Ethiopia festivals tour, Genna and Timkat

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This trip supports the Simien Mountains National Park, a park home to many endangered species including the gelada baboon, the Ethiopian wolf and the Walia ibex, an animal found nowhere else on the planet. In addition, the park’s status protects countless other animals, as well as the diverse flora that makes up the parks landscape itself. Responsible tourism is a vital source of economic support that allows for the continued running of the park, and ultimately for the protection of one of Ethiopia’s most important natural spaces.

There are a number of other factors of this tour that beneficial to the environment. Eco-lodges account for 1/3 of the overnight stays during this tour, with the remainder shared between small accommodations and hotels. The environmental benefits of using eco-lodges and smaller properties rather than large hotels are extensive, and it’s something we consider across all of our tours. Similarly, this tour’s transport has been designed to lessen harmful emissions, and primarily consists of shared car journeys, as well as walking during daily activities when possible. Though this tour does contain one internal flight, the destinations visited would not be able to be reached without it, and we strongly believe the benefits of our responsible travel in these destinations outweigh the negative environmental impact of the flight.

Finally, to you our traveller, we ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst traveling. We strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to Bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. Similarly, we ask you are environmentally aware in any other area possible – for example using air-conditioning and electricity economically where possible. This is something we care about strongly as a company, and something we try to pass on to our travellers.

The Impacts of this Trip

As regular travellers, one thing that never ceases to amaze and inspire us is the kindness and generosity of local people, often people who have very little to their name. We firmly believe that they are who make these places special and that they should benefit from our visit. Therefore, as first preference, we use local guides and drivers, locally-sourced supplies, and visit locally-owned accommodations, shops and eateries. We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate.

This tour also features a number of excellent opportunities for our travellers themselves to support local people themselves. This itinerary includes stops at a number of markets, including Addis Ababa’s Merkato, the largest market in Africa, where our travellers may buy anything from spices to handicrafts directly from local businesspeople. Similarly, during the festival celebrations, our travellers will be in the heart of the community, supporting the local businesses around them all the while.

This itinerary also includes a number of museum visits. The economic support that these establishments gain from responsible tourism is vital in their continued running, and ultimately in the preservation and exhibition of Ethiopia’s rich culture and history.

We are proud to support the communities in Ethiopia by contributing to WaterAid. As far as having access to clean water is concerned, Ethiopia has made significant positive steps over the last two decades thanks to WaterAid, but there is still a long way to go. Today, almost four in ten of the country’s 99 million people don’t have clean water – that’s almost 60-million people. In order to continue their vital work which has, quite literally, a life-saving impact, WaterAid relies on the donations of supporting patrons. With that in mind, for every booking we receive for this trip we are proud to make a token contribution to this notable cause.


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