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Ethiopia

The Tribes of Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia Photo Tour is an extraordinary South Ethiopia and Oma Valley Photo Tour expedition. You will photograph the little-known vanishing tribes of Southern Ethiopia, and bear witness to many colourful markets besides the beautiful Landscape. The photographic tour starts south with an expedition to the valley of the Omo River, undoubtedly one of the most wild and unexplored regions of Africa. The Mursi, Hamer, Karo, Surmi, Bume, Konso and Omorate are only some of the tribes stilling living and preserving their age-old customs.

Itinerary for Ethiopia Photo Tour with Tim Vollmer and Dean J. Tatooles

 

Day 1 – Thursday 5.March – Arrive Addis Ababa
Airport and transfer to your Hotel. The most flights arrive around midnight so we included one extra night to get rest from traveling. Overnight in Addis Ababa – The Mosaic Hotel

Day 2 – Wednesday 6.March – Addis Ababa
Today we get enough time to wandering around in the town. we can do street photography and capture the amazing Cathedral. In the evening we start our tour with our welcome dinner.
Overnight in Addis Ababa – The Mosaic Hotel

Day 3 – Thursday 7.March – Addis Ababa – Arba Minch
Full day Arbaminch to visit Netchsar National park which protects varsities of savannah habitats,(Zebras and Today you will fly to Arba Minch from Addis Ababa Airport departure time will be 1 pm in the middle of the day the flight takes 45 minutes, then transfer to your Lodge and overnight in Paradise Lodge where we stay 3 nights.

Day 4 – Sunday 18.March – Arba Minch – Dorze – Arba Minch
In the morning after breakfast proceed to Dorze, in order to visit the Dorze village who set in the high land above Arbaminch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. The Dorze people belong to one of the Omotic groups in the South West of Ethiopia. They are a hard-working tribe renowned for their skill in weaving, bamboo carpentry, and other traditional crafts. Then after the visit continue to drive back to Arbaminch. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 4 – Friday 8.March – Arba Minch – Lake Chamo – Arba Minch
Full day Arbaminch to visit Netchsar National park which protects varsities of savannah habitats,(Zebras and gazelles) ranging from the knotted acacia scrub on the bridge of wide scenery. Once across the bridge, there are sweeping views over the plains to majestic volcanic hills on the eastern boundary. After lunch drive for the boat ride (5-6 Hours) on Lake chamo to enjoy the most spectacular scenery of the lake and see the largest crocodile, species which riches until 6-meter length / Crocodile Market/ of the African continent as well as birds species. Overnight at the Paradise Lodge.

Day 5 – Saturday 9.March – Arba Minch – Dorze – Arba Minch

In the morning after breakfast proceed to Dorze, in order to visit the Dorze village who set in the highland above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. The Dorze people belong to one of the Omotic groups in the South West of Ethiopia. They are a hard-working tribe renowned for their skill in weaving, bamboo carpentry, and other traditional crafts. Then after the visit continue to drive back to Arba Minch. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 6 – Sunday 10.March – Arba Minch – Konso – Jinka
In the morning we will drive to Jinka via Konso. The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing You will visit there village for 1- 2 hours. Overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge.

Day 7 – Monday 11.March – Jinka – Mursi – Jinka

Early In the morning, we head to the unique tribe of Mursi ( The women are famous for putting clay made circular lip and ear plates which symbolizes beauty in honor ) crossing through Mago National Park in order to reach their village. We will visit the uninterrupted authentic daily life activities then. After visiting back to Jinka overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge.

Day 8 – Tuesday 12.March – Jinka – Dimeka – Turmi

Today is a market day in Aliduba villages which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Banna and Ari and Tsemay. Afterward, continue to Turmi. Overnight at Buska Lodge.

Day 9 – Wednesday 13.March – Turmi – Omorate – Turmi

In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter at Dassenech village. Afterward back to Turmi in the afternoon, we will go for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited (optional) Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Day 10 – Thursday 14.March – Turmi – Karo

On this day we will drive to Karo to visit the Karo tribes famous tribes in South Omo zone with their body painting and are ferrous warrior men. The Karo tribe use red ochre and white chalk to create intricate designs on their faces and bodies and although they live in a world far removed from urban life, its the same for women of the Karo tribe in Ethiopia. Overnight in Omo National Park through camping where we will have an excellent cook.with us and a well-organized team with complete and clean camping gears enough for all.

Day 11 – Friday 15.March – Omo Park – Kibish – Surma

In the morning we drive to Kibish through Omo National Park as to visit the list visited Surma ( Suri ) tribes accessing them deep into their villages and this will be an unforgettable experience for any traveler and you as well as your team will love this experience. Overnight through camping in Kibish.

Day 12 – Saturday 16.March – Around Kibish – Surma

In the morning visiting a number of untouched Surma villages where we will make some drive to get to know the tribes morning life activities without any interruption to their normal life but witnessing wonderful and genuine activities up to their doorsteps. Overnight through camping again in Kibish.

