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Breathtaking ancient castle with a great guide

This is a truly fascinating historical castle. I recommend reading up on some of the history of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Don G
Mexico City, Mexico
A wonderful one day tour in Gonder

My mother and I visited Ethiopia for the first time in August 2018. While Addis Ababa was our main... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenny R
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly fascinating historical castle. I recommend reading up on some of the history of the Ethiopian civilization before going, to have an idea of how many significant dynasties and events called this castle home. As the historical capital of the Amhara civilization,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I visited Ethiopia for the first time in August 2018. While Addis Ababa was our main destination we still wanted to see a little bit more and thus contacted a local tour company to help us organise a short trip to Northern...More

Thank Jenny R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our 3rd day in Ethiopia found us in Gonder, and after an amazing lunch at The Four Sisters, our driver took us to Fasil Ghebbi to tour the Camelot of Africa. We lucked out and were given an amazing guide by the name of Bekele,...More

Thank Laila B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fasil Ghebbi is an incredible location with numerous ancient structure. Once inside it's easy to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city around. Having lived in Gonder, I've visited the castle 11 times, and it honestly gets better each time. Guides help explain...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Melaku is very passionate and energetic about the history of Gondar. He will ensure to share as much as possible with you. There is so much history in Ethiopia and, most specifically, Gondar. If you have a question, more than likely Melaku will have an...More

Thank Ishmael W
Reviewed August 14, 2018

If you stay in Gonder anyway, the place worth visiting, but don't make a deliberate stop for that. Ruins look nice but there are no indications in English or Amharic at all so without a guide you won't learn much about the place and it's...More

Thank Юлия В
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Once we got on Kim’s tour, we knew we had an excellent guide. She was knowledgeable about all of the castles and was able to give specific details that made them more significant. We enjoyed our time with her and would highly recommend her. Her...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2018

Two friends and I visited Fasil Ghebbi, Fasilides Bath and Debre Birhan Seleassie with Samuel as our guide. He was very professional, extremely knowledgeable and personable. He is very passionate about all the places we visited and provides a lot of insights on the history...More

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Reviewed July 23, 2018

Samuel is your man in Gondor! great knowledge, knows the right places to go and a great time keeper!

Thank Hadijah N
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited Gondar for 10 days in February. It was our fourth visit to Gondar. We were introduced to Melaku Tenaw and immediately found we had common chemistry. We travelled with him on at least three occasions taking us to places of...More

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August 24, 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