Lower Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth. It is located in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia and offers a wide variety of indigenous tribal people and animals that inhabit it. The region is well-known and famous for its culture and diversity.
What is included?
Guided photo expedition based on itinerary above
Accommodation in tents as per itinerary above
Accommodation in hotels as per itinerary above
Meals on full board base during camping all necessary camping and cooking equipment
Vehicles w/drives 4WD Jeep
Well-experienced cook for the full board meals served during camping
Entrance fees for parks and villages
Park scouts for Mago National Park
English speaking local freelance guides
What is not included?
International flights and domestic flights
Payable beverages and drinks, except the mineral water we provide during camping
Optional activities: ceremonies & cultural-events
Sleeping bags (for hygiene purpose)
Tipping to drivers, guides & scouts and any other expense of personal nature
Video camera and photography fees
Photograph Expedition Itinerary for 8 days Lower Omo Valley, Southwestern Ethiopia
Day 1 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch
Southwest via Melka Awash, Tiya, Butajira “Gurage Tribe” via Hosaena “Hadiya Zone” via Soddo “Welayta Tribe” in to Arba Minch “Gamo Gofa Province”. O/n Arba Minch
Day 2 Arba Minch – Arbore
Southwest via Karat-Konso enter Lower Omo Valley & Arbore Tribe at Gondoroba Village.
O/n Arbore, Gondoroba Village Camping
Day 3 Arbore – Turmi
Southwest in to Turmi to visit Hamer Tribe, searching for ceremonies & cultural-events!
O/n Turmi, Lojera Village Camping
Day 4 Hamer Tribe
Search for Bull Jumping Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony & visit Schools & Pastoral Society.
O/n Turmi, Lojera Village Camping
Day 5 Turmi – Mursi
Via Dimeka, Key Afer, Kako, Jinka in to Mago National Park to visit Mursi Tribe.
More info: http://www.mursi.org/
O/n Mursi, Meregie Village Camping
Day 6 Mursi Tribe
Visit another Mursi Tribe Villagers.
O/n Mursi, Bidiro Village Camping
Day 7 Mursi Tribe – Arba Minch
Northeast via Jinka, Weito Valley, Karat-Konso in to Arba Minch.
O/n Arba Minch
Day 8 Arba Minch – Rift Valley Lakes – Addis Ababa
Northeast via Soddo, Rift Valley Lakes in to Addis Ababa, the end.
O/n Addis Ababa
You are requested to bring your own photo equipment; we recommend a DSLR or a mirror less camera with interchangeable lenses. But it is also no problem to bring your compact camera with a zoom lens. However, the trip is a photo expedition, so we do not recommend a simple point and shoot camera or a smart phone as your main photo equipment.
Additional suggested items:
Enough spare memory cards
Extra rechargeable batteries
Optional: Small notebook or backup storage device
Optional: Tripod, flash, optical filter
This trip is done in private 4-seater model 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers or 4WD Nissan Safari. Please keep in mind that the dirt roads of southern Ethiopia are of very poor condition and it can become an exhausting experience to travel on them, especially in Kara and Mursi areas. During dry seasons the roads can become very dusty.
Photography fees and tipping
In Lower Omo Valley tourists are requested to pay for photos. As a guideline you pay for a portrait in a village or on a market about 5 Birr, for a child around 2 or 3 Birr. Please keep in mind that you often have to pay for a single photo. If you push the button 3 times, you have to pay for 3 photos! Especially the Mursi people are famous in counting your shutter clicks and asking for a lot of photo money. To avoid these awkward situations you get assistance of your photo instructor and your local guide. It is often a good idea to agree upon a photo price in advance, like for instance 20 or 30 Birr so that you can make a row of pictures and be sure to get your unique portrait of the tribal people. Usually you pay for a ceremonial event, like for instance a dance or the bull jumping ceremony, and for that fee you can take as much pictures as you like.
Tipping is not compulsory but an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your photograph expedition.
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