​Expert Reviews – Mago NP

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Ariadne van Zandbergen   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

Mursi pride
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Mago National Park is an extensive wilderness area, but there isn’t a lot of wildlife left. The reason for my visit was to meet the Mursi people, who live on the bank of the Mago River. I’d already spent a couple of weeks traveling in the Omo Valley, known for its ethnic tribes. It is difficult to comprehend how people can still live such a traditional lifestyle in this day and age. I found the experience partially exhausting, as there’s invariably a voyeuristic element to this kind of tourism, but mostly very sobering as it made me question aspects of my western materialistic lifestyle. The Mursi tribe is known for the distinctive lip-plates worn by the women after they reach puberty. Although there is undeniably a controversial element to these kinds of practices, I feel privileged to have been able to meet these remarkable people and to have had a glimpse into their vanishing culture.

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