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Ethiopia is the astonishing exception in the whole continent of Africa for being the major centre where ecological and cultural resources remained unadulterated.TEE considerate of Ethiopia's customs, traditions, religion and culture.

Hamer Tribe & Mursi Tribe, Lower Omo Valley

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

Photo equipment

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

Road Conditions

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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