My second tour with Gecho, this time in the north and east of Ethiopia, was again an experienced-packed tour. Filled with a lot of new impressions and some adventures (climb to Abuna Yemata and Debre Damo inspite of my vertigo; it has been worth this effort, thanks to this reliable helpers), I plan to come back in August this year and hopefully I can do this trip again with Gecho. What a wonderful country and loving people. Thanks to Gecho, without him and his helpful ideas as well as the opportunity of spontaneous change of our tour schedule, this trip would only be half as good. His pleasant and knowledgeable personality makes this journey once again an unforgettable event. The choice of accommodations and restaurants has always been perfect. I am therefore already looking forward to our next trip to the Upper Omo Valley.
Rainer from Germany
Our trip was amazing. We had a great time with Ermias. He is a very nice person and was also very professional. We always said that we made the right decision nobody could have been better than Ermias and love all this calculation worked very well. Finally our trip was the cheapest of all the offers we have received. We haven't had any problems at all. But so many incredible moments we experienced.
Tim from Berlin
It was an interesting and inspiring trip to Kibish again. It was different to the trips before as there were tourist groups (with generator) down there and things are changing quickly for Suri. Nevertheless, it was such a pleasure to go with my friend Gecho again and many things turned out well. The security around Addis was ok but there were several burned busses, cars and trucks on the road and many soldiers. Security in Kibish was good.But going to Kibish is getting quite expensive if you travel alone: 200 Birr/day for day guide, 200 Birr/night for night guide, 300 - 400 Birr/day for guide, 50 Birr/day for a tent and 400 Birr/day for "Kibish entrance fee" + car etc.Nevertheless I enjoyed it very much again, especially because of traveling with Gecho.
Felix from Germany
Molla was very professional at all times and Ermias very good and careful driver. Ermias was also very on attending to our requests at all the time. The Mursi and Bull Jumping experiences were very good but I think that all of we most liked was the hiking to Hudad, such a amazing walk, people and Lodge. I just think that our experience at Mursi and Karo could include one or two more villages. Nathaniel, once again, thanks a lot for everything and please say thanks again to Ermias. Also, I would like to send the message to Molla about our guide to Hudad, which was Mesfin, a very nice person.
Lorenzo from Brazil
We are very happy with the many memories which have been made possible by your excellent planning of our journey and especially by both your pleasant guides. Ermias - the careful and dependable driver who took us to our destinations even when the tracks were hard to drive. Gecho - always looking out for special events and guiding us safely and prudently to our destinations. We have found new friends. Take good care of these two "pearls" of your organization.
Franziska & Bernhard from Germany
The expedition in Ethiopia was great, we loved the plan and our drivers (they were really organized and we had a lot of good time with them). So we would like to thank you very much and i hope we will have opportunity to visit Ethiopia one more time in the future.
Patrick and Tomas from Poland
I'm back from one of my most experienced and impressive travels I ever had. Thank you for your excellent organization. With Gecho I had a marvelous and in all matters experiences accompanist with whom I never felt a second of boredom. We had a really nice time together. We started our trip in the Hamar region, for me the most lovable people of all visited tribes. I'd like to stay there for a longer time.
Rainer from Germany
This was our second trip with Nathaniel's team and it did not disappoint. After an incredible, and flexible trip to Ethiopia 2 year ago, this time we chose to explore southern Kenya. The trip was just what we were looking for. Before our departure South Expedition Africa was instrumental in helping us decided where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. They offered us a number of excellent options, and this was greatly appreciated. In the end we decided on a week in the Masai Mara. The week was relaxing as we spent our mornings driving about the park looking for animals with our private car and driver, and our afternoons with our feet up by the river watching the hippos play. The lodge was top-notch with incredible service, great food and a stunning location. Could not have asked for more. A huge thank you to the South Expedition Africa team, looking forward to our next trip with them.
We had really a great trip. Gecho is so helpful, so friendly! He always gives good advice for choosing restaurants, hotel with good ratio comfort/budget... No problems encountered (except with the local agency for simian trip). It was a good idea to have an internal flight (Addis Ababa-Lalibella) which gives extra time to enjoy.
