Saro Suri Tour – Barkaman Guide Ethiopia

                                        The best way to tour Omo valley Ethiopia

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Saro Suri Tour – Barkaman Guide Ethiopia(B.G.E) is located in Suri Omo valley Ethiopia, were Barkaman is now doing he’s first Diploma on Language in Bonga College of Teacher Education. Saro Suri Tour is own operated by Barkaman Geleway.

B.G.E has been in operation since 2010 as Guide and has extensive connection trough out Ethiopia with over 2year designing unique omo valley Ethiopia culture, Nature history, trekking tours in all part of omo valley Ethiopia, we can offer you the trip of your dreams for single travelers as well as large groups.

We excel at designing trip based around each client interest, time and budget. we offer the best value for your money. our excellent reputation has been built on client satisfaction. we also have many repeat client O.A.S prides itself on our deep knowledge of Omo valley Ethiopia, our ability to customize a trip to meet your specification and comfortable safe and happy on your Ethiopia adventure.

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Barkaman Geleway


Ethiopia’s Omo valley is one of the wildest and most ethnically diverse places on Earth and as such the Omo valley tribes is a ‘capture it while you can’ destination. This harsh and inhospitable place has over ten distinctly different tribes existing within a 60 km / 38 miles radius each with its own unique language, clothing, hairstyles and bodily ornamentation. The lower Omo is home to a remarkable mix of small contrasting ethnic groups –not only the Bume and the Karo, but also the Geleb, the Bodi ,the Mursi ,the Suri (Surma, and Yes, We are Suri), the Arebore and the Hamer, to the name but a few. Lifestyles are as various as the tribes themselves. The Bume and Karo mingle with the pastoral Geleb and the transhumant Hamer. the Mursi and the Suri (Surma), meanwhile, mix basic subsistence cultivation with small –scale cattle –herding –lives of harsh simplicity uncluttered by the pressures of the modern world. We welcome for the Photographer’s, Anthropology, Geology and Researcher.

What to see
– Body paintings using clay and vegetation
– Unique hair styles
– Bizarre jewelry collection
– Stick fighting between young men
– Suri Body painting using clay





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  • Suri Trekking – A Tribal Exploration in the Omo Valley (ST11)

Duration: 11 days
Transport: surface
Activities: Trekking, Camping, beautiful landscape, different tribes, adventure and so much

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive Addis Ababa (ADD) welcome to Ethiopia! The rest of the day, city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the view from Mount Entoto, the National and Ethnographic Museums, Trinity Church, the Mercato. O/N: Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis Ababa – Jimma
After breakfast, head south west to Jimma en-route visiting the undulating landscapes and the coffee growing area of Ethiopia and the Gurage Villages. O/N: Hotel-Jimma.

Day 03: Jimma – Mizan Teferi
In the morning, drive to Mizan en-route visiting different tribal villages like the Yem and Keficho tribal villages. O/N: Hotel-Mizan.

Day 04: Mizan Teferi – Kibish
After breakfast, drive to Kibish en-route enjoying the stunning view which unfolds in front of us every minute of our drive. While driving from Mizan to Kibish, you will visit different tribal villages including the Diz and Minit. O/N: Camping-Kibish

Day 05: Kibish – Suri
Full day in Kibish to visit the Suri Tribe and their villages. The Suri are found on the west bank of the Omo. Like their cousins on the other bank of the Omo River, they do body painting and the women wear lip plates. O/N: Camping-Kibish

Day 06: Kibish – Omo National Park
Drive to Omo National Park and afternoon game drive in the national park. Today you will have an opportunity to see unspoiled wilderness of the Omo National Park. O/N: Camping-Omo.

Day 07: Full Day in the Omo National Park
Full day explore the Omo National park. Today we can expect to see some of Africa’s big mammals including Buffalo, Elephants and so on. O/N: Camping-Omo.

Day 08: Omo – Kibish
In the morning, drive to Kibish en-route enjoing the stunning view of Kibish area and visiting different tribal villages. If possible, we will witness their seasonal rituals, dance and Donga stick fighting.

Day 09: Kibish – Mizan Teferi
In the morning drive back to Mizan en-route visiting different coffee farms and different tribal villages.

Day 10: Mizan Teferi – Jimma
Drive from Mizan to Jimma and the rest of the day city tour of Jimma including the palace of Aba Jifar and Jimma market.

Day 11: Jimma – Addis Ababa
After breakfast, drive to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the beautiful Wonchi Crater Lake and Suba Forest. In the evening, there will be a complimentary Ethiopian traditional dinner with folkloric tribal dances. After the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

  • Tribal Tour and Safari to Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, Omo Valley (TS9)

Duration: 9 Days
Transport: Surface
Activities: tribes of the Omo Valley, Great Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes, national parks, game animal, stunning landscape, unique ethiopian tribal culture, colorful African markets and so much more…….
Omo Valley “the unique wilderness”

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour. O/N: hotel.

