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Ethiopia Photo Tour

Ethiopia – Suri Tribe Photo Tour 2021

Ethiopia – Suri Tribe Photo Tour 2021

US$5,995 per person sharing

Spaces Available

10 Jan 2021 – 18 Jan 2021

ORYX’s “Suri Tribe Photo Tour” will take us 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, development and 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” photo adventure. Join us 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

Capture the Suri Tribe found in remote area of Surma, which are undoubtedly the most photogenic tribe in the Omo Valley with their colourful and ornate decoration of themselves through painting, scarification adornment of flowers and lip plates.

Before it’s too late

The tribes in Omo Valley’s cultural identity, and indeed very way of life, 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

Capture the Suri Tribe found in remote area of Surma, which are undoubtedly the most photogenic tribe in the Omo Valley with their colourful and ornate decoration of themselves through painting, scarification adornment of flowers and lip plates.

Small Group Departures

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

Guided experience

ORYX has been guiding in Ethiopia for over 8 years, and a local knowledge of the region coupled with a strong relationship with the ground team, ensure the ultimate photography tour experience.

Kirsten Frost

Kirsten Frost

9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Addis Ababa
  • per person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Surma tribe
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Today is set as an arrival day for our Ethiopian photo safari, where we will overnight in Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Fly from Addis Ababa to Jimma

Our photo tour commences as we 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) 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 (Surma Tribe)

This morning is an exciting travel day as we will arrive in the Surma area. We will arrive 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 (Surma Tribe)

We have three full days of our Omo Valley Photography Tour to explore and photograph the fascinating Suri tribe, 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 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, United States of America

I’ve been on about a dozen photo workshops 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, United States of America

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 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, United States of America

My trip 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 trips 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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