We are proud to be able to offer this unique itinerary that gives a rare opportunity to share in the annual Timkat ceremonies in the company of village communities. Timkat is the most important festival in the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar and is a wonderful time to visit this endlessly surprising country. Working closely with TESFA (Tourism in Ethiopia for Sustainable Future Alternatives), an NGO founded by Wild Frontiers ex-tour leader, Mark Chapman, we will celebrate Timkat in the central highlands, experiencing the hospitality & friendliness of the Ethiopian people - you will seldom find a more attractive and fun-loving people anywhere on earth.
We also visit all the better known (and some lesser known) destinations in Ethiopia from the staggering 12th Century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the 17th century castles of Gonder and the 3,000 year-old stelae of Axum. Add in the stunning Simien Mountains and some remote monasteries in Tigray and what you have is a very special trip to one of our favourite countries. Come prepared to be amazed!
Celebrating Timkat with village communities
Exploring the rarely visited Tigray region
Travelling through the Ethiopian countryside by 4WD
UNESCO sites of Lalibela, Gonder & Axum
Stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains
Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
14 breakfasts, 15 lunches & 15 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
Drinking water throughout
All transport ( 4WD's & Minibuses)
14 nights' accommodation (8 in Hotels, 3 in Lodges & 3 in Tukul Huts)
All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.
When you book a holiday with Wild Frontiers you are awarded ‘miles’, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Wild Miles are awarded for all our holidays, from walking tours to riding holidays and from escorted group tours to tailor-made trips. When you accrue Wild Miles, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:
Blue: More than 10,000 miles travelled - 2.5% discount Bronze: More than 30,000 miles travelled - 5% discount Silver: More than 45,000 miles travelled - 7.5% discount Gold: More than 60,000 miles travelled - 10% discount
At Wild Frontiers we have always strived to offer the most authentic, safe and ethically sensitive travel experiences on the market, not necessarily the cheapest. From the support system in London to the holiday itself, we feel we offer the best way to see and experience a destination and that is why our loyal clients come back to us time and again. So when making price comparisons, please bear in mind the following:
On your trip
On all but a handful of group tours our maximum size is 12.
We use dedicated tour leaders as well as local guides.
We aim to use quality, interesting and experiential accommodation – usually the best available.
We tend to offer our trips on an all-inclusive basis. (Please check specific dossier for details but this could add in excess of £400 to competitors pricing!).
We include drinking water, and often soft drinks.
We aim to use the most efficient, interesting, safe and comfortable transport available.
As part of our ethical policy, we pay a fair price for the services offered to us, thus making sure our local staff and crews receive a fair wage.
Peace of mind
We are fully ATOL & ABTOT protected – with us your money is safe!
We have full public liability insurance – to the tune of £5,000,000.
We work in association with the security company Control Risks in order to receive live security updates, briefings and emergency evacuation protocols if needed.
We have an office in London, staffed by a professional team of adventure holiday planners.
We have a 24 hour emergency helpline.
We have full Crisis Management training.
Each trip is managed by a specific operations manager with whom you will have direct access.
All our itineraries are designed by us, not bought ‘off the shelf’ from local companies.
A percentage of all income generated by our trips goes to The Wild Frontiers Foundation.
It is for these reasons, and the expert delivery of our trips, that we have won so many awards and have so many loyal clients. As we say, we are not the cheapest, but we do fell we are the best.
NB: Please see dossier for exact details of what is included on this specific tour.