The 10 Best Historical & Heritage Tours in Arba Minch, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region

May 22, 2022 Fernanda Pittenger

Arba Minch (Amharic: አርባ ምንጭ, "forty springs") is a city and separate woreda in southern Ethiopia; the first common name for this city was Ganta Garo. Located in the Gamo Gofa Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region about 500 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at an elevation of 1285 meters above sea level. It is the largest town in Gamo Gofa Zone and the second town in SNNPR next to Awassa. It is surrounded by Arba Minch Zuria woreda.
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1. 5 days Omo Valley with the tribes

Arba Minch, Ethiopia Banti Omo Valley Tours
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OMO VALLEY IN SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity. The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. Tours are offered to several towns and villages. It is often you come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech , Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and Turkana when you tour the valley. Banti Omo Valley Tours offers interesting information and quality photo images of the tribes, animals, rivers and national parks that are found in this remote area of the world. So that you can Schedule a trip to the Omo Valley or surrounding areas with us.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

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Reviewed By car01235

I enjoyed this 4 day trip very much. I saw 4 tribal villages and was able to take many photographs. The driver and guide were very nice and we had lots of fun along the way. Not only did we go to see the tribal villages but we saw amazing countryside, stopped for lunch and coffee in interesting local places, and went to a tribal market. I would recommend Banti Tours for a trip to Omo Valley.

2. Omo Valley Tours ; 8 Days / 7 Nights

Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethio Tours
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Explore Ethiopia's tribes and cultures Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity. The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. Tours are offered to several towns and villages.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes, Accomedations, Local Guide in Every village , English specking Guide throug out the Tour

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Reviewed By Tour33033786207

expat in Addis , My family and I had a fantastic experience with EthioTours . Had a fantastic morning tour on lake Tana . Beautiful sunrise and a fantastic breakfast. The guide was really knowledgeable about all the animals we saw and explained about the fishermen and what they were doing. Saw plenty of hippos too! It was an amazing experience, we visited three beautiful islands . We would like to thank Melese for showing us all unique areas and sharing the stories . Private tour was absolute best way to relax and see the beauty of the lake. Highly recommended !

3. 8 Days Omo Valley

Simien Mountains Tours
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Ethiopia’s Omo Valley region is one of the most remote parts of this incredible country. Omo Valley is Located in the Southern part of Ethiopia, this distant region feels like a world away from Northern Ethiopia – with a rural and tropical feel, it was more reminiscent of sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the country. In this Unique place of the country multiple and strong indigenous cultures co-exist. On this cultural tour you have the opportunities to visit various busy local markets, different ethnic groups with different customs, rites, rituals, architecture and dress, a raw and fresh natural world and the special "Bull-Jumping" ceremony, in which a Hummer's boy will be transferred in to Adulthood.

Inclusions: Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Air-conditioned vehicle

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Reviewed By AnyaLindstromBattle

We went on a 4-day trek in the Simien Mountains in April 2019 and had the most amazing time. Alex was very helpful and accommodating from the beginning, and everything was well organized and smooth. Our guide was an absolute legend (a 70+ year old who was way fitter than any of us) who knew the mountains inside and out and was incredibly knowledgeable about flora and fauna, especially birds which my mum (an avid bird watcher) was very excited about. Highly recommended to anyone who likes an adventure.

4. TRIBES OF THE OMO VALLEY - 8 Days PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

WALK IN ETHIOPIA TOUR AND TRAVEL
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This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes on the African continent. These photographic expeditions will take you on the east side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Kara, and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend a couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their lifestyle, attending ceremonies and rituals, and taking photos. There will be enough time with good light on different days to photograph their day-to-day activities, their body and face painting, herding of cattle, farming, and more. Being isolated from the fast-moving world because of its remote location for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a haven for anthropologists and photographers looking for a unique photographic opportunity to a lesser-known and seldom-photographed region.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Air conditioned 4x4 Land Cruiser Car , All Entrance fees

Exclusions: Alcoholic Drinks , Domestic Flight , Photography fees

Reviewed By Aidye77

This had always been on my list of things to do - visit the Mursi and Hamer tribes. We were very excited to see the new way of life from the cultures of the Omo Valley. Gashaw was also super helpful and quick to respond and come up with an itinerary that fit our schedule, on short notice. I hope to do the full itinerary one day, driving from Addis through Hawassa and Arab Minch.

5. 16 Days Trip through Ethiopia Omo Lalibela Valley and Bahir Dar

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Cultura Sariri
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The trip is based on generating a genuine exchange with the local inhabitants of the country. We propose to stop being spectators to soak up Ethiopian cultures. During the trip we will seek to participate in ceremonies and festivities such as bull jumping and Timket. Learn and teach customs and form real bonds. Among the places we will visit are: the Elm Valley region, Tigray Axum Mekele Addis Ababa and Dallol. We will climb mountains, trek through rural villages, camp with tribes, enjoy the flora and fauna of lakes and savanna.

Inclusions: Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Accommodation (specified day by day), Coordinators speaks Spanish / English, Private transportation, FLIGHTS ADDIS ABABA - LALIBELA, Basic travel insurance Getaway Plus from AXA Assistance (cancellation not included)., Excursions mentioned., Tickets to parks, churches, archaeological sites, villages mentioned in the itinerary.

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6. Travel to Omo Valley Tribes

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa FKLM Tours
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Ethiopia is not only one of the most fascinating countries on the continent but is also incredibly diverse, both culturally and geographically. Traveling south from the capital, this spectacular journey takes you past the Great Rift Valley and deep into the Omo Valley, home to some of the most colorful and interesting tribal groups in the country. It is undoubtedly one of the unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity. The tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, All Accommodations (6 night) in a shared room basis as per itinerary; Extra USD 129 pp for SRS; , All ground transportation by an Air-conditioned Toyota Mini/Coaster bus;, English speaking tour guide;, Local Guides and Scout fees;, All entrance fees;

Exclusions: All Lunches and dinners; , Bull Jumping Fees;, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Photographic and video recording fee;, And what is NOT included on the “Included” List.

