The eastern and Omo Valley, in the south of Ethiopia, is home to a fascinating range of distinct tribal groups, isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and still very much following their own cultures and customs.
The Omo valley and the surrounding areas are also well known because of their most attractive National Park and various tribes that have led traditional life styles. The famous national parks such as Nech-Sar, Mago and Omo are found around the Omo Valley.
Various people who are popular in their unsophisticated way of life inhabit the area of Omo valley and its surroundings. It is a region where age-old African customs are still practiced. Some of its people do not develop material culture, but they have many other mechanisms of manifestations of their traditional ways of life. For instance, the absence of material culture is compensated by the exceptional ornamental and symbolic wealth of their decorated bodies. It is done as not only an expression of beauty but also a demonstration of messages and signs expressed through scarification, ornamentation and hairstyles.
It is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity.
The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world. Tours are offered to several towns and villages. It is often you come into contact with the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech (Geleb), Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and Turkana when you tour the valley.
After the earliest known discovery of Homo sapiens (Human) fossil fragments were found. The lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana which is primarily located in Kenya have both been declared World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization or (UNESCO).