While our stay in a Karo village, near Dus, was only very short, it was probably one of our most memorable and favourite experiences in the Omo valley. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it was, but from the very moment we arrived we knew it was going to be a special experience.
It could have been arriving at the lush location - being right next to the Omo river - after an extremely long, dusty and hot drive from Dimeka. It could have been the incredibly warm welcome we received from all of the beautiful villagers, who came out excitedly to meet us and show us around with such enthusiasm and pride (although we felt welcome in all villages, this was next level). Or it could have been that we happened to arrive just before harvest, with a celebratory feel in the air. Whatever it was, it really was a beautiful experience and one that we wish lasted a bit longer.
The Karo are one of the smallest tribes in the region, and live predominantly near the Omo river. The village of Dus is a few kilometres away from the river, however the Karo's crops of sorghum and corn are planted right by the banks of the Omo river - which floods and gives the crops the needed nutrients. As harvest time nears, the Karo move from the main village and set up camp by the river near their crops, reaying for the harvest. So we were very fortunate to be there during this time.
We arrived after sunset and a bit later than anticipated, due to a blown tyre and then being stuck behind a fallen tree which blocked the road to the village. Thankfully the men of the area kindly came to our aid and removed it very swiftly with their machetes, allowing us to proceed and then set up camp by the sorghum crops. A fire was lit and we soaked up the atmosphere before heading to bed for an early start the next morning.
Up before sunrise, we packed up camp and headed down to the river through the crops, where we made our way to the other side of the Omo river in a dugout canoe. It was a beautiful start to the day and one that we didn't want to end.
next: our visit to a Bumi village on other side of the Omo river.
|driving from Dimeka to Dus|
|removing the tree that had blocked the road|
|all hands on deck|
|getting amongst it|
|someone stole my sunglasses|
|that's a crocodile egg and footprints - we got out there pretty quickly!|
|we really didn't want to leave|