Ethiopia tailor made holiday
Description of Ethiopia tailor made holiday
This fantastic two week journey incorporates the classic Ethiopian highlights of Lalibela, Gonder and Axum - the cultural heart of one of Africa’s most bewitching destinations. Trekking trips and interaction with local communities, provide unrivalled insight into the landscapes and Ethiopian cultural heritage that traces origins back to the dawn of mankind.
In Addis Ababa, visit key landmarks such as the city’s Holy Trinity Church and its superb National Museum, before taking a morning flight to the old 17th century capital of Gonder in the Simien Mountains.
Your journey continues to the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, including an ascent to the church of Ashteen Mariam at 4000m. Moving onto Axum, you'll discover an extraordinary place garlanded with myth as the reputed final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and home to ancient palace ruins said to be those of the fabled Queen of Sheba.
In the Northern Tigray region, enjoy a unique experience trekking through one of the most remote and untouched parts of the country, experiencing an intimate engagement with local communities along the way. Walks are flexible depending on fitness levels too - the emphasis is on discovering the people and their land at your own pace rather than rushing through.
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of this incredible country is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. To protect the wild animals in Ethiopia from eating rubbish left behind from our tours, our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip, and as tour operators it is something we are careful to promote.
We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.
PeopleLife for the majority of Ethiopia’s 73 million people is harsh, even by the standards of Africa’s poorest nations. The average Ethiopian person earns less than $100 per year and will not live beyond 44 years of age. North Wollo is amongst the poorest areas of the country, depending largely on rain fed subsistence agriculture. One of our guides, Mark, established TESFA - a local charity organisation that was set up in 2003 with the specific aim of developing community-based tourism in Ethiopia WITH communities.
By putting communities in charge of their own tourism resources, payment goes directly into the communities - 60% for the communities, 25% to a local guides service (that also transmits bookings to the communities), and 15% to cover administrative costs. After the communities have paid their staffing costs and for the consumables (food, toiletpaper, soap etc) the remainder is split between profit and a fund to allow for reinvestment and depreciation. The profit is then put into a community fund for the whole community to decide how it should be spent, such as the purchase of a community grain grinding mill.
Our Ethiopia trips also fund A-Cet (African Childrens Education Trust) a small independent charity helping young Africans to achieve their maximum potential through education. A-Cet supports 1.000 youths with scholarships, 2 rural primary schools and 2 computer training centres.