Archive for the ‘Ethiopia – the Secret of Africa’ Category

We are working with the network of tourism experts in each destination Ethiopia. Our local guides/agents are licensed, experienced, and skilled tour guides. When you book a trip with us you will be accompanied with following guides.

Tilahun Atinafu, Bahir dar

Tilahun is from Bahir dar and graduated from tourism school on tour guiding. He is our most experienced tour leader & guide for Bahir dar & surrounding. His travel experience have taken him all over the region of the northern Ethiopia; Bahir dar, Gonder, Simien Park & Lalibela.

His keen interest in local people and cultures often offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit local homes, & azmari bet.

He is married and has two children and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Tilahun is an excellent boat sailor and tour guide expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. His wealth of experience on guiding, & sailing boat on Lake Tana is his daily activity.

Getachew Melese, Gonder

Getachew, born in Gonder is an English speaking certified, professional tour guide with over 10 years of experience. Getachew has MBA in Tourism Management from University of Gonder. He has been worked with numerous groups from all over the world. Getachew sense of humor, ability to understand the needs of international tourists and extensive knowledge and passion of his country will be sure to make your Ethiopian tour a memorable one!

Mesert, Simien Park

Mesert is from Debarq and, as he nature lover, has a formidable knowledge of natural history and wildlife. Mesert brings a wealth of experience and character to his job and will be outstanding as all-round facilitator on your trip.

As he travelling extensively in Simien Park, he loves the great outdoors and sometimes spends several weeks in the park in search of birds, Simien fox, Walia ibex and other wildlife.

Dawit Tesfaye, Axum & the surrounding

Dawit originally from Axum. He is graduated from tourism school on tour guiding, specializing in Axum Culture and is one of Axum most experienced and respected tour guide.  He has been guiding extensively throughout Axum, Adwa & the surrounding and has been guiding since 2000 specializing in the Axumite history. Dawit speaks English, as well as his native Tigray.

Nazgi, Mekelle & Dankile Depression

Traveling extensively throughout the rock hewn churches of Tigray, Dankile Depression to Dallol salt mining & to the active volcano of Earta ale.  Nazgi offers a unique perspective about the adventures you take with him. He has a wealth of knowledge about the history, the heritage, the cultures and customs of the people of Ethiopia and a keen understanding of the geography of the Dankile Depression.

Nazgi is happiest in the desert of Dankile Depression and he is a super leader for Dallol & Earta ale active volcano.

Yirega Abebe, Lalibela

Born in the Lalibela has spent over 10 years travelling to the rock hewn churches of Lalibela that are scattered on Lasta mountain and organizing & leading trekking to mount Abune Yosef.

He always shows an extraordinary attention to the clients in his groups and will do whatever it takes to guarantee & maximize the trip experience. His personable and often humorous style of tour-leading affords his group many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures.

Mekonen, Dorze

Mekonen was born & grown in Dorze and has worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years. He fluently speaks English.

He takes tours to Dorze village, shows & explains to you how they made bread from Enset (false banana), their indigenous knowledge of weaving & spinning, and their social life structure.  His holistic leading approach combined with his caring personality, extensive knowledge and passion for the local culture, traditions, & customs will be sure to make your experience as wonderfully and unique as Dorze itself.

Chuchu, Konso

Chuchu is native from Konso tribe. He takes tours to UNESCO registered World Heritage villages, terraced agricultural fields, water ponds, and tombs of Konso leaders. He is extremely patient – always willing to explain one more time whatever information you needed to know – very kind, thoughtful and always up beat. His passion for culture, legends, anecdotes, and history was contagious and inspiring. Very knowledgeable – wonderful sense of humor.

Aman, Benna village-Key afar

Aman has been guiding groups since 2002. Having been to every corner of Omo valley, virtually every village as well as most places off road, his knowledge is vast. With his knowledge and guiding experience, engaging and caring personality, plus a desire to really show you the best of Benna village, Aman will surely be a big inspiration to an unforgettable and unique journey to Benna village.

