The famous tribes of southern Ethiopia

The famous tribes of southern Ethiopia

The Ethiopian tribes and their traditions

We would like to introduce some of the peculiarities of southern Ethiopia. There, you will find the Omo and Mago National Parks, located near the border with Sudan. Around these parks, you will not only find fauna and flora but you can also see the famous tribes of southern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia gives you the opportunity to discover the tribes and their most legendary traditions. Certainly, they preserve all customs and live as decades ago. Next, we explain you three different ethnic populations.

Karo Tribe

First of all, the Karo population is located on the banks of the Omo River, and its main cities are Dous and Korcho. Mainly, they survive through agriculture, fishing and honey gathering, which often exchange products with other tribes. They use a dialect of the Hamer language to communicate.

On the other hand, they are characterized by their body paintings. Men use abstract paintings and women decorate their heads and arms with flowers, colored necklaces and bracelets.

Also, the Ethiopian government gives them weapons to have some vigilance on the border with Kenya. At the same time, the government is trying to eradicate the abandonment of newborns with some disease.

Mursi Tribe

The Mursi tribe lives in the lowlands of Junka, a small town in the south. They are a total of 10,000 members approximately and they come from the current Sudan. Certainly, they are very aggressive when tourists invade their territory.

Their main economic activity is the cattle and they survive feeding on a mixture of blood and cow’s milk. Also, they make exchanges with other tribes.

In addition, this population is known throughout the world for its clothing and body ornamentation. Women decorate their face with wooden or ceramic plates on their lips, and men paint white geometric drawings all over their bodies.

Hamer Tribe

The Hamer population is one of the most traditional in Ethiopia and one of the most numerous (40.000 members approx.). They are located near Turkana Lake, in the Omo Region.

Also, they work in agriculture and currently organize different markets in Turmi and Dimmeka. They sell coffee, tobacco, spices, etc.

On the other hand, it is necessary to mention that women have a secondary role and still do not have the right to choose their husband. In addition, the single woman wears colorful necklaces and the married woman with metal necklaces.

Unfortunatly, they keep doing one of the worst rituals: throw newborns into the river when they do not know who the father is.

Finally, these famous tribes of southern Ethiopia are not the only ones, there are many others like Ari, Banna, Bacha, Bodi, etc.

We hope you will be encouraged to visit these tribes and do not forget to apply for ethiopian visa to enter the territory. Currently, it is a mandatory document.

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Discover the essence of Ethiopia through trekking!

Discover the essence of Ethiopia through trekking

A different way to visit a country

First of all, it is a fact that Ethiopia remains a country virtually unknown for the rest of the world. In this article, you can see different hiking trails with which you can discover the essence of this wonderful country. Only trekking professionals in Ethiopia know these routes.

Please, read the following information to learn a little more of Ethiopia.

Trekking in Ethiopia

We recommend you to discover 5 different routes that will allow you to know the Ethiopian traditions and nature.

  • Salt caravans: this tour will allow you to learn more about salt transport. Certainly, when you arrive at the Salty Lake of Karouma, you can watch the dromedaries crossing the desert.
  • The volcanoes of Ethiopia: If you go to the northeast of the country you will find natural places formed by the spacing of the Arab and African plates. The landscape is very peculiar since yellow and orange colors predominate. Also, you will see salt columns, hot springs, sulfur mountains and gas geysers. In addition, if you visit the Great Rift Valley, you will see the Erta Ale volcano.
  • Simien National Park: it is the first national park in Ethiopia, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The trekking routes are accessible to the public and along the way you can see the famous Gélada baboons.
  • Balé National Park: it has some of the highest peaks in the country, including Mount Batu, which rises to 4600 meters. The hiking trails generally include: authentic urban crossings such as Dinsho, Garsayson meadows, Rafu pass, etc.
  • A cultural walk: you can visit historical and archaeological sites such as the Gheralta massif, the city of Aksum, Labilela, etc. You will discover all the legends and religious monuments that Ethiopia possesses.

After having mentioned these five routes, we recommend you ask about the itineraries and the information once there.

In conclusion, Ethiopia is a country with a lot of potential but is still unknown for many people. For this reason, we have wanted to introduce you to some trekking routes.

We hope you organize a trip to this wonderful country soon.  Don’t forget to fill out the Ethiopia visa form before starting your adventure.

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Tips for travelling to Ethiopia

Some things you should know before travelling to Ethiopia

In this article, we want to give you some tips for travelling to Ethiopia. It is important to know certain things when you travel to countries totally different from yours.

Our tips…

1. Disease prevention: you should know that Malaria and other diseases are present in Ethiopia. Certainly, it is very important to get vaccinated to prevent yellow fever.