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch
In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arba Minch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla. O/N: hotel.

Day 3: Arba Minch – Nechsar National Park – Lake Chamo
In the morning, will have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus. O/N: hotel.

Day 4: Arba Minch – Turmi
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Turmi en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area. O/N: hotel.

Day 5: Turmi – Omorate
In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Dassanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat. In the afternoon, we will visit to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing). O/N: hotel.

Day 6: Turmi – Key Afer – Jinka
After breakfast, we will drive to Jinka through Key Afer. At Key Afer will visit the colorful weekly Key Afer Market. O/N: hotel.

Day 7: Jinka – Mursi – Jinka
After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park. O/N: hotel.

Day 8: Jinka – Arba Minch
In the morning, we will start driving back to Arba Minch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay. O/N: hotel.

Day 9: Arba Minch – Tia – Addis Ababa – Departure
After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, here you will visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

  • South Omo Itinerary (SO12)

Day 1: Addis Ababa  Arrive at Bole International Airport in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, where you will be welcomed by Saro Suri Tour representative and transferred to the Tyitu Hotel where you will stay overnight.

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Arba Minch in the morning. On the way, you will visit Alaba village and their unique way of home decorating style. Overnight in hotel or lodge at Arba Minch.

Day 3: Arba Minch  A morning drive to Chencha village to visit the Dorze ethnic group with their unique home building style and traditional weaving. (Visit their market if it is a market day). Then drive back to Arba Minch. After lunch in hotel, a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles (at Crocodile Market) and hippos. Overnight in Arba Minch.

Day 4: Arba Minch – Jinka  Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Bena and the Ari ethnic groups with their untouched culture (if it is Thursday you will visit the colorful market of Key Afer), overnight in Jinka.

Day 5: Jinka – Mursi  After breakfast, drive to Mago National Park and proceed to Mursi village to visit the Mursi people, whose females put lip plates on their lower lips and in their ears. Drive back to Jinka for lunch. After lunch visit the Ari village or the South Omo Research Center in Jinka. Overnight hotel in Jinka.

Day 6: Jinka – Turmi  After breakfast drive to Turmi. On the way visit the Tsemay ethnic group and the most colorful market in the Omo valley, the Key Afer market if it is Thursday and the Dimeka market if it is Tuesday. Overnight at lodge or hotel.

Day 7: Turmi – Omorate – Turmi  In the morning drive to Omorate and after crossing the Omo River by traditional boat visit the Dassenech ethnic group with their untouched culture. Drive back to Turmi, in the late afternoon visit one of the Hamer villages in Turmi. Overnight lodge or hotel in Turmi.

Day 8: Turmi – Murule – Turmi  In the morning drive to Murule to visit the Karo ethnic group who are very well known for their body painting and their fascinating houses. Drive back to Turmi for overnight, and visit market of Turmi if the day is Monday or Market of Dimeka if it is Tuesday. Overnight lodge or hotel in Turmi.

Day 9: Turmi -Yabello  In the morning drive to Yabello on the way visit the Cushitic-Elbore tribe and the Konso village who are famous for terracing and unique way of living. Before arriving to Yabello you will see the Borena Oromo people. Overnight at hotel in Yabello.

Day 10: Yabello – Awassa  After breakfast drive, to Awassa on the way you will visit 9th century Tutu Fella Stelae Fields. Continue driving to Awassa through the village of the Borena people and the breathtaking landscape and vegetation. Overnight hotel in Awassa.

Day 11: Awassa – Addis Ababa  After breakfast drive to the beautiful fish market on the shore of Lake Awassa with many aquatic birds, and then continue driving to Addis Ababa. On the way to Addis you will visit Ziway Lake which is rich in aquatic bird life. Over night in reserved hotel.

Day 12: City tour of Addis Ababa and Departure  Sightseeing tour that includes Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European Architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa; the National Museum,  home to the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.2 million years; the Ethnological Museum presenting different collections for an overview of the history, culture, tradition and religions of almost all tribal groups in Ethiopia; St. George Cathedral and Museum, a historical church with traditional Ethiopian Orthodox Church architecture founded by Emperor Menelik-II; from Mount Entoto you’ll have a panoramic view point at the highest point in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters; The Merkato is the biggest open air market in Africa. In the evening transfer to the airport for departure to home.

  • City Tour in Addis Ababa 

Tribes of the Omo Valley