The Tribal Experience

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Experience life among some of Africa’s most remote tribes

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The Tribes

The Tribes

It’s all about the tribes. There are around two-dozen tribal groups in the Omo Valley that range in size from a few hundred people to tens of thousands. Despite their close proximity to one another, each tribe is as unique and utterly fascinating as the next with their own traditions, practices and social structures.

Turmi Market

Turmi Market

Bull Jumping Ceremony

Bull Jumping Ceremony

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

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This colourful nation stands apart from every other country on the African continent. On this 8 day adventure you will experience the extraordinary by immersing yourself in the life of some of Africa’s most remote tribes. Traverse Ethiopia’s untouched Omo Valley, wander through open air markets & savour Ethiopian's famous coffee. Mingle with the local people & experience first hand their varied customs & traditions. Come prepared with an open heart and mind and this experience will reward you with some of the most extraordinary experiences of your lifetime.




The Inspiring One - Meet Shigo



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SEASONSeptember 21 - 28 2020
DURATION7 nights
GROUP SIZE16 people
AIRPORT(S)Addis Ababa
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to how it works section.
VISAUK, EU & US required


Day 1 Arrive in Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. Transfer to your hotel. Discover the capital city like a local on public transport with a specialist guide. You’ll visit Mercato, the biggest open air market in Africa, as well as the insightful Red Terror Museum followed by a trip to one of Ethiopia’s famous coffee houses. In the evening you’ll get a taste of the local cuisine and culture at a traditional restaurant (not included) before being transferred back to the hotel for your first night.

Day 2 Watch the sunset over the Bridge of God

Transfer to Addis airport, fly to Arba Minch where you’ll check-in to Paradise Lodge and watch the sunset over the ‘Bridge of God’ from the stunning verandah.

Day 3 Visit the Dorze village

The day is open for rest and relaxation or to an optional visit the local Dorze village in the Gughe Mountains, known for their elaborate beehive-shaped houses and cotton weaving, you’ll meet a local family and learn more about their customs and traditions.

Day 4 Visit the Mursi people

Transfer through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people who are famous for the clay plates used to stretch the lower lips of their women. Afterwards you’ll travel to Jinka before checking in to Eco-Omo Lodge.

Day 5 Visit the Dassanech tribe

Travel to Omorate near the Kenyan border and cross the Omo River in a dugout boat to visit the Dassanech tribe before travelling to the village of Turmi. Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Day 6 Visit a local Hammer village

Morning visit to a local Hammer village in Turmi where you’ll meet some of the families and take part in a traditional coffee ceremony. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to Arba Minch with an en-route stop and visit to one of the UNESCO stone-walled Konso villages. Return to Arba Minch and check-in to Paradise Lodge for your last night in the south.

Day 7 Visit the crocodile market

Opportunity to visit the crocodile market on Lake Chamo by boat and enjoying hippopotamus and croc-spotting. Transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa (flight not included). Transfer to your hotel.

Day 8 Travel to the airport

Transfer to the airport to fly home. Or continue on with our other Ethiopia-based experiences.


A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

The Omo Valley

The Omo Valley

Each of the two dozen tribes that called the Omo Valley home is as culturally diverse and unique as the next. From the walled stone villages of the Konso, to the tall beehive-shaped homes of the Dorze people, you’re unlikely to have seen anything quite like it.



When you think of Ethiopia, you may be inundated with images of extreme poverty set against an unforgiving desert landscape ravaged by war. Put the preconceptions aside, however, and you’ll discover a colourful nation that stands apart from every other country on the African continent. Along with being the only African country to have resisted colonisation, scientists have declared Ethiopia to have been the beginning of mankind thanks to the discovery of the 3.5 million year old fossils from ‘Lucy’, the first human being on record. Ethiopia rests on a plateau at 2,500 metres above sea level and boasts staggering landscapes rich in natural beauty with gushing waterfalls and winding rivers set amongst fertile highlands and the flat-topped peaks of the vast Simien Mountains.


  • The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months so Ethiopia is approximately 8 years behind us! The 13th month is five days long, or six in a leap year
  • More than 70% of Africa’s mountains are found in Ethiopia. Hence its nickname as ‘the roof of Africa’
  • There are over 80 different languages spoken in Ethiopia. The most widely spoken of these are Oromo and Amharic
  • Minus Arabic, Ethiopians are the only people in Africa with their own indigenous written alphabet




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Do not eat with your left hand!

In Ethiopia food is a respected gift from God and eating with your left hand is a sign of disrespect.

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Proper greetings

When greeting an Ethiopian, shake hands then gently knock opposite shoulders together.


  • 1 night in Addis Ababa
  • 2 nights in Arba Minch
  • 1 night in Jinka
  • 2 nights in Turmi
  • Tour of the Addis Ababa
  • Entry to the Red Terror Museum
  • Entry to the Omo Valley village

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly in and out of Addis Ababa with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Air Tarom (Heathrow)
  • Wizz Air (Luton)
  • Blue Air (Luton)
  • Ryan Air (Stanstead)
  • Blue Air


In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.


Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.


If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.


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Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.



We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.



Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.



As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.



Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!



Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.


