• King Solomon Tours

    Personalized guided tours of Ethiopia

  • Meet 'Soli'

    Join Solomon on any of his tours and you will discover the inside view of beautiful Ethiopia and its amazing people.

    SOLOMON BEKELE

    Your Ethiopia Wide and Local Guide!

    Solomon has the perfect resume to guide you throughout Ethiopia.

    • Born in Arba Minch, he is 32 yo. His family roots are in the Hamer Tribe.
    • His first job was working as a fisherman on Lake Chamo!
    • He speaks six languages, including English.
    • A good driver who is careful and confident.
    • His second job was driving Banana trucks to Somaliland!
    • He continues his formal education at night school in Arba Minch.
    • Worked as a Guide for International Companies, toured all over Ethiopia.

     

  • Omo Valley Tribes 6-day tour

    Discover the unique lifestyles of the Omo and Mago Valley Tribes.

    DAY 1

    Ari Tribe

     

    Afternoon pickup from Jinka Airport, head to Ari village near 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 and view monkeys and baboons -- some of which know that tourists bring bananas to feed them.

     

    Accommodation is at Jinka Nasa Guest House.

    DAY 2

    Mursi, Banna & Hamar Tribes​

     

    Drive to visit the Mursi Tribe through Mago National Park. The 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 the Keyafer market, if it's Tuesday or Saturday we have chance to see Alduba or Demeka market, both are on the way.

     

    Accommodation is at

    Kizo Lodge.

    DAY 3

    Dassenech Tribe

     

    Drive to Omorate on the Kenyan border to visit the Dassenech Tribe. We will cross the Omo river in a wooden log canoe, hike back to the road and travel to a remote village at the Kenyan border.

     

    The Dassanech live in the Omo delta on the northern side of Lake Turkana. They are 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 we head back to Turmi with the choice of sleeping the night in a Hamar Village (we'd erect a tent and sleep with the tribe) or, if you don't want to camp, accommodation is at Evangadi Lodge.

     

    DAY 4

    Nyangatom, Karo, Hamar Tribes

     

    Drive to Nyangatom to visit one of their Omo R. villages. After, we will drive back to Korcho Village and the Karo (Kara) Tribe.

    The Karo live 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 Karo people are beginning to farm, growing maize and sorghum.

    As there are a few Karos left, it is the smallest tribe of the Omo valley. They live in several villages and don’t have weekly markets. They go to the markets of the Hamar Tribe in Demeka and Turmi.

    Tents for night camping in Korcho Village, overlooking the Omo River..

    Beautiful Sunsets!

     

    DAY 5

    Banna, Tsemay, Konso Tribes

     

    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 is at Selassie Resort.

     

     

     

     

    DAY 6

    Dorze Tribe

     

     

    The morning will begin with a boat tour of Lake Chamo. The lake is full of drama with fish eagles, heron and flamingo fishing its rich waters while crocodiles and hippos sun themselves and feed in the shallows.

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

    We then drive to Dorze to 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 bee-hive houses 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 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

    Solomon is a rare treat. When we compared notes with other tourists, we realized that our tour was not moulded 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

    Review

    I am a photographer who has used Solomon as a specialised guide to access tribes in the Omo & Mago Valleys. Together, over the last 6 years, we have had some amazing adventures and always Soli has been organised, helpful and good humoured. No better man!

    Rod Waddington, Photographer (waddington@iprimus.com.au)

    Review

    In 2017 my sister and I spent a week travelling around the Omo Valley with Solomon as our Guide and Driver. We had such a great time, we always felt respected and cared for. Camping in the villages was the best! We highly recommend Soli!

    Belinda and Jacinta D., Australia

  • Contact Us

    Solomon can tailor a tour to your needs.

    Arba Minch, Ethiopia
    +251 91 687 3322