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Bora Tanay, Germany, 2017/01/13 13:16

HI,
WE TOOK PART IN A TOUR IN SEPTEMBER 2015 AND IT WAS TRULY AMAZING!
I TOOK TOO MANY PICTURES AND THE SELECTION WAS DIFFICULT
YOU CAN USE THEM FOR YOUR WEBSITE
REGARDS TO SOLOMON
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
BORA
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Inessa Dvizova, London, UK, 2017/01/11 12:42

I had a fantastic experience with Simien Eco Tours. It was the only company that was flexible enough to arrange my Simien trek unsupported (scout only) without upselling all the support that I did not need and keeping my costs down. They were also flexible to change the plans/itinerary when I needed to make changes and were very responsive. I have also asked them to help organize my flight, and trip to Lalibella which they did brilliantly offering a fantastic guide who was very knowledgeable, sorting out all transportation, etc. I am very happy to have travelled with Simien Eco Tours!

Angelina et Claudia, Yverdon-les-Bains , 2016/06/15 22:25

Nous avons passés 2 jours à Simien montains et 2 jours à Lalibela. Une magnifique expérience et d' incroyables visites.

Tout était parfaitement organisés (vols, guides, transport, …) et adapté à notre demande. Merci de l'organisation

Bella and Al, London, UK, 2016/06/11 17:27

We had an excellent trip with Simien Eco Tours. We joined the standard four day expedition that departed on Tuesday from Gonder. Marco was very useful in the run up to the trip in helping us book and answering questions. The pickup from Gonder went very smoothly and we were very happy to be joined by a lovely couple.

Our guide, Solomon, was brilliant: softly spoken, considerate and extremely knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and communities. The rest of the team (cooks and mule men) were also great: the camp was set up for us when we arrived, snacks and refreshments prepared and the evening meal was delicious. It's amazing what they can make on a gas stove! They very kindly even arranged for a cake and bottle of wine to celebrate Al's birthday one of the nights! The walking was fairly challenging but Solomon was sensitive about pace and breaks. Needless to say, the scenery and wildlife are astonishing! Unfortunately, the rain was so heavy on one of the days that we had to shorten our route and could not walk to the final campskte, instead staying another night at the second site. Nevertheless, we still had an amazing time and recommend this brilliant company to anyone looking for a high quality, ethically conscious and good value trek!

Katharina, Munich, 2016/06/09 22:53

Hi there, we spent a 4 days trip in the mountains with Simien Ecotours in early May 2016. Not necessary to mention that the mountains are gorgeous. But: It was a real good experience to do the hike with people who are originally from the Simien area. On our tour along the edge of the highlands, our guide Solomon told us a lot about the life in the mountains now and then. We could not only enjoy the incredible beauty of the mountains, but understand also existing challenges to the people, ask hundreds of questions about flora, fauna, history and nowadays Ethiopia and all questions were answered. Also our scout Asmara showed us birds and plants on the way. Our cook Melise and his assisant did a great job: We ate the best food on our journey on 3.600m above sea level. Thanks to the mule handlers we did not have to carry our heavy luggage and our tents were prepared when we arrived in the camp. We felt we were really in good hands. The communication with ecotours before and after the tour was reliable and easy. Nice and realiable people who know the terrain and much more. I can definetely recommend it. Thanks a lot, dear Simienecotours-Team.

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Simon und Verena, Vahrn/ Südtirol, 2016/06/03 16:54

Hallo Marco,

vielen vielen Dank für die einzigartigen Impressionen: Wenchi Vulkan mit wunderbarer Wanderung um den Kratersee, Fahrt nach Weliso mit Abend am Lagerfeuer, Ruhe und Erholung in der Viewpointlodge in Debre Zeyt, und, einmalig: der Wasserfall in Guder. Wir freuen uns schon darauf, dass du uns weitere Teile des schönen Landes zeigst! Liebe Grüße Simon und Verena

André Favre, Ipsach / Schweiz, 2016/05/25 07:10

Lieber Marco,
es waren wunderbare fünf Tage, welche wir Dank deiner Organisation erleben durften. Dein individuell für uns zusammengestelltes Reiseprogramm zeigte uns herrliche Einblicke in wunderbare Natur und Kulturstätten.
Gondar gefiel mir durch seine ruhige und gepflegte Ausstrahlung mit den herrlichen historischen Baudenkmälern. Hier besonders erwähnenswert die Engelsdecke in der Kirche Debre Berhan Selassie.
Die zwei Wandertage in den Simien-Mountains unter der Leitung von Tadelle, dem Ranger, der Koch-Crew, waren mit der herrlichen Landschaft, den Tierbeobachtungen, der frischen Luft und dem Weitblick ein Genuss für Körper und Seele!
Der Transfer mit Hailo als Driver von Gondar nach Lalibela, mit Abstecher im “gottlosen” Dorf Awra Amba und den vers. Landschaften, war voller Eindrücke.
Die Führung durch die 11 Felsenkirchen Lalibelas beeindruckten mich enorm. Diese stimmungsvolle Stätte fast alleine mit den PilgerInnen teilen zu dürfen war ein grosses Privileg. Dieser Kulturort hätte das Prädikat “Weltwunder” wahrlich verdient!!
Die Reise bleibt ein unvergessliches Erlebnis.
Herzlichen Dank, Marco!
Weiterhin gutes Gelingen und viel Erfolg dem ganzen Team.
André Favre, Ipsach / Schweiz.

