Awaze Tours
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Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Awaze Tours offers tours throughout Ethiopia. Independent travelers may join our scheduled itineraries or we can customize private tours for groups of any size. Tours may include Ethiopia’s nine World Heritage sites such as the rock churches of Lalibela, the tribes of the Omo Valley, and Ethiopia’s spectacular National Parks. One of the oldest nations in the world, Ethiopia is renowned for its fascinating history, vibrant cultures, and generous hospitiality. Our priority is that every visitor experience this firsthand for a truly memorable tour.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Susan A
1 contribution
Mar 2021 • Solo
I was traveling, a lone female, in Ethiopia when most of the world was in lockdown in March so there were very few tourists. I have never felt so happy, safe and well looked after in my life. The guides were first class, as was the driving and hospitality. The trip was extremely well organised, taking in breathtakingly beautiful and historic locations, and they were happy to make alterations in the itinerary to suite me, adding places of special interest. I cannot recommend this Ethiopian company highly enough. Nothing was too much trouble for them, from calling them in the night (they were very upset if I didn't if there was a problem), to driving around Addis Ababa re airlines tickets, Covid tests etc, standing in queues with me and locating contacts etc., all with grace and charm.
Written July 31, 2021
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m c
Miami, FL84 contributions
Jun 2022
What a fabulous experience we had with this amazing tour of the Omo Valley! Our guide Joshua and driver Eskinder were excellent, patient and knowledgeable. We had so much fun traveling 8 days with them. The hotels were very good. It was once in a life time experience seeing the indigenous tribes. We learned so much. We also enjoyed the local food. If you are an adventurous person and like to travel off the beaten path, then I highly recommend doing this very unique trip with Awaze tours.
Written June 26, 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind words. Safe travels! Habte
Written September 30, 2022
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ginaji5454
Los Angeles, CA16 contributions
Feb 2020
I want to thank Awaze for all their help in preparing our trip. Every guide and driver that we had from Addis to the South Omo Valley were gentleman and very kind human beings. Every single one of them!

I would particularly like to point out a few of the people starting with Danni and Sammi who were with us in the Afar region. They went above and beyond the call of duty and looked after us under difficult circumstances. Sami drove us for hours after our hotel reservation was canceled even though he had had been driving us for days and had the responsibility of taking care of for others he did not complain and he was such a gentleman about the mistake. Danni was cheerful, knowledgeable and conceived a plan to get me up to the lip of the crater even though my walking was pretty impaired. I trusted Danni with my life. He could not act better than he did.

When we arrived in the Southern territory and met our guides for the Omo valley I was happy and relieved to have Abayu there, whom my friend had as a guide several years ago. Abayu and the driver Beni were wonderful, attentive and again, perfect gentleman. Abayu was energetic, funny, cheerful and knew and respected almost everyone along the long route we took. I looked forward to seeing both of them each morning and I was sad to leave them.

These wonderful people worked hard for five stars. I thank Awaze for so much help and I am grateful for all the wonderful people that work for Awaze, who accomplish their difficult tasks without complaint and in very good spirits. Please tip them well at the end of your tour.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thank you so much for your very kind words. I will certainly share this with the guides and drivers! All my best to you! Habte
Written July 8, 2021
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Michelle G
Hamlyn Terrace, Australia108 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband and I booked a private 27 day tour with Awaze. We completed the Northern Ethiopia circuit, Eastern and Southern Ethiopia from Dec 2019 to Jan 20. Both drivers were very professional as well as our guide on the south the eastern and southern leg. All local guides used in places such as Gondar, Axum, Lalibela & Harar were all very professional as well. The accommodation provided was well able my expectations. The vehicles supplied were well maintained and very clean. The tour price included all our meals and water was also supplied. it was definitely value for money. My only regret was not adding an extra night at Bale national park. It would definitely recommend Awaze tours for tours in Ethiopia.
Written January 26, 2020
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Thank you for your review Michelle! We hope you can return one day to visit the Bale Mountains. We were work with an excellent guide there. Kind regards, Habte
Written February 18, 2020
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Fabiola M
13 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Last October I visited Ethiopia and I did two tours with the agency, the first to Awash National Park & Harar city and second one to the Danakil Depression. Everything was all well-planned: the hotels, transportation, pick-ups from and to the airport. I really appreciate also the kindness from Habte, who provided the best costumer service experience and gave me a lot of confidence during all the booking process and tours. Also the tour guides that the agency has are amazing! I had the joy of having Muulo Muutsega as my tour guide and he did an outstanding work, he was the most respectful and kind person ever.

