Joan Thomas review 3 Nov 2013
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Bull jumping ceremony in Hammar village
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Beware of poor accommodation in Yabello and Wando Genet
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I enjoyed learning about the customs and village life
Read the operator's response here:
Where possible we try to use accommodation which is at the very least clean and comfortable. It is widely recognised that there is a shortage of quality accommodation in the south of Ethiopia. On the basis of the experience of this tour we have now changed the tour itinerary to travel to Bale Mountains National Park using a higher standard lodge instead of Yabello and Wando Genet where there is little alternative accommodation that can be used. We are sorry that these properties did not meet expectations.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that the client experience will be enhanced. We try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis Ė getting the lowest possible price usually isnít the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success. Working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an on-going relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved. Our travellers are usually only accompanied by locally based staff and guides. We do not send UK or other non-local staff to escort our clients unless absolutely unavoidable.
We only run tours with small group sizes, averaging just 6 clients. Our small groups aim to minimise the impact on the environment and local communities.
We are pleased that the client enjoyed the experiences of learning about the traditions and customs of village life which is the main aim of this tour. We feel that the problems with the accommodation have been addressed.