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Axum hotel feedback

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Susie Wieler writes:

I’m in Axum right now and after a horrible night at the Remhai Hotel, we found the new Sabean Hotel. It opened in November 2012 and we paid $89USD for a family suite with a very luxurious shower. It has a nice restaurant and café, as well as Wi-Fi in every room. We had lunch at the Yeha Hotel and asked to see their rooms, and the Sabean is definitely nicer and better value.

Link Ethiopia

Posted: April 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Trixia Hayne writes: 

We were in Ethiopia working with Link Ethiopia (, a small British charity that aims to link schools in Ethiopia with partner schools in the UK, with a view to both educational support and cultural exchange.  The charity also supports schools directly through small-scale projects, and arranges for volunteers to teach English communication skills, as well as IT and (occasionally) PE; placements start from one month.

Price hike at Lalibela

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Lalibela, Uncategorized

Stephen Wood writes: Lalibela churches: since January (2013) the price of a ticket to visit the churches has been increased from $21 to $50! Our tour guide was quite apologetic about this, and said that the church authorities had insisted on this price hike. Still worth visiting them of course, but a bit annoying all the same. Panoramic View Hotel still looks nowhere near like finished (end January).

Ruth Scheufele writes:

Hello there, I would very much like to recommend an excellent tour guide for the Simien Mountains: Addis Yimer. Addis is the agency owner and was our travel guide for three days and he definitely did a fabulous job. He is from Debark and knows the area perfectly. Moreover, he is very knowledgeable and happy to answer all questions you might be interested in, especially about geology, flora and fauna – he is a very experienced guide. We can only highly recommend him and his agency. He organized everything very professionally and is very flexible concerning the schedule (our tour not only included the Simien Mountains but also the most important sights in Gonder and Wulkefit). His English is excellent and he is just a gorgeous guy! Before the trek, replies very promptly to any questions and adapts to all ideas, desires or preferences you might have.

The trek has been very enjoyable and next time we would definitely choose Addis Yimer again. Thanks to the whole team who accompanied us – keep up the great work!

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We travelled to the Simien mountains in May this year and it was an amazing experience. After a lot of internet research we settled on a 6 night trek organised by Yalew Tafete ( We cannot recommend him enough. The trek we chose was a highland to lowland trek but Yalew can arrange treks to suit your needs. He is from Debark so is also a local person. While it is possible to just show up at the park office in Debark and arrange a guide, scout, cook, and mule handlers (or in fact to simply take a scout) if you are time constrained we highly recommend using Yalew. We were really impressed with Yalew’s organisation and, if you can afford it, think that it enhances the experience to have a full compliment of local people to join you on the trek. Yalew met us at the airport in Gondar and from there everything went seamlessly. He checked on our dietary requirements and made sure we had enough clothing and bedding. He had also pre-arranged a driver to get to the start of the trek and the trekking crew. For two of us we considered it good value for money and the cost would reduce further the more people were part of the group. While we did not require any additional arrangement, Yalew can help organise internal travel and any other activities you require.

As for the trek itself it was one of the best things we have done. May is a low season as it is the dry season and the highlands do not have the lush greenness that is present from October to January. Although we would like to go back at that time of year to experience the scenery it did not diminish our experience and as an advantage there are not as many trekkers, with just a handful of groups in the camps each night. The trek has great variety from wildlife (the gelada monkeys, walia ibex, ethiopian wolves (if you are lucky) and great variety of birds; the astounding canyons and scenery as you walk along the escarpment; and the opportunity to meet and interact with the locals. Highlights were out stays in the grounds of local schools and the coffee ceremony we had with our scout Noor’s relatives. We also had a wonderful trekking crew. Eyosi Worede was an exceptional guide who has impressive knowledge of almost everything to do with the region and is wonderfully friendly and good company. Kadir and Moorat achieved culinary feats with just a single gas cooker (even baking a birthday cake!) and Noor proved himself very adept at wrangling to many local children that you meet along the way. We would recommend, however, taking a good supply of pens and other things of use for the children as they are incredibly appreciative of anything you can offer. We also took some old clothing that we were able to distribute at the end of the trek.

We would say it is a once in a lifetime experience, but we are already planning a return trip.

