7 Days – Omo Valley & Ethiopian Great Rift Valley
Ethiopia’s Historic Route will visit some of the fascinating historic attractions in this part of Africa.Far beyond modernization- pre-materialist cultures – fascinating people of the different ethnic groups situated along the Omo River, with marvelous scenery, wildlife and bird. Experience a trip of a life time!
Welcome to Africa!
Visit markets and explore villages of the Arbore, Karo, Hamar, Daasanach, Tsemay, Mursi, Konso, the Suri, Dorse, Bena and Ari people. A fascinating trip of discovery with some of Africa’s most ancient tribes.
- Addis Ababa
- Arba Minch
- Jinka, Turmi
- Mago, Mursi,
- Omorate, Hamer
- Tiya, Melka Kontre
|The Konso Village||
The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. Lovely walled village. Properly lived in and meet genuine feeling inhabitants. Lots of walled alleys to wander down and where locals respect space and photos of village included in entry price. Buy handicrafts at reasonable prices. Friendly people.
The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
|Melka Kunture Pre-Historic Site||
Situated on the south face of the Awash River Gorge opposite Melka Awash, it’s regarded to be one of the most important Stone Age sites in Ethiopia. This site is best known for the numerous Stone-Age artifacts that have been unearthed along the river including a variety of cleavers, hand-axes, and other tools made from basalt and other hard rocks. The site has also proved to be an important source of fossils of extinct mammals.
|Tiya Archaeological Site||
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stelae field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m. Experience the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stelae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between cleavers n 18 – 30 and buried in fetal positions.
This is a mystical safari experience through Soysambu an area of breathtaking beauty, also home to many rare species of animals, located just a short distance to the famous Flamingo filled Lake Nakuru. Proceed to Masai Mara National Reserve.These two areas provide some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and are home to a wide variety of game including the “Big Five”, over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, Cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and Zebra.
As the northern part of the country is notable for its historical relics, there are the Omotic tribes of the south who still adhere to ancient animistic rituals. Beaded leather skirts and complementing body painting, feathered headdresses, and dramatic scarification make the Hamar, Bumi, Karo, and Bena people visually outstanding. Even more unusual are the isolated Mursi tribe whose women wear large clay lip plates symbolizing their worth and beauty.