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Ethiopia Community Tourism Day Tours

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ethiopia Community Tourism Day Tours
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Gordon G wrote a review Oct 2019
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Aznakachew really committed to help us organizing environmental workshops in the public school located on the village site. After several round trips to the neighbouring city to obtain the necessary authorizations and many developments, we had to abandon the idea of doing this in the public school, the administration having refused our intervention. Aznakachew did not give up and suggested that we do this without teachers, with the children from the community he was able to gather at the end of the classes. He has proven to be an excellent english interpreter and teacher, and has brought a lot of life and dynamism to the realization of our workshops. His knowledge about the village history and values is deep and touching since he is born in it. His english is perfect. He is from what i have seen the best option for someone who wants to learn more about Awra Amba or visit the surrounding area.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Bénédicte B wrote a review Sep 2019
Gagny, France6 contributions1 helpful vote
I’ve visited Awra Amba community during two days on my way to Bahar dar. It’s been an inspiring experience to visit a such community based on resilience and solidarity and equality between members : elders and youngers, men and women, etc. The community is based in a peaceful land surrounded by fileds and mountains. Several activities are offered to get in touch with the inhabitants, like ethiopian cooking class and hiking. There is a restaurant for visitors and the accommodation is provided in clean small rooms. Very practical informations are also provided by Asnake to reach the site and travel around the country.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Bruce L wrote a review Jun 2014
Chester, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
We visited Ethiopia in January to include the amazing Timcat celebrations of the re-enactment of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist arounf Jan 21 - an event with massive parades and processions over the whole country, but particularly in Addis Ababa where we spent the first 3 days. The colourful processions of the replica tablets of Moses from each church to the baptism grounds by thousands,f the baptism spraying of 250,000+ Ethiopians (and us) with blessed water by fire hoses, and the processions back over the 3 days are experiences not to be missed. We then covered the Northern Circuit as it is called, from Addis to Axum via Lake Tana, the Blue Nille falls, Gondor and the Simian Mountains, and returning via Lalibela's rock cut churches. What incredible experiences - a wonderful 2 week trip little known in the UK, but deserving of anyone's time. Our guide Temesgen was a real find - and his tour company mosescovenanttours.com can put together the package expertly. We heartily recommend him and his company. Bruce and Ruth from Cheshire
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Date of experience: January 2014
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bananaAdelaide wrote a review Apr 2014
adelaide6 contributions3 helpful votes
A group of ten friends, all Australians, organised a 21 day tour of Ethiopia using GETTS as our tour operator and our guide was Bini. We all agreed it was a wonderful trip with amazing adventures, sights and cultures to see and experience. The tour was very well organised and both GETTS and Bini made our experience, a trip of a lifetime. Having one guide for the whole trip with local guides providing more details where necessary, ensured a smooth, easy holiday. Bini was totally committed and fully met and exceeded our expectations. We travel extensively and agree it was the best holiday of our lifetime and would fully recommend GETTS to anyone considering Ethiopia- they delivered everything they promised and more. Thanks Yared and Bini, from Janet Gould, Adelaide, Australia
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Date of experience: February 2014
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JesseWalker wrote a review Sep 2013
Sydney, Australia19 contributions14 helpful votes
We just returned from a one month trip to Ethiopia and were lucky enough to have Emmanuel as our guide for the two weeks that we spent in The Omo Valley. We really wanted to connect with the tribes and Emmanuel was the perfect guide to do this. He grew up in the Hamar Tribe and as a result knows the area and its people extremely well. Emmanuel speaks fluent Hamar as well as many of the dialects from the other tribes in the area, as well as perfect English. He also has an amazing way with people and is completely respected by the tribes people, all of which meant he was able to take us off the beaten track to many of the less touristic tribes. Emmanuel perfectly facilitated our experience with the tribes, translating and organising when required, but stepping back when appropriate so that we could form our own relationships with the tribes people and have a much more real experience. This would never be able to happen on some of the bigger tours or with another guide who did not understand the tribal way so deeply as Emmanuel. Another great thing about the trip with Emmanuel is that we were able to change our plans and go with the flow and Emmanuel was always totally cool with this and understood exactly what we wanted to do. This was perfect for us, as we have traveled a lot and do not normally go on "tours". But in The Omo Valley it is essential and Emmanuel was perfect as it did not feel like he was a "tour guide" but rather a friend that was travelling with us that was able to translate and organise for us and give us access to tribes that not many other tourists would be able to visit. Not only did we feel one hundred percent safe at all times with Emmanuel, which in Africa is imperative, as we found out. He is the most honest and trustworthy person we have encountered on our extensive travels all over the world and he was absolutely professional at all times. We had never been to Ethiopia and when we began planning our trip we were looking at reviews about cheap local guides. Thankfully we stumbled across a review on Emmanuel, as we witnessed many tourists having bad experiences with local guides. This is the review where we found Emmanuel, tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g2193263-i24167… Ethiopia is an amazing country but is definitely a place where you could have the most incredible experience or a not so great one. Tour companies will charge you a fortune and you won't get the true experience as you will be in a group and will be taken to the touristic tribes of The Omo Valley. While "local guides" could sometimes be cheaper they are not as respected by the tribes people and will take you to the touristic areas. We also heard many stories of Local Guides using standover tactics and being dishonest. This is something to be aware of when travelling throughout Ethiopia. We will definitely be going back to The Omo Valley to spend time with Emmanuel and the many amazing people that we made connections with. Next time we will meet Emmanuel in Addis Ababa rather than Arba Minch. Addis has newer 4WD's that can handle the rough offroad conditions and it's worth spending the extra money on this. Arba Minch has a handful of older 4WD's that are often booked out. In Addis Ababa it's best to stay on Bole Road rather than the hectic downtown. We are so so grateful that we found Emmanuel and it would have been a completely different trip without him, it would have been nowhere near as good. Emmanuel has a beautiful nature and is a super cool guy. We have become amazing friends and cannot thank him enough for the incredible experience of traveling through The Omo Valley with him. Here are Emmanuel's contact details, ph: +251 927043931 email: imanynehushitar@gmail.com facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emanynehushitar
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Date of experience: July 2013
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