OMO Valley Sites
The striking town, conveniently located amidst green hills offers grand views over the rift valley lakes of Chamo and Abaya. Being one of the most striking cities in southern Ethiopia , Arbaminch has much to offer to visitors. It is a part of the Great rift valley system and it encompasses the two famous lakes of Abya and Chamo which are divided by a famous mountain literally known as the “Yegzer Dildy” which means the “bridge of God”. Also a gate way to Nech SAR National Park, the sanctuary for the endemic Swayne’s hartebeest.
Chencha is a mountainous village of the Dorze people who are well-known by their cotton weavers and production of textiles. Their tall beehive-shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The unique Dorze houses make Chencha worth a visit. These remarkable extended domes measure up to 6-8meters tall and are constructed entirely from bamboo.
Konso is a tribe which inhabits the area of basalt hills about 85 km to the south from Arba Minch. They speak a Cushitic language. Konso live in villages usually located on a top of a hill and surrounded by a 2 m stone wall. Konso are famous all over Ethiopia for their advanced methods of land cultivation, ehich include irrigation and building of terraces. Also very famous are the Konso’s waqa – carved wooden monuments erected on the graves.
Is a small town which is a gate to the lower Omo valley. It has a small ethnographic museum displaying the culture and antiquity of the Omo valley people. There is also a weekly open air market on Saturdays which gives visitors a chance to see tribes of Bena, Ari and Tsemai. You may also see the famous Mursi people with their legendary lip plates.
Mursi and Turmi Village:
These wandering cattle herders are possibly the most celebrated residents of South Omo. In the village, you can witness this interesting civilization and their renowned cultural practices like their women who sport large pottery discs on their lower lips, go topless and bear ritual scarification marks — an exotic sight.
Turmi is a small town and the region of the Hammer people renowned for their unique hairstyle and meticulous body adornments. Every Monday you get a chance to visit the biggest market of the hammer people. Turmi market is famous for the gathering of many tribes from various directions of the area. Here you might come across the Hammer people’s marriage ceremony where you can see the famous bull-jumping initiation ceremony that boys have to go through to cross over to Manhood. Women will be undergoing a painful slashing ritual to demonstrate their love for their mates.