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"Key Afar, Jinka & Mursi" Jinka by sachara

Jinka Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 54 photos

I had looked forward to my visit to the Lower Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia as one of the most fascinating parts of my three months trip in Africa. In the Lower Omo Valley live a vast number of ethnic groups in a rather small area. These ''untouched'' tribes include the Mursi with women wearing large lipplates, the Hamer with remarkable hairstyles, but also the Karo, Surma, Ari, banna, Bodi, Bumi and other tribes.

The headmarkets of the region are in Key Afar, Dimeka and Turmi, visited by all the different tribespeople in their amazing traditional clothing, made of goatskin, richily decorated with kaurishells and beads.

In reality my experiences in the Omo Region, the so-called last great wilderness on the African continent, were beyond any imagination !

Visit to a Mursi village

In the Mago National Park we visited a Mursi village.
The women wear lipplates and the male warriors not only knives, but also kalashnikovs. Also the young Mursi boys and girls ornated themselves with bodypainting and all kind of the most amazing stuff.

Key Afar Market

The first town and market in the Omo Region was Key Afar.
At the market you see mainly the Banna people, living in this area, but also people of different other tribes visited this market.
I was totally unprepared to see these very proud, beautiful, relaxed and friendly people all around.
After a stroll at the market, I just sat down in the shade at the edge of the market and looked for more than one hour to the women and men in their wonderful outfits of decorated goatskin.
Sometimes they came to meet you for a chat, for touching your skin or hair or asking for a picture.

  • Last visit to Jinka: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Debsin's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    yessss,, facinated!!! I was born there and raise, you get my Jinka page in few words.

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    The photos are stunning and the tips are so informative for me. Wish I have the chance to see these places. Maybe one day...

  • ushar's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    Ohhh My god.... Really great pages....awesome pics...thanks for sharing the Mursi tribes and their traditions...will visit again .. ush

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    A fascinating place to visit, it has to be said! Mago National Park sounds interesting. ~ho & pang

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Very interesting view of these Ethiopian people. You must be an Anthropologist. Only question I have is, are you wearing a lip plate now? :-)

  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2008 at 2:42 AM

    8-0 Stuning pix! Thanks for sharing! (Woman with Kalsh is the best)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Youve certainly been to some amazing places - but been able to get some most amazing photos as well - a really blessed traveller! All the best to you over there in Uzbekistan having another adventure!

  • boltonian's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    This is a trip i am thinking of doing. Is it not scary?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 10:09 PM

    A superb page! I was convinced that liplates were no more in practice. On your front page photo, I thought it was a rusk and understood only later it was a liplate!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2005 at 10:43 AM

    This is a super page,Ali. Very interesting info about the lipplates. I have always wondered about those.


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