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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 colurful markets beside 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, 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 15.March – Arrive Addis Ababa
Airport and transfer to your Hotel. Depending on your arrival time – wondering around in the town. Overnight in Addis Ababa – Zola international Hotel

Day 2 – Friday 16.March – Addis – Arba Minch
Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira. On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya. The Tiya stones are part of an archaeological site located in central Ethiopia, in an area known as the Gurage Zone. The 46 large, decorated Tiya megaliths have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we go on to Adadi Mariam church is a church which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful ones in the northern Ethiopia. (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) Final destination for the day is Arba Minch where we overnight at the Paradise Lodge (3 nights).

Day 3 – Saturday 17.March – 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 boat rid on Lake cahmo to enjoy the most spectacular scenery of 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 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 drive back to Arbaminch. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 5 – Monday 19.March – Arba Minch – Turmi
In the morning drive to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Also spelled Tsamai, they are found living in the semi-arid region of the Omo Valley. These people are agro-pastoralist and use both livestock herding and agriculture to survive. Common crops grown by the tribe are sorghum, millet and sometimes cotton. Continue proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. You will visit the market on Monday market in Turmi. Overnight in Buska Lodge where we stay 3 nights.

Day 6 – Tuesday 20.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. Afterwards, we will drive to Aliduba for market and drive back to Turmi. Today or tomorrow w 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 Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Day 7 – Wednesday 21.March – Turmi – Karo – Turmi
Early in the morning drive to karo tribes famous tribes in south Omo zone with their body painting and are ferrous warrior mens. 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, it’s the same for women of the Karo tribe in Ethiopia. The men also paint their faces and bodies to boost their sex. Afternoon back to turmi If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited Overnight in Turmi at Buska Lodge.

Day 8 – Thursday 22.March – Turma – Jinki

Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar. Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka and Key Afar villages which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Banna and Karo. Afterwards, continue to Jinka. In afternoon you will visit the Ari tribe Village. Overnight in Jinka at Eco – Omo Lodge. (2 nights)

Day 9 – Friday 23.March – Jinka – Mursi – Jinka

Early drive Mursi Villages, the most celebrated residents of south omo. Where you can see their interesting culture like women when age reaches about 20,silt is cut between lower lip and mouth. Over the next year, the gap is progressively stretched until it is large enough for small circular clay plate, so the plate is replaced with the larger one, the process that is repeated until eventually the gap is large enough to hold the clay plate. the larger the lip plate women can wear, the greater her value when she is married. after visit drive back to Jinka trough Mago National Park overnight in Jinka at Eco – Omo Lodge

Day 10 – Saturday 24.March – Jinka – Konso

In the morning we will drive to Konso in Konso the market day’s are every Monday and Thursday. 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. Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Overnight in Konso at Kanta Lodge.

Day 11 – Sunday 25.March – Konso – Yabello

Drive to Yabello on the way visit Borena people and after non drive Dubluk to visit the singing walls. Overnight at Yabello Hotel

Day 12 – Monday 26.March – Yabello – Awassa

Drive Awassa on the way visit the interesting Green coffee plant and some of traditional villages. Overnight in Awassa at Haile Resort

Day 13 – Tuesday 27.March – Awassa – Bale

Early morning drive to Bale mountain on the way you will visit the oromoya region people and village overnight in Dinsho Lodge visit animals around the Lodge.

Day 14 – Wednesday 28.March – Bale – Addis Ababa

Drive back Addis on the way visit the interesting highland and people. Overnight in Addis Ababa – Zola international Hotel

Day 15 – Wednesday 29.March – Addis Ababa

Flying home



March 16 – 29, 2018


15 Days / 14 nights

Photographic themes:

Architecture, landscape, landscape, nature, people


Day 5 Turmi – (big weekly market-Handicraft)

Day 6 Aliduba – small tribe market

Day 8 Dimeka/Key Afar village – colourful tribe market

Day 12 Awassa – Fish market


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


Addis Ababa, Triya, Adadi Mariam, Arba Minch, Netchsar National Park, Dorze Village, Weyto Village, Turmi, Dassnenech village, Hamer Village, Omorate, Dimeka,Key Afar, Jinka, Dimeka, Key Afar, Mursi village, Mago National park, Konso, Yabello, Dubluk, Awassa,Bale



per person in double room

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 2 until day 14 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

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

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