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Joe Downie review 9 Dec 2008
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Arrving at the first village on day one of the trek - incredible setting and the most spectacular place to have a cup of tea anywhere in Ethiopia!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take some alternative nibbles for when you tire of injera. Wear high factor sunscreen - it's high up so it might not feel hot but you burn quicker. Drink lots of water.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes, we were told 60% of the money goes to the community. Our trekking had minimal impact on the local environment, though of course we did use fire wood each night and I wasn't comfortable with young women carrying 20litre jerry cans of water up the hill so we could have a shower.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This was an excellent experience. The walking wasn't too strenuous, the guide was very good, there was plenty of cultural interaction, the scenery was spectacular, and we felt welcome at all times.
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for the positive feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you had such a special trip. Just a noteto say that we also feel uncomfortable about the women carrying water to the sites on their backs, and are encouraging the communities to use their donkeys instead. Your feedback will help us to demonstrate that guests do not feel comfortable about the current situation, however it is the communities that manage their own business.
Also, just to point out that evening meals and breakfast are not enjara - in the evening rice, spagetti, potatoes etc are served with more familiar meals, which generaly go down extremely well. However we are creating more interesting 'cultural' lunches with enjara. I suspect Joe had picnic lunches which are often a bowl of enjara (local pancake like bread) spread with chickpea sauce that does not look that appetising. This was our culinary low point, but we are working on it!