Looking for a true sustainable travel experience to Ethiopia? SimienEcoTours is striving towards a responsible and more sustainable travel approach ever since our foundation in 2014 and recently got awarded with the Travelife Partner level standard. With small steps we walked on this new path for Ethiopian tourism. There has been not so much understanding about Corporate Social Responsibility in tourism including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relation when we started,...
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With tourism experience since 2014 in crafting trips of a lifetime for groups of individuals, SimienEcoTours’ trips combine expertise in responsible travel with excellent guidance and logistics to offer some of the best value-for-money tours in Ethiopia.
RIDE THE RIFT is a collaboration of four tour operators who have unique outdoor adventure experience in Ethiopia. Our aim is to introduce new destinations to travellers in Ethiopia and offer opportunities to experience the beauty of these places while participating in cycling, running and hiking activities. Over the last 12 months we have staged three spectacular tours for local residents and are now expanding our tours with tours tailor-made for international tourists.
SimienEcoTours is a proud member of this initiative and happy to present some of the upcoming adventure tour offers.
A biking adventure followed by a tour taking you to some of most stunning and memorable places for tourists in Ethiopia. First, you will bike in the Gurage Highlands for their biggest festival of the year - Meskel. We will celebrate with the villagers - enjoying big bonfires, dancing and traditional food. During the day we will cycle through the quiet villages with lots of green space. Then move on exploring some classics such as Lalibela’s labyrinth of churches, trekking in the Meket Highlands among local farmers, paddling kayaks on Ethiopia’s largest lake and touring the majestic Simien Mountains ending your tour in Gondar and its romantic castles.
Enjoy a biking adventure to the ‘Jamma Canyon of Ethiopia’ exploring canyons just to the north of Addis Ababa with waterfalls cascading out of the highlands alive with emerald crops having first explored some of most interesting and beautiful places in Ethiopia: Lalibela where you will explore the town’s labyrinth of medieval churches, the Meket Highlands where you will have a short trek in stunning scenery and hosted by the local farmers, the majestic Simien Mountains with its unique wildlife and dramatic landscapes, Gondar with its romantic castles, and the Wof Washa forest along the Great African Rift Valley escarpment.
This tour combines two great sporting events for people of all levels with a chance to see different landscapes and cultures of Ethiopia. You get to: explore the Highlands of Northern Ethiopia including Lalibela and the Simien Mountains; you take part in the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest mass-participation run and one of Addis Ababa’s biggest street carnivals; you discover the string of lakes with its own wildlife and culture in the Great African Rift Valley; and you participate in the Ride the Rift charity bike ride challenge along the edge of the Rift Valley beside Wof Washa Forest.
“Planning our travel with SimienEcoTours was an easy and very relaxed process. We had very specific needs and desires for this trip and each of them were looked into with great attention and flexibility. [..] The guides were amazing, very knowledgeable, relaxed, friendly and pleasant. [...] The choices of accommodation and restaurants were always spot on, and the drivers and cars very safe."
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“My mother and I had a brilliant time in Ethiopia, and the quality of the trip exceeded our expectations. [...] Every day was different and captivating, with knowledgeable local guides who also helped us understand the local life and the people of Ethiopia. We highly recommend a visit to Ethiopia, and SimienEcoTours. You will not be disappointed!”
“Our itinerary was perfectly adapted to our needs. Our compliments go to our Travel Expert Christian and our guide Philemon. The encounters with the local people in different contexts were the highlight.’‘
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