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Guide-Ethiopia

Gonder, Ethiopia
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Alex wrote a review Apr. 2020
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A friend put us in touch with Birhanu. It's tough when you are in Ethiopia for the first time not knowing how to navigate your trip. Having Birhanu was an incredible, invaluable resource. He picked my sister and I up from the airport in Gondor where he took us to the bank to sort out our money issues (be prepared for atm daily limits). This in and of itself was so helpful. Again, you aren't sure where to go and who to trust, but when you are with Birhanu, you do. He also got us a local cell phone. Birhanu completely arranged our entire Simien Mountains trip. We saw other people and heard from friends about their experience and I can confidently say ours was the best! We had our own private trip with the sweetest guide, Angaw, and the BEST chef (I think his name was Defoto. I'm sure I'm not spelling this right) Seriously, you wouldn't expect amazing food on a camping trip, but him and his crew made us some of the best meals we had the whole trip. The whole experience was just perfect. We were so well taken care of. Birhanu is the arranger and isn't actually on the trip with you, but is available by cell phone to help you whenever you need it. He does a GREAT job at organizing and making sure you are happy. He also helped plan the rest of our trip---private cars to different cities. And then even when we were in different cities where we didn't want an organized tour, he helped us get hotels (and would talk to their employees when we were having trouble). He also organized our Danakil trip, but that was different than Simien Mountains. It seemed like for Simien, he was the direct organizer and it was perfection. With Danakil (a whole different area of the country)- he just referred us to a different bigger organization that was further removed. We didn't have the same perfect experience as Simien, but that's because Birhanu wasn't there to have eyes on the actual execution. Once we called and told him the trip was over populated and had issues, he made some calls and things did improve. He really cares about making sure you are happy. My suggestion is to 100% go through Birhanu for a Simien Mountain trip and anything near Gondar or with his people. I cannot tell you how SAFE my sister and I felt at all times under his care. Contact Birhau: +251918034799 or Ethiowondertours@gmail.com. Also, big shout out and recommendation to use Kuflom as a guide in Tigray for rock churches (+251930693937) and Barry as a driver. We were so lucky Birhanu hooked us up with these guys (Angaw and Defoto in Simien and Barry and Kuflom in Tigray). Have the best time!!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Teddi M wrote a review Mar. 2020
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If you are traveling to Ethiopia, you must connect with Birhanu. He picked my sister and me up from the airport and arranged a 4 day trip to the Simien Mountains. Everything was taken care of and I felt safe at all times. The best part was that he was so helpful even after we were done using his services. If I had a problem I called Brihanu and he took care of it. If I needed a ride in a completely different city, I could call Brihanu and he would help. I could not recommend him enough. His contact information is below. You'll want it, Trust Me!! Email: ethiowondertours@gmail.com Whatsup: +251918034799
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Fiona C wrote a review Feb. 2020
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My two friends and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Ethiopia, definitely one of the most memorable of my life. The quality of the guides and drivers we had throughout our trip was one of the many things that made this an excellent experience. In Gondar we were lucky enough to find an exceptional guide in Ababe Malesh. He was absolutely passionate about his home town, extremely knowledgeable and well travelled, and his English was impeccable. His enthusiasm for the historical sites was very infectious and we had a fantastic day with him. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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gill f wrote a review Feb. 2020
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I spent a week in and around Gondar in January. As an older woman travelling alone it can feel a little worrying at times, and finding the right guide is essential to my experience. I was lucky enough to find Berhanu (tel +251918034799 or contact via his company Ethiowondertours). I spent a couple of days with him, being shown around the main sites of interest, the highlights for me being Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and traditional dancing at Artist Inyie Takele Traditional Hall. I loved that Berhanu was so enthusiastic about the history and culture of the area. He is very knowledgable and went the extra mile so that I had the best time, even inviting me to his house to meet his wife and daughter. I had already booked a trip to the Simiens with another company, but Birhanu kept in contact to make sure I was ok, which I really appreciated.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Esu M wrote a review Feb. 2020
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I traveled throughout Ethiopia, documenting and taking pictures. I am especially in the lookout for tour-guides that offer more than the basic services. Birhanu Erko (251918034799) fits the bill. He is an intelligent guide that actually enjoys what he does. His knowledge of the places I visited with him are equal to the historian I met during my research. Therefore, traveling with him offers a more comprehensive experience. Here are some words to describe my experience traveling with Birhanu: ON TIME, PREPARED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, CURIOUS, SAFTY FIRST, CARING, UNFORGETTABLE. He can be reached at 251918034799 or birhanu48@yahoo.com
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Date of experience: January 2020
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