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Ethiopia – Suri Tribe Photo Tour 2024

US$8,465 person sharing

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Please note that costs & dates for 2024 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

7 Feb 2024 – 15 Feb 2024

ORYX’s “Suri Tribe Photo Tour” will take participants to one of the wildest corners of Ethiopia – Kibish in the Omo Valley. This is a cultural photo experience during which we will interact with, and photograph the Suri Tribal community. Sadly, the ravages of modernization are threatening this unique tribe, and as such visiting the people of the Surma area is unfortunately a “see it while you can” trip. Join ORYX for a true photographic adventure to encounter some of the most remarkable tribal people on Earth!

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Spend time with the Suri Tribe, one of the most remote but undoubtedly the most photogenic tribe in the Omo Valley who decorate themselves with ornate, colourful body painting, scarification, adornment with flowers and lip plates.

Before it’s too late

The cultural identity of the Suri, and indeed most tribes in the Omo Valley is being placed under increasing pressure from the outside world, and it really is a case of “explore and photograph the Omo Valley while you can.”

Mobile Camp

ORYX’s mobile camp is exclusively set up for us in an area that gives unprecedented access to the Suri.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this remote location with like-minded individuals for a cultural experience like no other!

Guided experience

ORYX has been operating in Ethiopia for more than a decade, and our hard-won experience coupled with a strong relationship with the ground team ensure the ultimate photography tour experience.

Mike Dexter - Photo Tour Leader

Mike Dexter

9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Addis Ababa
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    The intricately adorned and photogenic Suri
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Today is set as an arrival in Addis Ababa day for this Ethiopian photo safari.

Day 2: Fly from Addis Ababa to Jimma

We depart Addis Ababa today and fly to Jimma, the largest city in southwestern Ethiopia, where we will overnight.

Day 3: Drive Jimma to Mizan Teferi

Today on our Omo Valley Photography Tour, we will be continuing our southwest routing as we make our way to Mizam Teferi. The 240km drive (approximately 7 hour drive time) is made up of a mosaic of forest and cultivated land dominated by coffee, tea and various spices, and we will have ample opportunity to stop and take advantage of any photographic opportunities we may encounter.

Day 4: Drive Mizan Teferi to Kibish (Suri people)

This morning is an exciting travel day as we arrive in the Surma area and specifically in Kibish, where we will be camping for the next three nights. Much of our focus today will be photographing the fabulous Suri people, who due to their remoteness are one of the least visited of the Omo Valley’s tribes.

Days 5 to 7: Kibish area (Suri people)

We have three full days during our Omo Valley Photography Tour to explore and photograph the fascinating Suri, making the most of our time in this remote region of Ethiopia.

Day 8: Drive Kibish to Jimma

After a scrumptious breakfast prepared by our camp crew, we depart for a full day’s drive (approximately 10 hours) back to Jimma where we will overnight.

Day 9: Fly Jimma to Addis Ababa and depart

Today we will fly back to Addis Ababa where this incredible photo safari sadly come to an end.
Ethiopia – Suri TribeScott Blanksteen, USA

I’ve been on about a dozen photo tours and this was definitely one of the best organized and best led trips. Especially impressive given the challenges of the location.

Dale did an amazing job dealing with both the expected / inherent difficulties and I’d gladly travel with him again!

Ethiopia – Suri TribeEva Ho, USA

I had a wonderful time with Dale, he has a great personality and really worked hard to help us get good images. He clearly cares about client satisfaction, demonstrated great patience and did everything in his power to make everyone comfortable.

All in all, he was a great photo tour leader — and coupled with the top notch service of your ground team, it was an enjoyable experience overall. The camp setting was also done very well — we felt like they really took great care of us and kept us safe, while not jeopardizing an authentic experience.

Ethiopia – Suri TribeDerrick Taylor, USA

My photo tour to Ethiopia was simply phenomenal! I enjoyed every moment of it! If only I could press restart and relive it all again.

Dale, was really a great guide. I could not have asked for more in someone taking our group to such ends of the earth. He was very knowledgeable and hands on in making sure EVERYONE had a great experience and that we each made the types of pictures we were after. I can honestly say, his guidance sent my photography to new levels. I’m such a better photographer now. Even the feedback he delivered helped raised my game and the results are proof of his commitment to excellence. I would photograph a subject and he would be over my shoulder looking at my camera settings and my images. He would offer to rethink the image or adjust the light. And instantly the picture would become better. He also challenged me to think about new angles and to play around with composition. I’m so thankful for him. I really am! I not only became a better photographer under him, but I made a friend in Dale. I’ll never forget this experience or him. As I told Dale, coming to Africa this way was a dream come true. He took my dream and exploded it. He made my entire experience better than I could have ever dreamed for myself.

Our local guide/fixer, was also fantastic. He kept his cool during tense moments with the Surma people. He was very knowledgeable about any and everything Ethiopia related. I even called him a walking history book! There is no question he can’t answer about Ethiopia or it’s beautiful people. What a wonderful guy.

Also, I’ve got to say a very special thanks to YOU. Nicolette, throughout the last year you have been simply amazing. You’ve answered all of my ridiculous questions and quelled my concerns. Thank you for being the glue that holds all of this together. THANK YOU!

I can’t wait to show off my work to my friends, family, co-workers and the world. I have tons and tons of brilliant shots. I think I’ll take a few of the best and enter contests and have them printed. After posting just 3 photos from my trip, I’ve got two enquires about purchasing prints. That’s never happened before and I’m thrilled to see what will come next!

Ethiopia – Suri TribeRoger Trythall, United Kingdom

I had a wonderful time, fascinating and full of learning not only the photography, but with new colleagues and about a way of life, like the Himbas of Namibia, that could be made extinct, in time.

I believe the team supporting Kirsten did an outstanding job, September the chef, the drivers and the others who went about securing us and assisting us with baggage, cameras etc. Well done! I would particularly like to mention Bray who quietly and efficiently ensured that resources were available to us and that the subjects for photography were in place. The camp was well appointed and comfortable.

And of Kirsten…well in his own right he is an outstanding photographer. He also is a good teacher and I endeavoured to put into practice his advice. He was extremely patient. It was one of the photo tours where I returned feeling I had more understanding of the camera and the art of photography. He deserves my full thanks!

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