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Jinka (Ethiopia)

Practical information about Jinka

  • Encounters with locals
  • Countryside
  • Museums
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  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 5 hour bus journey from Arba Minch
When to go
Avoid the months from March to June and also November, as during the rainy season the roads are impassable.
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Jinka

Camille Griffoulieres Travel writer
116 travel articles

Jinka is the stopover village in the Omo valley on the way to the Mago National Park where the Mursi live.

My suggestion:
You have to plan to spend at least one night there to visit the nearby park. This is where you will find the (compulsory) guides to enter the park.  

I loved the village of Jinka, it was very authentic, especially on a Saturday market day. You will see the Mursi who come from their village to sell their wares. On the other days, you must visit them in the Mago National Park

Go to the national park office to complete all the formalities. The main purpose of staying in Jinka is to visit the research centre, the South Omo Research Center, where anthropologists working in the area are based. For me it is quite simply the best place to learn everything about the tribes living in the area.

In the museum, you will see the lifestyles, cultures, traditions, rituals and belief systems of each tribe. There is a fine collection of everyday objects: clothing, jewellery, crafts.... Definitely not to be missed!

The street market in Jinka