Arfat, Jinka – Mursi village

Arfat was raised in Jinka and his love for learning brought him to the tourism school in Addis Ababa. His passion for people, his village and learning lead him to guiding groups through his home town.

Arfat is speaks Amharic, Mursi, Hammer (beginner level) and English and loves to teach travelers his local language too. He has been a guide for the past 6 years and cannot wait to show you Jinka, Ari & Mursi villages. His knowledge and love for people will bring your Omo valley adventure alive with dance and culture as Araft invites you to be a part of his life on this tour.

 

Oyta,Turmi – Hammer village

He is originally from Hamer. He was born & raised in Turmi. He experienced & certified Tour guide. His passion leads him towards culture, languages, traveling and meeting people.

His philosophy of respect for the environment, culture and communities nurtures incredible travel experiences. His passion for authentic cultural exchange shines through and helps cultivate hands-on experiences that help bridge boundaries and open up a world of possibilities.

 

Kider, Omorate

Kider is a certified tour guide with more than 8 years experience leading diverse groups in Ethiopia. General and natural history are two of his interests. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who loves to do boat sailing, and hiking among other activities. Kider has traveled extensively throughout Omo valley learning about different cultures.

 

Ahmed, Bale Park

Ahmed was born and raised in Bale. He was educated from Tourism School in Addis Ababa. He is certified mountain trekking guide. He has a keen interest in Ecology and truly enjoys being with people so that he can share his knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa. He has been guiding and leading groups in Bale park since 2003.

Hailu, Harar- Dire Dawa

Hailu is well educated and articulate having graduated with a language in English tourism school. Originally from Harar, Hailu has traveled extensively all over Eastern Ethiopia including; Hara, Dire Dawa, Lega Oda cave painting, and Babile Wildlife Sanctuary.

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In Addis Ababa Demera (the bonfire) is constructed on Meskerem 16 (September 26) and lit in late afternoon on the same day. In Addis, the capital city’s square, named after the same festival, is where the colorful celebration begin in the early afternoon of Meskerem 16. A crowd of people gather at the square, holding flaming Chibo (torches). Members of the clergy carry processional crosses and musical instruments from the Orthodox churches. They perform a religious Meskal song, whose meaning is directly related to the story of Queen Elleni (also known as Hellena); mother of King Constantine the Great of the Eastern Roman Empire. They celebrate it by playing music on instruments such as the Kabaro (the drum), Mequamia (the staff), Tsenatsil (the sistra) and so on.

At the celebration a chariot is dragged to commemorate the chariot by which Queen Elleni went to the site of the cross. As night starts to fall, attendants bearing their lighted Chibo walk around the Demera anti-clockwise direction at least three times, singing the traditional Meskal song. The Patriarch then lights the fire, and the laity in attendance wait until the central pole of the bonfire falls.

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This festival celebrates both the New Year and the Feast of John the Baptist at the end of the long spring rains, when the Highlands are covered with wild flowers. Ethiopian children, clad in brand-new clothes, dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household.

September 11 is both New Year’s Day and the feast of St John the Baptist. The day is called Enkutatash meaning the “gift of jewels.” When the famous Queen of Sheba retuned from her expensive journey to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku, or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. In the evening every house lights a bonfire and there is much singing and dancing.

The main religious celebration takes place at the 14th-century Kidus Yohannes church in the city of Genet in the Gonder Region. Three days of prayers, psalms and hymns, and massive colorful processions mark the advent of the New Year. Closer to Addis Ababa, the Raguel Church, on top of Entoto Mountain north of the city, has the largest and most spectacular religious celebration. Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday but is also a celebration of springtime and renewed life. Modern Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal New Year greetings and cards among urban people.

Ethiopian Christians observe Pagume by rinsing themselves in the holy water. They believe that it rids them of all ailments and cures theme from all kinds of diseases and evil spirits and sanctifies them before the coming of Christ.

