Basic Information About Ethiopia
Ethiopia Tourism Office: No known link at the moment
Salam, Shalom and Welcome to Scopia LLC's page for Ethiopia!
In late 2018, I visited Ethiopia for an inspection tour at the invitation of my now-friends and local partners. In this whirlwind tour of the country's most famous tourism sites, I certainly learned a lot about a kind of tourism destination which I had never experienced before. One in which the fledgling national and tourism infrastructures are combined with stunning beauty, fantastic history and the most gentle, kind and hospitable people you can imagine.
It won't be an exaggeration to say that I fell in love with Ethiopia, and you will, too, once you come for yourself and experience this hidden, somewhat-unpolished gem. At this point in time, Ethiopia doesn't have a lot of tourists. The Ethiopians of course, are working to change this and build a much larger market, which is understandable. And it's also the reason why I urge you to visit Ethiopia soon: it is just a matter of time before the number of tourists will increase and (at least for me) that takes a bit away from the feeling of uniqueness, of visiting an unexploited destination.
This brings me to write a bit about Ethiopia as a travel destination. I strongly feel it is not for first time international tourists. It's a large, complicated destination with many roads that are yet unpaved, a mobile network that doesn't always work, internet access which isn't always available and even electric outages which take place at least once or twice a day, as the government tries to keep up with demand. Travel between major sites is often done with domestic flights on Ethiopian Airlines, because driving from one city to another could take many hours or even days.
If you feel comfortable visiting a place with such an infrastructure, then you're in for a real treat! Beautiful views, interesting history, unspoiled nature, unique local experiences (culinary, arts, etc.), hand-picked hotels which I have personally visited and - as I wrote earlier - gentle, kind and hospitable people who are always happy to see you and ready to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
In order to achieve the highest level of services possible in this complicated destination, it's very important to have a professional and experienced team to handle your visit. I am very pleased that Scopia LLC has such a local team to handle my clients, lead by Dawit Teferi (a guide and scholar in his own right) of Nightjar Tours in Addis Ababa, the capital.
So, when you're ready to begin planning your tour of Ethiopia, feel free to contact me for any further information as well as booking your tour. Some sample packages are listed on the right side of this page but keep in mind that anything can be customized to your particular needs.
I look forward to being of service and to welcoming you to Ethiopia, "Land of Origins"!
Sample Programs Offered by Scopia LLC
Here are two choices for packages in Ethiopia. Remember please, that anything can be customized to fit your particular need. Please feel free to contact me for more options or information.
"The Big Five" - Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum:
10 Days/9 Nights - This program will provide you with an introduction to the natural beauty and history of Ethiopia, visiting the major sites in the central and northern regions of the country. The itinerary is built to allow you two nights in each location, so that you can enjoy touring each location in a relaxed fashion.
OK, Let's Add a Tribal Adventure in the Omo Valley!
16 Days/16 Nights - This program will provide you with an introduction to the natural beauty and history of Ethiopia, visiting the major sites in the central and northern regions of the country. It then continues to southern Ethiopia, to the Omo Valley region, for an adventure deep into the tribal areas inhabited by people who still keep to traditions after thousands of years.
Or, head straight for an Omo Valley Tribal Adventure !
9 Days/9 Nights - This program will provide you a couple of days to start in Addis Ababa, to relax from your flight and catch your bearings. Then, head south to the Omo Valley region, for an adventure deep in the tribal areas inhabited by people who still keep to traditions after thousands of years.
Keep in mind that Scopia LLC has a wide array of programs in Egypt, which can be specifically tailored to your specifications. Contact me for more information.