Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Omo Valley (by Ben)

Arriving in Mago National Park

Coming through Jinka, we met and picked up our guide Andrew and went to the Park. We found a brilliant campsite right by a river and under lovely lush trees. We saw some colobus monkeys and some very naughty baboons. It was about 42 degrees celsius so we had a nice refreshing splash in the river.

Visiting the Mursi People

The next morning we drove deeper into the park and entered a village - a Mursi village. When we got there, the first thing I saw were the mud and straw huts, then the men. The men wore goat skins as clothes and had their bodies covered in chalk. Then I saw the women....They looked odd, quite crazy and scary. Scary because of their bottom lips, which had clay plates inserted in them. All of them wanted their photo taken to get some money. They were quite aggressive with that. I didn't like it at all. We then went to the river by walking through a field of tall sorghum. Xander, Max and I swam in it whilst the dads and the local men were fishing with rods. Altogether it was an incredible day

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