Lodging Type: Lodge, Camping
Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Internet - Wifi, Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water, Spa, Campsite
Turmi is the home of the Hamar people, and the gateway to the villages of the Omo Valley.
Emerald Resort and Lodge, also known as Evangadi Lodge, has 32 en-suite twin rooms, furnished with a cupboard, desk and chair. There’s also a campsite in the grounds. The restaurant serves Ethiopian cuisine, and some international dishes. The bar serves beers, wines and spirits. Laundry and Wifi are available. The spa has a steam room and sauna, and offers massage. The meeting room can accommodation 200 pax. The gift shop sells local souvenirs.
The Hamar people can be recognised by their ochre-tinted skin and hair. They are known for their unique custom of bull jumping, a ceremony during which a young man proves he is ready for marriage by running over the backs of a row of bulls. At the same ceremony, the women of the tribe demand to be whipped by young, recently initiated men, taunting them should they not whip hard enough.
Activities include visiting the local Hamar market where the Hamar gather to buy, sell and socialise. Some of the other tribes of the Omo Valley, including the Karo and the Dassanach, also live in the vicinity and can be visited from here.
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