I really appreciate all the beautiful places and experiences I could know about this country thanks to Awaze Tours. 100% recommended if you are planning to go to Ethiopia!
Written January 9, 2020
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Thank you Fabiola! We are very glad you enjoyed your tour with us. We hope to see you again in the future! Kind regards, Habte
Written February 18, 2020
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rhandzistoavenu
1 contribution
Jan 2020
On the 6th January 2020 I went on my very first trip to Ethiopia; from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa.

My plan had been to cover historical sites in Lalibela, Gondar, Axum and Tiya. The Awaze Tour team made that experience not only possible but also a memorable one.

There were of course some minor mistakes on the side of the company such as the following example:

The day after speaking to one of the personnel at the company to make arrangements to settle the Balance in cash, an automatic credit card transaction occurred on my account. Upon reversing the transaction my account stood with a shortfall due to the fluctuating exchange rate between the US$ and the Rand.

So one may wonder why I rated them EXCELLENT, well as a customer I judge a service I receive less on the minor mistakes made but more on how effectively and efficiently action is taken in order to resolve the error and with the case of Awaze Tours I consider the error as a reasonable one and the way in which they resolved the issue was definitely excellent; they paid an additional amount to cover the exchange rate shortfall and there a positive balance (on my account) as well.

The actual tour experience was unforgettable and very rewarding for a historical and cultural fanatic such as myself, the tour guides were very professional and very welcoming. They had great knowledge of the history which they shared with great enthusiasm.

On my next trip to Ethiopia I will definitely choose Awaze Tours again.

@rhandzistoavenu
Written January 27, 2020
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Thank you very much for your kind words and we apologize for the automated charge to your credit card. We are working with your registration service to prevent such mistakes in the future. Kind regards, Habte,
Written January 30, 2020
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shula m
israel124 contributions
Jan 2020
we were 3 weeks in Ethiopia, on an organized tour by Awaze. the tour was well planed. the drivers were well informed and we could ask them any question and get an answer.
most of the tour was in the north and last 5 days in the south. in my opinion, 3 days in the south, are more than enough. the hotels chosen were very good, local guides on average, were good. all together, a very professional handling.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hello Shula! Thank you for sharing your feedback here and via email. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Habte
Written February 18, 2020
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Socrates B
Ottawa, Canada20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had a great time with Awaze Tours in Jan 2020. Planning our trip with Habte was easy. We were taken care from the time we arrived at the airport to the time we departed. Amare was our driver guide from Jan 6-21. He was excellent. He coordinated our accommodations and local tours with local guides. He even walked with us during the Timkat procession in Gondar.
The local guides were very good and they made great efforts to give us a great Ethiopian experience.
Most of our accommodations are great except for Abay Minch Lodge in Bahirdar which is dated and the hotel in Axum, name I can not remember, which had small room and no elevator.
Written March 14, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. We have advised the Abay Minch Lodge about your comments. They are determined to improve. All the best!
Written July 8, 2021
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Fernanda S
9 contributions
Feb 2020
we did a 5 days trip to Bale mountains and everything worked perfect. I use to have many problems with companies because a have a food restriction. But with Waze a hadn't no problem.
They have a very nice team!
The trip was perfect! Bale mountains is amazing!
Written February 13, 2020
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Hello Fernanda, Thank you very much for your kind words. We agree that the Bale Mountains is amazing! Thank you for sharing this. Kind regards, Habte
Written February 18, 2020
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tedlieber
Boynton Beach, FL23 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I was thrilled and dazzled by all the sights that were included in my Awaze Tours itinerary of Ethiopia's northern historical circuit. Awaze Tours performed magnificently, and the company efficiently and professionally provided all of the services that were included in my tour. The hotels were comfortable and conveniently located. I was pleased that all meals were included and I was able to choose “a la carte” from the restaurant offerings. Drivers were helpful, friendly, and safety-conscious. Each of my tour guides (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum) was personable, supportive, and knowledgeable with good communication skills. I learned a great deal about the history and culture of a beautiful country. Every one of the guides gave extra to entertain my special requests and needs. The terrain is rough at several of the archaeological sites, and it was difficult for my unfit, 72-year-old body to navigate. But, each of the guides, especially at Lalibela, gave me extra support that permitted me to enjoy and appreciate the site. In situations when guides thought that the original site proposed in the itinerary would be too difficult for me, they made recommendations for fascinating, alternate sites to visit. I highly recommend Awaze Tours to anyone interested in visiting Ethiopia for an adventurous, educational, and enjoyable experience. Thanks again to Awaze Tours for providing a wonderful itinerary and attentive services.
Written April 6, 2017
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