5 independent reviews for Small group holidays in Ethiopia

Reviews for Small group holidays in Ethiopia

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review 3 Mar 2019

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

I reckon I am a culture vulture and the churches were amazing. I didn't expect to be bowled over by the scenery of the Simien Mountains and the trek at the end of the holiday which was a real privilege. Also the roads and fields full of busy people, cattle, horses, donkey and sheep. Never boring.

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

Many of the roads are rough stone or gravel and some are extremely dusty. Altitude was generally quite high (over 3000m in the Simiens) Noone in my group had unexpected breathing problems but if this is a concern you should check very carefully.

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

Yes, I do. I felt that most of the hotels were Ethiopian owned, we ate in a variety of local restaurants and the trek, of course, benefitted the mountain farmers who run it and we used local drivers and guides in addition to our truly excellent tour leader.

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

Ethiopia is a real one-off country. Encouraging tourism is not a high government priority which, for me, made it all the more interesting.

review 31 Jan 2012

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

It was all memorable but - not toooo exciting!

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

Follow the instructions for what to take from the tour operator and how to prepare - the instructions were clear and helped a lot.

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

I hope so.

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

Absolutely fantabulous. I am seriously considering the OMO area for the end of 2012 or early 2013. It is very disappointing to read the news about the Danikil terrorist attack. In some respects it is perhaps 'a good thing' that the UK newspapers did not give it to much coverage; that way, the embryonic Ethiopian tourist industry will hopefully not be too badly affected. I cannot see the point in killing tourists - to what end? Publicity? Certainly they got very little in British newspapers - thank goodness.

review 7 Jan 2012

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

The fantastic views from the escarpments and a chance visit at a local school during the TESFA walk, the view over the twin of Ayers Rock from the Ghiralta lodge, seeing the Axum stelae and the rock churches of Lalibela and Ghiralta, the dinner with a local family in Lalibela and New Years bonfire and fireworks on the shores of lake Tana.

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

Not all goes according to plan or the itinerary but it will be memorable. I would suggest taking more time out and adding on a trip to other regions of the country - this trip is varied and interesting but there's more to see and do!

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

Yes, except perhaps for the plastic water bottles.

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

Very good with much more included than most trips to the North.

review 26 Jan 2011

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

Celebrating the Timcat festival in a small village where we were welcomed and looked after by the whole village community. A fabulous experience of colour pagentry and humanity.

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

Make sure you are able to walk on uneven ground in altitude. Easy for most people but must be a consideration for older travellers in particular.

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

Without a doubt. The TESFA organisation and holiday operator worked together to ensure this is tourism at its best for both the travellers and the communities.

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

This was a wonderful way to see the beauty of Ethiopia, its warm friendly people and to experience one of it's best known festivals in an idyllic rural community setting. The guide was outstanding in her knowledge of the country and was proactive throughout to make sure everything was the best it could be for the group. A travelling group holiday cannot get better than this.

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