Omo Valley

The Omo Valley which lies in the southwest of Ethiopia is home to the most diversity of the country’s remote tribes and Ethnic groups. Over 50% of the tribes live here. Among these are the Karo, Hamer,Mursi, Surma, Geleb, and many more. These tribes have lived in almost complete isolation for many years. They all have their own unique customs, life styles and cultural practices. For instance, the Mursi and Surma tribes are famous for their lip plates, while the Hamer and Mursi are expert at body paintings. The Konso tribe are known for the terraced farms which they create.In the south exist the most amount of national parks in the country and here is where many of Ethiopia’s prolific wildlife species make their homes. These include the Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Leopard, Hartebeest, Oryx, Cheetah and even occasionally Lions, the longtime symbol of Ethiopia’s History.