In the years 2010-2015, in the Simien Mountains in Northern Ethiopia, on one side there was an increasing number of tourists and tour guides, but on the other side the absence of professional, organised and structured tour operators. This was one of the reasons that motivated the friends Solomon Girmay, Tadele Molla, Birhan Asmamaw and Yirga Mekuriaw to form a company, the first of this kind in the Gondar area. The other motivating factor was the idea that part of the generated profit would be spent on different programs and projects to preserve the natural and social balance of the country, in particular of the most sensitive areas. Thus, the idea of SimienEcoTours was born.

Successively their friends Franziska Gerling from Germany and Marco Degasper from Italy, who share this commitment as well the love for this country, joined them and brought in their own international expertise. After a short start-up phase the 6 friends founded SimienEcoTours in 2014.

SimienEcoTours is now a registered and fully licensed tour operator based on sustainable tourism that offers different tours all around Ethiopia, including, but not limited to, the classical tours (historic route with Lalibela, Axum and Gondar, trekkings in different national parks such as Simien or Bale Mountains, etc.), but also alternative products (art tours, mountianbiking, kayak- and canoeing,…) and tours with challenging character (long treks) or under extreme climatic conditions (for example in the Danakil Depression or Afar Region), guaranteeing in any case a smooth organisation and a secure and safe travel through the experienced guides and well equipped facilities.

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