2. Food products: first of all, we recommend to eat the hotel food and especially do not consume fish and meat from lakes or ponds. On the other hand, you can taste typical products such as the khat, the traditional beer and coffee, the Tej (came with honey), etc.

3. Important sites to visit: Danakil’s depression, the Omo Valley, the churches of Tigray, Hawassa and Harar.

4. Water potability: tap water is not drinkable so you should drink bottled water.

5. Accommodation: The western chains require a reservation, otherwise if you go to much cheaper establishments you will not need to make a previous booking. One of the most popular tools for making hotel reservations is booking.com.

6. Public toilets: you should not throw the toilet paper in the toilet, you must throw it in the trash. The pipes can be easily clogged.

7. Visa for Ethiopia: You need a visa to enter the country. It is a mandatory transaction.

8. Monetary system: it is essential to bring enough cash since ATMs and credit cards are only officially accepted in hotels and travel agencies.

9. Trip length: The minimum stay should be 2 weeks, but if it is longer, is better.

Finally, there are thousands of things you should know before travelling, but it is impossible to name all. We will give you more tips for travelling to Ethiopia in the next articles.

As we mentioned earlier, keep in mind that you will need an Ethiopia Travel Visa to enter the country. This is the first step before embarking on the trip.

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Why should you visit Ethiopia?

Why should you visit Ethiopia?

Reasons to discover Ethiopia

In this article, we would like to mention some of the reasons why should you visit Ethiopia as it is a country full of surprises and impressive places declared World Heritage Sites.

South Africa has some of the most beautiful places in the world but also totally unknown. Certainly, one of them is Ethiopia, a country with an important beauty unknown to many of us.

What does Ethiopia offer?

First of all, Ethiopia will allow you to:

  • See the fossils of our great-great grandmother Lucy, the oldest human being ever found. This is located in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.
  • Visit the ancient monolithic churches carved in the rock of Lalibela and the orthodox Christian sanctuary Jerusalem of Africa.
  • Practice trekking in the Simiens mountains enjoying its spectacular landscapes.
  • Learn more about the pilgrimage through the churches and centuries-old temples in the Geralta caves, amid rock walls and steep copper-colored cliffs.
  • Rent a boat on Wonchi Lake and enjoy its waterfalls, hot springs and beautiful valleys.
  • Know the isolated tribes of the Omo Valley and their ways of painting and decorating their bodies, their hairstyles and the round plates on the lips.

On the other hand, apart from the tourist attractions, it is very important to know the culinary culture of the country. The local cuisine consists mainly of spices such as berber, mitmita and korerima. An interesting experience is to eat with the hands like the Ethiopians.

We recommend you to eat at Makush Gallery and in 2000 Habesha, both restaurants located in Addis Ababa.

In addition, you should buy Ethiopian coffee, famous for having a delicate and light taste. Certainly, it is considered one of the best coffees in the world.

Finally, we have tried to convey why should you visit Ethiopia and we hope you discover this wonderful place soon.

Please, be careful when planning your trip because you have to apply for ethiopian visa to enter de country. Certainly, it is better to purchase Ethiopian visa before embarking on your trip.

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The famous Ethiopian Fish Cutlet!

The famous Ethiopian Fish Cutlet

The traditional recipe of Fish Cutlet

The famous Ethiopian Fish Cutlet consists of cooking a steamed fish chopped with spices, combined with potatoes and fried.

Please, see below our own recipe, we hope you like it!

Ingredients (4 people)

All necessary to cook the fish: 2 Green chillies, 1 small ginger, 3 Garlic cloves and 3 Rawa fillets.

All necessary to cook the base: 1 small ginger, 4 Peppercorns, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 potato boiled, 100 gms bread crumbs, 2 Garlic cloves, 1 Egg, 1 Chilli, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 Bread slice, water, 1/2 Lemon, and oil.

Procedure (cooking time:

Firstly, in order to cook the fish, you have to steam the fish in a strainer with boiled water, ginger, green chilly, garlic and cover the pan.

On the other hand, in order to prepare the base, you must mix the bread crumbs, egg, garlic, ginger, green chillies, fresh mint leaves, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, slice of bread, refined oil and juice of half lime in a blender.

Then, smash fennel and black pepper, add them into blender. Add a little waterand the steamed fish and blend them together. Finally, transfer them into a bowl and add one boil potato.

Once this is done, keep it in the fridge for 10 minutes. After, fry the cutlets both sides and serve it.

In conclusion, the famous Ethiopian fish chop is easy to cook and also very tasty. It is a perfect dish to cook with family. There are many recipes typical of Ethiopian cuisine.

We hope you cook this recipe or you have the oportunity to travel to the territory to taste the dish. If you choose the last option, do not forget to apply for a visa to enter Ethiopia.

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