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Southern Ethiopia
Photography Tour 2023

Join Glenn McKimmin and Terry Taylor on this photo tour to discover Ethiopia’s unique, exotic and diverse indigenous tribes scattered throughout the remote Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia.

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Tour Overview

Our journey takes us into Southern Ethiopia and to the remote Omo Valley with its stunning variety of distinct tribal groups, each with adornments, costumes and customs that are a feast for photographers. As we drive through this region, languages, village communities and dress styles change dramatically and in rapid succession. Body painting, scarification and unique hair treatments are all part of the experience as is the stunning and varied landscape.

When on tour we will stay in the best available accommodation using lodges as the bases from which we venture out in different directions each day. Multiple nights in the same lodge allows us to settle in and explore each location in depth. This itinerary through the Southern Highlands and then the Omo Valley will bring you in contact with fascinating, timeless ways of life you may have thought to have disappeared long ago.


27 March – 6 April 2023




$8995 AUD per person Twin Share

Join Clare Oliver and

Terry Taylor for this once

in a lifetime experience

“Ethiopia is such a great country, beautiful place…you get there and it’s another world. It’s filled with art and music and poetry…“ – Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)

Ethiopia Photo Tour
Ethiopia Photography Workshop

Don’t miss a shot

Be in the right place

at the right time

As part of a small group, under the guidance of 2 passionate photographers, you are assured of being in the right place at the right time, to capture the multitude of sights and experiences you will encounter.

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

  • The average temperature range in Ethiopia for April is 13 – 22 degrees.
  • Warm, light and breathable clothing is best.
  • Good supportive boots.  Waterproof would be best.

What you will photograph

  • Mursi People
  • Omo Valley
  • Hammer People
  • Bustling Markets
  • Stunning Plains and Vast Landscapes

Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be
provided each day.

Meeting place

Bole International Airport

Place your secure deposit

$1,000.00Add to cart

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email

Tour Mentors

Clare Oliver

Clare Oliver

Portait Photographer

Terry Taylor

Terry Taylor

Cultural Photographer

Tour Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. A get-together and pre-tour briefing at our hotel will be a convivial and informative start to our adventure.

Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel

Day2: Addis Ababa - Jinka

After breakfast, we take a flight to the frontier town of Jinka, next to the Mago National Park. Our time in Jinka will be spent in the National Park visiting the eerily awesome Mursi people whose women proudly display scarification, headdresses of plumes, leather and bones, including enormous hippo teeth. Most remarkable are the large clay plates worn in the bottom lips of many women. The lip plates are worn by upper class women and were originally worn to discourage slave traders but were eventually seen by the Mursi as symbolic of beauty rather than disfigurement.

Accommodation: Eco-Omo Lodge

Day 3: Jinka - Mago National Park - Jinka

We take full advantage of the impressive location with its river- bed crossings, verdant hills distant mountains and remote pastoral scenes. The Mursi people live a harsh and rudimentary life in the bushland and counterbalance this with spectacular body adornments and displays. Your mentors, local guide and local tribal scout will all ensure the most rewarding interaction with these remarkably unique people.                                   

Accommodation: Eco-Omo Lodge

Day4: Jinka - Turmi

Depart from Jinka and travel further south to Turmi, home of the Hamer people.  On the way, we should visit one of the most colorful markets in South Omo which are attended by neighborhood Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes.  In the evening, we have a good chance of attending the traditional night dancing of the Hamer people, known as Evangadi. The Hamer men decorate themselves with body scarring and hairstyles incorporating feathers and clay. The women cover their hair in animal fat, ochre and clay and their bodies with painted markings.

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 5: Karo People

Our day trip visits the people of the Karo tribe via the villages of Murulle, Kolcho and Dus on the shores of the Omo River.  The Karo people are the smallest in number of all of the tribes of the Omo Valley, and they are known for their elaborate decorations, particularly during local ceremonies.  It is possible to arrange private photography session with some of these people. Karo men place great importance on their physical appearance and carefully decorate their bodies in ochre and white paint. A well-maintained and cherished AK47 is also commonly carried by the men. The women favour beads in their hair, bracelets, necklaces and lip pins.

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 6: Hamer People

Today we will explore Turmi, a village of the Hamer people.  The friendly Hamer people are well known for the remarkable body decoration and special hair style of the women. After having killed an enemy or wild animal the men are decorated with a clay-cap, painted in different colours and the feather of an ostrich. We should be able to witness a bull jumping ceremony at this time of year. Youths have to complete this rite of passage to officially become a man. It involves, in part, running naked across the backs of a line-up of bulls four times as tribal men assist in controlling the bulls and women cheer for the youth.

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 7: Omorate (Desanech People)

We drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat to visit the Dasennech tribe (also known as Galeb tribe).  These people are semi-nomadic with groups extending into neighboring Sudan and Kenya and their housing is very simple. The women insert a small iron plate into their lower lips. Young girls imitate this with a small leaf.

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Day 8: Arebore & Bena People

We drive to Konso to visit the Arebore people. We will also visit the Banna folk who are agriculturalists and practice flood-cultivation. They also enjoy hunting. When a man has killed a wild animal they have a big feast and the hero is decorated with clay-paint. In the little town of Key-Afer we will visit the very colourful regional market were Ari, Tsemai and Banna people sell their agricultural and handmade products.

Accommodation: Kanta Lodge

Day 9: Konso - Arba Minch

This morning we visit Konso Village.  The Konso people are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques.

We then drive on to Arba Minch beside the Gughe Mountains home of the Dorze people who are known for their tall beehive-like elephant-faced huts their fine cotton weaving and polyphonic music.   Our lodge for tonight is on a spectacular escarpment with stunning views of lakes and a land bridge.

Accommodation: Paradise Lodge

Day 10: Arba Minch - Lake Chamo - Addis Ababa

In the morning, we will take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the crocodile market and hippo pods. Along with wildlife we should see the local watercraft called ‘ambatchs’; a boat design which has existed since the times of Ancient Egypt.                                                                                                                            

We will then be transferred to Arba Minch airport and fly back to Addis Ababa.

Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel

Day 11: Addis Ababa - Bole International Airport

Today we transfer to Bole International Airport to say our goodbyes and departure for our flights home.

Included in the Southern Ethiopia Photography Tour

All hotel accommodations on the basis of twin share accommodation. All meals on full board basis (B, L, D). All domestic airfares (Addis – Jinka / Arba Minch – Addis). Ground transportation in air-conditioned land cruisers with driver. Only 3 passengers per vehicle, everyone has a window seat. Professional English-speaking national guide and tribal guides. Photography fees. Drinking water in vehicles. All entry fees. Scout, village entrance and road fees. All transfers. Gratuities for guides and lodge staff. All service charges and taxes.

Not included in the Southern Ethiopia Photography Tour

International airfares to Ethiopia, visas, extra drinks & alcohol, laundry, travel Insurance (compulsory), items of a personal nature.

*Tour itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Fotoworkshops. Please read our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Why choose our Photography Tours?

Imagine combining a dream holiday with your passion for photography. You will explore secret locations and gain new expertise in one of the greatest art forms ever created. With Fotoworkshops, you will be personally mentored by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry. A truly immersive experience that is sure to check off on the bucket list. Our itineraries and experience in handpicked locations will ensure you never miss an opportunity, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photography Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with the Fotoworkshops team before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customizing a Photography Tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Insurance

Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our photography tours. If you are unsure about how to get insurance, please let the team know and we can help you.

How To Book

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email

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