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Ethiopia's Omo Valley is home to some 20 different tribes and thus an enriching and educational experience.. One of the best known of these tribes are the Mursi people who have become renowned as the woman have a clay plate interested in their lower lip. Other tribes include the Ari, the Karo and the Hamer-Bena whose traditions include body scarring and body painting. The area is also one of Ethiopia's most fertile as it falls within the Great Rift Valley which offers amazing scenery and beautiful lakes, the Nechisar Park will also offer a wide range on animals and birds. Accommodation here is relatively basic however the experiences you will have will make up for the lack of good quality accommodation.
Best time to be there
There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September. Temperatures are determined by altitude, with highlands (including Addis Ababa) rarely exceeding 25º C. In the lowlands it can get considerably hotter exceeding 40ºC, while in the Danakil Depression it can approach 60ºC
GMT + 3 hours
Visa Required for UK passport holders, obtainable on arrival at a cost of 50 USD per person.
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Thank you for organising a fantastic holiday (Annie Jensen) The guides and drivers were helpful considerate and polite. All the guides were informative in their own way which we found interesting. As we passed the children they were delighted to see us and practice their English 'Hello'. We spoke to local people and children, everybody was very pleasant. The cycling distances were just right, we had time to stop and take photo's and admire the scenery. It was just superb!
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