After staying overnight at Arba Minch (near a US Airforce base and ironically the only place we stayed where the electricity was off and remained off throughout our stay) we drove to Jinka, where we would visit the Konso people. Click photos to enlarge them.
Waiting for cattle drives to clear the road was a constant feature of our drive south.
Quite a few baboons along this stretch of road.
The false banana is an important food source in southern and southwestern Ethiopia. We got a demonstration at a cultural center in the town of Chencha near Arba Minch. The plant is shaved, the pulp is pounded into a pancake or tortilla shape, and the cake is baked over a fire. The result is edible but not exciting. Click photos to enlarge them.
Continuing our drive south to the Omo River Valley tribal areas, we left Lake Langano for Arba Minch. Along the way we passed an interesting cemetery and a cattle watering station. Click photos to enlarge them.
On the first night of our drive from Addis to the Omo River Valley tribal areas, after stopping at Lake Ziway, we spent the night in a pleasant hotel at Lake Langano. This is another of the Rift Valley lakes, and the only one not afflicted with bilharzia. Our hotel was high above the lake, and the evening view was lovely. (click to enlarge)
Lake Ziway is one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. We drove there, about 60 miles south of Addis, after the Timkat festival. It's notable for its birds, especially large populations of Maribou storks and pelicans. Click photos to enlarge them.
Along with the big birds, a small pied kingfisher.
After the official baptism of the crosses in the inner enclosure, the crowds were allowed up to the fence for their own baptism. Quite a remarkable scene! Click photos to enlarge them.
Restrained by troops until the signal is given. This is just a portion of one side of the four-sided enclosure. There may well have been several hundred thousand people all told.
Opening the hoses.