Tailor-Made Holiday

Rift Valley Lakes and Mago National Park

Tribes and treasures of the Omo Valley

9 days

from £2,500pp (excluding flights)

Head to the unexplored frontier of the Omo Valley on this exciting journey to meet the indigenous tribes who live here.

  • Discover the hidden wonders of the Omo Valley
  • Visit a remote National Park and encounter indigenous tribes 
  • Travel via the beautiful Rift Valley lakes

In southern Ethiopia you will find the hidden wonders of the Omo Valley. This remote area, where Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan meet, finds a mingling of ancient and established African tribes who have all maintained their individuality.

Journey across fascinating landscapes taking in the Rift Valley Lakes and Mago National Park, travelling is at times tough but deeply reqarding. Meet people from the Mursi and Ari tribes famous for their ear and lip plates, the Hammer tribe best known for their red clay hairstyles, and the Konso and Dorze tribes with their unique dwellings. Witness unique cultures, traditions and rituals - the people of the Omo are as unique as its scenery.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2500 £ 600
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Addis Ababa overnight

Day 2

Half Day Visit to Mount Entoto
After settling in, join your guide to explore Mount Entoto, the highest peak overlooking Addis Ababa. This eucalyptus-covered mountainside is the site that King Menelik chose to build his palace when he founded Addis Ababa.

Parts of the King's mud palace have been restored, whilst a small museum next to the Church of Bet Maryam exhibits a variety of artefacts - including traditional and religious costumes - from the time of King Menelik.

Afterwards, visit the church of Archangel Raguel, which is notable for its colourful Christian murals. Have the chance to get a glimpse of the iconography and practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.

Meaning 'New Flower' in Amharic, the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa contrasts strongly with preconceptions of this supposedly drought-ridden and barren country. Sitting on the temperate Abyssinian Plateau, the city's balmy climate makes it more tropical than desert-like.
A booming centre of commerce, Addis Ababa - often known merely as 'Addis' - is a city that seems to be constantly on the move.
Whilst it is full of culture, history and fine gastronomy, the city is also teeming with people which can at times seem overwhelming, but the more time spent exploring, the more the city will win you over.

You will be staying at Nexus Hotel, Half board

Day 3

Travel from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch

Very early departure from the hotel, for the long all day drive to Arba Minch, via the 10th century stone stelae of Tiya and Butajira.The journey time will be approximately 8 hours.

You will be staying at Paradise Lodge, Half board

Day 4

Travel from Arba Minch to Jinka via Konso

Drive from Arba Minch to Jinka via Konso and Woyito - a journey of approximately 8 hours. On the way, at Berhaile/Woyito, see the friendly Tsemai Tribe. After a midday stop at Woyito, proceed to Jinka visiting the beautiful Thursday Make of the Ari Tribes.

You will be staying at Omo Lodge, Half board

Day 5

Excursion to Mago National Park
Drive from Jinka to Mago National Park, pick up a knowledgeable Park Scout and head to the village of the Mursi Tribes. The Mursi Tribe are one of the tribes in South Ethiopia, whose ladies mutilate their lips as a sign of beauty.

Travel from Jinka to Turmi

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Ari Village and afterwards you will proceed the Dimeaka Market. This is another market in the Omo Valley where the Hammer people gather with the Benna, Beshada and the Karo. Lunch will be a picnic which will be served in the market. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive in Turmi.

You will be staying at Buska Lodge, Half board

Day 6

Full Day Murule and Dimeka
Drive from Turmi to Murule to visit the Karo tribes who live by the side of the Omo River. Visit the village of the Karo Tribe, these people are re cognisable by their hair styles, body painting and unique way of dressing. Stop by some villages, then proceed to Dimeka to visit the Saturday Hammer Market.

Hammer are a handsome, photogenic and friendly tribe. The Karo and Hammer tribes are closely related in culture and are the only people in the Omo Valley who allow marriage between two tribes. Like all small ethnic groups of the far south Omo area, they practice a combination of pastoralism and agriculture. Their main economy is based on cattle herding and wealth is measured by the number of cattle owned.

You will be staying at Buska Lodge, Half board

Day 7

Travel from Turmi to Arba Minch

Drive to Arbaminch via Er-bore and visit these beautiful and friendly people. The Er-bore tribe are close family to the Borena Oromo and share their unique adornments such as aluminum bead necklaces. Proceed to Arba Minch via Konso, visiting some Konso houses on they way. The journey takes approximately 6 hours.

You will be staying at Paradise Lodge, Half board

Day 8

Travel from Arba Minch to Addis Ababa via Rift Valley Lakes

This is a full days drive.

You will be staying at Nexus Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Addis Ababa to London

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