Omo-Turkana Tours …. A locally established company based both in Jinka and Addis to give an authentic tour services to all the corners of Ethiopia. Our team comprises a number of highly experienced learned by doing Tours activities from all the tribes, each for the specific tribal communities we come across. In this way I have managed to both benefitting the locals as well as preserving their values on their own. In most of our destinations we will not be meeting any other tourists, because the routes I prefer to take are not easily accessible by any other service providers for they have fear of the unknown. These are my unique societies that I care and respect, and I together with my team have no fear of the unknown because the tribes are our own people.
“I am a member of one of the 16 tribal communities found in the valley of the Omo River in Southwest Ethiopia.”
Photography Tours, camping with Tribes, wild trekking educational travel and others.
Omo River valley Centred on the pretty green town of Jinka, South Omo is Ethiopia’s most culturally and linguistically diverse administrative zone, supporting 16 different ethnic groups who all staunchly keep to their unique traditional costumes, customs and beliefs.
The Mursi, inhabitants of South Omo are remarkable for their body art. Hamer women are notable for their long-fringed, hennadyed dreadlocked hairdo, while the men must perform a unique bull-jumping ritual as an initiation into adulthood. The Karo, who live alongside the Omo River as it flows along the zone’s western boundary, are celebrated for their colourful ritual body painting.
The best way to explore South Omo is to visit a few of its small towns on their specific market days, when a diverse mix of colourfully-adorned villagers can be seen buying and selling wares.
Also within South Omo, the little-visited Lower Omo UNESCO World Heritage Site, set close to where the Omo River empties into Lake Turkana, protects a number of important paleontological sites.