What currency do I need?

Ethiopia's currency is the birr (ETB). Notes are printed in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins come in 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent pieces, the former of which can be useful for small tips or donations. The birr is one of the most stable and strongest currencies in Africa. 

Where should I exchange currency?

While there are plenty of major bank branches across Ethiopia that can exchange foreign currency into Birr, the easiest and most convenient way to get hold of your holiday cash is to withdraw it from a local bank on arrival in Ethiopia. With dozens of cash machines dotted around the city, Addis Ababa is the most sensible place to do this. We also recommend obtaining some US dollars before you travel as this currency is widely accepted and can be helpful at the start of your trip if you can't access a cash machine immediately. You'll also need dollars to pay for your entry visas. 

Are there cash machines?

Cash machines are now widespread across Ethiopia particularly in Addis Ababa so accessing a cash machine to withdraw funds should be your first port of call on arrival (maximum withdrawals tend to be restricted to around 4,000 birr. Outside of Addis Ababa, the best place to withdraw cash in the Omo Valley is in the Arba Minch, other villages will not have cash machines or even banks so bear this in mind. When withdrawing money from a cash machine you'll be offered two exchange rates, one from the local bank and another from your UK bank. Make sure you opt to take your UK bank's exchange rate as it will be substantially better value. Please also note that most cash machines charge approximately £1.50 per withdrawal so use them sparingly. 

Are credit/debit cards accepted?

While cash transactions are commonplace, most major credit and debit cards (Visa & Mastercard) have become more widely acceptable particularly in Addis Ababa and other major towns. While you're unlikely to have issues using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in places like Addis Ababa using your PIN number, most of the villages in the Omo Valley only accept cash and don't have cash machines available so do make sure you've got enough on you as well as small change for small purchases. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you're travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

Do I need a visa?

All visitors to Ethiopia must obtain an entry visa. UK and other EU passport holders do not need to get hold of one before travel and the relevant one-month visa can be purchased on arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The fee for a single-entry visa upon arrival is $50 and is valid for 30 days. For up to date fees and requirements, we highly recommend you consult the Ethiopian Embassy website.

How much spending money do I need?

In order to give you some direction on how much spending money to budget for your trip to Ethiopia, we thought it would be a good idea to offer some guidelines in terms of costs. Costs in Ethiopia are incredibly reasonable and as a general rule, you'll be able to have a good lunch for around £5 a head and will pay around £10 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable. We reckon around £300 - 400 for meals, drinks and snacks for two people is more than enough. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.

What is the climate like in Ethiopia?

The vast majority of the country is blessed with a fairly pleasant year-round temperature but like much of the rest of Africa, Ethiopia also experiences wet and dry seasons unlike our traditional autumn, winter, spring and summer seasons. In the north and in Addis Ababa, the rains typically fall between June and early October, while the wet season in the Omo Valley arrives around June and continues for a few months. The south is significantly warmer than the north where temperatures are more moderate with cold evenings.

What should I pack?

Layers of clothing (light, loose and comforable); warm cardigan or woollen jumper (for evenings and cool termperatures in Addis Ababa); light waterproof jacket (protection against wind and/or rain); sunglasses and hat (sun protection); scarf or snood (to shield nose and mouth against Omo Valley dust); trainers or closed-toe shoes (comfortable and protective against dust); sandals or flip-flops; small day pack (for excursions); camera (with plenty of memory and battery); correct adapter plug; flashlight (power is erratic in the Omo Valley); ear plugs and eye mask (for sleeping); spare set of clothes (packed in hand luggage in case suitcases get delayed); medical kit; US dollars.

What documents do I need to bring?

You will need to ensure that your passport it is valid for at least six months after the date of return and that it contains a minimum of two blank pages (opposite each other). We recommend packing two passport copies in your main luggage. Depending on where you're travelling from or to you may also need a yellow fever certificate. 

Do I need vaccinations?

You are highly advised to get yourself all the necessary vaccinations for your time in Ethiopia. Many need to be administered in advance (sometimes 8 weeks prior), so we recommend looking into this as soon as possible. 

Do I need travel insurance?

As Ethiopia is truly off-the-beaten-track, we highly recommend taking out a travel insurance policy that covers emergency assistance in case of injury or illness, personal liability, and lost and stolen possessions. This will need to cover you for the entire period you are away. 

What is the cuisine like?

The basic components of almost all traditional Ethiopian dishes are meat and vegetables. This is usually in the form of rich, spicy stews called wat, combined with flavourful sauces and a medley of vegetables served atop the ubiquitous injera, a spongy, sour-tasting flatbread. The most popular wats (stews) are made from chicken (doro), lamb (yebeg) and fish (asa). Eat like the Ethiopians and dig into a shared tasting platter of assorted stews (beyaynetu), using your right hand to tear off strips of injera to scoop up bites of spicy meat and sauces. 

Who should I contact in an emergency?

In the unlikely event you experience any problems whilst travelling in Ethiopia with Untravelled Paths please contact our local Ethiopia manager, Shigo Ayele on +251 916 443 333. Alternatively, if you cannot get through call the Untravelled Paths office on +44 207 101 4061.