Ethiopia vacation, tailormade
Our most popular Ethiopia tour is fully customised to your interests and budget by a local expert - and as the sparkling reviews reveal, he really knows his stuff.
Addis Ababa Bahir Dar Blue Nile Falls Gondar Lalibela Rock hewn churches Aksum 2,000-year-old stelae Dorze villages Netch Sar National Park Laka Abaya Jinka Omo Valley markets Mursi and Hamer tribes Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary Lake Langano Wondo Genet Rift Valley lakes
£2483 excluding flights
Description of Ethiopia vacation, tailormade
This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary. Minimum 2 people
Our top tip:
Travel with an open mind. Ethiopia is wonderfully different - but this often means having to leave Western expectations behind!
Tailor made. Min. 2 people, min. age 5.
Locally owned where possible. Tailored to your preferences and budget.
Accomm., private transport and transfers, tour leader throughout, local guides for specific activities, driver, listed activities. Meals not included.
A wide array of vegan options are available in Ethiopia. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, this trip is for you. Based on your meal requirements, veg/vegan dishes will be provided on both breakfast and dinner times.
39 Reviews of Ethiopia vacation, tailormade
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020 by Angela MorrisonBrilliant. We have travelled a lot and using an in country, local agent to organise the trip within this fascinating country was perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Fiona CowiesonThis was one of the most amazing vacations we have ever had. Every day held something exciting and new. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by Hannah SmithOur trip was FULL of memorable and exciting moments. A few that spring to mind include hiking the trails high in the mountains above Lalibela and our first coffee ceremony Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019 by Catherine DicksonThe most memorable part of the vacation was seeing the Meskel festival in Gondar Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Mar 2019 by Ruth AdamsWhat was best - all of it!! It is difficult to pick out just one memorable or exciting part as our various experiences in Ethiopia were all very special in their own way. We did see a procession for the Feast of St Michael in a small town and that remains a very special memory too. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2017 by Barbara SchmidleVisiting the rock churches in AETHIOPIA and coming across a group of local pilgrims was my highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Nov 2017 by Sheryl PadjenThe entire trip was very memorable. The churches were beautiful, the historical sites were interesting, the people were warm and friendly. I loved being in the midst of the gelada baboons. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2017 by Sue ToddThe most exciting was seeing the Wallia Ibex and the open heart monkeys. The most memorable is the image of the people on the move, herding their cattle and livestock, walking on the roadside, carrying heavy loads, everything from water containers, sacks of grain, wood, hay and even stones. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2017 by Karina WildMy most memorable experience was the opportunity to sit alone in Bet Giyorgis in Lalibela soaking up the atmosphere whilst listening to a local musician and singer serenading a couple celebrating their wedding outside - so moving. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Mar 2016 by Olivia WilkinsonGreat trip! We loved the country and everything it has to offer! We couldn't recommend it more! Eskinder organised the tour perfectly and it all ran very smoothly. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by Colin LukeIt was a splendid vacation very well organised by the operator. The company is run by Eskinder Hailu Senebata who is a delightful man, who answered all our questions most professionally and on meeting turned out to be a most interesting man. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by Dean MooreExperiencing the people and culture was the most memorable part of my trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Dec 2015 by Teresa WinchesterWe had a wonderful time. Our guide was brilliant and gave us so much of his time. Fantastic guide and driver for 7 days in the south. We loved the contrast of the north and the south. Such a beautiful country. An excellent trip, fascinating and well organised which I would recommend to anyone wanting to see Ethiopia. And we felt perfectly safe! Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2015 by Ann BurkeAbsolutely brilliant. Every day over the 3 weeks something very special or exciting happened. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Mar 2015 by Barbara ClaaseBeat all our expectations! We cannot thank you enough for making our time in Ethiopia so memorable, you have certainly gone the extra mile to ensure that our whole trip ran smoothly. All the guides and drivers are so proud of their country and their heritage. They all have a fantastic knowledge of the history of Ethiopia. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Dec 2015 by David KirkupI guess if I had to pick out three highlights they would be: the extraordinary beauty of the Simien Mountains and the chance to see the gelada baboons at such close quarters; the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; and the opportunity to see the way of life of the different tribes in the Omo valley. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by Jim FordIt was a combination of history, culture and nature - a wonderful and interesting trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2015 by Orla MackeyI loved the time I spent in Ethiopia. It was made even better by the fact that we were in the hands of such a competent and capable bunch of people. Everybody we came across, from guides to drivers to staff at the pre- arranged accommodations gave us a super service. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2015 by Helen Yapp'Most memorable' is a hard call - I lost count of the number of times we said, 'Isn't that amazing!' Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2015 by Frances FeddenI observed 7 of the endemic wolves that I have been wanting to see for ages. The landscape is particularly beautiful and the birdlife tremendous. The local guides in each area were really good and went out of their way to help and explain. We felt they enabled us to meet local people which we like very much. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2014 by john palmerAlmost every day in Ethiopia was a memorable day. The people of Ethiopia are fantastic, never once did we feel threatened or unsafe. We believe it was one of the best vacations we have experienced. Some of the most wonderful and welcoming people on the planet. