Dance with colorful tribes and take a safari ride at Omo National Park and River, Ethiopia's largest and most remote park and a World Heritage Site. Belts of lush forests across savannahs dotted with hot springs showcase the area's landscapes, and the region's sparse human settlements still practice ancient customs. Located on the west bank of the Omo River, the park features abundant wildlife and native tribes such as the Dizi, Bodi, Me'en, Mursi, Nyangatom, Erbore, and Suri. Spanning 4,068 sq km (2,527 sq mi), this virtually unexplored park is also home to buffalo, cheetahs, elands, elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, Burchell's zebras, lesser kudu, Anubis baboons, and more than 300 species of birds. The park has very little tourist infrastructure; most tours are organized from Jinka. Make Omo National Park and River part of your personalized Jinka itinerary using our Jinka day trip planner .
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  • My buddy and I went to Ethiopia on a whim. Completely unexpectedly, we boarded a bus in Addis Ababa which took us to Awasa. Quiet little evening. The next day we took a bus for 6 hours to Arba Minch. There, we got to know Nairobi. A former pro footballer who after his career was trained to become a guide. He already had the advantage of having traveled the country to the rhythm of the football season. He also has impeccable English. So he organized a motorcycle ride with onions. He found us 2 bikes, gave guide contacts on the cities we were going to cross, booked hotels and was available on WhatsApp, text h24 in case of a problem, which we didn't have for that matter. This motorcycle road trip was really perfect. So we started from Arba Minch, Konso and Key Afar. The journey can be done much faster, but we stopped in many small villages, to exchange with the Ethiopians. Very smiling and welcoming people. Bonus on board, it is a little difficult to stop, because you get quickly surrounded and you can feel a little oppressed. But once you get off the bike, everything's fine. Back on Arba Minch, Nairobi was there to welcome us. We made the bikes without any problems and have one last evening with our host. Then bus to Addis and back home. If you are ready for the adventure of a trip / road trip a little roots (or not) go for it ... And you can even contact Nairobi on WhatsApp if you have any questions. 251953746706. Have a nice stay. Vincent
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  • Myself ,and two other ladies from New Zealand, were fortunate enough to have Yonas as our driver/guide in the southern portion of our Ethiopian 16 day visit. He took care of us and drove us many miles...  more »
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