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January 21-30, 2022
September 9-18, 2022
January 20-29, 2023
Street, Portrait, Documentary
and Travel photography
Includes
• 10 Days
• Only 4 - 8 Guests
• Photographer | Guide
• Local Guides and Fixers
• 4 and 5-Star Hotels
• All Meals
• 4 Domestic Flights
• Local Transportation
• Entry Fees
ETHIOPIA - OMO VALLEY
PHOTO TOUR
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 ETHIOPIA – OMO VALLEY

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Karo, Turmi, Ari, Mago, and Lalibela

Ethiopia – Like no other place on earth.

Just north of Kenya lies Ethiopia’s fascinating Omo Valley. Our 10-day Ethiopia photo tour and cultural adventure into the valley is a true kaleidoscope of culture, tradition and terrain. This is a journey into one of Africa’s last unexplored frontiers. Home to some of the most unchanged tribes and people within the civilized world. The Omo Valley is cohabited by a colorful mix of tribes, including the Dorze, Karo, Hamar, Dassanech, Ari, and Mursi.

After Omo we will fly to the north to photograph the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilgrimage and devotion.

This exclusive trip will host a maximum of only 8 guests. A respectful and sustainable formula to guarantee and protect the uniqueness of genuine populations, not contaminated by tourism, where every photographer will have the opportunity to portray authentic places and faces. Building a portfolio full of original images with a strong emotional impact; always with the technical supervision of our photographer leader and an expert local guide. A journey full of many opportunities and experimentation in the field, all while learning the secrets and techniques of photojournalism.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia.

After Omo we will fly to the north to photograph the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilgrimage and devotion.

This exclusive trip will host a maximum of only 8 guests. A respectful and sustainable formula to guarantee and protect the uniqueness of genuine populations, not contaminated by tourism, where every photographer will have the opportunity to portray authentic places and faces. Building a portfolio full of original images with a strong emotional impact; always with the technical supervision of our photographer leader and an expert local guide. A journey full of many opportunities and experimentation in the field, all while learning the secrets and techniques of photojournalism.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR or mirrorless cameras
  • Active and adventurous schedule
  • Travel by private vehicle
  • Limited elevation changes and lots of walking

Weather | Sun

January – Temps 86/70 F | 30/22 C Sunrise 6:46 | Sunset 6:27 (18:27)
September – Temps 83/71 F | 28/22 C Sunrise 6:16 | Sunset 6:29 (18:29)

Includes

  • 10 Days
  • Street, Portrait, Documentary and Travel photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local Guides and Fixers
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 and 5-star accommodations
  • All meals
  • 4 Domestic Flights
  • Entry Fees

Travel Information

Arrival and Departure Airport: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa (ADD)
Our adventure begins in the afternoon on the first day and ends in the morning on the last day.
Travel Visa: A few visas may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Arba Minch – Paradise, Haile Resort or similar
Turmi – Buska Lodge or similar
Karo – Tent
Jinka – Eco-Omo Lodge
Addis Ababa – Jupiter Hotel, Sheraton, or similar
Lalibela – Maribela, Mezena Lodge or similar

Ethiopia - Omo Valley Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Mauro De Bettio

September 10-19, 2021
January 21-30, 2022
September 9-18, 2022
January 20-29, 2023

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that offer cultural, historic, and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned Casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner.

ITINERARY

ETHIOPIA – OMO VALLEY 10 DAY PHOTO TOUR

Day 1 | Addis Ababa

We begin with a meet-n-greet in the late afternoon in the lobby of our hotel where we will discuss our program, the places we will visit, our previous experiences, and each guest’s experience level. Informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. In the evening we celebrate with a “Welcome Dinner”. (D)

Day 2 | Addis Ababa - Arba Minch

In the morning after breakfast we fly to Arba Minch. With only 40,000 people, this young city is still the largest in southern Ethiopia. Considered the gateway to the rural riches of the south, Arba Minch, Ethiopia is one of the few commercial centers in a region known for traditional lifestyles and wildlife. The city got its name from the numerous springs that feed a groundwater forest, and the Kulfo River, which drains into Lake Chamo. Our driver will transfer us to our lodge, where we will check-in and prepare for an afternoon of photography. We begin with a boat ride on Lake Chomo, a popular excursion that will allow us to spot crocodiles, hippos, eagles, and shore birds. Right after we will move north to visit the Dorze village in the Guge mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Karo Village

We begin our day with an early morning drive to Karo village. The Karo (or Kara), are a Nilotic ethnic group in Ethiopia famous for their body painting. They are also one of the smallest tribes in the region, with an estimated population of between 1000 and 3000. They are closely related to the Kwegu tribe. The Karo people differentiate themselves from many of the neighboring tribes by excelling specifically in body and face painting. They paint themselves daily with colored ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal, and pulverized iron ore, all natural resources local to the area. The specific designs drawn on their bodies can change daily and vary in content, ranging from simple stars or lines to animal motifs, such as guinea fowl plumage, or to the most popular – a myriad of handprints covering the torso and legs. Both the Karo and the Hamar men use clay to construct elaborate hairstyles and headdresses for themselves, signifying status, beauty, and bravery. Overnight in Karo village in a tent with dinner at sunset. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Turmi

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer people. The Hamer, or Hamar, are an Omotic community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia. They inhabit the territory east of the Omo River and have villages in Turmi and Dimeka. The 2007 national census reported 46,532 people in this ethnic group, of whom 957 were urban inhabitants. Honey collection is one of their major activities and their cattle is the meaning of their life. They will stay for a few months wherever there is enough grass for grazing, putting up their round huts. When the grass is finished, they will move on to new pasture grounds. This is the way they have been living for generations. Hamer people are well known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a say on who they marry. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails.