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Lolo Diez, http://www.planetatrail.com, 2016/04/23 07:20

LOVE ETHIOPIA! Great Experience in one of the best countries in the world! Beautiful people everywhere with lovely soul and spirit, also landscapes and mountains! Thanks for the experience! For sure we will be back! Lolo!

Lolo Diez, http://www.planetatrail.com, 2016/04/23 07:18

Great time last November in Ethipia! GReat trip, great people! Good job! For sure we will be back or at leat we will take people to you!

Doro Tiemann, Münster, Germany, 2016/02/25 18:37

Thank you SET for the professional organisation of our simiens hike in December 2015. I recommend this super Team and say a big THANX to:

@solomon: Thank you for the tour, for explaining all the plants and animals, for guiding and for being with us.

@bogats: Thank you for taking care during night and day, for taking care to the slowliest uphill hiking and downhill running girl.

@Fante: Thank you for the especial time in Ambiko as your cooking assistant!!! And of course I miss your various and tasty meals!

@bella: Thank you for your everyday-happiness!

Sincerely, Doro

Haley bobseine, Lebanon, 2016/01/15 13:16

We had such an amazing time. Scenery was amazing and wonderful to explore the different landscapes and see different animals in only 4 days. Our guide Messi was incredible helpful and made us feel very comfortable. The cook and his assistant were fabulous as well. We highly recommend this trip!

Chase , Bole, Addis Ababa, 2016/01/15 08:17

We have a phenomenal time on our tour in Simiens with Solomon. He was warm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. The facilities and logistics were great, and we truly walked away with an appreciation of this magical place. Be sure to use SET for your next trip!

Richard Griffiths, London, 2016/01/10 19:44

Our tour with SET was fantastic. Very well organised with an excellent guide (Yirga). The food was always tasty and plentiful, and it was great to hear that SET are also one of the organisations that work the hardest to engage with and support the community in the mountains. I'd recommend them to anyone.

Arian R., 2015/12/19 18:54

I’d like to recommend a guide for the Simien Mountains: Birhan Asmamaw. He organized a four days trek for us in December. Birhan organized everything very professionally, all the staff required was friendly and efficient; we just had to walk and enjoy, and think about nothing else! Before the trek, he is very present to reply (very fast) to any question you have and adapts to your preferences, ideas, desires, etc.
He could unfortunately not guide us during the trek, but found an excellent substitute guide, Abebaw. Abebaw is a very good guide, knowledgeable, very friendly and who’s goal is for you to enjoy your time in the Simien. This trek has been very enjoyable, thanks to the whole team that organized and accompanied us, not to mention the continuous beautiful scenery.
Arian R. (on the Bradt Travel Guide)

Deepica & sisters, India, 2015/12/17 16:59

Its so nice to hear from you Marco :)
We've been back home for a little over a week now and with the fondest memories of a great holiday - a big part of which was the Simien trek. It was the first proper trek that my sisters had been on and they have had such a great time of it that they are looking forward to trekking more often.

The trek did in fact go very smoothly from beginning to end. We had great weather, good company, meals that we looked forward to and equipment that did not leave us wanting for anything. Thanks again to you and your team for taking such good care. The added bonus was spotting the Ibex, the Gelada monkeys and the Ethiopian wolf.

I agree that more people should know about Ethiopia, its very nice people, and all that it has to offer.

Take care and the very best to you too :)
-D

Cecilia and Markus, Sweden, 2015/12/17 16:56

Hi Marco,
Thank you for your e-mail. We had a great trip in the mountains much thanks to our guide but also thanks to the amazing people that joined us on our hike. We couldn't really ask for more. The hike was better than we could imagine and it will be a memory for life :)

The scenery was stunning, the very good food and the fantastic service we got during our hike :)

Thank you very much and have a great Christmas and New Years!

Best,
Cecilia and Markus

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Eva and Christine, South Tyrol - Italy, 2015/12/14 20:10

Hello Marco and staff,

thanks for the unforgettable holiday. We have had the best time in the Simien Mountains. The landscape was amazing! The food was delicious, the service was excellently - we were treated like kings! Thanks for always helpfully treatment, we highly recommend your company to all our friends. You did a fantastic job!