The third day of Pagume, miracles related to the Archangel Raphael are commemorated. This day Pagume 3 is called Finote Semay, roughly translated ‘road to heavens’. Therefore, the rain that falls on this day is considered holy, blessing of the Christians and protects them from illness and bad fortune. On this day we can see children rinsing in the rain. Women add drops of the sacred rainwater to their dough as they believe that the injera and beat will be blessed. The Archangel Raphael is said to have performed a number of miracles on this day that the day is celebrated with special vivacity in the churches dedicated to the Angel.

 

Henze (1974;38) pointed out that, “To observe Ethiopian life without some knowledge of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is like trying to follow a conversation without  knowledge of the language being spoken”.

There are two kinds of Calendars: Solar and Lunar Calendars. Ethiopian calendar is calculated on the bases of the solar movement and is one of the solar calendars.

The Ethiopian Calendar starts its dating with the creation of the World in Gensis 1:1. It is formulated based on the beliefs that Christ was born 5500 years after the creation of the world. According to the Ethiopian Orthodox church, the period from the creation of the world to the birth of Christ is known as Amete Fidda or Amete Kunenine (Years of the Law of Consciousness + Year of the Old Testament). Amete Fidda plus 2000 years after the birth of Christ (Year of Mercy) equals 7500 years (Years of the world). Church fathers calculate this with the duration of the three laws of God: Law of Consciousness, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Ethiopian Calendar celebrates New Year on Meskerem 1; September 11/12 to venerate a number of biblical events. One is the receding of the great storm during the time of Noah. The bible says “…. First year in the first day of the month, the water were dried up ….” (Genesis 8:13).

The Ethiopian New Year also honors the transition from heavy rainy season to the bright one.

According to the Ethiopian Orthodox church the Ethiopian New Year is symbolize the transition from The Old Testament to The New Testament.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church still refers to the four-year cycle whereby each year is named after one of the four evangelists in the traditional order: Matewos (Matthew), Marqos (Mark), Luqas (Luke) and Yohannes (John).

Each Ethiopian year is divided into 4 season and 13 Months (12 months consisting of 30 days and the 13th Month, Pagumen) comprising five days or 6 on the leap year. Each year has 365 days, or 366 days once in 4 years. Each Ethiopian week is divided into seven days, corresponding to seven days of creation, observing the Sabbath on the seventh day.

The Ethiopian Calendar divides each 24-hour period into 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The day begins at dawn and the night at dusk. Ethiopian mid-day and mid-night fall at the Western 12am and 12 Pm respectively. The Ethiopian Orthodox church associates the Ethiopian hour counting system with the Holy Bible as it corresponds with the time reference in the Bible. At the Book of Enoch 23:16-26 and in the New Testament with the time tables in reference to the sequences of the events while Christ was flagellated and crucified and the Resurrection.

The discrepancy between the Ethiopian calendar and the Gregorian Calendar varies 6 days in August to 10/11 days in September and 8 years from September to December and 7 Years from January to August. There are a number of speculation about the discrepancy, different countries used to trace back the creation of the world and the birth of Christ. One of these reference is the date of the fall of Jerusalem. While the Gregorian calendar believes that the event occurred 77 years after the birth of Christ, the Ethiopian calendar presumes as it had happened in 70AD.

Ethiopian will celebrate the New Year 2009 on Sunday 11, September 2016.

Addis Ababa   August 18/2016  State Minister of Culture and Tourism Tadelech Dalecho said Ethiopia is desirous to see the leading involvement of Chinese investors in manufacturing sector replicated in tourism and hospitality.

The state minister made the remark yesterday at the China-Ethiopia Tourism Industry Cooperation Dialogue.

She noted that Ethiopia prioritizes working in partnership with China to attract investments in the tourism sector and expressed the nation’s desire for investors to engage in the construction of star- designated hotels, lodges and resorts across tourist attraction sites.

Ethiopia  has abundant potential for commercial and conference tourism and provides various incentives including tax holidays, access to land at competitive lease price and custom free imports of capital goods for investors in the sector, Tadelech explained. Read more http://www.ena.gov.et/en/index.php/economy/item/1818-ethiopia-eyes-chinese-investment-in-tourism