Festivals and vacations in Ethiopia

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07 Jan 2017
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12 Mar 2017
£ 3325
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09 Apr 2017
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29 Oct 2017
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21 Dec 2017
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Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Festivals and vacations in Ethiopia

Life for the majority of Ethiopia’s 73 million people is harsh, even by the standards of Africa’s poorest nations. The average Ethiopian person earns less than $100 per year and will not live beyond 44 years of age. North Wollo is amongst the poorest areas of the country, depending largely on rain fed subsistence agriculture. Our guide Mark established TESFA - a local charity organisation that was set up in 2003 with the specific aim of developing community-based tourism in Ethiopia WITH communities.

By putting communities in charge of their own tourism resources, payment goes directly into the communities - 60% for the communities, 25% to a local guides service (that also transmits bookings to the communities), and 15% to cover administrative costs. After the communities have paid their staffing costs and for the consumables (food, toiletpaper, soap etc) the remainder is split between profit and a fund to allow for reinvestment and depreciation. The profit is then put into a community fund for the whole community to decide how it should be spent, such as the purchase of a community grain grinding mill.

Our Ethiopia trips also fund A-Cet (African Childrens Education Trust) a small independent charity helping young Africans to achieve their maximum potential through education. A-Cet supports 1.000 youths with scholarships, 2 rural primary schools and 2 computer training centres.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions.

We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Reviews of Festivals and vacations in Ethiopia

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all memorable but - not toooo exciting!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Follow the instructions for what to take from the tour operator and how to prepare - the instructions were clear and helped a lot.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I hope so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely fantabulous. I am seriously considering the OMO area for the end of 2012 or early 2013. It is very disappointing to read the news about the Danikil terrorist attack. In some respects it is perhaps 'a good thing' that the UK newspapers did not give it to much coverage; that way, the embryonic Ethiopian tourist industry will hopefully not be too badly affected. I cannot see the point in killing tourists - to what end? Publicity? Certainly they got very little in British newspapers - thank goodness.

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The fantastic views from the escarpments and a chance visit at a local school during the TESFA walk, the view over the twin of Ayers Rock from the Ghiralta lodge, seeing the Axum stelae and the rock churches of Lalibela and Ghiralta, the dinner with a local family in Lalibela and New Years bonfire and fireworks on the shores of lake Tana.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Not all goes according to plan or the itinerary but it will be memorable. I would suggest taking more time out and adding on a trip to other regions of the country - this trip is varied and interesting but there's more to see and do!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, except perhaps for the plastic water bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good with much more included than most trips to the North.

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Celebrating the Timcat festival in a small village where we were welcomed and looked after by the whole village community. A fabulous experience of colour pagentry and humanity.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you are able to walk on uneven ground in altitude. Easy for most people but must be a consideration for older travelers in particular.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Without a doubt. The TESFA organisation and vacation operator worked together to ensure this is tourism at its best for both the travelers and the communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a wonderful way to see the beauty of Ethiopia, its warm friendly people and to experience one of it's best known festivals in an idyllic rural community setting. The guide was outstanding in her knowledge of the country and was proactive throughout to make sure everything was the best it could be for the group. A traveling group vacation cannot get better than this.

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The trek in the Simien Mountains was truly memorable. It felt like we had the whole Mountain range, a world heritage site, to ourselves. Ethiopia is a beautiful mountainous country with historical sites to rival some of the best in the world, but with a tourist industry just getting off the ground the sense of exploration and privilege of seeing it now is palpable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do it now, the main tourist sites in Ethiopia is changing rapidly, they will not look the same in 10 years time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


An influx of foreign currency into the country must be a good thing. Tourism provides this but also, inevitably, tourists impact the environment and the people they go to meet. For example, on the northern historical route you are met by many Ethiopians asking for stuff, water bottles, sweets, or money for their photo. You get used to it but it does detract from your enjoyment as a visitor. I believe the Ethiopians have a responsibility to make the tourist as comfortable as possible, in exchange more will come and their economy will benefit in turn.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A fantastic experience and the coffee is superb.

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