When I booked this trip I was disappointed that I would not have time for the southern part of Ethiopia. As it turned out, I did not miss a thing. The itinerary that was put together was demanding but wonderful. It was far greater than expected. I would recommend TravelLocal and their local partners without hesitation. The drivers, guides, hotels, recommended restaurants, etc. were just what we wanted.
The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, well spoken, informed, and flexible. We saw all the animals that we hoped to see (didn't get a fox), and more. We paid for lunches and dinner and loved all the recommendations. The hotels were better than the ones that others booked. So was the food. I would love to have this experience in Israel some day in the future.
Take a look at the itinerary. It seems that we had the same church tour at every stop. That is a lot of the same thing. Make sure the customers know to wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on.
We had a new driver and guide every day due to our itinerary. Didn't think to write down their names. Sometimes it was just us with the driver and even though he was not required to he could get across in English just enough to inform us what we were passing. The guides had very great English.
Do some research so you know what you want to see. They will not only make sure you see those things, but many others. If you have breathing problems (asthma, pneumonia alergies, COPD) bring your medicine because the air is full of smoke from morning fires and cooking and also lots of dust. Not to mention that you have altitudes from 4,000 to 12,000 feet.
Our local experts in Ethiopia replied...
Dear Richard - I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the trip...."greater than expected" is always what we are aiming for! Thank you for the feedback about the shoes - we're going to add this to our practical info guide now, as we always like to make sure our guests are as prepared as possible for their trip. Let us know when you want to come back to visit southern Ethiopia and we'll be happy to have you back!Our local experts in Ethiopia