The Southern Ethiopia


The Southern Ethiopia The southern Ethiopia is the main cultural route for tourist, who has interest in the lifestyle of dozen or more different ethnic groups, mainly located in the south Omo. The tribes are the most sociable and decorated section of Ethiopia who lies in a remote zone tucked against the Kenyan border where they shared a certain characters with the tribes near to Lake Turkana. The departure point to the south starts from the city of Arba Minch, town lies at 1,300m in the foothills of Rift valley wall overlooking the two beautiful lakes of Chamo and Abbyata. Nechisar National Park protects large part of the two lakes and provides game driving. The highlight of visiting the National park is boat riding on Lake Chamo where one can see “Crocodile Market “, dozens of giant Nile crocodiles swarming in to the Lake with magnificent bird life. The Konso people and their walled stone village has got the attention of UNESCO and got the full recognition of world heritage site. The Dorze with their tall conical huts and wonderful weaving culture adds more flavor to the tour to South. South Omo is often described as some sort of cultural Garden o Eden. The tour to the south Omo is romantic. The Mursi disfigure their women monstrously. Ritualized wife beating is an integral part of Hamer society. There is much, that is genuinely uplifting about the sheer tenacity of their incredibly rich cultural mosaic, comprising some 30 distinct ethno-linguistic groupings, several of which number fewer than 1,000 people. The most renowned of the Omotic- speakers are the Mursi, famed for their practice of inserting large clay plates behind the lower lips of their women. Other important groups of South Omo include the Hamer-Bena, the Karo and the Ari, whose culture and adornment body scarring; body painting and life style are magnificent experience of the South Omo living Museum.

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