• King Solomon Tours

    Personalized guided tours through Ethiopia's Omo Valley

  • More than a guide

    In one day or one week, Solomon can give you an intimate look at the people and places in the Omo Valley.

    SOLOMON BEKELE

    Sole Proprietor

    Solomon has the perfect resume to guide you through southern Ethiopia.

    • Born in Arba Minch, his family roots are in the Hammar tribe.
    • He has worked as a fisherman on Lake Chamo.
    • He was the first to own a Chk-Chk in his hometown, which makes him a skilled driver in an unforgiving landscape. 
    • He speaks six languages, including English and has a host of friends in every village who are quick to introduce you to their people, their customs, their food and their coffee.

     

  • Sample Six-day tour

    DAY 1

     

    Pick you up afternoon from Jinka airport and see Ari village around Jinka.

    The Ari inhabit the northern border of Mago National Park. Ari villages have neat compounds in fertile and scenic land with coffee plantations. The men tend to large livestock herds and the villages produce large quantities of honey. The women wear skirts from the banana like tree, called Enset.

    They are well known for their pottery and blacksmith skills.

     

    Along the way, we will stop to flirt with monkeys and baboons -- some of which know that tourists sometimes bring bananas to feed them.

     

    Accommodation Jinka Nasa guest house.

    DAY 2

     

    Drive to visit the Mursi tribe, through Mago National Park. Mursi are known for their extraordinary body decorations, including their trademark ‘saucer’ lip plate (dhebi a tugoin) which has become the chief visible distinguishing characteristic. A girl’s lower lip is cut, by her mother or by another woman of her settlement, when she reaches the age of 15 or 16. The cut is held open by a wooden plug until the wound heals. It appears to be up to the individual girl to decide how far to stretch the lip, by inserting progressively larger plugs over a period of several months. Some, but by no means all, girls persevere until their lips can take plates of 12 centimetres or more in diameter.

     

    Afterwards drive to Turmi. If it's Thursday we would visit a Keyafer market, if it's Tuesday or Saturday we have chance to see Alduba or Demeka market, both are on the way.

     

    Accommodation Kizo lodge meal fullboard.

    DAY 3

     

    Drive to Omorate to visit Dasenech tribe. We will cross the Omo river in a wooden canoe, hike back ot the road and travel to a remote village at the Kenya.

     

    The Dassanech live in the Omo delta on the northern side of Lake Turkana. They vare the most southerly tribe living in Ethiopia’s Omo valley. Their name means People of the Delta. However, despite the lake and delta, it is an incredibly dry region; there is nothing but desert to the west and southwest.

     

    Cattle are central to the lives of the Dassanech, just as they are for the other tribes of the Omo valley. The Dassanech tribe is not strictly defined by ethnicity. Over time the tribe has absorbed a wide range of different peoples and it’s now divided in to eight main clans. Each clan has its own identity and customs, its own responsibilities towards the rest of the tribe and is linked to a particular territory.

     

    Afterwards back to Turmi, the choice for sleeping that night is in the Hammer village we'd erect a tent and sleep with the tribe, or, if you don't want camping:

    Accommodation Evangady lodge.

     

    DAY 4

     

    Drive to Nyangatum to visit one of their village and drive back to Karo (Kara) Tribe.

    The tribe of Kara (Karo) lives on the east bank of the Omo river. Their main wealth is goats; they have fewer cows. In recent years, partly due to the arrival of civilization and partly due to the spread of tsetse fly, more and more Kara people are beginning to farm, growing maize and sorghum.

    As there are a few Karas left, it's the smallest tribe of the Omo valley. They live in several villages, don’t have their own weekly markets and come to the markets of the Hamar tribe in Dymek and Turmi.

     

    After visit put tent for night camping in Chorcho village on the view of Omo River.

     

    DAY 5

     

    Drive to Arba Minch via Banna and Tsemay.

    On your way, we will visit a Konso village which is a World Heritage site. . Defined by UNESCO, "Konso Cultural Landscape is a property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. The site also features anthropomorphic wooden statues - grouped to represent respected members of their communities and particularly heroic events - which are an exceptional living testimony to funerary traditions that are on the verge of disappearing. Stone steles in the towns express a complex system of marking the passing of generations of leaders.

     

    Accommodation Silasie resort.

     

     

     

     

    DAY 6

     

    The morning will begin with

    a boat tour of Chamo Lake. The lake is full of drama: eagles, heron, flamingo fishing its rich waters from above, while crocodiles and hippos sun themselves and wait to feed below.

    After we will visit the rainforest around the 40 springs that give Arba Minch its name.

     

    Then drive to Dorze village visit the village.

    The Dorze people live in the Guge mountains near Arba Minch, in a cold and misty climate.

    They are famous for their beehive huts which can measure around 12m.

    They are also famous for their skills in cotton- weaving.

    Many of the traditional cotton clothes of the Ethiopians come from Chencha, the biggest town in the area.

     

    The markets of the Dorze are famous for their colourful atmosphere with colourful goods.

    If it's Thursday or Saturday we will visit the market and then drive to Arba Minch airport and end our tour.

     

     

  • Reviews

    We had a wonderful time with Solomon. He has a deep and unique knowledge of the tribes of the Omo Valley, but even more impressive, he knew --- and clearly was highly regarded by -- everyone we met. He's an extraordinary guy, and an extraordinary guide.

     

    David G. New York USA

    Solomon is a rare treat. When we compared notes with other tourists, we realized that our tour was not molded by a tour company who had paid someone to do their work, he had built a trip for us based on our needs and his huge network of locals who gave us access.

    Molly F. - Louisiana, USA

  • Contact Us

    Solomon can tailor a tour to your needs.

    Arba Minch, Ethiopia
    +251 91 687 3322