Ilze & Vitauts Kalnins, Valda Zobens, Canada

Date of trip: 
01/2012

Visited the northern historical route, the east & the Omo Valley, January - February 2012


Valda, Ilze & Vitauts in the Simien MountainsMy husband, sister-in-law and I organized a 5-week custom tailored trip with Abeba Tours. Our itinerary 'packed in' everything that tourists typically want to do including the northern circuit, Harar in the east, trekking/camping in the Simien Mountains, walking in the Bale mountains, and finally visiting the tribes in the Omo valley. It was a trip like no other that we have taken in over 50 years of travel and backpacking in all parts of the world. Ethiopia is one of the most varied countries in terms of geography and people that we have had the privilege to visit. We certainly could not have done and seen what we did without the fantastic support organized by Abeba Tours. The whole trip down to the last detail ran smoothly including the many iterations of our itinerary before our trip, bookings and details for 5 flights within Ethiopia, changes in itinerary and accommodation when we discovered half-way through the trip that we were not up to 5 days of trekking in the Bale mountains, and all payments to hotels, local guides, native villages etc. The trip was also as comfortable as it possibly could have been given the excellent jeeps provided by Abeba. Above all, both of our drivers, Wegene and Abayneh were fantastic. They could drive superbly on both good and bad roads, and were knowledgeable, prompt, patient with us and the many obstructions on the roads  (construction, cattle, goats, donkeys), willing to go the extra mile, and fun to be with. Simply put -- it was a great trip even for 'oldies' like us who are in our early seventies. Thanks again!!!!

Vitauts and Ilze Kalnins, Valda Zobens