Ethiopia is divided into two areas, north and south. In the north are the cities, palaces, castles and churches and south are the tribes. If the North is a wonderful the south is too. Inyou will foind the north are the churches of Lalibela and in the south that of the Mursi Tribe. This warrior tribe long ago discovered the "pay-per-photo" system. Whilst other tribes normally charge a birr per photo, thanks to the Germans and Americans they charge 10, extortionate. The Mursi know they are the most photogenic, especially the dishes that women wear on their lips which slowly stretch the lip out and they then put on a bigger dish. We arrived, took a few photos and left as quickly as posible. They got a bit aggressive because we were not willing to pay what they wanted for the pictures. Anyway, here are some of the potos I could get, for you all to see. By the way, not all Mursi women wear dishes. Some of themhere simply paint ethnic designs.
Now that the holidays are coming up and dreams begin to form, I remember the days in Turmi, a city in southern Ethiopia, Hamer Tribe, which in a few years has grown due to the tourists who come and stay in this town as their "home base" to discover the lands of the different tribes. One would think that because It is a tiny village, there are no services and there is still to come after a few hours of driving tracks, ... But they are constructing roads, so you can reach Hamer ... Until last year, Turmi was a hidden corner, with a couple of camps to accommodate travellers. Some with western clothing and most with their own arrangements. All around, the land is dotted with acacias, shrubs, and dry river beds, sandy and wide, through which the Hamer come and go, or even dig in the sand to find water. If we sharpen our gaze, we can see interesting monkeys, with a white face and tail and the rest of the body black, back on top of the tallest trees ... Very close to Turmi are some small villages. After asking permission, we saw how they bring the cattle in the evening, and we went out there and have some contact with this tribe of great beauty, proud look, not aiming to sell some of their gourds, wooden stools they carry with them everywhere to sit if they get tired, or necklaces ... Children, yes, you hold their hands to accompany them and they even fight each other because no one wants to run out to take the hand of a white. They play, they look at you, you try to give them entangle some birr (Ethiopian currency) ... And the evening is falling, with those colors so magnificent that are only found in places where nature is king. The acacias give us those pictures typical of Africa, the heat is leaving (and mosquitoes come, of course), and I feel great, eager to save the images on my retina and in my memory, and look forward to returning soon I left.
The Konso landscape has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Its forms that have been shaped by water and wind resemble skyscrapers that remind you of New York Ethiopia. The red earth contrasts with the green of the vegetation which makes a unique and spectacular views. The town is right next to these cliffs that will leave you breathless. If you take a walk through the village it's like going back in time.
The Nechisar National Park is part of the area containing Lake Chamo, the most visited of the two lakes near the city of Arba Minch.
Lake Chamo is home to some of the world's largest crocodiles, although we were not lucky enough to see any, as well hippos of which we could only see their heads from the boat. There are many more types of animals living here although we were only able to see pelicans and more pelicans, along with some other birds. Nevertheless, there is a special charm here and the walk through the reserve and the lake is highly recommended. Keep in mind that the lake shore is full of mosquitos.
The lake is in the middle of Awassa Great Rift Valley Rif. It covers an area of 130km and it has a maximum depth of about 10 metres. It's got one of the most beautiful sunrises I've seen and if you are lucky you can see hippos if you take a ride in the boats that cross the lake, but there are very few around. Close by is the city of Awassa for you to explore.
Awassa, Ethiopia is a city situated on the road to southern Ethiopia. It is situated next to the lake of the same name, Lake Awassa. Along with the lake, another must-see attraction of the city is the Church of San Gabriel. It is an Orthodox Church, at the entrance there are benches so you can listen to the Mass from the outside. Its domes make it the prettiest building in the city.
The Waga or totem pole of wood sculptures of Konsor is dedicated to their heroes. It is placed in the middle of the fields where the hero had died. He was a soldier who was represented by a gun. To protect it, a small museum was built with a wonderful artefacts. It is also declared a World Heritage site.
Jinka is a typical village in southern Ethiopia. It is the starting to visit the Mago National Park and the Mursi tribe-one of the most spectacular in southern Ethiopia. It is located halfway between Arba Minch and Turmi. It is a village located in the mountains and is very green, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. These thunderstorms, however, bring rain for five minutes, after which the sun shines again.
Mago National Park is made up of an area of 2,162 square kilometers, along the Omo River, and in the area of the Mursi ..we didn´t try too much though, considering the difficulty of the tracks in the rainy. We had to give up a night of camping . Without a 4x4 . On our way to meet the Mursi, we had the chance to see how life is here. They kept animals across the track as nice as the "gerenuk" , a gazelle giraffe, also like gazelles but a smaller version, and always in pairs . Even some of those with boar tusks are huge! They say there are giraffes, lions, elephants, buffalo ... ie large mammals of Africa, but the human siege has made their populations decline and of course go to the most remote places. We approached the place where we were supposed to have camped that night, and aside from hearing the monkeys in the forest closed (luckily not camped there, frankly), next to a creek we found a wonderful little scene. Lots of butterflies, pretty quiet on the sand, piled, beyond our presence. We approached a lot, and did not move (the wings themselves, constamente). We conclude that they were mating, and of course, we passed a lot of them!
The Banna Tribe live in the región of the Omo River and are first cousins of the Hamer tribe. They live scattered about the region and often gather for celebrations. In this video you will see a dance of women provoking men. After drinking beer and eating, after sunset, you can imagine how it all ends up. Our driver, Abraham, is a close friend of this tribe, near Trumi. Upon arrival, we were treated like friends as opposed to tourists. Of course, it was celebrated. Firstly, they killed a goat which is one of the biggest offerings they carry out. Then, in the evening they held a party which involved dancing and a whole show of friendship. Frankly it was a wonderful experience, not part of any trip. It was a sign of friendship that today very few tourists can see in these parts. To be treated like one of them is a real privilege and something that I will never forget. Thank you everybody for treating us so well!
Key Afer is the path from Arba Minch Jinka. It is a typical Southern town and is famous for the market that is formed by all the tribes of the Omo region. It's all multiracial and colorful and the various tribes and races live, mostly the Hamer and Banna, who are cousins and brothers. It sells a bit of everything, but mostly crafts bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other jewellery as well as utensils and spices. It's great to visit when the weather is not too hot!