The Suri Tribe is semi-nomadic cattle herders and lives on the west side of the Omo River in the southwestern part of Ethiopia. This area is still much undeveloped, only unpaved roads lead to the heart of the Suri settlements: Kibish. The Suri culture demands that the men are trained as warriors as well as cattle herders. Stick-fighting events like the 'Zegine' (or 'Saginay', also commonly known as Donga, the Amharic name for the stick fights) take place to train boys and young men and also to allow them to meet women. This area is still quite untouched, and there are plenty of opportunities to see and experience the traditional life of the Suri tribe. If you are lucky you can see scarification, blood drinking ceremonies and other traditional rituals of the Suri people. All in all a wonderful experience.
Omo National Park is on the west bank of the Omo River in the lower Omo valley. The park is 140 km long, stretching from the Neruze River in the south to the Sharum plain in the north, and up to 60 km wide where the Park Headquarters are situated. Major land features include the Omo River on the east, the Maji Mountains and the Sharum and Sai plains in the north and west, and the Lilibai plains and Dirga Hills to the south.The park is home to the Surma, Mogudge and Dizi peoples, with the Bume (yanyatong) making much use of areas in the south and the Mursi crossing the Omo River from the east. These people are pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, but also cultivate a few crops on the river levees, and make extensive use of the river resources.
Southwest via Welkite in to Jimma "Oromo Tribe" ethnic group found in Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and to a lesser extent in parts of Somalia... O/n Jimma
Southwest via Shishinda in to Mizan Teferi for walking town tour of "Bench Maji Zone" while driver process permits for Kibish. O/n Mizan Teferi
Southwest 200km via Aman, Bebeka in to Dima "Agnuak Tribe" are a river people whose villages are scattered along the banks and rivers of southeastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, in the Gambela Region, via Akabu River southeast via Tulgit Village "Suri Tribe" to Kibish River. O/n Kibish, Camping http://www.mursi.org/neighbours/suri-chai
Explore Kibish Villagers of Suri Tribe, Ceremonies & Cultural-events... According to Suri oral tradition, came to their present territory near Mount Naita about 200 years ago from the banks of the Nile River. The Suri Tribe has a sky god named Tuma. O/n Kibish, Camping
Reggia Village & explore Suri Culture, Ceremonies/Cultural-events & evening dance... To the Suri, the ideal time to stick fight is just after it rains. The fights are held between Suri villages, and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed. O/n Reggia, Camping
Drive to Maji and visit Dizi Tribe "The Dizi are highland cultivators and Omotic-speaking people residing in southwestern Ethiopia, west of the Omo Valley River". Drive through a very dense tropical forest in to Adika & visit Chia Tribe /Clan of Suri Tribe. O/n Adika, Camping
Safari in Omo National Park visiting buffalo, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, leopard, zebra, kudu, hartebeest, oryx, Anubis baboon and many other animals. Over 306 species of birds can be seen. O/n Omo National Park, Camping
Drive northeast to Mizan Teferi. O/n Mizan Teferi
To Bonga http://www.kafa-biosphere.com/ for guided walking trail/trekking on Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve. O/n Bonga, Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve
445km via Jimma in to Addis Ababa.