Reviewed By S5307GCmaryg

Just returned from 11 day Ethiopia tour with Alenehe as our guide. It was an interesting and enlightening tour covering major sites including the spectacular Lalibela-alone worth a visit to Ethiopia. Challenging driving on less than great roads but incredible mountain scenery and opportunity to see smaller cities and villages experiencing local life along the way. Comfortable hotels, great local foods. Alenehe was a great guide,accommodating and enjoyable/fun company. Recommend this Ethiopian company using local guides in all locations and benefitting local businesses!

7. 7 days Omo Valley, Dorze and Arba Minch

Arba Minch Town, Ethiopia Gamo Travel Tours

Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth and the discovery of human remains dating back nearly 2.5 million years prompted UNESCO to dub the Lower Valley a World Heritage site in 1980. The villages are home to some of Africa’s most fascinating ethnic groups and a trip here represents a unique chance for travellers to encounter a culture markedly different from their own. Whether it’s wandering through traditional Dassanech villages, watching Hamer people performing a Jumping of the Bull ceremony or seeing the Mursi’s mind-blowing lip plates, your visit here will stay with you for a lifetime. The landscape is diverse, ranging from dry, open savannah plains to forests in the high hills and along the Omo and Mago Rivers. The former meanders for nearly 800km, from southwest of Addis Ababa all the way to Lake Turkana on the Kenyan border.

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, 5 nights accommodation in named hotels & 1 night camping, 4WD vehicle including professional driver and all fuel, Professional English speaking guide , Collection from Arba Minch airport/hotel and return to Jinka airport, Village and National Park entrance fees and River/Lake boat rides

Exclusions: Drinks, Any local fees for taking individual photographs, Gratuities, Return flight to Addis Ababa

Reviewed By williamsM4240YE

I strongly, and without reservation, recommend Gamo Travel. My experience with Gamo was distinguished by a high degree of professionalism, attention to detail, friendly, personalized service, and dedication to making my experience a very positive one in every way, and at a very fair price - Bill

8. South Omo Valley Tribes 8 Days Tour Package

Finot Tour Ethiopia

South Omo Valley tribes is a Unique experience with the most wilderness. For thousands of years the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia was a crossroads for droves of people migrating to new lands. Today, it is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the sheer diversity of tribal groups that live in this remote area of the Great Rift Valley. This is an extraordinary opportunity to immerse in the fabric of some of these societies, including the Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes, each with their distinct culture. Expect a real adventure with conditions basic; the Omo Valley being an incredible reminder of an Africa that has not yet seen modernization.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, All Fees and Taxes, Air-conditioned vehicle, 2 liter bottled water per day per passenger Driver allowance , English speaking guide Local guide fees

Exclusions: International and domestic flights Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include, Alcoholic drinks Video and camera fees if and where applicable, Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature

Reviewed By K. N

I highly recommend Finot. Haile can capably arrange the most popular tourist attractions and make suggestions for a 'deeper dive' into the country. Even more important, he is passionate about all aspects of Ethiopia--history, culture, wildlife, food.... and works to make sure customers have a great experience. I felt with Haile and driver Josep, i was in good hands at all times. Amazing country, keep an open mind, sense of adventure, sense of humour, and you will be rewarded.

9. 7 Day A Great Experience Tour With The Tribes

Banti Omo Valley Tours

By visit tribes and historical sites get satisfaction and great experience tour with your experienced guide banti

Inclusions: Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch

Exclusions: Plane ticket, photo fee

Reviewed By car01235

I enjoyed this 4 day trip very much. I saw 4 tribal villages and was able to take many photographs. The driver and guide were very nice and we had lots of fun along the way. Not only did we go to see the tribal villages but we saw amazing countryside, stopped for lunch and coffee in interesting local places, and went to a tribal market. I would recommend Banti Tours for a trip to Omo Valley.

10. Ethiopia Tours , North and Omo Vally 16 Days

Dejamach Beyene Merid Street, Dejamach Beyene Merid St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethio Tours

This spectacular Ethiopia holiday is a small group tour, travelling with local expert guides on a cultural circuit of the north of the country and Omo Vally . This Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley Tours , focuses on the rich diversity of the cultural groups living within the region that have long retained tribal customs and traditions whilst staving off the trappings of the modern world. will be invited into the villages of the Mursi, Karo, Hamer and Konso tribes in the company of a local guide so as to find out more about the lifestyles and cultural heritage of the Omo Valley as well as how it differs and compares to other areas of Ethiopia. Visiting local market places, meeting tribal members and listening to the knowledgeable tales of your guide enables travelers to expand their Ethiopian horizons and tap into the history of the Omo Valley / Northern Ethiopia on a two-week adventure that’s often considered more of a privilege than simply a cultural holiday.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodation , entrance fee, Local GUIDE, TRANSPORTATION

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Reviewed By Tour33033786207

expat in Addis , My family and I had a fantastic experience with EthioTours . Had a fantastic morning tour on lake Tana . Beautiful sunrise and a fantastic breakfast. The guide was really knowledgeable about all the animals we saw and explained about the fishermen and what they were doing. Saw plenty of hippos too! It was an amazing experience, we visited three beautiful islands . We would like to thank Melese for showing us all unique areas and sharing the stories . Private tour was absolute best way to relax and see the beauty of the lake. Highly recommended !

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