This is a responsible tour to choose for a number of reasons. Firstly we only use local guides, educated within Ethiopia. Thereby ensuring employment for local men and women. This tour is culturally sensitive - staying in hotels run by local people where clients will learn about local environmental, social and cultural issues. You will be encouraged to visit local restaurants and to buy from local shops and markets. This will be made easier for you by the provision of an Ethiopian SIM card or phone with which you can keep in touch with your guide helping you to feel safe to wander.
We protect the local environment and offer our clients tips on taking a non invasive approach, always removing all signs of our presence and respecting the environment with its vegetation and wildlife. Travellers may keep a record of animal and bird sightings for ongoing listing to be published on the website for other travellers – making a positive contribution to the conservation of the wildlife in the locality.
On this particular tour clients are encouraged to bring their torches when visiting old churches. This is because we try to minimise the practise of bringing ancient books and artefacts in to the sunlight for travellers to view and the ensuing deterioration of these valuable treasures.
You will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and local products in the towns we visit during this trip. Locally made silver crosses are particularly appealing as they are unique to Ethiopia and your purchase will benefit the craftsman and their families. Clients will be made aware of the various projects in Ethiopia with which we are personally acquainted. These projects are effecting a positive change to the environment by their actions; i.e. tree planting, seed distribution.
Ethiopia is pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025. Clients may like to consider offsetting their carbon emissions.