Ole Rasmussen & Vivi Gerlach, Denmark
Visited the Omo Valley & Lalibela, February 2012
We are safe back in Denmark, and have resumed everyday life. We had a fabulous trip to Ethiopia. Our driver/guide Girma did a really good job taking us safe to the lower Omo Valley and back to Addis Ababa.
Omo Valley was an amazing place, with all the different traditional cultures, the Hamer, Mursi, Karo, Dessanech etc. The Hamars were the favourites, friendly and beautiful as they were. We even had the privilege to attend a bull jumping ceremony, an unforgettable experience, but what a shame to see the thoughtless behavior of some tourists.
On the way back from the Omo Valley we visited the Konso and Dorze people, and in Arba Minch we made a boat trip on Lake Chamo, seeing large numbers of huge Nile crocodiles.
A short flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela with Ethiopian Airlines completed the tour. Lalibela was definitely worth it. It was a moving experience to see the rock-hewn churches, the priests and all the pilgrims. We had the privilege to visit the very beautiful church of Yimrehanne Kristos too.
After the flight back to Addis Ababa on the last day in Ethiopia, we managed to pay a visit to Lucy in the National Museum, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finishing in company of Girma in a restaurant with traditional food, song and dance, before driving to Bole Airport and the long night back to Europe.
Ethiopia easily lived up to our highest expectations. Abeba Tours did a perfect job, everything went smooth from arrival in Bole Airport to departure. It was a pleasure to make plans for the tour with Tania, and the long drive to the Omo Valley in a new Toyota Cruiser with Girma was a journey of a lifetime. He was a safe driver and a good guide. We miss him very much.
I am sure we will return to Ethiopia and make a new (and longer) journey to the Omo Valley, which has fascinated us so much. We will recommend Abeba Tours to anybody planning a trip to Ethiopia.