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Dawoud Sulayman - Simien Mountains Tours

Gonder, Ethiopia
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Lexe wrote a review Feb 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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John, Cork wrote a review Nov 2019
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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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Barry purdy wrote a review Nov 2019
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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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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PaulBaker wrote a review Jun 2019
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
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!!!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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mpalaciosf wrote a review Mar 2019
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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! +251 91 804 6588
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Date of experience: March 2019
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