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Boundless Ethiopia Tours - I highly recommend!

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Boundless Ethiopia Tours - I highly recommend!

I thought I’d post a review about Boundless Ethiopia Tours as I was so impressed by its service. It’s one of the few travel companies actually based in Ethiopia and Hans (the owner) really knows the country inside out.

He was so helpful when we were planning our trip – he answered so many questions and really wanted us to get the right itinerary for what we were looking to do. He got it spot on – we were very happy with our 3 week trip and felt that we got a great mix of history, tribes and fresh air (we did some walking in the Simien mountains and a TESFA trek).

We were particularly happy with our driver (Yet) – he was so efficient, kind and friendly and he really helped to make our trip special. You spend a lot of time together and I know Hans has picked his drivers with real care as they are his ambassadors after all.

On a price note – we thought that Boundless offered real value for money. We did a private trip (2 people) cheaper than going on a group holiday with multiple other people. For us it was bliss to have our own agenda and spend as much time at places as we wanted to etc. We’re both keen photographers so there was lots of stopping the car to take shots!

Do use them – I promise you won’t be disappointed and I think Hans deserves a successful business – he really cares and it shows!

info@boundlessethiopia.com / www.boundlessethiopia.com

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Thank you Londongal77 for your comment here since that it was the initial step for a Fantastic Trip in the heart of OMO Valley with ...Boundless Ethiopia!

With this message I want to confirm and reboost all your comments about them.

Also I would like to comment that only Hans understood my needs (although I have communicated about 10 different agencies) about a Budget Tour due to the fact that we were only me and my wife participating on this and the cost of a 4x4 is not small for 2 pax only .All the others coudn't really downgrade from the Lodge Level at any of their services.

Closing I want to wish Hans a Good Luck and to say that one day I will be back with Boundless to

cover the North Part that remained unexplored to me

All the Best!

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How kind of you to let me know that you used my recommendation and I am delighted that Hans was able to help you! Good to hear that your trip was wonderful and yes do the north next time as it is rather beautiful too!

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We are a group of 3 persons from Hong Kong, just return from a one-week trip in Ethiopia. It is so helpful for Hans, the owner of Boundless Ethiopia Tour, to plan our trip before coming to Ethiopia. We visited Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibella. The visit to both places are special interests to us. When in Axum, we have a chance to participate in the Maryam Tsion Procession which started early in the morning (5 a.m.)l. The guide gave us a very good explanation everything regarding the procession. We are so impressed by the devotion of the people in

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We are so impressed by the devotion of the people in Axum in the ceremony. Our visit to Lalibella is impressive. Our guide, Memekia, has a profound knowledge in the history and development of rock-hewn churches in Lalibella. Together with his warm hospitality, the trip is unforgettable!

For those thinking of visiting Ethiopia by themselves, Boundless Ethiopia Tours is highly recommended. The fees charged was reasonable and worth every dollars. Arrangements are within our expectation, and all the guides and drivers are not only friendly, but professional. It is especially kind for Hans to have dinner with us during our first night stay in Addis Ababa. He explained everything to us with patience and gave us a general understanding of the country.

Ethiopia is a great place to visit!

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I would also like to add my recommendation for Hans and Boundless Ethiopia. I traveled to Ethiopia with my parents in March 2015 and we spent two fantastic weeks exploring the Northern Circuit, bolting on an extra day in the Simien Mountains and two extra days trekking around Lalibela. As the reviewers above attest, Hans was incredibly helpful when organising the trip, and was happy to shuffle around the itinerary and hotel bookings several times to suit our needs. Our driver, Isaias, was a great companion on our trip - he was generally quite quiet, but very knowledgeable when asked. The local guides which we met at the different sites along the trip were also very impressive on the whole. Hans worked hard to ensure our trip went smoothly and was very keen to hear our feedback. We would certainly choose Boundless Ethiopia for a return trip to Ethiopia.

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Hi there ! Well there is just nothing to be added to the above. Boundless organized us a tailor made fantastic tour at a good price and Hans & Esayas were just great ! Cheers. Clement

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I wanted to leave a review for Hans and Boundless but I could only find this thread. I highly recommend Boundless. There are lots of tour operators running from Addis Ababa, of very varying quality. Save yourself time and effort and trust Boundless. You're in safe Hans!

