We specialise in tailor-made holidays and trekking in Ethiopia - with a fantastic trekking outfit in the Simien Mountains and a thorough knowledge of the lodges and hotels of this fast developing country.
Travelling around Ethiopia is now a very much different prospect to just a couple of years ago. Quality small hotels are blossoming around the country and private tailor-made travel (rather than group travel) is in our opinion, now the best way to see Ethiopia whatever your budget. Where once a hot shower was a rarity, you can now see some of the most incredible cultural, historical and natural sites in Africa from the comfort of excellent lodging such as the Kuriftu Spa on Lake Tana and the Bale Mountain Lodge.
The Simien Mountains offer some of the most stunning trekking in the whole of Africa. The National Park boasts truly incredible mountain scenery and is teeming with endemic wildlife. We are the leading provider of high quality treks in the Simien Mountains and pride ourselves on the quality of our guiding team and cooks, whether your are camping or staying in comfort at the Simien Lodge.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
Classic fully supported 3-5 day trek in the Simien Mountain National Park including transfer to and from Gondar. Guide, cook, porters and scout all included.
Private Trek Adventure 5 days
Extended 8 day trek in the Simien Mountains following the classic Sankaber - Chenek route then down to the Lowlands.
Private Trek Adventure 8 days
Combines the popular Sankaber - Geech - Chenek section with a challenging ascent of Ras Dashen & descent to the rarely visited lowlands.
Private Trek Adventure 10 days
Perfect for those short on time, combines the classic 5 day Simiens trek with the cultural highlights of Gondar & Lalibella
Tailor-made Adventure 10 days
A tour of North Ethiopia's highlights in comfortable accommodation, visiting Lake Tana, the Simien Mountains, Gondar & Lalibela. For the non-trekker.
Tailor-made Classic 9 - 14 days
Experience the incredible cultures of the Konso, Mursi and Turmi people on this responsible private 12 Day Lower Omo Valley tour
Tailor-made 9 - 21 days
Combines a 5 day Simien Mountain trek with a full tour of the Northern Circuit, including the remote Gheralta Cluster churches.
Tailor-made 15 days
Spend 4 days trekking & acclimatising in Ethiopia's rarely visited Simien National Park before flying to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tailor-made Adventure 16 days
Two week wildlife holiday in Ethiopia combining the unique habitats of the Simien Mountains, Bale Mountains and Rift Valley Lakes
Tailor-made Adventure 15 days
A comprehensive tour of North of Ethiopia including Lake Tana, the Simien Mountains, Gondar, Lalibela & Gheralta. For the non-trekker.
Tailor-made 2 weeks
Highlights of the northern historical circuit with extension to Bale Mountains to see rare edemic species such as Ethiopian wolf and array of birdlife
Tailor-made Luxury 10 - 14 days
Combine a Simien Mountain trek with the best of the North and the fascinating tribes of the South.
Tailor-made Adventure 13 - 15 days
We know our onions. Our specialists have vast experience of their destinations, backed up by our superb local guides and hosts.
Our prices are often better than booking direct. We'll match any quote from a UK or US Tour operator.
As a comprehensively bonded ATOL and ABTA tour operator with 24/7 emergency support we've got your back.
Very helpful in designing a customized trip for the time we had available; very responsive by email even given the time difference; VERY helpful to be in contact with Alex, the local Tourdust representative in Ethiopia, when questions or problems arose--he was friendly and resourceful and a great problem-solver.
verified review for Simien Mountains Trek & Northern Highlights on 03 December 2015
Feka and Mike were excellent; accommodations were fine
verified review for Tribes of the Omo Valley on 21 February 2015
Our trip was excellent. Thank you! We were particularly impressed with the way it all worked seamlessly: someone was at each arrival point to meet us (or Alex was on the end of the phone to tell us what to do) or there was a phone message at Reception for when to expect someone.
The Jerusalem Hotel in Lalibela is not the same standard as Tukul Villages but it was OK for one night & we had plenty of warning. Lalibela at Christmas is pretty manic: full to bursting!
I must say that Alex looked after us well. He came to see us in Gondar to make sure everything was in place for the Simiens Trek & that we knew what to expect. When we got back after it, there he was again! Small but highly-valued pieces of customer care, evident again when he spoke to drivers while we were travelling.
All the staff who worked with us were of high quality, especially drivers and guides. Two who stood out were Younus, our driver both times we were in Addis Ababa, who we felt went beyond the call of duty & made our time there enjoyable - our last evening when waiting for a 2 a.m. flight could have been a drag, was in fact absolutely fine because of his suggestions (the Via Via cafe for dinner & then Mama's Kitchen for some music) and company.
The Simiens Trek was outstanding. Spectacular scenery, challenging at times, full of interest. Key to making it so was Dereje Gedamu who is a wonderful guide: we felt privileged to have him. he was ably assisted by the other staff & when our first, excellent chef had to leave at short notice to visit his mother in hospital, a replacement was found immediately (at Chenek!) who fed us to the same high standard. It was all a great experience that we will be talking about for a long time.
We were all pleased to have selected the 8 day option (& were not at all jealous of the peak-baggers heading for Ras Dashen). The second half of the trek was a good contrast to the high altitude section in the National Park's heartland as we descended through more intensively cultivated and populated areas, down steeply to the river and then back up past wonderful rock formations towards Mulit and out to the road at Adi Arkaye. It was full of interest and we were pleased to be pretty much on our own, rather than with the crowds at Geech & Chenek.
By comparison, the TESFA trek was rather tame, although an interesting comparison to see a more pastoral landscape and less remote villages. We had another good guide & enjoyed the lunch & evening stops, and the "loos with a view".
Pleased as we were that we had opted to drive from Bahir Dar to Lalibela, we had mixed feelings about driving the rough Gashena-Lalibela road three times - the starting and finishing points for the TESFA trek were just beyond Gashena. In 3 years when the road is complete this point may become academic, but meanwhile - if anyone else wants to do the same thing - it would be better for them to drive from Bahir Dar to Gashena, meet the TESFA crew there, do the trek & then continue to Lalibela. I am sure that TESFA could look after any extra baggage that people did not want on the trek.
One other point about the TESFA trek: we were not aware that there are several grades offered. I think we did the easiest and might well have preferred something more challenging so perhaps you could clarify the options available.
Only one other critical comment: we were underwhelmed by the Mayleko Lodge near Gondar airport. It was indeed welcome to have somewhere peaceful to return to after the trek, the rooms are nice & a couple of us enjoyed a "refreshing" swim, but on the other hand the restaurant was pretty mediocre and slow: we might have preferred to be out in the town.
Apart from that it was all good! A glimpse of Addis and another of Gondar; trekking with some R&R in Bahir Dar with its different scenery and history, ending with the religious fervour at Lalibela. A great holiday.
Gordon Parker reviewing Simien Mountains Trek & Northern Highlights on 09 February 2016