The Roadside: While Traveling Around Ethiopia Part II


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Today we are heading down to the luxuriant Southern Ethiopia, for the continuation of celebrating “journey” from the first part of the virtual journey throughout Ethiopia. The Southern part of the country is more to the Naturalist as the rugged northern Ethiopia is to the Historians.Image

Southern Ethiopia is the land of Rift Valley lakes, wonderful remote wilderness, abundant wildlife, amazing bird life, colorful cultures. It is home of Africa’s most fascinating and colorful ethnic groups, who lives in innate simplicity, which is still unaltered by the pressures of the modern world.  southernethiopiajourney3

In addition to its chain of lakes, the Ethiopian section of Rift Valley also features a chain of mesmerizing National Parks: Bale Mountain National Park, Lake Abiata-Shala National Park, Nechsar National Park, Mago National park and Omo National park- that proffers captivating wildlife, scenic landscapes, rift valley lakes, hundreds of bird species and great trekking possibilities. Image

Before showing you the interesting southern Ethiopia roadside episode, I would really love to share few “must see” panoramas from the amazing southern Ethiopia parks and its rift valley lakes, which all makes this part of the country so exclusive.  Burchell’s Zebras from the Netchsar National Park.Image

A beautiful Gazelle from the Abiata-Shala National Park. Image

Olive baboons from the Netchsar National Park.Image

Wild Boar from the Mago National Park.Image

The exquisite Dik Dik from the Nechsar National park.Image

Here are the superb Flamingos from one of the Rift Valley lakes, in representing the abundant and amazing bird life of the Southern Ethiopia. Image

Back to the road, here is one of my favorite scenes. When heading to Sodo town the roadside is embellish with colorfully painted, interesting houses and cemeteries. ImageImageRest in peace!Image

This particular cemetery commemorates the late famous horse rider of the village.Image

When taking a trip to the Dorze village, the charismatic Dorze kids never get tired to entertain esteemed visitors of their village with their traditional dance.Image

A good journey that gives you a glimpse of diverse ethnic groups, as well as diverse scenery, begins in Konso and takes you through all little villages of the Omo valley. Home Sweet Home! Let’s start with the fascinating Dorze house.Image

Konso houseImage

Banna tribe houseImage

A house from Turmi. Image

Interesting southern Ethiopia field storage, there is no way you miss that when heading to the Arba Minch town.  Image

Heading toward Konso village provides beautiful wild flower scenery all by itself!Image

Talking about flora, here is the interesting Terrace Farming, which the Konso people are famous for.Image

Now let’s meet the southern Ethiopia people from the lower Omo valley or from a region that has been called ‘Africa’s last great wildernesses.  Fascinating people, who express their artistic impulses in the most magical and colorful way, that is unaffected by the modern world. The colorful jewelries, body decorations, traditional rituals of the tribes along with slack-jawed visitors is one of the most extraordinary real life shows of the world. Please welcome the Banna tribe kids!Image

Young Mursi men.Image

‘Lip plates’ and ear lobe discs are important features of female beauty in Mursi society.Image

Hamer Lady.Image

Heading to Yabello village, you can’t help to stop and look at the uniquely marked and decorated camel with necklace- verification for the unquestionable distinctiveness of the Southern Ethiopia.Image

I dare to say this is just a glimpse of southern Ethiopia. I kindly ask you to stay tuned for the final installment of this journey. Last but not least it is a trip to … Image

The ‘birth place of coffee’… Western Ethiopia!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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26 Responses to The Roadside: While Traveling Around Ethiopia Part II

  1. Love the pictures so much! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Finn says:

    Great post Sara, and great pictures too. I particularly like the flamingoes. And the pictures of the local tribes people, how do the Mursi ladies insert their lip plates?

  3. That cute little hut on stilts… I want one!!! 😉

  4. So many people (including myself) associate Ethiopia with famine, drought, starvation…a lot of negativity. But it’s blogs like yours that shed light on Africa in that places like Ethiopia are diverse, extraordinarily beautiful and rich in culture. Keep it up, I am becoming more and more intrigued by your country. Thank you 🙂

  5. Cheyenne says:

    Your photography is wonderful I love how you have captured the people It is great to be able to “visit” this beautiful place through your writing and pictures.

  6. Tariku says:

    Great shots, Sara! I like the first one with the beautiful mountains.

  7. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Hi Sara, charming post about life in Ethiopia and the culture.superb pictures.Thank you for liking my post Fascinating Art.Best wishes.jalal

  8. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Thank you so much Sara for the efforts , time and love you put in posting your astonishing journey around Ethiopia . Thank you for liking my post ( Accolades / Award ) be well and keep up the fantastic work.Sincerely jalal

  9. Wow, we’re just catching up on these blogs now – what an incredible looking country! And we’re very excited for the next installment 🙂

  10. Violet says:

    Love the beautiful photos as always, and the diversity of Ethiopia!! Looking forward to visiting the West! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Sara!!

  11. cindy knoke says:

    So beautiful!! Bravo~

  12. Theresa says:

    Absolutely fascinating glimpse into another culture; love the shots of your people and their houses.

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