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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The ‘birth place of coffee’… Western Ethiopia!