South Omo Research Center, Jinka

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jinka, Ethiopia
With the hot water being solar heated of course in the morning it would be cool to put it politely. Thank goodness that I had a lovely hot shower yesterday.

Breakfast out on the shade covered stone paved patio under the morning sun and colourful bougainvillea trees scrapping the terrace railing.

Soon it was 8 am and off to Jinka for our lunch stop some 157 kms away. I had expected the countryside to get more barren as we headed west but no, to my pleasant surprise the hills were still terraced with farming. As we dropped down into the Omo Valley landscape was sweeping far into the distance. Another surprise was how green it was. I don't know how I got the impression that the south of Ethiopia would be barren. Perhaps it was the north?

Traveling at 80 - 100 kilometres an hour we encountered not many vehicles on the road which was tarsal and very much like our secondary roads back home.

Soon Jinka was reached and a visit to the South Omo Research Center (museum) with an excellent overview of the local tribes.

Again emphasised that sorghum flour is their basic food.

Lunch at the Oasis Cultural Bar & Restaurant and the Oasis special for 200 birrs / NZ$13.40 / US$9.80 which was more than enough for 3 of us who shared it. Minalu Adem, the author of "A guide to the tribes Omo Valley – Southern Ethiopia" happened to come along and Ice got her copy autographed.
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