents a unique chance for travellers to encounter a culture markedly different from their own.
See a sample itinerary below. To book your custom tour to the Lower Omo Valley, or anywhere else in Ethiopia, just click below for more information.
Tour Itinerary -- Omo Valley
The order of sites visited in the Omo can change depending upon lodge availability and weekly market days.
Arrival   Bole International Airport
We will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.  
Day 01   Addis Ababa - Arba Minch
Drive to Arba Minch, one of the main towns in Southern Ethiopia.  On the way, visit a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains.  The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses.  If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.  
Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)
Day 02   Arba Minch - Jinka
Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake. Hippopotami and birdlife are also abundant. Drive to Jinka visiting various peoples such as the Gamo and Derashe. Stop at Key Afar's weekly market (if on a Thursday) and wander among the various tribes such as the Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods. ​
Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)
Day 03   Mago National Park
Early morning drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. The Mursi women are known for the clay plates they insert into their lower lips. Time permitting, visit the Omo Valley Museum in Jinka.
Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)
Day 04   Jinka - Turmi
Drive to Turmi to visit the Hame eople who are well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles, and the unique practice of "bull-jumping" which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage. En route to Turmi, visit the Benna and Ari people. ​
Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)
Day 05   Omorate Excursion
Excursion to Omorate visiting the Dassanech people.  Return to Turmi for the evening.
 Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 06   Turmi - Konso
Drive to Konso, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages.
 Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 07   Konso -  Hawassa
Drive to the lakeside town of Hawassa.  Rest and relaxation at one of Hawassa’s fine resorts.
Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 08   Hawassa - Addis Ababa
Visit the Hawassa fish market in the morning. Drive to Addis Ababa making stops at the Rift Valley Lakes. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure upon request.
 (B, L, D)
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