11 Day Omo Valley Cultural Safari Group Tour

  • 11 Day Tour
  • Ethiopia
  • As the northern part of the country is notable for its historical relics, there are the Omotic tribes of the south who still adhere to ancient animistic rituals. Beaded leather skirts and complementing body painting, feathered headdresses and dramatic scarification make the Hamar, Bumi, Karo, and Bena people visually outstanding. Even more unusual are the isolated Mursi tribe whose women wear large clay lip plates symbolizing their worth and beauty. This itinerary gets travellers “off the beaten path” with an opportunity to learn about and interact with some of Ethiopia’s most unique cultural groups.  The itinerary covers many of the tribes in the Omo valley including the Hamer people (known for their bull jumping ceremony), Mursi people (known for their leap plates), Karo (known for their body paintings), Dassenech, Ari, Dorze, Tsemai, etc. In addition to the visit to their respective villages, the itinerary is also scheduled to meet the weekly markets at Key Afer, Dimeka and Turmi. This tour is ideal for photographers and culture lovers.

Tour Details

Tour Includes

  • Visit Rift Valley Lake of Langano
  • Visit Sinkile Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cultural Visit to Dorze Village
  • Visit to Crocodile Market
  • Cultural visit to Konso People
  • Mago National Park and people of Mursi
  • Cultural visit to Hamer people
  • Visit the nomadic people of Erbore
  • Dinner at a traditional Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Top Standard Accommodation for Ethiopia
  • Full board outside of Addis Ababa

Tour Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Visa Fees
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips


Full tour details can be found here:

11 Day Omo Valley Group Tour


  • 1 night Addis Ababa
  • 1 night Langano
  • 2 nights Arba Minch
  • 2 nights Jinka
  • 2 nights Turmi
  • 1 night Yabello
  • 1 night Awassa

Price Guide

  • Prices from £2295pp based on 2 sharing in good accommodation.
  • Single Supplemancy £330.


Dates 2019

  • 27th January – 6th February 
  • 1th February  - 27th February 
  • 24th March - 3rd April
  • 14th April - 24th April 
  • 26th May - 5th June 
  • 16th June - 26th June
  • 14th July - 24th July
  •  18th August - 28th August
  • 26th September - 6th October (Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa) 
  • 17th October - 27th October 
  • 3rd November - 13th November


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Day 1 – Arrival + Addis +

Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and then transfer to your hotel. O/N – Jupiter International or other Similar 4* Hotel

Day 2 – Addis – Tiya – Adadi Mariam – Langano +

Drive south to the Rift Valley Lake of Langano, whilst on-route visiting the rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam that is believed to be the southern most church founded by King Lalibela. You will also visit the pre-historic archeological site of Melka Kunture, and the stelea field of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Once at Lake Langano enjoy swimming and bird watching at your leisure. O/N – Sabana Beach Resort or similar

Day 3 – Langano – Arba Minch +

Drive from Langano to Arba Minch through the fertile land of Wolayta and Alaba regions, The Alaba people are very famous for their beautiful home painting style. On the way you visit Sinkile Wild life Sanctuary, where you will hopefully see the endemic Swain’s hartebeest and other mammals. O/N – Paradise Lodge or similar

Day 4 – Arba Minch +

After breakfast drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze village. The Dorze people are well known for the weaving tradition, and their attractive elephant shaped traditional hut made from bamboo and false banana tree leaves. During your visit here you will also see the daily activity of the Doreze people. After you will drive back to Arba Minch for lunch and in the afternoon you will have a boat trip on Lake Chamo one of the rift valley lakes. On this lake you will visit the Crocodile Market where you can see a large number of crocodiles, different aquatic birds and hippos. O/N – Paradise Lodge or similar

Day 5 – Arba Minch – Jinka +

Today you will drive south to Jinka visiting the villages of the Konso people who are renowned for their colorful hand-woven cotton clothes and beautiful rock terraces O/N – Eco Omo Lodge or similar

Day 6 – Jinka +

Today, you will have an excursion to the Mago National Park and visit the people of Mursi who are typically known for the clay lip plates of the women. Then, drive back to Jinka and visit the Cultural Museum of the People of the Lower Omo Valley. O/N – Eco Omo Lodge or similar

Day 7 – Jinka – Turmi+

Today you will drive to Turmi, the village of the Hamer people whose women are noted for their typical hairdressing, and leather skirts. (If today is Saturday or Tuesday, you will have a stop at the colorful weekly market of the Hamer and the Benna people at Dimeka.) O/N – Buska Lodge or similar

Day 8 - Turmi +

In the morning, you will have an excursion to Omo Rate to visit the Dasenech people who are the southern-most people of the country who are known for their scarifications. Then, with a picnic lunch packed, you will stop at Murulle. Then head to Korcho – the village of the Karo people. (OR if the day is Saturday or Tuesday, have an excursion in the afternoon to visit the colorful weekly market of the Hamer at Dimeka, or if Monday at Turmi.) O/N – Buska Lodge or similar

Day 9 – Turmi – Yabello +

Drive to Yabello with a stop at the villages of the nomadic people of Erbore. O/N – Yabello Motel or similar

Day 10 – Yabello – Awassa+

Head to the north visiting the nomadic people of Borena, and the other people of Sidama who are renowned for their cultivation of Enset or False Banana. O/N – Haile Resort or Similar

Day 11 – Awassa – Addis +

After visiting the ‘Fish Market’ at the Shore of Lake Awassa, drive back to Addis visiting the chains of the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway. Have a free afternoon in Addis. In the evening before departure, have a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dances of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals. Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure

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