Jinka is a small town and the administrative capital of the South Omo zone. It is a town of two worlds combining urban and rural attributes in equal proportion. It is relatively high, cool and damp and stands apart from the rest of South Omo in that it has a bank, petrol stations and some acceptable hotels. The South Omo Research Centre & Museum is perched on a hill overlooking the town centre. Apart from the view, the museum has excellent anthropological content that provides an overview of the cultures of South Omo. Jinka is a base from which to explore the Mago National Park (by 4 x 4 only) and visit the Mursi people, who are known throughout the world for the lip plates the women wear and their fierce fighting ability. If you are in Jinka on market day, then you will have an opportunity to see many different people together. Jinka is a central market and people come from far and wide to trade.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.