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Elder Mursi tribeswoman by Marius Coetzee
Due to popular demand we are delighted to confirm we have opened up a second departure for our very popular Vanishing Cultures of the Omo Valley extension. This cultural focused photographic tour will take us to one of the wildest and most ethnically diverse places on Earth – Ethiopia’s Omo Valley! Here we will interact with and photograph numerous diverse tribal communities whose lives and traditions have been little changed by the modern era.
The importance of the Lower Omo Valley has been recognized by UNESCO, which has declared it a cultural World Heritage site. It also contains two expansive national parks and several Important Bird Areas. This vast, scenic valley is however most famous for its staggering cultural diversity. Over a dozen distinctive ethnic groups exist here, many of whom live lives little touched by the modern world. This is largely due to the area’s remoteness and prior near-inaccessibility, forming a natural barrier to modernization and the detribalization of the Omo Valley.
Our photo tour aims to spend time with the Dorze, Konso, Arbore, Hamar, Benna, Karo and Mursi tribes (all now justly famous for their dress, body adornments and unique culture) and we will also encounter other tribes when visiting market villages. In addition, we will of course take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of this remote and fascinating region.
We invite you to join ORYX leader Dale Morris on our 2014 Ethiopia – Vanishing Cultures of the Omo Valley II photo tour (4 – 10 Dec 2014 (7 days), US$3,975 per person sharing).
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