Travel Gossip: Intrepid Travelers to Visit Vanishing Tribes of Africa

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These tribesmen in an isolated corner of Ethiopia have had little contact with visitors from the West. Photo Credit: Passage to Africa Safaris.

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Safari guide Michael Lorentz will lead a tour to some of the remotest and most extreme areas of Ethiopia to visit tribes that have largely maintained their traditional culture owing to their relative lack of contact with visitors from the West.


“In the Hamar Mountains, we will witness Bull Jumping Ceremonies – rights of passage for young men into adulthood – where women with long braided hair proudly display welts and scars that symbolize their strength, love and devotion to the initiate,” says Michael, who is Principal Guide and Founder of Passage to Africa Safaris.


“The Karo take tremendous care and pride in adorning themselves with white and yellow clay body art as they prepare for ancient ceremonies of music and dance. We will also visit Nyangatom (“elephant eaters”) homesteads – the most warlike and feared of all Omo tribesmen – and the Mursi, where some of the women insert up to seven-inch diameter clay plates into their lower lips!”

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Traditional customs are still practised by the tribesmen in isolated pockets of Ethiopdia. Photo Credit: Passage to Africa Safaris.

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