Omo Valley

Omo Valley is the premier cultural experience in Africa. Home to over 200,000 tribal people, the Omo Valley experience promises interaction with several groups who practice traditions as they have since ancient times. Known as a crossroads inhabited for millennia by different ethnicities, this is one of the most culturally diverse areas on Earth. Here you can see body painting, tattooing and scarification, lip plates and other “permanent” jewelry, clay and butter hairpieces, as well as ceremonial rituals that are rapidly disappearing as part of our world.
The Lower Omo River basin was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1980 because of the archaeologically significant finds of hominid fossils and tools, however its real treasures are the ethnic groups living there today. Ancient anthropology in living form allows a peak into the past that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

The environmental diversity of the three national parks in the region provides opportunities to see herds of eland, water buffalo, and elephants. One park is considered to be the most beautiful wilderness areas in Ethiopia and is home to over 300 species of birds.

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