Day 13 – Sunday 17.March – Kibish – Turmi

In the morning we will continue our journey back to Turmi Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Day 14 – Monday 18.March – Turmi – Jinka

After breakfast, we will visit the Hamer Village in the morning before we drive back to Jinka you will have lunch. Then drive to Jinka Airport departure time will be 1 pm in the middle of the day the flight takes 1 hour, fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in the Mosaic Hotel.

Day 15 – Tuesday 19.March – Addis Ababa

Flying home

 

Dates:

March 19 – April 3rd, 2019

Duration:

15 Days / 14 nights

Photographic themes:

Architecture, landscape, landscape, nature, people, tribes

Markets:

Day 5 Dorze – (big weekly market-Handicraft)

Day 8 Aliduba – (big weekly market-Handicraft)

Tribes:

Dorze People, Tsemai tribe, Hamer tribe, Dassnenech tribe, Banna tribe, Karo tribe, Ari tribe, Mursi Tribe, Borena People ,Oromoya People, Suri Tribe

Places:

Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Netchsar National Park, Dorze Village, Weyto Village, Turmi, Dassnenech village, Hamer Village,

Acomondations :

Addis Ababa – The Mosaic Hotel (2 nights)
Arba Minch – Paradise Lodge (3 nights)
Turmi – Buska Lodge (3 nights)
Jinka – Eco-Omo Lodge (2 nights)
Omo National Park – camping (3 nights)
Addis Ababa – The Mosaic Hotel (1 nights)

Price

US$ 5499

per person in double room

US$ 700

single supplement

Price includes

    • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Airport.
    • Accommodation based on twin room sharing
    • Meal plan full board, all meals including one non-alcoholic drink
    • Private Road transport from Day 3 until day 15 by 4×4(Model 2009-2011), max 3 passengers per vehicle
    • Fees for entrances, local guides, compulsory scouts/ security personnel and boats for activities mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Professional English speaking guide
    • Domestic flights

Day 3 – Addis Ababba – Arba Minch
Day 14 – Jinka – Addis Ababba

  • including the fees for the all tribes Photo fee it’s possible I will include that and I will have for all of the clients 5 birr echo 1,000 birr

not included:

  • International airfare from your home to Addis Ababa
  • Alcohol and additional non-alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc
  • Early check-in, late check-out, at the hotels
  • Travel insurance, health insurances
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • Fees for photos and video
  • What is not mentioned as included

Photography Instructors

 

Tim Vollmer

Tim has devoted his life to photography, which has been his long held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and in many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family currently lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.

Phone: (00420) 732203764

See his Website:

Photography workshops

Dean J. Tatooles

Chicago-based photographer, Dean J. Tatooles, is the owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris. In his professional career, Dean has specialized in landscape and wildlife photography and indigenous portraiture. His travels have taken him across all seven continents multiple times.

Dean works primarily with Nikon digital SLR equipment to capture his wildlife images and indigenous portraits and a Linhof 617 S III Technorama medium format panoramic camera to produce his majestic landscapes. At a young age, Dean became fascinated with the topography, culture and wildlife of certain locations in the Southern Hemisphere. In that spirit, he created Southern Cross Galleries after the constellation that bears its name and is only visible from below the Equator. His hope is that his work touches that sense of adventure in everyone and that viewers of his photographs will be transported to another time and place, even if it’s for just a moment.

As owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris, Dean in conjunction with his global partners, has lead photo tours all across the globe. The world is his workplace and Dean is eager to share his passion for photography with others whenever he can. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris’ photo tours are always small and intimate –with rarely more than six to eight guests on a given trip. Wherever possible, mass tourism and the norm are avoided, opting for the more “off the beaten path” locations. Dean understands that light and timing are everything in creating that perfect photo and makes sure to have his guests in the right place at the right time to maximize opportunities. Accordingly, scheduling is flexible and his tours adapt constantly to conditions on the ground. Dean is happy to have many return guests over the years and hopes that you will choose to travel with us on your next adventure.

Phone: +1 (312) 898-0248

See his Website:

Dean J. Tatooles

International Planed Photo Tours – 2019

China

ML Warp

9 Jan – 23 Jan 2019

Romania

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2 Feb – 12 Feb 2019

Lake Baikal

ML Warp

16 Feb – 25 Feb 2019

 

Ethiopia

ML Warp

March 5 – 19, 2019

Kyrgyztan

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June 1-13th, 2019

Greenland

ML Warp

14 Sep – 21 Sep 2019

 

Romania

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18 Oct – Oct 28, 2019

 

This is an overview of our currently scheduled photo tours and workshops. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in a booking. New trips are added periodically, so please revisit our website often to keep up to date on recently added itineraries.

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Ethiopia April 18, 2017