The road to Jinka is long and hot, but on the way there are many great sights.Some of the highlights are the tribes (seperate tip), the youngsters trying to impress to earn your 2 Birr, people selling hand made goods, wildlife, termites (seperate tip), dust devils (seperate tip).more
To visit any of the tribes of the Omo Valley, you must have your own 4x4. The road is terrible and even a 4x4 struggles in wet times.There are many tribes to visit, but each are located a long way apart, so allow half a day (or even a full day) for each tribe.The most famous tribe are the gun toting, lip plated Mursi. We decided to visit...more
In Jinka we stayed at the Rocky Recreation Campsite. From Jinka a track leads to the Mago National Park. You need your own (rented) vehicle to reach the park.To reach the park we first crossed two rather deep rivers. The sky was very cloudy. So at this viewpoint we stopped and the drivers looked at the sky and asked us, if we would move on. If it...more
The people of Ethiopia wear many different types of clothing. The traditional dress in the northern Christian highland peasantry has traditionally been of white cotton cloth and wrap-around blankets. Here in the Oromo Region the people are wearing bead-decorated leather garments, that reflects their economy, based on livestock. So the costumes...more
The Banna people, living around Key Afar, are pasturalists. Travelling in the countryside, you will meet often boys with their herds. Most of the time they spend the night between their cattle.There is also some agriculture in the area, but the hot and dry climate and the infertile land are not very suitable for this kind of living.At the market of...more
Thursday is the marketday in Key Afar. Arriving at the marketplace, we saw a lively market with a lot of people sitting all around at the ground with their trade, animatedly chatting about the lates news in the area.At first sight the crowdy place was very overwhelming with all its beautiful people with interesting costumes and hairstyles.Most...more
After descending in the Lower Omo Valley, the first town we visited was Key Afar.Comparing to the highlands, it is extremely hot in the valley and Key Afar. On our walk from the road to the marketplace for the thursday market, we saw some little shops and a lot of local people, most of the Banna tribe. The Banna people, living in the area of Key...more
In the Mursi village the women and girls like to sell us their traditional clay lipplates.
The most plates have a round shape in different sizes of about 10 CM.
This woman has also a plate with another shape. Most of the clay plates are decorated with small designs.
I liked the lipplates a lot. It's reallly an original item to bring home. They are very cheap, so I decided not to negotiate to lower the prize.
The Lower Omo is well known to have both Maleria and Dengue Fever.
When we were there, it was cold and wet, so very few insects were about.
Make sure you bring a treated net (most hotels have them but full of holes). Use Deet and cover up in the evenings. Take your anti-malarial religiously.
We spoke to a few people there who had been bitten and a couple who had contracted Maleria.
The Mursi are one of the most remote peoples in Ethiopia and live rather autonomous of the government. They lived isolated from the rest of the world and had never heard of Ethiopia till a British antropologist visited them in 1970.They alternate in hostile and peaceful relations with their neighbours, the Banna and the Bodi people. Cattle raiding...more
This Mursi woman was very eager and persuasive to show the skars at her shoulder. She followed me, grabbed at my arm and even blocked my way. At the end I admitted, took my camera out of my pocket and paid her the asked one birr. Many of the tribes in the Omo Region have marks and scars on their back. Scarification can be achieved by using a knife...more
Not only the girls, but also the Mursi boys like to decorate and ornament themselves abundantly by unique face and body paintings They were wearing sticks and peculiar jewelry, made of metal and horns.Some boys were wearing plugs in their ears to elongate their lobes.The Mursi are survivors, whose isolated location combined with crises of drought,...more