Southern Ethiopia (The SNNPRS)

The Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Regional State is one of 9 federal regional states in Ethiopia and is home to more than 16,000,000 inhabitants of all races,languages and religions making up 20% of the entire Ethiopian population. More than 56 Nations, Nationalities and People representing about 70% of Ethiopia’s ethnic groups inhabit the SNNPRS with most […]


Named after its lake-Lake Hawassa, it is a city perfectly poised at Lake Hawassa’s edge being the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region and Sidama zone. Home to more than 56 ethnic communities, this city deserves the name given to it by many-“the city of diversity”. Hawassa was founded in 1960 during the period of Emperor […]


Arba Minch is the capital of the GamoGofa zone which has diverse natural and cultural attractions. Arba Minch (literally meaning ‘forty springs’ ) stands at the base of a mountainous stretch of the Rift valley escarpment overlooking lakes Chamo and Abaya consisting of two small towns; Sikela and Shecha separated by 4Km tar road. The town of Arba […]

Lake Abaya

with a surface area of 1162 square Km, Lake Abaya is the second largest in Ethiopia after Lake Tana and one of the biggest lakes in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. It is 60 Km long and 20 Kms wide with a maximum depth of 13.1 meters. The lake, found at an elevation of 1285 meters is located […]

Lake Chamo

the third largest lake in Ethiopia is located just to the south of Lake Abaya. Lake Chamo is a 32 Km long, 13 Km wide lake with a total surface area of 317 square Km and a maximum depth of 14 meters. Lake Chamo’s northernmost end is located within Nechsar National Park where visitors can see Hippos and giant […]

The Arbaminch Crocodile Farm

located 6 Km out of town near Lake Abaya, keeps around 8000 crocodiles. Far more impressive, but only accessible by boat is lake Chamo’s Crocodile Market, a stretch of shore where hundreds of these large reptiles naturally congregate in the sun.

The Dorze people

The Dorze people who speak a language in the Omotic family live in villages near the towns of Chencha and Arba Minch, in the Gamo-Gofa zone, 30 Km drive from Arba Minch up to Chencha. Weaving is a primary profession for many Dorzes. They also are farmers, who prevent soil erosion,by ingenious terracing of the mountain side. The Dorze people are famous […]

Walled Villages of Konso

The Konso people live in the walled villages situated at the top of hills in a congested centralized settlement. They developed a defensive style of building,with villages on hilltops, protected by fortification around them. The villages constructed entirely from natural materials abundant in the area are very remarkable.There are about 32 villages with massive walled stones […]

Southern Omo

This relatively small area tucked away at the Ethio-Kenyan border is a cultural and biodiversity hotspot harboring several cultures, ethnicities and nations which coexist peacefully despite huge differences in language, tradition and lifestyle. Four of Africa’s language groups (including the Omotic language group which is endemic to South Omo) can be found in the region […]

Lake Chew Bahir

Lake Chew Bahir (meaning salt sea in Amharic) is located at the boundary between Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regions and measures 64 Km long and 24 Km wide. Fed by the Weito River from the north, this salt lake used to cover an area of 2000 square Km in 1960 but it […]

The Hamers: Turmi and Dimeka

The Hamer control a significantly large territory starting from the Omo River to Lake Chew Bahir. Their numbers are estimated to be around 35,000 and they speak an Omotic tongue endemic to the area and are given to accessorize heavily with women donning leather skirts decorated with shells, several copper bracelets around their arms and heavy […]


It is a traditional small town lying just 85Km from Key Afer and an important transport hub. Best known for its Monday market, it is rewarding to spend time and visit a couple of small traditional villages that lie within a short distance from the town. There are places like the Buska Lodge, the Turmi […]


Located about 72Km west of Turmi on the eastern bank of Omo River is mainly inhabited by the Dasanech people. The main cultural attractions are the Dasanech villages that lie outside of the town. From Omorate the village of Kolcho which is set in magnificent sand cliff is also accessible. The inhabitants of Kolcho, the […]

Lake Turkana

The last of the Rift Valley Lakes (in Ethiopia), formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is Lake Turkana. It is located southwest of the Omorate within the Ethiopian and Kenyan Rift Valley and is the largest permanent desert lake as well as the largest alkaline lake in the world. Despite the climate being hot and dry, […]

Mago National Park

Situated within the trough of the Great Rift Valley, Mago National Park is just east of the Omo River at a distance of 790 Km from Addis and the park headquarter is 115Km from Murelle. The South Omo town of Jinka, a mere 34Km away from the park is a relatively good base from which […]