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2014 by christine browningEvery single day was memorable, and virtually every day was exciting...we returned home having had not just a wonderful and exciting vacation but also some understanding, and huge respect, for all things Ethiopian and especially its people. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2014 by Hugh SharpOur guide was excellent. Very caring, very conscientious, very knowledgeable and always available. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2014 by christine didsburySeeing the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela was the impetus for booking the journey and they certainly did not disappoint...The country is so unique in many ways. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Mar 2014 by Lorraine GoodhewThe most memorable part of the vacation was going to a wedding in Gonder which would not have been possible without the local guide, the churches in Lalibela, trip to the Simian mountains, having coffee, local markets in the south. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jan 2014 by Phil Hughes RocneEvery day was a new experience. Ethiopia is a beautiful country with lovely people. The deprivation was startling and one had to remind oneself this is how so many people live. Mixing with the locals at markets and villages was very real and exciting. The local guides were generally very sincere. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2014 by Dennis DavisExcellent...Lalibela and the South Omo Valley were the highlights. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2013 by Aoife boyceExcellent...you will have nothing to do but enjoy the experience. The company took the stress out of traveling by having everything super organized. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2013 by Audrey BowkerExcellent vacation - great variety of experiences....Simien Mountains were breath taking. Nights are very cold there, but it's worthwhile. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by Gillian GillandersOverall the service we received was excellent and we would have no hesitation in recommending or using this company again. The guides - local to each location - were all excellent: knowledgeable and informative Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by Robert ReidThe Simien Mts are beautiful...Other parts are really special and were blazing with wild flowers. October is the perfect time to see this place. It is botanically interesting and scenically splendid. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by Stephen GeorgeThe views in the Simien Mountains was the most memorable part Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2013 by Lila HerbergExcellent...The gorgeous paintings in the island monasteries of Lake Tana were fantastic - amazingly preserved and coloured and funny and charming Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2013 by Paul InfieldIt's difficult to pick out a highlight from such a trip. The stone churches at Lalibela and the stellae at Axum were extraordinary, but the most memorable bits for me were seeing and meeting the Konso, Hamar and Mursi tribes in the south. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jan 2013 by Vincent BuxtonHistory, culture, scenery, meeting the people - deliberately or accidentally - were highlights and if one person has to be named then it must be Eskinder, the master mind behind the whole operation. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jan 2013 by Michael DowerVery well organised...A pleasure to travel with this company. We'll be back...The Timkat celebrations and trekking were the most memorable parts. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2012 by Gary WardOne of the most memorable parts was the fantastic scenery, especially in the north. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Feb 2012 by Helene AicolinaLots of wonderful memories. Excellent trip, efficiently organised by Eskinder. The itinerary was well planned and adapted to our specific requirements. There was a good selection of hotels including the outstanding Gheralta Lodge and Rowda Webr Guesthouse in Harar. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2012 by Richard AntolakWhat impressed me most was that these churches were not simply empty museums, but active sites of worship. When I was there, pilgrims were already arriving from all over Ethiopia to celebrate Christmas. It was a wonderful sight. Read full review
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 and peopleIf you book this trip you will give many local people a chance to support themselves and their family dependants. Our guides are locals and well trained in all disciplines and the scouts are hired from the parks. You will also be staying in locally owned accommodations which have a direct impact on the communities their respective environment. They will get most of their material and man-power needs from the local markets and resources. The income they will earn as a result of your booking will support many grass-root economies. As we also purchase most of the necessities for the trip like food, water, coffee, soft papers etc. from locally owned shops and restaurants; they will be benefited.
Accommodations have put in place policies of environmental conservation, water and energy usage. They also have economic policies to employ their staff from the local communities and to use the local resources and markets for the services they provide.
For you to have better knowledge of the trip we will provide you an accurate pre-trip information before the start of the tour. And in order for you to have a good understanding of the places, the environment, and the local community we will supply you with our Travelers' Code of Conduct which is also supplied to our staff and local suppliers.
As part of environmental conservation efforts, almost all of our destination suppliers are actively involved in initiatives like '2 trees for 2000'. It is a campaign against Ethiopia's environmental hazard caused by deforestation and is mainly sponsored by the Millennium Secretariat. Also as an effort to reduce pollution, accommodations help protect the environment by giving away some materials like plastic bags to recycling agencies. After completing the cultural tour and if time allows, we will arrange a short trip to visit an initiative in Yabello-Borena which works on improving the livelihood of the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.
Much of the country was devastated by both man-made and natural disasters. An increased demand for fuel has resulted in the practice of reckless tree felling. Also at Borena, large areas are inhabited by nomadic pastoralists who move over large expanses of land with large herds of livestock. Environmental degradation in this area has caused serious hardship to these pastoralist groups. You may wish to exchange ideas with the community on issues like the use of natural resources, spring development, land rehabilitation, and irrigation works which would be of great importance.