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Omo Valley Karo Tribe

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Starting Location

    Addis Ababa airport

  • Price Includes

    4Wd, fuel, driver and guide, national park entrance fees, hotel, camping, local meals

Highlights

  • Discover the amazing Karo Tribe of the Omo Valley.
  • Explore the east banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia.
  • Experience wild trekking and capture great photography.

Guide

Trip Info

Explore the rich heritage and culture of the region by visiting the Karo tribe. It is a small tribe with an estimated population between 1,000 and 3,000. We will find their village along the east banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia.

We will immerse ourselves into their daily life to gain a better understanding of their heritage. Living off the land, this tribe grows crops of sorghum, maize and beans. In keeping with their traditions, they paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to prepare for ceremonies. They create the chalk is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to make its color. Facemasks are worn and they have clay hair buns with feathers in them. Red clay mixed with butter is put into their hair and clothing is made from animal skin.

The women scar their chest believing it makes them beautiful. The men’s scars represent an enemy or dangerous animal killed. They also wear clay hair buns, which symbol a kill. A man in the tribe can have as many wives as he wants but must be able to afford them. Most men will only marry two or three.

Our tour will give you the opportunity to take amazing photos, experience wild trekking and camping with tribes of the Omo Valley if you wish.

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