Thank you for everything!

Eva and Christine =)

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Natalie, Washington, DC, 2015/11/28 20:59

Oh my goodness–my four day trek in the Simien Mountains was unforgettable! HIGHLY recommend this beautiful adventure and with a professional, organized and wonderful group like SimienEco Tours. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you for your professionalism, timeliness and coordination, Marco and Miriam! And I really like that they give back to the local economy and care about meaningful projects. Great group of people! And our guide, Bihran, was highly knowledgeable and so fun! You can see some of my pictures from the adventure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzUJE8BVjg

Thanks again for everything and cheers! Natalie, Washington, DC

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Betty, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia , 2015/11/14 16:35

Wooooooow! What a nice days I had at the Simien Mountains, I never know my country is so beautiful as I have seen, I am speechless.
I want to thank Marco for giving me this chance and showing me these beautiful things which I could not have a chance, maybe for long time.
Sincerely,
:-D
Betty
From Addis Ababa

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Eoin McCarthy, Ireland, 2015/11/14 13:55

I had a wonderful 4 day trek in the Simien Mountains with Simien Ecotours. Thanks to Marco, Birhan, Girmay and Mesay. A great team with everything done with professionalism and good humour.

All the best for the future! Eoin

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Lukas und Kathrin, Berne, Switzerland, 2015/10/28 22:48

Liebe Franziska, Marco, Birhan und Abrish
Uns hat es sehr gefallen in Äthiopien. Bahir Dar: Die lustigen Tuktuks, die wunderbare Schifffahrt auf dem Tanasee, die zwei Hippos und die Pelikane sowie das Kloster auf der Halbinsel. Die schöne Wanderung zum blauen Nil. Das beeindruckende Dorf Awra Amba, die Fahrt nach Lalibela durch wunderschöne Gegenden, Lalibela mit den eindrücklichen und einmaligen Felsenkirchen und wunderbaren Sonnenuntergängen. Die Wanderung zur Kirche Asheten Maryam und die wunderbare Sicht von dort auf Lalibela. Die Fahrt von Lalibela nach Mekele durch wunderschöne Gegenden, dem Ashenge-See mit den vielen Ochsen, die Menschen in den Dörfern und auf den Strassen mit den Schafen, Ziegen und Kühen, der feine Kaffee auf den schön gedeckten Tischlein, das feine Essen, Injera, Guavensaft. Freundliche, offene und selbstbewusste Menschen, die uns immer wieder willkommen heissen. Menschen, die unglaublich weite Wege zu Fuss zurücklegen.
Danke Birhan und Abrish für die kompetente und angenehme Begleitung .
Wir wünschen Euch viel Erfolg mit SimienEcotours.

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Tordenmalm, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015/09/14 22:41

Our guide was super and we can highly recommend him. His name is Solomon Girmay and he can be reached at solo06_2006@yahoo.com. Solomon grew up in one of the mountain villages and knows the place extremely well. He's knows animals and plants and is great at spotting game, he knows the local people and their customs, and he knows the world and can put local situations in perspective. He is very friendly, calm and intelligent and just a real pleasure to be around.
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Rebekka, Switzerland, 2015/09/05 17:46

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Pia Regan, London, 2015/09/05 17:36

The guide who organized all this for us and who accompanied us on our trek was Birhan Asmamaw who I can happily recommend for his integrity and helpfulness, and his reasonable prices. I read about him online and had heard good things about him, which I can confirm. His email is: birhan_asmamaw@yahoo.com
He speaks very good English and also arranged for us to have a competent and friendly driver accompany us all the way to Lalibela, his name was Alex and he also spoke good English. Birhan can organize hotels for you along your way too if you wish according to whatever your budget might be. He would ring our driver every evening after he left us, just to check how we were getting on.
Pia Regan (on the Bradt Ethiopia Travel News)

Robert and Vanessa, Haarlem, the Netherlands, 2015/08/03 09:46

Hello Marco,
we wanted to thank you for a great trek in the Simien mountains last month. We've thoroughly enjoyed every day, the scenery is incredible, as well as the skills of the guide and the cook :-)
Thanks again for a wonderful experience and hope to be back soon..
Robert and Vanessa
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Annette, Germany, 2015/05/02 14:27

Dear Marco & Solomon,
thanks a lot for the fantastic 3 days trekking tour in the Simien mountains! The landscape is absolutely impressive and the team was great! Solomon is a wonderful guide who showed us not only the beautiful nature, but also gave us some insights into daily life in ethiopia.
I can really recommend this tour!
Cheers,
Annette

Jo Howarth, n/a, 2015/04/20 16:04
We had the most wonderful trek with Solomon in March 2015 - thank you for creating an unforgettable trip to one of the world's most beautiful and hidden natural gems! The Simien's are more than worth the visit, and with Simien Eco Tours, you'll be well looked after, engage in fascinating conversation, learn about Ethiopia's beautiful wildlife and most importantly...fed so incredibly well! We couldn't have asked for more, thank you all!
Fabrice, Paris, France, 2015/04/12 21:45

