Holes Everywhere

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Mursi Hana Village (Bush Camping)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 80
Today: 276 km
Total: 14,570 km

We woke up and everybody was ready for the Omo Valley.  The guide arrived and just after eight we were on our way to the Omo valley to visit the unique tribes.  The guide and I drove with Nick (the Italian).  I wanted to keep an eye on the guide and feel the difference between our Land Cruiser and Nick’s Land Rover.

 Our destination for the day was the Mago National Park and the Mursi villages along the Mago River.  The road was rocky and wet, but the views from the top of the mountains were beautiful, and we did see some wild animals.  We also experienced the bite of the tsetse fly.  In the late afternoon we visited our first tribe, the Mursi people. The Mursi are the most well-known tribe in the Omo valley.  The Mursi woman cuts a slit beneath their lower lip and then it is stretched over time, so that a ‘loop’ is formed in which a small clay plate is inserted between the lip and the mouth.  The larger the plate a woman can wear, the greater her value when she is married.  The adults are covered in only a cloth, while the small children are usually naked.  It was difficult to find a quiet place to camp, because we needed to camp near a village for security reasons and small children were around everywhere.  In the end we did find a nice place to camp in a small village and nobody bothered us. 

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