Ethno-photographic trip to Ethiopia from 15th - 26th July 2023 (12 d. / 9 n.) / From 2.350€

Ethno-photographic trip to Ethiopia through the wildest and most fascinating region of the ethnic south of the country. During the expedition we will have the opportunity to live with two tribes with a powerful aesthetic: the Surma and the Nyangatom.

We will start the trip from Addis Ababa. During the journey to Jimma, we can enjoy a natural landscape. It is worth noting the beautiful gorge of the Omo River. We will continue our expedition to Mizan Tefari, the regional capital. Traveling through spectacular landscapes of coffee plantations and along tracks, we will arrive at the village of Kibish, the ideal entry point to discover the tribal territory. We will live with the mythical Surma ethnic group near the border with South Sudan. We will follow the route to the south of the Kibish River. We will pass through no man's land until we reach the territory of the Nyangatom warriors. We will reach a village, talk to local leaders and spend 3 days on this last tribal frontier in Africa.

This trip to Ethiopia is specially designed for lovers of photography, cultural diversity and tribal aesthetics. If you want to know the detailed itinerary you can download it through the form that you will find below. Click here to easily reach the form.

Throughout the trip we will move in 4x4 vehicles and we will camp in the towns to be able to live with the ethnic groups.

"The cradle of Humanity", an incredible garden of cultures

In the Dorze Mountains and the Omo Valley you can find the highest concentration of diverse ethnic groups in Ethiopia. The resistance to the Italian colonization and the natural refuge that constitutes its geographic surroundings provided to the groups of the zone an isolation with respect to the western influence. These conditions have given rise to a small oasis with a rich cultural diversity.

Surma ethnic group

This semi-nomadic people lives in the jungles of southwestern Ethiopia, on the most virgin bank of the mythical Omo River and next to the border with South Sudan. The main activity of the Surma is herding and, to a lesser extent, agriculture. They make a special alcoholic beverage, similar to beer, from fermented sorghum. They keep much of their traditional culture alive. The Surma ethnic group presents a powerful aesthetic. They have a deep-rooted tradition for body adornments. In the past, the motivation for some of these decorations was to intimidate their enemies. It should also be noted that nudity is quite widespread in society. We will see the fascinating aesthetics of labial and lobar dilations. Surma women still carry sublabial plates (up to 40 cm in diameter) as a symbol of fertility. In addition, we will witness how they adorn their bodies through scarifications, paintings and striking metal bracelets.

Nyangatom ethnic group

The Nyangatom or Bume (“elephant eaters”) are a Nilotic-speaking ethnic group. This ethnic group is related to the Turkanas of Kenya and the Toposas of South Sudan. They tend to live on the other side of the Omo River, where conditions are harsher and the annual drought means they have trouble maintaining their livestock. They are one of the most feared warrior groups in southern Ethiopia, having been embroiled in tribal disputes for many years. The aesthetics of the Nyangatom is very striking. The men often carry weapons for the defense of the cattle and some even wear military suits. The women adorn their necks with infinite necklaces of colored beads. In addition, they usually decorate their lower lip and nose with piercings of different shapes.

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