My wife and I appreciated our treck a lot, thanks to the very professionnal people of Simien Eco Tour. Almost every thing went according to plans, and when it did not, it was even better.
The region is very nice, offering both wonderful views and pleasant meetings with the locals.
In short, very recommended.
Fabrice

Pierre & Sarah, -, 2015/02/14 15:48

Dear Yirga,
I would like to thanks you again about the great hike we did together last week.
Regards,
Pierre & Sarah Pierre & Sarah

Sébastien and Elie, France, 2015/01/13 00:00

Marco,
In the name of Elie and myself, I want to thank all the SIMIEN ECO TOUR's team for their excellent support.
Each, with different skills, have helped make our stay unforgettable vacation.
Solomon with his knowledge of the places and his thoughtfulness every moment.
Fanty that every evening has prepared us, in incredible conditions, meals worthy of “grands chefs”.
Chalie our guardian angel and support in difficult times.
Count on us to provide around us the quality of your organization in this magical landscapes. See you soon, Ethiopia, we look forward to returning.
Another huge thank you.
Sébastien and Elie

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Martine, Switzerland, 2015/01/30 22:41

Hello!
Nous avons vécu en décembre dernier un magnifique voyage de 12 jours sur la route historique d’Abyssinie, avec un superbe trek de 3 jours dans les Simien Mountains. L’organisation et les conseils donnés par Marco et Simien Eco Tours étaient parfaits, autant dans le choix des sites à visiter que celui des hôtels et restaurants. Et Birhan nous a été très précieux durant tout notre voyage, efficace, toujours disponible et à l’écoute, passionnant et souriant. Quel plaisir et quelle expérience enrichissante de découvrir ainsi votre pays !
Merci à Birhan et à vous tous, et vive SimenEcoTours !
La ‘Swiss Family’

sahara experience, http://emoroccoholidays.com, 2015/01/13 16:30

hola solomon!!!
thanks your friendly and always helpful treatment. I could enjoy this spectacular place. be sure I´ll be back!!!
regards

Stefanie , Germany, 2015/01/03 17:59

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for the great tour through the Simiens! We went on a 3-Day hike and had a lot of fun! The landscape is amazing and everything worked out very well!
Considering that we were in the mountains, the Food was really amazing! ;) And all the staff was so nice and friendly! We really enjoyed our time there!
Unfortunately, the time we were hiking was a little short and we spent a lot of time in the car instead of walking through the mountains, but this was mainly because of the weather and our schedule (we had to go to debark really early at the 3rd day to catch a public bus…so our own fault)
All in all a great tour! Thanks a lot and hopefully see you again sometime!
Best, Stef

Jennifer Louie, Seattle, USA, 2014/12/29 19:46

I just got back from a 4-day trek in the Simien Mountains with SimienEcoTours. The trip was fantastic - knowledgeable guide in Yirga, skilled cook, smooth logistics, and stunning scenery. I learned a lot about the mountain range and its flora and fauna and had fun! I have to especially thank the cook Kide who greeted us every morning and evening with delicious meals and a smile.
Thanks for a wonderful trip!
Jennifer Jennifer and friends

Alan Taylor, 2012/08/24 10:52

Hi Yirga, Tadelle, Birhan and Solomon
Apart from this guestbook which seems to have been hi-jacked, this is a great site. I especially like Babbe immaculate in white while building a well! Best wishes!
Alan

felipe foncueva, madrid/spain, 2012/08/09 12:31

hola solomon!!!
thank your friendly and always helpful treatment. I could enjoy of this spectacular place. be sure I´ll be back!!!
regards

Maria Schrefler, 30100 Bozen, Im Dorf, 10 Italy, 2012/08/06 15:49

Hallo Marco und Yirga,
ich denke noch oft und gerne an die schönen Tage in den Simien Mountains.
Ich wünsche euch alles Beste und viel Erfolg, damit viele Menschen dieses schöne Land kennen und schätzen lernen.
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Duncan Collie, Melbourne, Australia, 2012/08/03 05:57

Hi Solomon,
thanks for the fantastic hike through the Simiens last year, it was awesome. Mountains, wildlife, traditional villages, it had everything. Will deffinitely be back one day and will be in touch with Simien Eco Tours
Thanks again, Duncan

Agnieszka Maliszewska, Madrid, 2012/08/02 00:05

Hey Yirga and Marco!!:))
I hope you remeber me from November 2011 with two polish guys:)
Good luck for your company! I am sure you will have a great sucess!!:) For sure you would be a great guide in Simien Mountains….:)
Best of luck!
Cheers from Madrid,
Aga

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