Probably one of the most unusual safaris in Africa, Jade Sea Journeys operate a combination of boat and land expeditions into one of the wildest corners of the continent, based from Lumale Camp on the eastern banks of the Omo River.
These expeditions are not your standard ‘soft’ adventure safari, as with the majority of tailored African travels. A journey into the Omo Basin is a kaleidoscope of culture and terrain. This is the birthplace of mankind where early hominids have been found dating back 2 million years - the crucial turning-point in the evolution of the hominids.
The Omo Delta, only accessible by boat, is a stunningly remote area of islands and marshes inhabited by the Dassanech and crocodile hunters El Molo tribes. The Dassanech villages are scattered among the islands and the villagers are delightfully untouched by the normal effects of tourism. We anticipate that only 50 people a year make it into the delta – and all of these are with Jade Sea Journeys. Currently the Delta is not accessible but there are plans to reopen shortly.
The riverine forest runs along the banks of the Omo River further into southern Ethiopia. Travelling by boat, you pass beautiful thick forests hanging over the river, full of birds and crocodile, with villagers running to the banks to wave. You pass the Nyanyagatom, Hamar and Kara tribes along the way to the main Karo village of Duss. Further upstream from Duss you will also find the lip-plate Mursi tribe and their close cousins the Surma.
Lumale Camp offers comfortable tented accommodation in two-man tents with simple camp beds and verandha. Separate toilet and shower tents are set up to the rear of the tents.
The Omo Valley is best visited between June and March with January and February being particularly hot and humid.
Cultural celebrations are best in April and May, and bull-jumping in September. Long rains are March to May, with a little rain in November.
To find out more about Lumale, Jade Sea Journeys and to arrange your tailor-made trip, get in touch with us today.