There are 83 nation nationalities found in Ethiopia with different customs and traditions the most interesting and unique of this cultures is visiting the colorful Omo valley tribes, the Omo valley is one of the most spectacular place of cultural diversity, you can see the different breath taking cultures of the real African experience there are many tribes with their distinguish cultural treasure some of this are:-
This tribe is the most dominant tribe found in the south western of Ethiopia in omo valley, Hammer people are dependent on their cattle’s they are nomadic peoples, their village is made up of a hut about 20 huts are found in the village where dancing and feasting takes place every night, they have traditional dancing ceremony called Evangadi it’s a dancing ceremony in the night time with the unmarred girls and men’s, they make local beer with sorghum for events, the woman wears cow skin skirt they didn’t wear on upper body, the men only wear small skirt of close, so as to décor there body they make different kind of paints by soil and leave, both the men and woman use different hair style the men’s décor their hair by feather and beans while the girls use butter to condition their hair.
The famous festival of this tribe is the bull jumping, this festival is the sign of warrior for men who wants to marry, so every men should involves to this ceremony if he want wife, the hammer peoples believes that a men who jump all the ten bull standing orderly he is strong and he can face problems for his family so every men should jump to have a wife in this tribe but, in case he fails during the jump people assume as weak so he should wait for next year for another chance, but if he succeeds the jumping very well he get ready to exchange his cows with the girl, he will give at least 20 cows for the girls family and he will make her as his wife, a men who have a lot of cows in Hammer tribe he can marry more than one but he doesn’t need to jump the bulls again. .
This tribe is found in the mago national park of Ethiopia the woman’s of mursi is well known by the clay disc on their lower leap also the men use chalks to décor his body they depend on their cattle’s and farming.
They are settled on the plateau nearby arbaminch around 3,000 meters above sea level they are well known by their weaving it’s a culture of this tribe they practice making traditional closes also their traditional house is one of the most fascinating thing, which is look like Elephant face.
This tribe is found in south western of omo valley ,woman’s are well known by leap plate on their lower lip also they wear ear disc , there is also sport called “DONGA” the Suri people believe that the man who want to have a wife and showing his warrior he will make a stick fight with peer, this fight begin with 15 to 30 people on each side and they got a chance to fight one on one, each player beat his opponent as much as he can after a lot of fight the winner of the game chose his wife to the group of girls standing up on the top of hill ,not only this the festival use them to expose their tribe warrior from their neighboring tribes of nygatom specially from the south Sudan tribes , the program is held just after it rains mostly in summer time.
This tribe is found east bank of the Omo River they practice farming they are famous by décor of their body by local chalks and other painting materials found in their area the men use feather to décor their hair.
This tribe is found in the south western of omo valley there are depend on their cattle’s their is a well known traditional festival for men’s which is fatness competition the men’s prepare them self for a years by eating and drinking too much they also drink cattle’s blood.
The konso people is well known by their natural reservation, they make walled terraces and fortified settlements, the konso cultural landscapes is one of the most fascinating landscape this makes it to be the world heritage ,UNESCO gives its recognition as a world heritage.
The sidama people is very hospitality they are well known by a new year celebration called ‘ Fiche’ now the festival is became an intangible world heritage UNESCO gives its recognition also this peoples have their own traditional calendar system also there lodge is very attractive.
Tour code:- AET-05
Duration:- 10Days &9 Nights
Type of tour:- Nature tour and cultural tours
Mode of transport:- 4WD car
Day1:-City tour in Addis Ababa
City tour in Addis Ababafrom the first biggest open air market in Africa to the national museum of Ethiopia watching lot of ancient historical materials also fossil of early mankind, then at the night time watching cultural dancing called “eskista” and testing the traditional dishes of Ethiopia at cultural restaurant. Overnight in Friendship hotel
Day2:-Addis Ababa- Arbaminch
En route visiting the ancient Tiya stele then Visiting Dorze tribe village they are known by weaving and there amazing house building , overnight in paradise lodge
Full day visit and gaming at Nech Sar national park watching crocodile market a place where lot of crocodiles found including hippo and aquatic birds, boat trip on
Lake Chamo, overnight in paradise lodge
Day4:- Arbaminch- Jinka Via key afer
Drive to the interesting people of konso village watching their cultural landscape terracing which is a UNESCO world heritage, depending on the day check in the colorful local market, then visiting the south Omo ethnological museum, overnight in Jinka resort hotel
Day5:- Day trip to Mago National park
Early we will start driving for your Day trip to Mago national park after arrival you will visit the Mursi people the woman of this tribe who is well known by their clay disc on their lower lip you will visit their day today life style then drive back to Jinka Town, Overnight in Jinka Hotel
Day6:- Drive to Turmi
Today we will drive to Turmi town this town is the main town for the Hammer people depending on the Day you will visit the Dimka market also check in Karo tribes and Bena tribes those tribes well know by their body painting, after arrival at Turmi watching the Evangadi dance by going to the Hammer villages, Overnight in Turmi lodge
Day7:- Drive to Omorate
After having Breakfast we will start our 2 hour drive to Omorate after arrival there you will visit the daily market also crossing the Omo River by local boat excursion to visit the Omorate, Dasenech and few Hammer tribes observing variety of diverse life style after all this drive back to Turmi if there is a bull jumping you will attend the ceremony, Overnight in Buska lodge
Day8:- Turmi – Yabelo
Early we start driving to Yablelo Town via Waita En route you will have the opportunity to visit the Ari and Tsemai tribes village, after you have a lunch at Karat town continue driving in the scenic road, overnight in yabelo motel
Day9:- Yabelo – Awassa
After leisure we start driving to Awassa Town via the scenic road where you can visit many wide coffee farms also you will visit the Sidama people’s village, after arrival at Awassa watching the amazing sun set of Awassa, overnight in Lewi hotel
Day10:- Awassa – Addis Ababa
Boat trip on the lake Awassa, Visiting the lake shore testing the fresh fish after all this drive back to Addis Ababa, after you attend our farewell dinner party with best Ethiopian coffee departure
N.B. depending up on your request this Itinerarycan be modify.
N.B. depending up on your request this Itinerary can be modify.