Omo and Tribal Ethiopia
No trip to Ethiopia would be complete without experiencing some of the country’s unique cultures! There are countless tribes across Ethiopia, making this a fantastic country to explore for budding anthropologists. Travel to these areas can be difficult, but it is certainly rewarding in terms of seeing a huge diversity of cultures and also some stunning landscapes.
The Omo Valley, bordering Kenya in southern Ethiopia, is a cultural hot spot, and one of Africa’s unexplored frontiers. The roads to get here are not great, but this journey is totally worth the incredibly rewarding interactions and experiences with indigenous tribes you will experience once here.
The Omo Valley consists of a huge variety of tribes, including pastoralists, herders, and subsistence agriculturalists.
During a stay here, you might meet around 15 different tribes! Some of the more well-known tribes are: -The Mursi and Ari people, who can be found living in the Mago National Park area. -The Mursi are famous for their ear and lip plates, and are a pastoralist tribe. -The Ari tribe are famous artisans who create hand-made jewellery to sell to other tribes. -The Konso tribe, who are well-known for their terraced hillsides and wooden totems. -The Hamer tribe, who are best-known for their unique hair tresses of red clay and butter. -The Dorze people, who are famed for their bamboo bee-hive shaped houses and their weaving skills.
Not only is this a cultural and anthropological hotspot, this is also an important archaeological site due to ancient human remains being found. Parts of the valley are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.