PERES Hubert & TATE Blandine from France
I think it all started under a lucky star that you Manfred had (as always) selected the best suitable tour operator for us ... And in fact Nathaniel, whatever we requested, promptly offered a perfectly fitting itinerary. Considering the North tour, we feel we've asked for a rather compact package, as Reinhard and Manfred had pretty limited time available. But nevertheless you made it possible that we did not miss any highlight of this part. But we are also convinced that this was only possible because Ermias performed this tour. Not only that he is a top class professional driver, but he also is always open to adapt to any request or advising us for alternatives. We (Anneliese and Alfred) were traveling with him almost one month that means about 4500 km (!) overland. We never felt unsafe at any moment of the trip (in contrast to our experience with minibuses ;-), even if road conditions and traffic situations were challenging sometimes...
The South appeared to us as a very tribal organized society, maybe that what a European sees as the "original Africa". Also here, Nathaniel, thank you so much for amending the South tour short before our start, because it fully matched with our expectations, in fact we received much more than this. Nature, Tribes, Markets and traditional performances such as the famous bull jump ritual were really overwhelming! So you see that we enjoyed our trip through Ethiopia a lot and we'll highly recommend this in the traveler community! It is truly a peaceful, colorful and authentic country, which all friends of Africa must see! ... We had a great journey! We experienced a wonderful country in all its expressions and will surely keep this trip as one of the top class in our mind. Ermias, Nathaniel, Manfred, Reinhard and Thomas, thank you all for being our organizer, operator, guide, driver, advisor, travel mate and friend!
Anneliese and Alfred Kristoferitsch from Austria
I would like to thank you again for the organization of this wonderful trip to the northern region of Ethiopia. The tour planning was tuned exactly to our needs and the cost information about the available hotels and entrance & guide fees were accurate. Our driver Ermias did a perfect and competent job on the Ethiopian roads, which needs special attention and care.
Manfred Weitzer from Austria
Just to let you know everything is perfect! Awesome trip in a beautiful country with Gecho! Many thanks in advance. Greetings from Arba Minch.
Stef Hendrix from Belgium
Thank you and Ermias very much for an utterly fascinating and fulfilling journey in the southern portion of your country! Your company is blessed to have Ermias as an associate!
Jody Villanueva from USA
We liked the trip to south Omo Valley. We liked the scenery, the tribes, the markets and the people. But we prefer go more time because we need more time for visit, assimilate, and absorb all. We have been very happy with your company and with Ermias. We liked camp next to the tribe because we can take another emotion. We recommend this experience for another people. The tribes which we liked more were Arbore, Mursi and Hammer. But for take our opinion it is necessary visit all the tribes. We will like come back to spend several days in Arbore and we will dance all the night!!!!!It is possible we will come back to visit Danakil and the Suri tribe. We love Ethiopia and the people. We wish your country to go up.
Marcos Serrano Dola from Spain
Firstly, we would like to thank you for this very interesting visit to your country. Beautiful and amazing landscapes, archaeological remains of the very important and almost unknown Axum Kingdom, Gondar and his castles, unique in Africa, primitives Christian rites and astonishing rock architecture... Our main areas of interest: nature, history, religion, architecture have been approached and that without any trouble. We are very satisfied with your services.
Ana and Jaime from Spain
My friend and I had an excellent tour of the Lower Omo Valley. Before the actual tour, I liaised with Nathaniel, the tour owner, and he tailored a itinerary for us to suit what we wish to see, we were very keen in visiting the different tribes of the Omo Valley and Nathaniel took care in including visits to the different and diverse tribes there. During the tour, we had a very good time. Ermias, our driver, is a very dedicated driver, and took good care of us and our needs during the tour. He is a very safe driver and takes great care while on the road. Ermias' rich experience as a tour driver is also seen in being able to bring us to tourist-friendly accommodation and restaurants that are suitable to our personal needs and budget. The pace of the itinerary was just right, and we had adequate time to learn about the traditions and culture, and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities at each tribe we visited. Importantly, Ermias is very reliable as a driver and we could trust his judgment and acumen during the tour. Also, it helps that Ermias is a jolly man, and his positivity helped made the tour very enjoyable. Overall, my friend and I are very happy to have utilized the services. It is a very reliable company, thanks to the customer-oriented owner and staff, and it truly made our first trip to Africa an unforgettable and wonderful one. Thank you Nathaniel and Ermias!
