We have just returned to Australia after our almost 4 weeks in Ethiopia.
Our trip could be divided in 2 – the Southern and Northern component.
We felt the driver (Robi) and the escort Younis for the southern 2 weeks were excellent. Knowledgeable and attentive. We felt very comfortable with the driving particularly in difficult conditions. They both enhanced the experience.
The northern component had Sayed as the escort. Whilst he was good, he was not have the same skills or knowledge of Younis so by comparison he suffered a little. We were satisfied with his services.
We have no hitches with accommodation and recognised that what was provided was “best available” or very close to it.
Overall, we were more than happy with the arrangements put in place by Rainbow. We were glad we just didn’t “do” the classic tourist northern circuit.
The south was, for us the highlight. The Bale Mountains were truly memorable, we saw at extremely close range a number of wolves. Whilst we didn’t see lions, we heard them on consecutive evenings – they were not that far away. Lake Langano was excellent.
The Omo Valley was fascinating and we felt privileged to see a number of the tribes and their way of life (one that is no doubt changing). In the north we were captivated by the Simeons – we enjoyed time sitting with a group of researchers watching the Geladas and were fortunate to have a small group Wahlia Ibex pass very close to where we were standing.
Timket was a once in a lifetime experience. Just extraordinary.
We left Ethiopia feeling that we had gained a greater appreciation of the country, its people and the inherent issues facing the country. More so, than could ever be gained by the groups whizzing around in groups of 10-12 in mini buses.
Thank you for organising an excellent trip.