Southern Ethiopia

Wilder, warmer, and more archetypically African than the highlands north of Addis Ababa, southern Ethiopia holds a suite of attractions very different to those along the northern historical circuit. Culturally, the highlight is the South Omo valley, inhabited by a dozen ethnic groups who survive by agriculture and livestock-herding and adhere to such ancient traditional rituals as body painting, lip-stretching, ritual scarification and bull-jumping. The Ethnic groups leave the deepest impression on visitors. To travel here today is easy, but still a privilege. Scenically, the region is dominated by the Great Rift Valley, with a lot of beautiful lakes teeming with flamingos, pelicans and other charismatic African birds.