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 (Geleb), Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and
Turkana when you tour the valley.
It is estimated that the Omo Valley is home to over 200,000 tribal people. Among
the ancient African tribes that live in the southern part of
Ethiopia, there is a wide variety of wildlife as well. Some of the animals that you will find there are
the Bitis Arietans (venomous snake), crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The two main national parks in Omo
Valley are the Omo National Park and the Mago National Park which are home to the majority of the wildlife in
The Omo River runs through the valley and empties into Lake Turkana. The
river is an important resource and without it the tribes and animals in Southern Ethiopia would not survive.
In 2006 work began on the Gibe III dam. The dam will block part of the Omo River which experts state will
impact the ecosystem, tribes and animals that live in the valley.
After the earliest known discovery of Homo Sapien (Human) fossil fragments were
found. The lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana which is primarly located in Kenya, have both been
declared World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization or
Omovalley.com 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. Schedule a trip to the
Omo Valley or surrounding areas here.