On the first night of our drive from Addis to the Omo River Valley tribal areas, after stopping at Lake Ziway, we spent the night in a pleasant hotel at Lake Langano. This is another of the Rift Valley lakes, our hotel was high above the lake, and the evening view was lovely.
At a village on the way to Arba Minch. It looks like the grandmothers take care of the kids while the parents are at work.
Along the Road to Jinka
After staying overnight at Arba Minch we drove to Jinka where we would visit the Konso people. On the road south we found ourselves in the midst of a few cattle drives.
A view of the countryside as we drove toward Jinka.
Lake Chamo Fauna
Lake Chamo is one of the Rift Valley lakes, well known for its wildlife: hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, fish eagles, and herons. We got a good view on a boat ride.
Ethiopian Bee Hives
Bee hives hang from the trees.
The young children of the Konso people take care of even younger ones in a nurturing way.
The Mursi people are famous for their lip plates and other bodily decoration.
Not every Mursi woman wears a lip plate, but they are always strikingly and wonderfully adorned.
Hamar: Traditional, yet Modern
Hamar women tightly braid their hair and color it with ochre for an eye-catching effect. The phallic symbols closed around the necks of the women means that they are first wives.
Thatched mud hut and corral made of sticks, but with cell phone.
Practical Things at the Key Afar Market
The Ethiopian town of Key Afar, near Jinka, hosts a weekly market to which people from the various tribes in the area – who rarely cross paths otherwise – come to buy necessities from each other. Kind of a Walmart in the south of Ethiopia.
Bume Village Scene
On the street in the village of the Bume people in the Omo River Valley tribal area.
Painted Karo Faces
Flying Back to Addis
Rather than driving back from the Omo River Valley to Addis Ababa, we had a chartered 12-seat Cessna, with a flat dirt field as an airstrip. Nice!
Riches of the Addis Merkato
Our excellent tour guide, Dereje, in a music shop.
Men carrying huge stacks of brightly colored mattresses were a frequent sight on our trip.
-Photos and Text by WT adventurer Victor Bloomfield, Lost Worlds of Ethiopia