1 independent reviews for Addis Ababa to Cairo Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt tour

Reviews for Addis Ababa to Cairo Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt tour

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review 12 Dec 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The people of Sudan. I've travelled a lot and meet many people but never like the people here, they are friendly, welcoming, warm and go out of their way to make you feel relaxed. No matter where we were in Sudan I felt completely safe and relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking to people here. Their philosophy is "you're a guest in our country" and they really lived up to this. I'd go back tomorrow.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go with the flow, it's not going to run like clockwork so relax and enjoy it. Pack light and take lots of old clothes that you don't necessarily need or want to take home with you. Also be prepared for a lot of cold showers... hot water is not always available.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In a lot of respects it did benefit local people as we always went to local markets to buy food and other essential. Hopefully because we did this our interaction with people also helped give them a good view of us as visitors. I'm not to sure about the environmental and conservation aspects of the trip. Whilst we went out of our way to ensure we did not "dump" anything, in particular one use plastic bottles some of our local guides seemed less interested in disposing of them properly. In addition we went to the Danikil Depression on a three (3) day trip, which was NOT an option in the original itinerary. Whilst this was an amazing experience and one I really enjoyed I (and a lot of my companions) am very concerned about the impact we're having. We were allowed to walk anywhere we liked in the area of volcanic activity so were walking over crystals and soft rock, all of which was being destroyed under our feet. If this carries on there won't be much left for other travelers to see. It wouldn't take much to have some marked paths there, for visitors and so preserve this amazing site. I'm a diver and when diving never touch, sit or stand on coral and feel it should be the same here.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great trip with and excellent crew leading us and totally enjoyable.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Mike for taking the time to complete this review. You have provided some very valuable feedback. We are really glad to read your final sentence, ''A great trip with excellent crew leading us and totally enjoyable,'' and to read about your positive interactions with local communities and our Company's efforts to dispose of waste appropriately and support local enterprises. We are of course, however, concerned to hear of your experiences in the Danakil Depression. As you state, this is the first time we have run this optional excursion and we have not used the local operator providing this activity before. We will be speaking to our crew and the local operator about your feedback and seeing what we can do to ensure this does not happen in the future. In the past when we have had similar issues of environmental degradation in our destinations we have also tried to engage with relevant local government organisations (not always that successfully however), but depending on the outcome of our discussions with our local operator we will endeavour to do so again regarding this issue. Thank you again for your feedback and for choosing to travel with us. We hope that you will join one of our trips again in the future. We will pass your positive comments about our trip and your crew on to them. Thank you!

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