Gavin (Singapore) and Ariel (Israel)
I had a wonderful time in Ethiopia. Gecho did an amazing job, as always. We spent 2 weeks in Mursi area visiting beautiful villages and great tribal people. There was a dance almost every evening, the people and children were so friendly. We stayed in Labuk (Karo) for 2 nights and we joined a 3 days wedding ceremony there, the first night we even got invited to a goat dinner, because this is tradition. We spent a week in Hamer villages and Ebore villages. Thanks to Gecho we always camped directly in the village on the compound of the tribal people. I still have all the wonderful songs of the dances in my head.
It was a wonderful trip in Ethiopia, Gecho was very nice, he was perfect, useful with his explications, but i was free like i wanted for find hotel, restaurant... he is a good driver but his behave goes more far than that. Really I had a great time, thank you very much. We didn't have problem; Gecho was always on time... thank you again to him and to you for the organization.
About our travel, it has been very interesting and you have a nice full country far away the ideas we can have in our countries. Our stay in South has been a change of scene for us, especially in Omo Valley. Our driver Gecho has had a lot to do with it. More than a driver he is also a good guide, he shares his knowledge and gives us benefits; briefing on what we are doing and seeing, giving us the feedback of the others drivers and taking care about our tourist's interests. Sometimes the road trip was long but he has given up that pleasant: we have had a lot of exchanges about Ethiopian way of life and have learnt a lot with him. I think we have a new friend in Ethiopia.
Alphonse & Simone
Everything went well. Gecho is a really good driver but also a perfect organizer and a friend. We had a great time, wonderful discussions and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. His advices were all the time helpful for our tour. And next to our itinerary there was enough flexibility in every situation. There was actually one "problem": the weather (quite a bit of rain). But what do I expect during rainy season?! I will definitely come back to Ethiopia and would really appreciate to go again with South Expedition Ethiopia and with Gecho as our driver! Thanks for a great trip to Ethiopia and I am really looking forward to my next (fourth) tour to Kibish and the South.
Nous avons fait avec Nathaniel 2 circuits de 3 semaines chacun, en 2008, dans le sud. Ce fut une experience inoubliable. Nathaniel est tres fiable, prudent sur la route, tres souple : on a pu s'arranger pour faire tous les marches du sud (Dorze, Key Afer, Dimeka, Turmi), assister a un bull jumping chez les Hamers (magique !) ... Il sait trouver les hotels et resto adaptes a vos gouts et votre bourse. En plus il est vraiment tres gentil, tres calme, et son anglais est parfait pour nous francophones. Lors du premier voyage, on a ete jusqu'au plateau du Sanetti, grandiose. Le second voyage s'est fait cote Surmis, via Jimma, Mizan Teferi, Dima, mais la route pour Turgit etait bloquee par les inondations. Attention : cela fait beaucoup de km ! Prevoir suffisamment de temps !
We visited Southern Ethiopia on December 2012. We visited Lower Omo valley, Konso villages and Dorzie tribe in the Mountains and Nachisar National Park. Program of this trip was very interested and well organized. Nathaniel - the owner of the office is very flexible and give you what you need, despite we had only e-mail contact with him. Ethiopia is an amazing country, with many attractions and what is the most important -with many nice, friendly and very honorable people. Such wonderful man is Gecho, our new friend from Ethiopia. He was our driver and guide in this trip. He helped us to see, touch and taste many goods of Southern Ethiopia. He adjusted our program to have possibilities to see all markets in Lower Omo valley and join a celebration of Bull Jumping in Hammer Tribe. After few days of our trip he became a member of our family. Thank's a lot, Gecho. Greetings from Poland.
