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A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
+251 91 815 6611
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of Ethiopia's treasures that stood the test of time since the early 1600s. Once you pay the entrance fee, you are free to roam around the grounds. You can get a guide for a fee if desired but i didn't see the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hawalom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to spend a couple of hours. The compound has 6 castles all quite well preserved. Take a guided tour as they have interesting stories to share. The buildings are all quite different. The compound is well maintained and the grounds are peaceful to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On my recent trip to this beautiful country I was lucky to have met an excellent guide, Samuel Tedesse. He is a knowlegable guide who presents his country's beautiful sites with so much passion and love. He is responsible and trustworthy and willing to meet...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NatalijaM67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a photographer and I came to Gondar to photograph famous Timqat. One of my friends had recommended me Samuel. We spent all the day on taking pictures of numerous processions all over the city. He was very helpful during "navigation" in the crowd, had...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jacek K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend Samuel Tadesse as a tour guide in Gondar region. He's very passionate, very friendly and offers explanations with professionalism. The best tour guide in Gondar. Email: samueltadesse53@gmail.com or +251918065388

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank urielmonica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This part museum part historical reference to a gone by era including Emperor Selassies bed and perhaps one of the worst en suite bathroom colours i have ever seen! Some good informative boards which gives you a sense of the building.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kingdomDublin
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Nice way to spend a few hours. Very relaxed and easy to walk around freely but worth getting a guide to get a bit more information. Additional bonus of lovely views out over the surrounding area.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alexh360
Reviewed December 11, 2018

A bizarre collection of castles built for rulers over several generations, all close together and within a walled compound.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed December 1, 2018

I spent Half a day in Gondar for the castles and must say that I was extremely lucky to have Samuel as my guide. He is a very gentle and patient person who knows the place and its history inside out. He is an extremely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jairamjd
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This collection of a dozen buildings inside a walled enclosure are truly impressive. Make sure you hire a guide at the site, rather than getting one from the hotel. Also if you hire a tuktuk driver for the day, make sure they know that the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Mary T | Reviewed this property |
You’ll be totally safe, if not a bit harassed/scammed. Honestly.... Lali Bella is really great!! But Gondar is not worth the extra trip at all. Skip it. The castle isn’t more than 45 minute walk around/look and it’s not even... More
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Response from Yared W | Reviewed this property |
If you couldn't find the name of the company, just pick the name of the attraction and mention the name there and give your comment. For example when we visited Gondar, Lalibela and Axum this past July a company named... More