CIRCUITS FOR THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST
NINE DIFFERENT ROUTES
Routes, which will take you through southwestern Ethiopia. Surma country, surrounded by spectacular scenery and inhabited by an ethnic group of extreme beauty and surprising rituals. We traveled south to the Omo Valley and see beautiful natural scenery and you can observe, paleontological remains more than three million years old, an encounter with the origins of the humanity, you can navigate the river Omo and know one of the areas of greater ethnic diversity in the world. The karo, nomads for centuries and now farmers. Its complex culture remains nearly unchanged since ancient times. Their houses are covered with reeds. Meet the Mursi tribes with lip plates of their women, Karo, with multiple scarification on their bodies, the Hammer, ethnicity of extreme beauty and friendliness, and you will discover other tribes in the south, as Dorze, Konso, Ari, Borena, Dasanech and countless ethnic groups, all with different languages and traditions.
Living in the area east of Omo River. They had many cattle, but lost much of it due to illness, and then returned to agriculture. Very close to the Hamer, share with them the language as well to cattle and food. The voracity of termites abundant in the region, forcing them to rebuild their homes several times a year. They decorate their bodies with chalk, often imitating the spotted peacocks, and made masks for the face with chalk, iron and various minerals.
The Hamer is a farming and herding tribe that occupies the lands west of Mago National Park near the Kenyan border. Subsist mainly of sorghum, millet, vegetables and some snuff and cotton, as well as sheep and goats. They usually paint his body with many colors, and wear lots of beads. His most significant ceremony is the "jumping of the bulls".
They live in the northern border of Mago Park. They have cattle, horses, donkeys, mules, sheep, goats and chickens. In the highlands grow wheat, teff, barley, peas, beans, bananas and coffee. They are also a large producer of honey.
They are shepherds who live in rainy season between the steppe Tama and Mursi Hills, and in dry season, northeast of the Omo Park. Have some crops in the vicinity of the Omo River. They also collect honey. As a teenager, unmarried women pierce their lower lip and the hole will expand during the period of one year approximately. After inserting the disc burned clay which expands the hole.
Surma nation, live on coffee, corn, honey and hunting. They have fame, warriors, probably for its continuing search for hunting and grazing areas, and still have, an occasional dispute with their natural enemies, the Bumi. They have two matches to the Mursi, the women wear plates on the lips and the fighting of poles.
Living north of the Mursi. Dedicated to agriculture and livestock, are known for their fondness for war, especially with Karo, Hamer and Surma. It scars, to embellish your body, tribal identity and skill in battle. Use small nails to enhance their eyes and cheeks. Women draw geometric shapes scars on his chest.
They are part of the same family as the hamer, with whom they share language and can marry freely. They live the eastern part of Mago Park. The war is prohibited in this tribe.
They live along the shores of Lake Turkana in both Ethiopian and Kenyan part. Combine animal husbandry and agriculture. The land, semiarid, is worked by women, cultivating sorghum, wheat, coffee. The men dedicated to the development of its great flocks of cattle. They build their homes with structures of branches, covered with abundant papyrus existing in the delta, or leather or metal sheets.
Cover an area of 30 km2 around Chencha. Its main activity is the shama, colored tunics with geometric designs, which are sold throughout the country. The houses made of bamboo, are a feature which distinguishes them from neighboring towns.
Market Days: Monday and Thursday
We commented that the prices on these pages are for group travel, normally of 12, if the number is less, at this price you should add "increased by minimum group" that corresponds to the distribution of common costs (fuel, vehicles, guides, equipment, cook, others.). In the case of travel with a number of 2-4 people contact us to prepare a more economical budget.