Omo Valley Tour

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Omo Valley Tour offers unique local tribal and ethnic visits, exclusively exploring the southern Omo region of Ethiopia. This tour will give knowledge and understanding for the tribes and cultures of the people and their communities.

COUNTRY Ethiopia
CITY Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Turmi, Yabelo, Yirgalem, Awassa
DEPARTURE Minimum 2 to go
Visit National Museum to see ancient archives
Explore the archaeological site of Melka Kunture
Explore the Crocodile Market in Lake Chamo
Excursion to the salt mine lake of El Sod
Halal Meals
Airport Transfer
Entrance Fees
Professional Guide
Air Tickets
Travel Insurance


Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

  • Upon arrival at airport, meet and greet then transfer to your hotel.
  • In the available time city tour of Addis Ababa where the National or Archeological Museum and the Merkato (the biggest open air market of Africa) can be visited.


Day 2: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

  • Early in the morning after breakfast drive towards Arba Minch along the Butajira road visiting the stele field of Tiya and the archaeological site of Melka Kunture. Have lunch on the way in Welayta. Upon arrival in Arba Minch rest, dinner and overnight.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 3: Arba Minch

  • Excursion by car towards the Dorzes, one of the ethnical groups. Now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living. Each Dorze bamboo house has its own small garden surrounded by inset, beds of spices, cabbage and tobacco. After lunch in Arbaminch go on a boat excursion in Lake Chamo to visit the Crocodile Market where many crocodiles, the longest in Africa are seen.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 4: Arba Minch – Konso – Jinka

  • You will have an interesting cultural encounter as you meet with different tribes. Among which you continue your experience of tribal life with a visit to the Konso. They are specialized in agricultural economy that, through terracing buttressed with stone, enable these people to extract a productive living from a none-too-fertile hills and valleys that surrounded them.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 5: Jinka – Mursi – Jinka

  • Day excursion to Mago National Park visit a Mursi village. The insertion of wooden and terra cotta discs into the ear lobes and their lower lips practiced by Mursi women as signs of beauty. These are people who farm the land and breed livestock; they live in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world. If the road permits drive through the National park to see animals.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 6: Jinka – Dimeka – Turmi

  • Drive towards Turmi across various villages browsing the different ethnic tribes such as the Banna and the Hammer all with their own unique cultural and life style. If this day falls on Saturday you will visit the famous Dimeka market where various ethnic groups gather every week to exchange their product.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 7: Turmi – Caro – Omo Rate – Turmi

  • Whole day excursion to visit the Caro and Dassanech people their culture and way of life. During this day lunch will be had from a lunch box. The Omo river will also be seen during this day.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 8: Turmi – Erbore – Yabelo

  • After breakfast drive towards Yabelo along the way visit the tribes of Erbore. Lunch will be had in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 9: Yabelo – El Sod – Wells – Yabelo

  • During this day excursion to visit the salt mine lake of El Sod and the Singing Wells where the local Borana people extract water for their cattle making a human ladder. Back to Yabelo for rest dinner and overnight.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 10: Yabelo – Yirgalem

  • After breakfast depart and head up North. Lunch will be had in the town of Dilla. Upon arrival in Awassa rest, dinner and overnight.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 11: Yirgalem – Depart Addis Ababa

  • In the morning after breakfast visit the Fish Market of Awassa which takes place on the shores of Lake Awassa after which drive towards Addis Ababa and along the way visit the lakes of Abiata, Shalla, Langano and Zuway. This evening you culminate with a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with traditional music and dances transfer to the airport for departure. End of tour.
  • Breakfast.


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