Ethiopia rural accommodation, nr Lalibela

Price
US $68 per person per night
Location
Wollo, Amhara Region, and East TigraySee map here
More info
(Including meals, guide and pack animals).
There is a solo supplement for people on their own.The price does not include transport to the start of the walk or from the end. Product is priced in local currency and dollar equivalent is approximate.
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Description of Ethiopia rural accommodation, nr Lalibela

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Is there anything more sublime than sitting outside on a balmy night, sipping a cold glass of something local with nothing around you except the sound...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The Community Guest houses at between which guest trek are owned by the local communities. Environmental considerations are an integral part of the enterprises.

Ecotourism is a fundamental part of the project.
- numbers of tourists per site will be limited to 6-8
- eco-toilet (dry composting urine separating toilet)
- water available for washing, but tourists made aware of limited resource
- shower (sun heated water) water diverted to promote tree growth
- Indigenous tree planting
- Protecting cliff faces with terracing
- Encouraging local community to see flora and fauna as a resource to protect

People

Going on a trek with the local communities in Ethiopia is the best way of directly supporting rural communities. This is because the Community Guest houses at which our guests stay on their treks across the rural landscapes are cooperatives owned by the local communities.

Your visit will directly generates incomes for some community members as wages with the profit going into a fund for the whole community. This is not charity, but is payment for a quality service by local people. Their is a dignity to such exchanges which is not present in just handing over money. The tourism business in addition to giving the communities much needed income also gives them skills and the confidence to work together for joint benefit.

Of the payment for the trekking 55% of the (pre tax) payment goes directly to the community.
[25% is for the local guiding business that provides well trained guides and gives support to the communities, and 20% goes to marketing and booking services].

This income is used by the communities to pay wages for their own staff (from within the community), food and material costs.; the remaining profit goes inot their own bank account from which some is used for reinvestment, with the rest going support the local community endeavours. This may be for micro-loans, grain banks and stores or other activities.