Southern Omo Valley
The Omo Valley is one of the most culturally rich tribal regions on the African continent. For generations these tribes have been shielded from the modern world in a place that is still raw, natural, and timeless. However, change is happening quickly in this region, which will soon impact their traditional clothing, body painting and way of life.
Inspired by their environment of wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation these tribes use colorful make-up, of bright yellows, startling whites and rich earth-reds created from the clay soil. They wear flamboyant accessories and brilliant head decorations to become a walking body of art. As a celebration of themselves they paint each other’s bodies and make bold decisions about their outfits motivated by the sheer fun of creating and showing off to other members of the tribe.
We have access to the villages of the Arbore, Karo, Hamar, Mursi, and Dassenech. We will have many opportunities to photograph and filming their daily lives, as well as experience some of their timeless ceremonies. It is likely we will meet several other tribes along the way that we can also visit. The time we will spend with a tribe will depend on what is happening in and around the village. In true expedition style we will make the program flexible to ensure there is enough time to immerse ourselves in these cultures and take advantage of any touring opportunities that may arise. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime!
Much of Africa’s volcanic activity is concentrated along the immense 6000 km long crack in the earth’s surface known as the Great Rift Valley. Great Rift Valley is great because it is extensive and it was formed by the sinking and tearing apart of the earth. The largest valley on the earth, the Great Rift Valley is one of the planet’s most outstanding features.