Omo Valley and The South

About Omo Valley and The South

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.

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  • The tribe with the best and most well recognisable view of the Omo River is the Karo Tribe
  • Visit Mago National Park to see over 81 large mammals and 300 species of bird


  • African Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Buffalo
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Over 300 species of bird


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.


In The Know

    • We recommend researching more about each tribe online  so you can decide which ones interest you the most.
    • You're likely to only have time to see one tribe a day, so be prepared for a multi-day trip full of travel between villages. 
    • The tribes are very friendly but it's best to walk around and meet them without your camera at first and then eventually ask if they are happy having their pictures taken once you're both comfortable being there. 

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