Ethiopia family holiday
Description of Ethiopia family holiday
Suitable for children aged seven and above, this Ethiopia family holiday takes in ancient cities, rock-hewn churches, wild landscapes and waterfalls on a 16 day adventure. Visit beautiful Lalibela, where churches are carved into the rock and built into caves; see the fairytale castles of Gondar and explore the Simien Mountains, home to thousands of gelada baboons and rare Walia ibex and red foxes, found in no other place on earth. See the huge carved stelae at Axum, the pretty town of Bahirdar, the Blue Nile Falls and enjoy some time at Lake Tana, with a boat trip to discover island monasteries.
Throughout, local and highly qualified guides accompany you, and their knowledge of the history, botany, ecology, wildlife and birdlife of each destinations is vast. You’ll visit four of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia, soaking up the unique culture and long history of this fascinating country.
1 Reviews of Ethiopia family holiday
Reviewed on 16 Nov 2011 by Nicola de Jager
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The spectacular mountain scenery was something unexpected and awesome. The people were very friendly. Labilela rock hewn churches and the history was very interesting and fascinating. Overall a fantastic experience.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Toilets at Simien mountain camps were plain disgusting, dirty, soiled, impossible to use. Remember to take a good stash of toilet paper.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Local people benefited, but it is upsetting for some tourists when children demand money in some locations e.g. it was even suggested by a student who posed as a guide at Blue Nile Falls that we give children 20 US DOLLARS after wiping mud off ones shoes without an invitation to do so.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Apart from the few annoyances as described above, the tour was well organized with a very good reliable driver and the local guides were mostly very knowledgeable. This operator come highly recommended by us --- no problem with their organization.
Planet and peopleThis trip is a great opportunity to see Ethiopian endemic species of Gelada, Red fox and Walia Ibex. Your visit will benefit the park's effort to protect these great endemics and conserve the environment. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site and many species were once on an endangered list.
The trip also gives employment and a market opportunity for the local shop owners, markets, restaurants, guides, scouts, mule hires, and many more. Also all the accommodations throughout your trip are owned and run by the members of the local community. Your needs associated with your travel will be served by the members of the community.
As you visit the park you will stay in lodges run by the park. All the guides throughout the trip are locals who have had adequate trainings and experiences and scouts are hired from the park. Also for your trekking arrangements, we hire mules from the local farmers and purchase most of the items that are necessary for your stay from local shops.
Most of the destination suppliers have already put in place a policy of using the local resources for development of the tourism industry in their respective areas. They also have economic policies to employ their staff from the local communities and to use the local resources for the services they provide. As part of environmental conservation efforts they give information to their customers on an efficient usage of water, electricity; and give away some materials like plastic bags to recycling agencies.
Also as part of their environmental responsibilities, they participate in different conservation initiatives like in '2 trees for 2000', a millennium initiative against the deforestation and land degradation in Ethiopia.
For you to have a better knowledge of the trip we will provide you with an accurate pre-trip information pack before the start of the tour. And in order you to have a good understanding of the places, the environment, and the local community; we will supply you with our Travelers Code of Conduct which is also supplied to our staff and local suppliers.
The trip also helps us support and contribute to a local initiative at Gonder working on disadvantaged groups living in rural and suburban settings. It helps the youth without access to basic primary education and for school dropouts providing tailored and market oriented skill trainings.
Also if you have some spare time at Addis we will arrange a visit to a project which is making a difference in the lives of children. You can make a miracle happen for a child and in return get a great deal of satisfaction. Be it a small or big gift, you can help a needy child get life's essentials, like food, an education and basic health care. If you wish to sponsor a child it will also make a big difference and help break the cycle of poverty.
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