Ethiopia Plus Kenya Tribal Expedition

Description :

   Location : Ethiopia Plus Kenya
   Duration : April, 13rd – 24th 2017 2. June 23rd – July 4th 2017
   Price : Call

The Lower Omo Valley is located in the Great Rift Valley in southwestern Ethiopia and offers a wide variety of indigenous tribal people. The tribes of the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.

This trip is especially designed for photographers and offers off the beaten tracks and ecological camping to several towns and villages. When you visit the Lower Omo Valley you have the chance to come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bodi, Daasanech, Hamer, Kara and Mursi.

You should expect a real adventure! Accommodation in the Lower Omo Valley is rustic, hotels and lodges are generally of a very basic but clean standard. In many places we stay near the tribal villages in basic bush camps. This gives us the opportunity to have enough time to interact with the tribal people and experience the daily life, the ceremonies and the cultural events. Especially for photographers it is important to gain the trust of the tribal people. You always learn a few words of the tribal language, the local guides will help you, and you have plenty of time for your pictures.

The photography level of this expedition is from beginner to advance. At least you should be enthusiastic about photography and eager to learn. The main focus of this tour is portrait photography of the tribes in the villages to capture the daily life, but also important events like markets, dances or rituals. Tribal photography is a very sensitive field in photography, and some of the tribal people react aggressive when a visit of a tourist group looks more like an invasion and they feel hassled by all the cameras. An important part of this photo expedition is to learn to respect each other, to communicate and to interact with the tribal people – the reward is a unique experience and you will see tribal people are in the same way interested in you as you are curious about their culture.

Throughout the entire 12-day photo expedition, you will be accompanied by the tour leader Evi Aryati Arbay and Gecho Adane, Evi and Gecho will organize the trip and assist you when needed. They will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. Local freelance guides will have a general knowledge base of the region, history and culture of the tribes. While camping, a cook will prepare your meals from fresh local produce.

When meals are not included, your hotel or lodge will have a restaurant and you have the opportunity to try local dishes when possible. In Ethiopia food generally is not expensive. Usually the group eats together, but there is no obligation to do this and you may choose to explore some local restaurants on your own or with your travel companions.

Day 01/ Thursday April 13rd / Friday June 23rd
Bangkok – Addis Ababa – Arba Minch

- On arrival by ET619 @ 06:35 We will meet Our English speaking guide
Addis Ababa Bole Int’l Airport and assist with the transfer to Domestic
- 09:00-10:05 ET135 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch flight and transfer to
the hotel
- After lunch excursion (80km/RT) to visit the village + weekly market of
Dorze people, famous for their intricately woven bamboo huts as well
weaving of traditional clothes
- Dinner & O/n Arba Minch Paradise Lodge

Day 02/Friday April 14 /Sat June 24th
Arba Minch – Turmi

- Breakfast at lodge
- AM boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see crocodiles and hippos
- Around 10:00 drive to Turmi (280km) visiting en-route Arbore tribe
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Late PM visit in Turmi the village of the archetypal South Omo
residents the Hammer people that enjoy body decoration and wear
quantities of colorful beads as well clay hair buns with Ostrich
- Dinner & O/n Turmi Buska Lodge

Day 03/ Friday – April 15 /Sun June 25th

- Breakfast at lodge
- AM excursion to Omorate (130km /RT) to visit Dasaneech villages
crossing the Omo River by small boat
- Lunch in Turmi
- PM visit in Turmi Hammer weekly market as well more of their
villages. Optional Evangadi "evening dance" and bull jumping
- Dinner & O/n Turmi Buska Lodge 6

Day 04 / Saturday 16 April/ Monday June 26
Turmi – Murule – Jinka

- Breakfast at lodge
- AM excursion to Murule (110km /RT) to visit the Karo people who are
considered masters of body decoration and paint their bodies with
chalk paint often imitating the spotted plumage of a guinea fowl
- Lunch in Turmi
- PM drive to Jinka (120km) visiting en-route the weekly market of
Hammer and Benna tribes in Dimeka village
- Dinner & O/n Jinka Eco Omo Lodge

