Welcome to Dimeka
Dimeka (ዲመካ), 28km north of Turmi, is the biggest town in Hamer territory and its Saturday market (Tuesday is smaller) is said to be the most atmospheric and liveliest of the big ones. It has a great crafts section, with jewellery, woodcarvings, masks and pottery. Ask your guide to take you to the tej bets that are just behind the market – around noon they're full of Hamer men and women enjoying calabashes of honey wine or sorghum beer. The cattle market, which is held in the morning about 400m further north, is also not to be missed. There's little reason to stop here besides the markets.