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4 days in Ethiopia, young Americans living in Kenya

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4 days in Ethiopia, young Americans living in Kenya

Hi all!

My partner and I are leaving for Ethiopia this Saturday (short notice, I know). We are spending four days in Addis. Unfortunately, due to out budget and time frame I dont think we will have too much time to travel outside of the city. We are both in our early 20s and have been living in Kenya off and on for about a year and a half now. We both prefer more natural experiences rather than some of the touristy traps that it is easy to get caught up in.

Coming from Kenya we would love to see some of the tribal life just to compare to what we are familiar with. We are also always looking for a good laid-back pub (not so much into the club scene). Maybe suggestions on the best areas of town to stay in as well?

We have about $400-500 USD to use while we are there, perhaps a bit more if necessary. Given our time frame, budget, and age, could someone suggest a few good things to do around the town or perhaps a little ways out? We would really appreciate it!

Thanks!

Portia

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Dear Portia,

I appreciate your intention of visiting Ethiopia specially Addis Ababa. To give you some info, to visit Ethiopia's ethnic groups with the time frame you have, it would be very difficult but it is possible to do daily or overnight excursions.

So, i suggest you do the "WONCHI CRATER LAKE" with boat, Horse ride activities and Oromo people with their houses. And you can also do "The AWASH National Park" for wild life and to visit Kereyu people with their houses. They are both an overnight Excursions which needs two of your days.

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We just returned from a one month trip to Ethiopia and were lucky enough to have Emmanuel as our guide for the two weeks that we spent in The Omo Valley.

We really wanted to connect with the tribes and Emmanuel was the perfect guide to do this. He grew up in the Hamar Tribe and as a result knows the area and its people extremely well. Emmanuel speaks fluent Hamar as well as many of the dialects from the other tribes in the area, as well as perfect English. He also has an amazing way with people and is completely respected by the tribes people, all of which meant he was able to take us off the beaten track to many of the less touristic tribes. Emmanuel perfectly facilitated our experience with the tribes, translating and organising when required, but stepping back when appropriate so that we could form our own relationships with the tribes people and have a much more real experience. This would never be able to happen on some of the bigger tours or with another guide who did not understand the tribal way so deeply as Emmanuel.

Another great thing about the trip with Emmanuel is that we were able to change our plans and go with the flow and Emmanuel was always totally cool with this and understood exactly what we wanted to do. This was perfect for us, as we have traveled a lot and do not normally go on "tours". But in The Omo Valley it is essential and Emmanuel was perfect as it did not feel like he was a "tour guide" but rather a friend that was travelling with us that was able to translate and organise for us and give us access to tribes that not many other tourists would be able to visit.

Not only did we feel one hundred percent safe at all times with Emmanuel, which in Africa is imperative, as we found out. He is the most honest and trustworthy person we have encountered on our extensive travels all over the world and he was absolutely professional at all times.

We had never been to Ethiopia and when we began planning our trip we were looking at reviews about cheap local guides. Thankfully we stumbled across a review on Emmanuel, as we witnessed many tourists having bad experiences with local guides. This is the review where we found Emmanuel,

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g2193263-i24167…

Ethiopia is an amazing country but is definitely a place where you could have the most incredible experience or a not so great one. Tour companies will charge you a fortune and you won't get the true experience as you will be in a group and will be taken to the touristic tribes of The Omo Valley. While "local guides" could sometimes be cheaper they are not as respected by the tribes people and will take you to the touristic areas. We also heard many stories of Local Guides using standover tactics and being dishonest. This is something to be aware of when travelling throughout Ethiopia.

We will definitely be going back to The Omo Valley to spend time with Emmanuel and the many amazing people that we made connections with. Next time we will meet Emmanuel in Addis Ababa rather than Arba Minch. Addis has newer 4WD's that can handle the rough offroad conditions and it's worth spending the extra money on this. Arba Minch has a handful of older 4WD's that are often booked out. In Addis Ababa it's best to stay on Bole Road rather than the hectic downtown.

We are so so grateful that we found Emmanuel and it would have been a completely different trip without him, it would have been nowhere near as good. Emmanuel has a beautiful nature and is a super cool guy. We have become amazing friends and cannot thank him enough for the incredible experience of traveling through The Omo Valley with him.

Here are Emmanuel's contact details,

ph: +251 927043931

email: imanynehushitar@gmail.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emanynehushitar

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