Later in the day we will travel to Omorate to visit Dassanech people. The name Dassanech means ‘People of the Delta’. This is the most southerly of the tribes who live in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, only 28km from the Kenya border. They live in small huts made from sticks, corrugated iron & animal hide. The men and a few of the women carry around guns for protection against hyenas at night. Dassanech girls are circumcised quite young, at the age of 10 or 12. They must go through this process, which is normally administered by their mother or another older woman, in order to marry, and for their father to receive his payment. Dassanech women wear clothes made from leather. The men wear sarong-like garments. Both men and women of the tribe adorn themselves with beads and bracelets. Men can often be seen carrying a small stool or headrest, which is pretty ubiquitous in this southern region. As with most pastoralists in the area, the diet of the Dassanech people usually consists of dry porridge with milk, but they also hunt crocodiles and fish the Omo River. In the evening we return to our lodge in Turmi. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Ari Village - Jinka Museum

Today we will visit the Ari people. These people are the biggest group in the Omo region, numbering over 100, 000. Speaking an omotic language (like Hamer and Bena) their origin must be close to the area they live now but they are very different from the other people living here. They are living in wider villages with private compounds on which they have their huts/houses and grow a variety of crops. The Ari are the most ‘modern’ of the region’s ethnic groups. They dress no differently than city dwellers these days, but life in Ari villages remains interesting. In almost all villages you’ll meet potters, blacksmiths and women grinding grain to make the Ari version of injera, which uses maize or sorghum instead of tef and has dagussa (‘finger millet’) mixed into it. Here we will have the possibility to try bunaketele, a delicious drink made from coffee leaves, chillies and several spices including lemongrass. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Mago National Park - Addis Ababa

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. Mursi women are famous for their wooden lip plates – a symbol of beauty and identity. A girl’s lower lip is cut (sometimes by her mother) when she reaches 15 or 16, and held open by a sodden plug until it heals. It’s up to the girls how far they want the lip to be stretched. The very painful process often takes over several months. Lip plates are more frequently worn by unmarried girls and newlywed women than by older married women with children. They are generally worn on occasions such as serving men food, milking cows, and important rituals like weddings. Unmarried girls, especially those with large labrets, might wear them whenever they are in public. It’s expected that a boyfriend or husband will not sleep with his girlfriend or his bride until her lip has fully healed. However, modern men are increasingly sleeping with their love interests even before they have pierced their lips. The lip plate carries a number of meanings. Firstly, it’s a symbol of great beauty. Secondly, it marks a commitment to the husband because it is worn with great pride when serving him food. If the husband dies, the lip plate is removed since a woman’s external beauty is said to fade after his death. Lastly, the plate is a powerful visual marker of Mursi identity. Without it, they run the risk of being mistaken for a member of another tribe. In the afternoon we will fly to Addis Ababa, check-in to our hotel, and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Addis Ababa - Lalibela

On day 7 we have a relaxing morning, followed by lunch. After we fly to Lalibela, 435 miles (700 km) to the north of Addis Ababa. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Lalibela

In the morning, after breakfast we will start our tour of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Located 8,630 feet (2630 meters) above sea level, Lalibela is, today, a traditional mountain village, home to 11 absolutely breathtaking monolithic churches, which were carved out of the rock more than 800 years ago, and have been used as active Christian shrines since then. These rock-hewn churches were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Some even believe they should be considered the 8th Wonder of the World, especially Bet Giyorgis, the most impressive church of all, a perfectly cross-shaped monolith built and carved in a 30-meter deep trench, often surrounded by a spiritual Christian atmosphere.

Lalibela is considered the New Jerusalem. In the past, a pilgrimage to the real Jerusalem was just not possible. The Lalibela churches, however, silence the most cynical pedants with the fact that today thousands of pilgrims are flowing to this sacred place of Christianity. These intriguing edifices hewn out of the solid, red volcanic tuff seem a superhuman creation in scale, in workmanship and in architectural concept. They are ringed by trenches and courtyards, which are connected to each other by a tangle-shaped maze of tunnels and a passageway which gives the inside of the church complex a feeling of a subterranean village. This historical relic remains an active Christian shrine and has been for the last 900 years.

We’ll enjoy dinner back at our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9 | Lalibela - Addis Ababa

In the morning, after breakfast, we will take a return flight to Addis Ababa via Ethiopian Airlines. We will offer an optional half-day city tour Addis Ababa. In the evening we will celebrate with a “Farewell Dinner” cultural experience at one of our favorite restaurants. (B, L, D)

Day 10 | Addis Ababa

Final farewells. Flight depart Addis Ababa in the early morning hours. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

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We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

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