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The Ethiopia photo tour is an incredible adventure to the heart of Africa. Photograph the most iconic and colorful tribes of Ethiopia as the Mursi, Kara, Nyangatom, or the Suri. The amazing portraits you will be capturing during this tour will be an unforgettable experience, guided by our professional guides, you will be able to photograph and live with these African tribes far from the touristic radar.
Our Ethiopia Photo Tour will start at Addis Ababa airport. As of now, there are two flights Addis to Jimma, on daily basis, ideally, we would be on the morning flight arriving at 12:30, picking you up from the airport have lunch and freshening up, and drive straight 130km (2hrs) to Bonga and break the drive here.
After early breakfast, we depart to Kibish to the heart of Suri land(Surma), relatively been isolated and preserved from the tourist radar.
Today mostly it driving aiming to get Suri for the evening photo session.
Two Full-day to photograph the Suri tribe at different villages. We would be camping by the river where the Suri came to take a shower and paint.
The Suri still remain less-visited tribes due to their remoteness and inaccessibility, and are also the most photo desired of all,
For their incredibly ornate decoration of themselves, which they achieve through painting, scarification, and adornment with flowers and other natural objects.
After the morning photo session with Suri, we would continue to drive east to the tribes of the Omo, and today most of the day we will drive to Kangeten Town, central for Nyangatom tribes.
This day we depart around 4:30 am and we will have 30 min drive to one of the biggest villages NYANGATOM TRIBE, historically these tribes are said to be a split group from the Toposa tribe of South Sudan. Settled on the other side of the Omo River, we will be crossing the Omo River where we will be able to access and visit remote tribal villages. The teenage boys are lively and like to play much of the day. The women are topless and wear many strands of heavy beads, the girls are playful and love to have their images taken.
Afterward, drive to Dus Kara tribes to Photographing the Kara at the campsite for the afternoon session.
Having Dus as our base, we would be photographing Kara tribes of Korcho and Dus, two of the three villages of the Kara tribe. Settled on the banks of the Omo River, this tribe is known for its creative and decorative body chalk painting. Many of the Kara women have pierced lips and insert nails and pins. Photographing on the bank of the Omo River can yield iconic images.
Another early morning set off proceed further into the scenic Weito lowlands, we will be visiting an Arbore tribal village located at the northern edge of Mount Buska. The Arbore women are absolutely stunning, they have extremely dark skin and strong features. Prior to marriage, the women have their heads shaved. They wear dark robes, colorful beads, and their huts are fabricated from tree branches. Return back to Turmi.
For the morning session, we drive to 20 Mon to the biggest hammer village for the afternoon photography session. The Hamer women have high cheekbones, wear thick copper necklaces and elaborate custom beads. The Hamer are very outgoing and easily engaged.
In the afternoon, After lunch visit Monday Hamar market. This market is a bustling place where various dwindling tribes of the Omo Region come together to socialize, share what is happening around and sell and buy goods.
Today our journey begins early morning at 05:30 am with an excursion to a Mursi village (approx 66km from Jinka). The Mursi are one of the original ethnic groups in Ethiopia. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta jewelry on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle. Then after early lunch, we will drive to JINKA airport.
Zay Yar Lin
National Geographic Contributor and Award-Winning Travel Photographer from Myanmar. Very passionate in Travel Photography and started traveling since 2014. He had run photography workshops in Myanmar. His works was been at many exhibitions and been published around the world, as for example in National Geographic printed Magazine. Not only that but also is a National Geographic collaborator since 2016.
Addis Abba, Ethiopia