| 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.