Africa + Indian Ocean
The destination that should be at the top of any adventurer’s wish list
Ethiopia has emerged as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations – a land of contrasts that is home to some of the oldest civilisations in the world, but also a thrilling developing art and culture scene. Unfortunately, the FCO and US Department of State both currently advise against all but essential travel here due to significant unrest in the Tigray region. Therefore, we can no longer facilitate travel to the country at this time.
Ethiopia has so much to offer from the moment you arrive. Addis Ababa alone boasts the remains of ‘Lucy’, the world’s oldest known almost complete hominid skeleton as well as the Mercato – Africa’s largest market. For adventurers, we recommend hiking through the Simien Mountains in search of its endemic mammals, while culture fans can delve deep into its more recent history by exploring its emperors’ castles in Gondar and visiting the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.
'High-end' tourism is still a relatively new concept for Ethiopia and hotels tend to be comfortable rather than lavish, often with a faded grandeur and charm. This is part of the adventure, and what they lack in facilities, the staff make up for in kindness, living up to their reputation as some of the most friendly people in Africa.
We are keeping up-to-date through our contacts on the ground and hope to be able to resume travel to this destination in the near future – but in the meantime, we can only hope for peace in this beautiful country, which we have enjoyed exploring and sending clients to over many years.
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We will continue refining your itinerary adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
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We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
Our service includes booking and managing all your international and domestic flights. However, you can also book your own international flights if you would prefer. We can also organise private charters and private jet travel for both international and domestic flights.
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Stories from Ethiopia
"A travel destination to put on your bucket list is Ethiopia, that is if your tastes run to places that are distinctive, authentic, and rich civilizations with centuries old history with their own culture, food, music and dance."
"We went from the capital city of Addis Ababa with its buoyant Ethio - jazz scene and museums, to the Simien mountains where we viewed up close and personal the red-breasted gelada baboon, dramatic natural scenery, and historic sites including one of the eight wonders of the world."
"The diet is heavily reliant on vegetables and legumes with an absence of sweets; low on carbs; and a two day a week fasting plus normal religious fasting periods during the year. We felt as if we were at a wellness retreat!"
"In travelling around the country for over a week, never once did we feel unsafe or insecure. Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming, with big smiles complementing their oversize sparkling eyes."
"It was through seeing a photography exhibit of the Omotic peoples by Hans Silvester at the Marlborough Gallery in New York , that I first came to put Ethiopia on my list. I recommend our tour operator from the UK, cazenove+loyd. They’re very good at customising a trip to special interests, are responsive, reliable, and offer quality and value."