In early 2010 I started research for companies that operate in the Omo River Valley with the expectation to photograph Ethiopia’s scenery and tribal residents there. As always, there’s an element of chance booking with an organization that’s not possible to meet beforehand. My exhaustive research narrowed down to few companies one of which was Glory Ethiopia Tours and Travel based out of Addis Ababa. I fell upon many positive reviews of Daniel Demtew (tour operations manager) but still felt the need to explore in more depth. Unlike other companies, Daniel Damtew of Glory Ethiopia Tours, responded quickly and consistently answering dozens of questions quite thoroughly to my queries ranging from transport, weather to food.Having worked and spent time in over 60 countries on five continents, I’ve had some experience negotiating and communicating in the global community and was impressed. I was progressively getting satisfied I found the right company, but couldn’t really know until landing my boots in Ethiopia if Daniel and Glory Ethiopia was what they represented.
I met Daniel at the airport and he seemed pleasant, conscientious and very intelligent. A good sign I thought. The next morning Daniel was an hour late in picking me up which created
some concern because I’ve been disappointed before with service and quality. After Daniel’s pick up though I was increasingly confident I found the right company.
Without getting taking too much space here, I can say in the two weeks spent with Daniel and his colleagues in the Omo River Valley, I’ve never been more pleased with a travel organization in thirty years. The most important aspect – at least to me, is Glory Ethiopia Tours and Travel did everything they promised and more, which was impressive and appreciated. Daniel speaks many local languages and his knowledge of the area is extensive. He and his staff couldn’t have worked harder in making sure I was comfortable and satisfied. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that there were times throughout those two weeks I felt I won a lottery finding Daniel and his company. It was a refreshing and rewarding experience doing business with them and I would have no problem recommending to anyone that’s interested in seeing the fascinating Omo River Valley and it’s iconic tribes.