Gareth and Alice

Hi there,
My husband and I just got back from Ethiopia and wanted to pass on the contact details of some guides we met on the way.

1. Liben Chame speaks good English, seems to know everything about the country and offers good prices. He can organise ANYTHING you want to do in the country. He went out of his way every time we wanted to do stuff or change the plan in any way. It is not easy to find a good guide in Ethiopia who is not interested only about the money so here you go:

Home: +251 911652649
Mobile: +251 111249078
Facebook: Libenchame

2. In Lalibela, we were very lucky with the guide we found to visit the churches. He gave the right amount of information, his English was very good, and for the same price he showed us the market and even negotiated for us when we wanted to buy things.

Estalu Kelemu

Mobile: +251911065115

3. An Omo Valley guide we met in Arba Minch speaks good English and seems to have all the contacts needed to show you the “off the beaten track” villages.

Riot Mussa
Home: +251 468850173
Mobile: +251 911061092

4. This guide we met in Bahir Dar. His English is perfect, he took us to see the waterfalls when there was no one, he negotiated us into a trip for the lake so we paid less and went out of his way to make us happy with restaurants, hotels, cars… would really use him again if back in the country. He might be able to take you around the country as well if you need him to.

Tewodros Firew (Teddy)
Mobile: +251918768825



I am working in suba forest. I l appreciate your cooperation to promote our destination ‘SUBA’ since i am working in this org. I  would like to give you some uptodate information  which helps you to provide accurate visitors information

BEST WISHES, Biniyam Tsegaye

Suba- Sebeta Forest District

Service Charges, Entrance and Camping Ground Fees

  • Services Changes
  1. Dormitory Rent
  • Ethiopians———————————————-20.00/person/night
  • Foreigners———————————————-30.00/person/night
  1. Guest house rent
  • Ethiopians———————————————-40.00/person/night
  • Foreigners———————————————-70.00/person/night

II. Entrance Fees

No. Category of visitors Entrance Fees/48 hrs (Eth.birr)
1 Ethiopian
1.1 Adult 10.00
1.2 Child (6-18) 5.00
2 Foreign visitors
2.1 Adult 45.00
2.2 Child (6-18) 20.00
3 Entrance fee for vehicles 20.00
4 Video Camera
4.1 Foreign visitors 100.00
4.2 Ethiopian visitors 50.00

III. Camping Ground Fees/Night

No. Category of visitors Tent size

(2 persons)


(4 persons)

Big (>7 persons)

1 Ethiopian 20 35 45
2 Foreigners 40 50 60

IV. Meeting Hall Fees

No. Category of services Hall fees/day(Eth.birr)
1 Wedding 150.00
2 Non-governmental organization (NGO-meeting) 200.00
3 Governmental organization -meeting 100.00

NB:  Vat (15%) will be added on the above prices.

Hello, Thank you, for your book (compared with petit fûté) which enabled us to discover this fabulous country. We are a French family reside at Djibouti and carried out a 7 days tour to discovered historical road and Addis Ababa. The road in spite of the length is incredible, it makes it possible to realize of the capacity of Ethiopian has to work with nothing. My children received a lesson of humility.
The road in spite of the length is incredible, it makes it possible to realize of the capacity of Ethiopian has to work with nothing. My children received a lesson of humility. I will bring my contest to send a sharp recommendation for the hotel of “view montains” to Lalibela. Located on a headland it is an haven of peace and of serenity, moreover the direction is accessible and professional, the restaurant “seven olivers” deserves a turning by its framework and its restoration.
We were guided throughout our voyage by Ahmed, guide professional of more than 16 years, working for a new turn operator “laterredethiopie”, it was of an irreproachable availability and having a historical knowledge of its country époustouflante. I recommend this family agency having of the new vehicles and a knowledge to make reassuring. We will return to Ethiopia, that changes us Djibouti has 100%.
Very cordially
yves schoebel

I have enjoyed perusing my now dog eared copy of ETHIOPIA, 4th edition.
In Yetebon Village near Butajira is a massive tree that I can’t adequately describe. It is inside the gate at Project Mercy, a mission, and must be hundreds of years old. The “health” of the tree is declining.
It shades the guard shack and students rest on a bench beneath it.
Project Mercy is near the new, (under construction) road that will cross Mt Gurage.

Charlie Brown