A JOURNEY INTO
ETHIOPIA’S OMO VALLEY

An intrepid adventure that takes you way off the beaten track across Ethiopia

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  • 8 Nights
  • June – October
  • Ethiopia
  • From £6,570 pp
  • Authentic

Trip Overview

Ethiopia is a truly remarkable country that offers a variety of experiences across the land. Full of culture, history and colour – whenever we visit Ethiopia we are always struck by the people; their pose and their hospitality is so welcoming.

This trip through Ethiopia will take you from top to bottom starting in the north Tigray region,  home to the iconic ancient hill churches – some 400m up and built into the sheer rock face. After a brief stopover in Addis, you then head way off the beaten track using a lightweight mobile camp in the little visited south of the country.

From the remote region of Kibish, famous for early hominid remains, and home to the Surmi and Suri people, heading down the Omo River by boat and into the Omo Valley National Park, on Kenya’s northern border.

This is a truly remarkable opportunity to visit one of Africa’s last unexplored frontiers; the Omo basin is a kaleidoscope of culture, tradition and terrain and tourists are still a rarity in these parts.

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Trip Itinerary

A Journey into Ethiopia’s Omo Valley

Tigray & Addis Ababa (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Tigray & Addis Ababa

You’ll be met at Addis Ababa airport and transferred to the Tigray region where you’ll have two nights in Korkor Lodge – a perfect base to explore the northern regions of the country. All fresh from a good night’s sleep you’ll head out with your private guide to view the ancient hill churches – some over thousands of years old and hewn out of sheer cliff faces.

Exploring northern Ethiopia is a wonderful mix of history, culture and tradition.

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The Omo Valley (5 Nights)
5 Nights

The Omo Valley

The next couple of days will be spent travelling south including a short stopover in Addis before flying into the Omo Valley by private charter. Your private guide will be with you all the way as you head into the Omo Valley.

The Omo Valley is home to a number of tribes that amazingly still manage to exist largely in isolation from the outside world. These include the Kara – expert body painters who use clays and locally sourced vegetable pigments; the Hamar, whose women wear their hair in dense ringlets topped off with head-dresses of aluminium and the Mursi – one of the oldest tribes in Africa, best known for the heavy clay lip-plates worn by women.

Accommodation: Lale’s Camp

One of a kind, Lale’s Camp is located in the Omo Valley, on the eastern banks of the Omo River. Re-furbished in 2018, the camp has seven large tents and a mess tent for communal dining. This is a fantastic camp in a remote part of Ethiopia.

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The Omo Valley (1 Night)
1 Night

The Omo Valley

Time with ancient tribes

This is sure to be a fascinating and rewarding element of the itinerary with a visit into a Kara tribe village to see first hand their remarkable body painting skills and traditional ceremonies.

Omo Valley Ceremonies

During your two day stay in camp you will spend time with the Mursi people who come from the mountain areas of the Omo basin. A tribe well-known for their traditional clay lip-plates

Men of the Kara Tribe, one of the smallest tribes in the Omo Valley – expert body painters and known for their ‘Bula’ or ‘Pilla’ initiation, a coming of age ceremony requiring the initiate to leap over rows of cattle without falling.

Sleep under a blanket of stars

After a boat transfer up the Omo River you arrive at your camp for two nights – a stunning location on the dry bed of the river. Time to stargaze until your heart’s content.

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