Kuba and Ania
I've been to a little more than 30 countries thus far and can confidently say that my trip to Ethiopia was one of the best trips yet. We had the chance to visit the magnificent ancient ruins of Lalibela, to relax on the beautiful shores of Lake Tana and to visit intriguing villages and communities along the way. Both prior to and during our trip to Ethiopia, South Expedition Africa was on hand to give insight and experience. Our guide Gecho was always ready to provide helpful commentary as well as suggestions on where to head next. However he was always sure to remind us that because it was our trip, it was ultimately always our choice. From hotels to sightseeing, Gecho never made decisions for us, but told us about the various options available, allowing us to make an informed decision. This was most appreciated, and helped make the trip feel like an absolute perfect fit. Our thanks to Gecho and the staff of South Expedition Africa for helping us put together such an amazing week. Looking forward to travelling with you again!
Peter Lublink - Teacher
Our impression was overall very positive. Dawit was very knowledgeable and eager to please. He did a nice job of finding us local folks to assist, and he appeared to know almost everyone. He did a great job overall. And your itinerary was very enjoyable. The tribes we did see were very interesting to us and we were VERY surprised by how wonderfully friendly everyone was. It was a real pleasure trying to interact with people. In retrospect, we would have liked spending additional time also seeing the Muri tribe, but I think that must have been a much longer drive to an even more remote area. Finally, it proved highly valuable to have a good guide, as we'd have been lost most of the time if we had tried to drive these ourselves.
Our tour experience was excellent thanks to your program and your professionalism. We had a trip of a lifetime in this difficult part of Ethiopia. The drivers' politeness, patience and knowledge made the perfect company for us. Of course I will make a very positive report on tripadvisor.com about South Expeditions Africa as soon as I return to my country.
Many thanks for organizing our trip to Ethiopia. We had a wonderful time. Your choice of driver for us was perfect. Getachew "Gecho" was a very good driver. Most pleasant, patient and polite. His English was first class. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone who was thinking of visiting Ethiopia. Our thanks again for making such a wonderful trip possible.
Brian and Linda Matthews
We are very happy to have met you for this first trip in Ethiopia. We have been very satisfied of your services. This trip has been perfect. No breakdown for the car, no loose of the time. Ernias has been for us a very good driver, a very good guide and a very good trading member in the Karo, Hamer, and Mursi villages. Thank you Ermias. We have appreciated your professional agency. Thank to you we have do a very good trip. Thank you for all, and for your help.
Jean Marie Calabrese
Our traveling was very good because Ermias is a very good driver and simpatical. We have change a little the itinerary and that was very good! Thank you again and maybe at a next time!
Our trip went very well indeed. Gabriel did an excellent job. Firstly he is a safe, cautious driver; he found all the places we wanted to visit, and also good hotels along the way. Also he was good to chat to, with his insights into the recent history and how people live in Ethiopia. We had an excellent trip, and should recommend you to other travelers.
Alasdair and Gerda
We had a very good time. Our driver was a great guy, and we were very pleased with the tour we did in North and East-Ethiopia. It is of course a big country and there remains a lot to explore for us. Personally I enjoyed the Simien Mountains a lot, but also Aksum and Lalibela were great. Driving around we saw great landscapes and a lot of the daily life, things that tourists who fly around in Ethiopia don't see of course. The service you offered with South Expedition Africa was perfect. We will certainly recommend you to other people who want to travel in Ethiopia.
My trip to the Southern Ethiopia was great. My driver Gemmart was a friendly and safety driver, and he drove as much as he can for my program even it was night and dark around. Because Germmart and Fitsum are really nice, I really enjoyed my trip and 8 days past so fast. Please say thank you to Fitsum and Gemmart for taking me to Southern Ethiopia and giving me a good time. I am eager to visit Ethiopia and I am eager to go back to the Southern again!
I have very good memories of my trip to Ethiopia. A lot of this is due to the excellent services rendered by Gecho. His excellent knowledge, language skills, driving skills, integrity and his pleasant character are only some of the positive things that come to my mind when thinking of him. His contribution was instrumental to the success of our trip.