1st April 2015
Tailor-made specialist Lukey joined WF in 2011 and has extensive experience of organising holidays in Ethiopia and Sub Saharan Africa. We asked Lukey a few questions about Ethiopia, including her favourite place, what first timers to the country need to know and her hidden tips…
What should people expect when visiting Ethiopia for the first time?
It offers a winning combination of spectacular scenery, fascinating culture and history and some of the friendliest, warmest people you will encounter.
Where is your favourite place in Ethiopia?
I loved the dramatic scenery in the Tigray region with its hidden rock churches. This is a part of Ethiopia which still sees few tourists and there are some wonderful walks.
What’s the most interesting Ethiopia itinerary you’ve put together?
I had a client who did a month-long to trip Ethiopia early last year, combining the classic historic circuit in the north with the Omo Valley in the south. She loved her trip so much, she then returned in November to do a second trip to the Danakil and the Bale Mountains. For those looking for a real adventure, the Danakil is breathtaking and unlike anywhere else on earth!
What’s your favourite Ethiopian food?
Ethiopian food is actually surprisingly tasty. Unlike other Sub Saharan countries, they use a lot of spice, vegetables and lentils which make it very flavoursome. The main staple is called injera, which is sometimes referred to as carpet underlay and is used to mop up all the sauce.
What is your hidden tip about travelling in Ethiopia?
For a real insight into Ethiopian life, I highly recommend undertaking a TESFA Trek. The trekking can be tailored to your level of fitness from 3 to 10 days and it offers a great chance to get out of a vehicle and see village life in its raw form.
What do visitors find most surprising about Ethiopia?
The friendly behaviour of locals towards tourists, which makes it a surprisingly relaxing travel destination.
What one item would you recommend visitors should bring with them?
If you are heading up into the mountain, a pair of binoculars are essential for checking out the birdlife.
What should visitors do if they want to help out with poverty?
We strongly advise against giving pens or sweets out to children on the roadside as this encourages begging. Our Foundation sponsors a number of chosen charities worldwide, including the charity Camara, which puts computers in Ethiopian schools. We welcome any donations and this way you are assured your money is going into the right hands.