With more than 50 unique tribes living in the Omo River Region of Southwestern Ethiopia
, it's a fascinating destination for those interested in African culture. The remote location, which is barely accessible by 4 wheel-drive, has meant that traditional customs and beliefs are very much intact for most of these tribes. The Kalashnikovs slung across some warriors' backs can be a little disconcerting but the tribes are friendly and this is often the only western accessory you'll see them wear.
Tours are of course recommended and these are listed on every image page below. Most tours include spending a few nights in each village and these are not luxury camps by any means. Most tours also include a section down the Omo River which is great for white-water rafting.
Click on any of these images below (taken in 2005) and find out a little about the Mursi, Karo, Hamer, Bodi, Bumi and Ari people.
Many thanks to Charles Roffey and Angela Fairbank for the use of their images.