Northern Ethiopia, tailor made vacation
Ten day guided tour of north Ethiopia's key cultural sites via a series of domestic flights, overland transfers and good standard hotels and lodges.
Addis Ababa Bahir Dar Lake Tana Simien Mountain National Park Gondar Lalibela Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab Axum Hawzain Monastery of Mariam Korkor Tigray Rock churches
£4265 excluding flights
Includes: Full board accommodation, English-speaking guide, drivers, transfers, entrance fees, porter fees, water on the road. Excludes: Flights and drinks.
Description of Northern Ethiopia, tailor made vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
1 Reviews of Northern Ethiopia, tailor made vacation
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 02 Feb 2018 by Hugh Tottle
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Visiting rock churches and Lalibela and being able to enjoy their Timkat/Epiphany celebrations.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Watch the amount of time you are spending on the road. If necessary reduce what you see to enjoy it more.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
One hopes so the parks and lodges are employing local people.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Excellent, our tour operator did a great job of organising and delivering for us.
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.
PlanetThe conservation of water is of critical importance to the lodges in the environments they operate, especially somewhere like East Africa and in particular Ethiopia which is prone to long and sustained periods of drought. All of the lodges used in the itinerary conserve water through regular maintenance to reduce leakages, fitting flow restrictors on shower heads and taps where possible, watering the gardens at cooler times of the day, and implementing a guest towel re-use and water conservation programme.
The water outlets are tested regularly. In this way they can be sure that they are not introducing harmful toxins into the protected environments in which they operate.
All of the waste produced is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. Recycled paper is used in offices and in brochure production, and recycle waste paper and cardboard through local community paper-making. This has the added benefit of providing livelihood streams for our neighbouring communities.
PeopleWe employ local Ethiopian staff in the lodges and camps including in management positions. We also actively encourage their growth and advancement within the organisation often with internal training to assist in this process. Our first source of staff is always from the local communities around the area where the lodge / camp is based and only if skills required are not available do we search elsewhere.
Supplies of fresh food are done locally whenever possible. Menus are tailored to utilise the best of the fresh fruit and vegetables currently available – this is generally a seasonal thing as within Ethiopia there is a large range of suitable fresh produce available.
Dry goods and manufactured goods are also purchased locally with the emphasis on local products – tea, coffee, honey, flour, and sugar to name a few. We avoid using products of manufacturing companies known to not be eco-friendly.