Day 05 / Sunday 17April / Tuesday June 27

- Breakfast at lodge
- Full day excursion (270km /RT) to visit Mursi people whose women
are known for piercing their lower lip as well ear lobe and put circular
shaped clay disks. Furthermore you’ll visit Bodi or Me'en tribe that
practice the unusual ritual of body fattening where young men gorge
on cow's blood and milk in a bid to be crowned the fattest man. The
champion fat man is then feted as a hero for the rest of his life
- Picnic lunch
- Dinner & O/n Jinka Eco Omo Lodge

Day 06 / Monday 18 April/ Wednesday June 28
Jinka – Konso

- Breakfast at lodge and AM visit in Jinka Omo Research Center as well
Ari tribe’s village
- And then drive to Konso (145km) visiting en-route Ari, Benna and
Tsemay tribes weekly market in Key Afer village
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Dinner & O/n Konso Kanta Lodge

Day 07 / Tuesday 19 April / Thursday June 29
Konso – Arba Minch – Addis Ababa – Nairobi

- Breakfast at lodge and AM visit Konso people’s village
- Around 10:00 drive to Arba Minch (90km)
- Lunch at local restaurant and transfer to Arba Minch Airport for
15:35-16:40 ET134 flight to Nairobi Transit Addis Ababa
- Arrival in Nairobi and Staynight in Nairobi City. 

Day 08 / Wednesday 20 April/Friday June 30 : Nairobi – Masai Mara
- Breakfast at hotel and 08:30 drive for Masai Mara for 3 hours, lunch
will be serve in Mara Sidai Resort. First Games drive till sunset time.
Back to Resort for Dinner and Rest

Day 09 / Thursday 21 April/Sat July 1st : FULL DAY BIG 5 HUNT
Full day in Maasai Mara. Early breakfast followed by a game drive. The
landscape is breathtaking with its network of roads specially constructed
for game viewing.The Mara River bisects the Mara and its tributaries
which are margined by luxuriant riverine forest lunch, dinner and
overnight at Mara Sidai Camp.

Day 10/Friday 22 April/Sun July 2nd 

After breakfast, leave for LakeNaivasha which is a bird watcher’s paradise, water birds exist in great

variety and abundance fish eagles & ospreys are residents herons &
egrets lily – tortes purple gallinishes, red knobbed coots & black cracks
are common African marsh harrlers and the three migrant harriers are
often seen sailing just above the reed bed’s hunting the little hyperolis
tree frogs which form the bulk of the diet. Evening walk to Masai Tribe
Village around National Park. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sidai Camp

Day 11/Saturday 23 April/Monday July 3rd : Games Drive – Masai
Village – Nairobi – Airport

Last Morning Game Drive back to Resort and Visit others Masai Tribe at
their Village and continue drive back to Nairobi.
Day 12/Sunday 24 April/Tuesday July 4th : Arrival @JKT – End Of
(All can be change depend the situation    and weather in the field and for security reasons)    

Group size: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons. If possible, single travelers can be paired in twin accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Please note if you book your own room and tent option for this tour, you will receive your own single room and tent for all nights.

  • Price for group size 3 - 5 persons: 3,800.00 US Dollar/person
  • Price for group size 6 – 12 persons: 3,500.00 US Dollar/person
  • Single supplement for your own room and tent: 400.00 US Dollar/person
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable
  • 1 Long-sleeved shirt, 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long hiking trousers, lightweight, breathable
  • 1 pairs of long trousers • Hiking boots, walking shoe, sandals
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle, and water purification tablets or purifier (bottled water is also available for purchase) • Sun hat, sunglasses
  • Headlamps and small torches (strongly recommended having one of each, with spare Batteries).
  • Pocket knife / utility knife
  • Electricity plug adapter
  • Personal First Aid kit: Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen , Malaria pills, band aids/plasters, adhesive tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, throat lozenges, insect repellent
  • Toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, razors
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper

If the photo expedition departs within 30 days full payment is required, otherwise a deposit of 1500.00 US Dollar per person will confirm the booking. When your deposit is made, your payment of the balance is due 30 days before departure.

When your deposit is made, and the booking is confirmed, the deposit is non-refundable if you cancel your booking within 45 days of departure. If you cancel your booking within 30 days of departure, the penalty is 30% loss of the tour price.

If you cancel your booking within 15 days of departure, the penalty is 50% loss of the tour price. Indonesia Trip Advisors can cancel the photo expedition if there are not enough participants. In that case the tour price is for 100% refundable.