A Great In The Southern Region

Turmi Lodge, Turmi

Turmi Lodge, Turmi Offers:

Lodging Type:

Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes

Facilities: Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water


  • Traditional tribes
  • National parks
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Markets

Price range:

  • Under 50 USD

  • 50-149 USD

About Turmi Lodge, Turmi

Turmi Lodge named for the town in which it’s located: Turmi, home of the Hamar people. The lodge is owned and operated by Splendor Ethiopia Tours.

Turmi Lodge has 34 en-suite rooms, in several blocks spread about the large compound. The spacious rooms all have cupboard, mosquito net, table, chairs, luggage rack, and two beds. The restaurant serves some Ethiopian dishes, a selection of pasta and rice dishes, and some soups and salads. The bar has wine and beer. The lodge also offers laundry service.

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.

The local Hamar market is where the Hamar gather to buy, sell and socialise. Goods on sale include ornate woodcarvings, statues, chillies and spices, and the ochre paste that the Hamar use to adorn their hair and skin. 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.

Highlights Near Turmi Lodge, Turmi

While the tribes who live here are too numerous and too individual to describe here in detail, it would be a serious omission to write about the south without mentioning them. The tribes of the Omo Valley appear to have changed little for eons; the people of each tribe ...

While the towns of the region are few and far between, each has its own distinctive character and feeling. Shashemene is the home of the Rastafarian movement in Ethiopia, and has a Rasta museum and several Rasta bars. This originated when, in 1948, Emperor Haile Selassie gave some of his land ...