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Boundless sound great, just wondering if anybody could give me an idea of prices? for a tour including trek? and just for lalibela churches?

Is there a way to do the churches on my own and then have them guide me on a couple of days trek after?

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Boundless Ethiopia is exceptionally helpful and professional – one of the best we have seen in many years of travel. Dutchman Hans van der Haar and his Ethiopian wife Mariamawit Tesfaye Baheta combine the best of Western organisational skills with real local knowledge and expertise.

We initially wrote to several travel agents specialising in Ethiopia, but Hans stood out because he replied immediately and efficiently, and promptly began to explore options and tailor-made itineraries for us. We wanted to loosely follow the northern route which many tourists use, but also wanted to incorporate a fair amount of trekking in the Simien Mountains, the Tigray region and in the Highlands of Lalibela. Boundless worked with us to come up with the perfect itinerary, organised an excellent and safe driver (Getahun), arranged knowledgeable and pleasant local guides who spoke English, and found us a mix of good hotels, luxury eco-lodges (especially the Gheralta Lodge in Tigray), and local homestays based on our request. The 3-day trek from Lalibela to Yemrehane Kristos, with a homestay in a village as well as in a lodge managed by the local community (Hudad Lodge) was a highlight, combining spectacular countryside with beautiful historical churches, and a wonderful farming family who hosted us in their hut. No luxury, but what an experience!

When we arrived in Addis Ababa on Ethiopian New Year's Day ( September 12), Hans invited us to his home where we celebrated the day with his lovely in-laws. On our last day, we met again with Hans and Mariamawit at our hotel so they could hear our stories and learn from our experiences.

As a testimony to Hans’ dedication and responsiveness: Two friends were supposed to accompany us, but had to postpone their journey at the last moment. Hans spent many long hours working very closely with them trying to reschedule flights, change reservations and accommodate their continually changing plans.

We can’t speak highly enough of our experience with Hans and his wife at Boundless Ethiopia!

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There are very few places in the world like Ethiopia. We knew we have to see it in the right way because this trip, to us, is a trip of a lifetime. We are so blessed to have seen this amazing country with Boundless Ethiopia. We are quite sure, (no, let me paraphrase that) - We are CERTAIN that our experience will not be as beautiful and memorable as it is, had we not plan our trip with the assistance and invaluable advice from Hans and his wife.

We have travelled extensively around the world independently but knew that in some countries, we would need a local guide/driver in order to gain a better discovery and experience in our quest to understand the country, its culture and its people. Ethiopia, we reckon, is such a country. Before our trip, we have studied all we can about the it from guidebooks (Bradt, we think, is the best), travel blogs and forums. We have narrowed down all the places we wanted to see within the time-frame that we had and with our planned itinerary, we began to send out emails to all the tour agents/individual guides we had shortlisted.

Of all the replies we have received, Han’s reply stood out very glaringly from the rest. Instead of just a standard “cut-and-paste” reply, he gave us a detailed one, with explanation that some of our planned itinerary is not possible due to time-factor and with that, he made further suggestions as to how to make it possible. We could immediately tell that he had given our plans a thorough read and thought before replying, unlike the other replies which we had received.

After many more emails between us (which were all attended to very promptly by Hans), we decided to choose his company for our trip. We were also blessed that we had good “chemistry” with the guide/driver who has been assigned to us by Hans, a very disciplined and experienced guy named Esayas. We have had a bad experience once in Tanzania where although we had chosen a very good tour company, the guide/driver who was assigned to us was simply awful. In long trips like this (often lasting 7-14 days or more), you cannot simply ask for a replacement when you are in the middle of nowhere. So, this, to us, was a blessing.

Throughout our trip (lasting about 3 weeks), Esayas was able to always fix our problems and/or complaints promptly by just a telephone call back to Hans and his wife in Addis. He was polite, always punctual, flexible with our plans (always after gaining permission from Hans) but most of all, a very experienced and careful driver. We love every single second we spent with him and wish that we can re-do our whole trip all over again!! The local guides chosen for us in Lalibele and Tigray were equally excellent and all the accommodation which we have chosen (some replaced with suggestions from Hans) were good and comfortable, taking into consideration the remoteness of some of the areas we had visited. Thanks, Boundless Ethiopia, for this unforgettable experience.

We highly recommend this tour company to others who are looking for a trip of a lifetime in this beautiful country!! You will not regret it.