6 independent reviews for Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

Reviews for Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

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review 12 Dec 2018

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

The stunning and very diverse scenery we passed through whilst travelling the countryside, the very interesting birds and wildlife and the friendly cheery people. The street scenes in every village and town and everyone going about their daily lives formed such a kaleidoscope of activity.

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

Talk to Eskinder at the tour company, he will make sure you are looked after, don't hesitate - book it and go, Ethiopia is an amazing place whatever your interests or reasons for travel you are sure to find enrichment in a visit there.

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

We trust that by using a local company employing local people wherever we visited that we were contributing directly to the people there and supporting their valuable conservation endeavours.

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

Excellent, we could not fault our holiday.

review 1 Feb 2018

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

Overall seeing 306 bird species. Specifically the drive across the Sanetti Plateau

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

Expect African standards which are way below the norm

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

It benefitted those who provided us with a service, our driver and our guides and hotel staff. We tried to minimise our impact, but a 4 x 4 Toyota is never going to be a reduced impact. Yes, it supports conservation, as our so called bird guides learnt a lot from us to be able to pass on to others and to recognise the benefits their wildlife can convey.

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

Good

review 28 Nov 2017

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

There were so many memorable times that it's difficult to choose, but highlights were birdwatching while eating lunch overlooking Bishoftu Lake far below; walking in Awash National Park guided by Mohamed and eating traditional food overlooking Awash Falls; staying at Sabana Resort and swimming in Lake Lagano; overnight in Paradise Lodge near Arbaminch; getting to know our driver and laughing with him; getting to know Eskinder, our host and tour organiser. Great birding!

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

The roads are often in a poor state and populated with people on foot, carts, donkeys, goats, cattle, even camels, so be prepared for some long periods in the vehicle. There is so much to see this is rarely boring but be prepared.

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

It is essential that the National Parks are supported so as to persuade the government of their value to the economy to ensure they are protected. Wildlife tours do this as well as providing work for the local drivers, guides and other staff. We felt that the owner of the tour operator we used was very caring and thoughtful man, who does all he can, not only for his clients, but for his staff and his country.

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

Very definitely a great experience to remember and cherish.

review 22 Jan 2014

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

Ethiopia is a most diverse and interesting place to visit. I would recommend it to anyone. The tour was excellent for anyone wanting to take in the culture, history and natural wildlife of the country. We really enjoyed the different aspects of the holiday - national parks, history, culture. Exciting place!!

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

We rushed it too much and tried to fit in too much. Would have liked to stayed in some places for longer - Langano, Awash, Lalibela. Hope to remedy that if we go to Ethiopia again (hopefully). A comment to very keen birdwatchers like ourselves. This is not a dedicated birdwatching company and the guides only seem to know the more usual birds - pelicans, maribou storks, flamingoes. We worked hard to get our bird list but lost out on a lot of mystery birds.

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

Yes definitely!!

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

I would rate the company highly for people who want to experience Ethiopia. I would not recommend them however for keen birdwatchers.

review 28 May 2012

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

Very good organization - excellent choice of National Parks and excellent guides - and a very good careful driver.

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

Take a plug for bathroom wash basins - some hotels fairly basic.

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

Yes to a small degree - money into local economy via accommodation and meals.

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

Excellent - would recommend this operator to anyone wishing to go to Ethiopia who is interested in wildlife and the National Parks.

review 25 Oct 2011

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

Difficult to say because we enjoyed the whole trip so much! The trekking and stay in the Simien mountains was amazing for the stunning geology, wildlife and flora. Our two nights in Awash national park were a hit too but seeing a hippo just a few metres from our boat on Lake Tana after returning from the island monasteries was a real highlight!

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

Eskinder's travel arrangements were faultless and our guides and drivers were kind, helpful and very knowledgeable. I contacted him a few times before finalising the trip and Eskinder usually responded within a few hours and came up with an itinerary that suited us all as a family of 4 with 2 children aged 11 & 12. To allow us to see as much of the country as possible in the limited time we had, we made 4 internal flights with Ethiopian airlines and we found this to be safe and straightforward too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It definitely benefited local people because for one it was an Ethiopian tour company and Eskinder booked local guides, drivers and hotels. Environmental impact was unfortunately inevitable because of the distances we were covering.

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

We all agree that this was truly one of the most stunning countries we have visited (especially after the rainy season when all was lush and green) - we met lovely people and saw some amazing things and felt very safe and comfortable throughout. We are very keen to return and see more of Ethiopia and would be getting Eskinder to arrange this for us.

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