The Lower Omo Valley in south west Ethiopia is one of the most fascinating places in the country thanks to its cultural diversity of over a dozen tribes with a population of over 200,000 people, having coexisted together for centuries. Most of the valley is a dry savanna expanse fed by the Omo River – one of the most important resources for locals. Along the river and throughout the region, hundreds of small tribal villages pepper the landscape, with the various tribes famed for their body adornments which include lip plates, scarification and face paint. Some of the most popular tribes to visit are the Hamer people, Banna people, Konso people, and the Karo people who are renowned for their incredible body paint work.
The region's rainy season lasts from March to June, with April to May being the wettest months so we recommend that you avoid visiting during these months if possible.
The best conditions are during the dry season at the end of June through September and from November until early March. October tends to have some light rains which could potentially affect accessibility.
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