AUGUST 2013: Second part of our trip: On the road to Ethiopia's Omo valley

August 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

After 13 nights on a fantastic safari to Tanzania's Selous, Ruaha and Northern Serengeti the second part of our trip brings us back  to one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, Ethiopia. Last year we went up north but this time the plan is to visit the tribes in the Omo valley and search for the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale mountains.  Our flight from Kilimanjaro to Addis is nearly three hours delayed due to technical problems. Our friend and guide Tsegaab is waiting for us at the airport.

 

After a shorter than expected night of sleep we are on our way south.  It is a long drive of about 600km to Arba Minch. On the way we make a photo stop at a market and there was a Khat auction ongoing. Khat is produced mainly in the horn of Africa and in many countries a controlled substance but legal in Ethiopia.

 

Khat sellerKhat seller

 

 

Below are some images from our visit to a Dorze village near Chencha. The Dorze are weavers and are living in 4m high huts.

 

Chencha-DorzeChencha-DorzeThe Dorze tribe lives in the mountains around Chencha. They live in large (up to 8m heigh) elephant shaped bamboo huts covered with false bananal leaves . They build their huts that high because every year the hut reduces in size due to termites. From the false banana tree they make "kocho", a sort of fermented pancakes. Next to the main hut, there is a smaller honeymoon hut, were the married couple stays for about three months until they have constructed their own hut. The Dorze are famous for their weaving skills. Chencha- DorzeChencha- DorzeThe Dorze tribe lives in the mountains around Chencha. They live in large (up to 8m heigh) elephant shaped bamboo huts covered with false bananal leaves . They build their huts that high because every year the hut reduces in size due to termites. From the false banana tree they make "kocho", a sort of fermented pancakes. Next to the main hut, there is a smaller honeymoon hut, were the married couple stays for about three months until they have constructed their own hut. The Dorze are famous for their weaving skills.

 

The next day we visit the Arbore tribe on our way to Jinka.  I did not take many pictures there as I was ill that day after the fish at Paradise lodge in Arbra Minch turned out not to be that fresh.

 

ArboreArboreThe Arbore migrated from Konso some 200 years ago. The Arbore are acting as diplomats in conflicts between the other tribes. They are led by a Chief. The arbore women cover their heads with a black cloth and are wear colorful necklaces and earrings. Small children wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. The kids body paint their faces. ArboreArboreThe Arbore migrated from Konso some 200 years ago. The Arbore are acting as diplomats in conflicts between the other tribes. They are led by a Chief. The arbore women cover their heads with a black cloth and are wear colorful necklaces and earrings. Small children wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. The kids body paint their faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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