Adventurous, open-minded travelers interested in learning about the plight of indigenous peoples and keen to understand their way of life will appreciate this itinerary and remote locations.
You’ll meet the tribespeople in Ethiopia’s remote Lower Omo Valley with this trip, a relatively undeveloped region. A boat trip upriver will allow you to meet the Karo people, famous for their ornate body art and jewelry, and other unique tribespeople from this culturally diverse area.
The southwest corner of Ethiopia is one of the last outposts of traditional life. In the Omo Valley, eight ethnic tribes reside, including the Mursi, Hamar, and Karo people totaling less than 200 000 people.
Other highlights of the trip include Lalibela’s UNESCO-listed rock churches and Gheralta’s little-known hand-carved sanctuaries. You’ll get to trek with the geladas of the Simien Mountains with baboon researchers and safari in the Bale Mountains – trying to spot the endangered Ethiopian wolf, mountain nyala, and other endemic species amid landscapes that defy expectation.
Add time in the holy city of Harar or the active volcanic Danakil Depression to your trip. You can also elevate your experience with helicopters to access remote corners of the country that provide sensational views and ultimate exclusivity.