For almost all visitors, the Mursi tribe is the most anticipated of those in the Lower Omo Valley. The unique chance to meet half-naked women with giant lip and ear plates and ritually scarred bodies simply proves irresistible. But visiting comes with a catch. Even though things have improved in recent years, the Mursi are the most aggressive tribe in their interaction with tourists and you can expect to have your arms, clothes, camera bag and maybe even hair pulled. Things are worse in the afternoon, after lots of alcohol has been consumed.
There are five Mursi villages (የሙርሲ መንደር). The most visited is Hayloha. It’s the biggest and even has a few ‘modern’ buildings. Smaller and purely traditional, Marige and Yilma tend to have fewer hassles. The other three villages are rarely visited. All charge Birr100 per person to enter.