Dawoud Sulayman - Simien Mountains Tours

Dawoud Sulayman - Simien Mountains Tours

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Lexe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands52 contributions
Jan 2020
We did a 4-day-trek in the Simiens with Dawoud in January 2020. Everything was impeccably organised, it all worked like a charm. Dawoud knows just about everything about Ethiopia and it's nature, birds, history, society and culture. He is also very knowledgeable about things going on outside Ethiopia. That makes it very interesting to spend time with him. During our 4 days in the Simiens, other tour guides and tourists often asked him for more information on just about everything, because he knew so much more than all the others. He has great people to help him (for example an excellent cook). On top of that he is simply a extremely nice, interesting and helpful guy with a great sense of humour. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. Highly recommended!
Written February 5, 2020
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PaulBaker
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
My wife and I did a 3 day tour in the Simien Mountains with Dawoud and his colleagues. All the staff were very kind and the services were excellent. Right from the start Dawoud was very welcoming. He came to meet us in Gondar at the hotel we were staying at the morning we arrived. We left the next morning for an excellent 3 day trek. The food was fantastic. Packed lunches and water for the day with candlelight meals at night. Coffee, tea and breakfast in the morning. The trekking is at altitude so be prepared. Dawoud is very flexible and accommodating and will adjust the trek as necessary. Got to spend lots of time with the Geladas at the second campsite. This is a very beautiful area. If you think of it, bring spare AAA batteries for the group and staff as these are hard to source and headlamps/flashlights are needed for the evenings. Highly recommended!!!
Written June 20, 2019
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KSeda
London, UK14 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Dawoud organised a 3/4 day trek for three friends and me, we had the best time and noticeably the best guide. We were delighted to have the best prepared trek. We had great laughs, Dawoud shared with us lots of interesting facts about the mountains and Ethiopia. We all had fun at dinner together and team Dawoud were great at catering for dietary requirements etc.... All the timings were perfect, Dawoud was helpful, Dawoud’s English is perfect (and much better than many other guides) and he is ace. Plus his company is Ethiopian led and run which is fabulous in Ethiopia! I couldn’t recommend him and his team enough.

I contacted, Dawoud this time as he had previously organised a trek for my parents and I and he was excellent then and careful to ensure the trek was possible for everyone.

The trip we did the second time was really different but still excellent and my friends kept saying ‘Dawoud is the best guide’.

Xxx
Written April 9, 2018
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Lindi
5 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
A friend recommended Dawoud who had taken her and friends and family on several trips. He is really well informed and very willing to give a fascinating perspective of his experience of life in Ethiopia, and there is almost nothing that he doesn’t know about the Simien mountains, from the habits of the gelada monkeys to the history of the national park’s human inhabitants, birds, geology etc. He was entertaining, attentive and well organized for our trip. He since organised a fantastic trip for myself and friends in the Gheralta area of Ethiopia in March 2018. I would really recommend a trip with Dawoud, and I will no doubt be in touch with him to organise another trip before too long!
Written April 7, 2018
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Frances H
Dumfries, UK7 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Dawoud was recommend to us by friends and relatives living in Ethiopia, when we wanted to plan a week's trip to the historic sights of northern Ethiopia, taking in the Simiens. From our first email contact with him, Dawoud was helpful, professional, and attentive to our wishes. In person, he is charming and good humoured. With him, we had an utterly unforgettable week: from the sight of the tankwa on Lake Tana, to the thrill of being in the Timkat crowds in Gondar, to the majesty of the mountains and close encounter with a troop of gelada baboons; to the magnificent and perplexing Axum stelae, and the sound of morning worship echoing up from the Lalibela churches....Dawoud organised a full schedule of visits, entry tickets, local guides (all excellent), hotel accommodation, transport, plus the people and gear needed for a night in the Simiens ( where we feasted royally in the cooking hut before huddling contentedly round the fire pit). Dawoud's love for, and intimate knowledge of, the mountains, and their flora and fauna, was evident. He was great company - as interested in hearing about our lives as telling us about his own country. He was attentive to our safety, tolerant of my lack of fitness, and above all, the possessor of a fine sense of humour. We must also mention our driver, Birhan,in whose excellent hands we travelled safely the reputedly most dangerous ( switchback) roads in Ethiopia. They made a great team; and we would recommend Dawoud wholeheartedly to anyone, of any age or fitness level, who is considering a tailor made guided trip in Ethiopia.
Written March 8, 2018
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John, Cork
1 contribution
Nov 2019
Went looking for an adventure in Ethiopia with Simiens, Danakil and Lake Tana on list. Dawoud was recommended by a friend and I asked him to look after us on Simiens, very quickly opted for him to organise whole trip. Turned out to be a very wise decision. Dawoud led our trip in Simiens and organised us to join a very professional outfit for our trip to Danakil (very important as Danakil not a very hospitable place). Dawoud also organised our road transport across Northern Ethiopia and hotels along the way. His knowledge of what we wanted (even though we were a bit unsure ourselves) ensured we had an adventure to remember. Dawoud checked in with us regularly along our journey to ensure all was good (which it was). However one of the highlights of the adventure was that Dawoud joined us on the Simiens part of our tour and we very much enjoyed his company for our 3 nights there. We had many enjoyable conversations beyond learning about the local economy, culture, history and animals and birds we saw (baboons, Ethiopian wolf, birds etc),. Genuinely great fun had by all in his company.

I would very much recommend Dawoud if thinking about an adventure in Ethiopia.

John, Cork
Written November 20, 2019
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Barry purdy
4 contributions
Nov 2019
I did a four day tour with my friend and his daughter in the simiens with Dawoud and his team. It was a great trip and we were very well looked after. The views are stunning and we were lucky to have a 10 minute encounter with a large troop of Gelada monkeys and a sighting of an Ethiopian wolf. Fantastic. I would 100% recommend Dawoud and his team for any tour in the simiens. Barry
Written November 10, 2019
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mpalaciosf
8 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
We took the 2 day tour with Dawoud Sulayman and it was definitely the most comfortable, calmed and enjoyable tour we did in Ethiopia.
At first we were worried because we were a group of only girls and were going camping very far away with a male stranger. Dawoud made us feel like home, safe and protected. He is cultured and respecfull and has wonderful staff. Shete, the cook, was amazing, he prepared more than 5 different dishes, addapted to our non spicy requirements, for a candle lighted dinner and hot fresh pancakes for breakfast in the middle of the mountain!!
He has full knowledge of the fauna at the mountain and speaks perfect english, which made it very easy to understand.
The tents and sleeping bags were in perfect shape and of good quality (very important because it gets cold at night).
The best of all is that all of this is offered in a very fair price (most of the Simien Mountain Tours we quoted were a huge rip off).
I totally recommend Dawoud and his staff, it was a wonderful experience!
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Written March 20, 2019
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Bernard M
1 contribution
Oct 2018 • Couples
We took a the 3 day tour with Simien Mountains Tours in mid-OCtober 2018, the trip was excellent. Dawoud met with us the day before in Gonder and the next day to make sure that everything was OK. The driver arrived on time and brought us to Debark were we met our guide and the Cook sous-cook and scout. The 4x4 and the tent was excellent, keep us dry during the afternoon and evening rain showers. Our guide was really good and he really enjoyed being in the mountains away from the busy city. His english was not perfect but we had no problem communicating and understanding each other. The food was really good but don't expect any meat. Everything was really well planned and we had no issues. Every evening before dinner, the guide was bringing us to pre-dinner walk to see amazing sunsets, we did not see any other groups doing this. I highly recommend Simien Mountains Tours.
Written December 2, 2018
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