Tailor made vacations to Ethiopia

“Ethiopia merges nature and culture superbly, from 17th century imperial Gonder and ancient Axum to the Simien Mountains and Lake Tana, scintillating source of the Blue Nile.”

Highlights

Addis Ababa | Gonder | Simien Mountains | Lalibela | Lasta Mountains | Axum | Lake Tana | Local community visits and wildlife treks

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This trip can depart anytime between October and March and adapted to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Tailor made vacations to Ethiopia

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of this incredible country is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. To protect the wild animals in Ethiopia from eating rubbish left behind from our tours, our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip, and as tour operators it is something we are careful to promote.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveler can bring.

Community

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 1000 youths with scholarships, 2 rural primary schools and 2 computer training centers. We have provided funds that have been used to buy desks, boards, pay staff salaries and much more.

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