How to visit the Omo Valley

The minimum time required to visit the Omo Valley is 4 days. Travelling around the Omo is done exclusively by road, as there are no domestic flight routes south of the gateway town of Arba Minch. 

Arba Minch is a town on the shores of Lake Abaya in the Rift Valley, and is your gateway into the Omo Valley. Most travellers will reach Arba Minch via a domestic flight from Addis Ababa, but it is also possible to drive down the Rift Valley over the course of 2-3 days. 

From Arba Minch, you will take to the road and head south towards the Omo Valley. A journey across the Omo typically takes 4-5 days, with overnights at small towns in different parts of the valley. Be warned, accommodation in this part of the country is very basic

You will be spending a lot of time in a vehicle when exploring the Omo Valley, which is why we don't recommend trying to visit in less than 4 days. 

The Omo Valley is a remarkable region, home to a number of indigenous tribes, each with their own traditions and ways of life. Responsible tourism has never been more important as it is in the Omo Valley. 

It's a delicate region, and should be visited with the utmost respect. 

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We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:

  1. We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

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