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Paulo Magalhaes   –  
Brazil BR
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 15, 2020

Email Paulo Magalhaes  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Ethiopia with SENAIT - Wonderful Trip

We were in Ethiopia in January 2020, for 20 days, on a trip organized by SENAIT ETHOPIA TOURS. Since the first contact, we verified the high degree of professionalism of the Company, Mr Taddese and Mr Tikikil, who were always very requested and quick in their responses, left us very calm and confident about the success of the trip. The trip was really wonderful, be it for the greatness of the country, for its ancient history, its archaeological monuments, its always polite and smiling people, as well as for the mastery of the guides (in Spanish) indicated to accompany us: Mr. Mathi and Mr Teje, the which were extremely skilled in the history of the country, took us to an immersion in customs and daily life Ethiope, besides, of course, always being in a good mood and taking care of our security, food and hotel stays, the trip would not be the even without them, thank you very much. The cars that were allocated were always very clean and with great air conditioning, as well as the drivers who were always polite and careful with our family. Finally, I would like to thank Mr Taddese and Mr Tikikil for the dinner and memories of the last night, for the affection and care with which he surrounded my family, and with the certainty that we will return to Ethiopia to meet Harar, always using the services of SENAIT. Thank you!

Theodoros Koumartzis   –  
Greece GR
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 3, 2020

Email Theodoros Koumartzis  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Best way to travel at Ethiopia

We found Senait Ethiopia Tours through search on Internet and the recommendations of some friends who travelled there in 2014. We had travelled in many places around the world but for Ethiopia (and I assume more East African countries) you can't just rent a car and make your way. Senait gave us the best price and most important the best experience. Our driver Bekele made all our trip safe, replying all of our questions and always keeping an eye on us. The places we stayed were really nice (some more luxury, other closer to the nature) and even though we travelled a lot, we have the experience.

5* for all the team, as we urgently needed to find a place for some stomach issues we had, then again Bekele was there to drive us everywhere with a patience and a smile. I would suggest them for sure and I wish to travel and learn more about this beautiful country.

Connie   –  
Hong Kong HK
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Jan 27, 2020

Email Connie  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Senait, during the trip planning and the actual trip were responsive, efficient, and informative

Senait Ethiopia Tours exceeded my hopes for this short trip (January 12-18, 2020). We were 2 women travellers and were very happy with all the arrangements, hotels, drivers and guides. In particular, in Addis Ababa, Mr Tikikil Tadesse was excellent - he was on time, good English. We needed to change my daughter's flight to Bahir Dar for a late afternoon flight versus an early morning flight. No problem. However, as a result Ethiopian Airlines cancelled the remaining flights. Mr Tadesse and Mr Mas Zeleke were able to reinstate our remaining flights and thus we proceeded without any issues. In Addis, Walid was very happy to modify our plan - so had a lovely time at the new Unity Park which is going to be beautiful when completed. Some of the history displays glossed over the difficult history during the second half of the 20th century and a more reflective commentary would have been better.

In Bahir Dar, Mr Mas Zeleke was an excellent guide. He took us to the waterfalls of the Blue Nile - the 40 minute walk to the falls was great but the falls were underwhelming as most of the water has been diverted for hydro power. Maybe in the wet season would be more spectacular. He also arranged a boat ride on Lake Tana to see one of the island monasteries. On the return, saw some hippos enjoying the water.

In Gonder, Mr Sami was a fun guide. He gave us enough history of the Fasildas Palace and Baths to put into context. Then he was such fun with suggesting good photo compositions and even gave us a dance lesson with the moving shoulders! Great rhythm on his part and less so on ours!!

In Lalibela, Mr Leul was excellent. He arranged our time to allow us to view the churches in the morning, early and late afternoons. At the last moment, we opted against a walk/mule ride to Hudad and instead, Mr Leul arranged a visit to St Neakutoleab Monastery where the resident priest showed us his vestments and a 500 year old bible. It was beautiful and a pleasant alternative.

I would definitely use Senait again because of the wonderful guides and drivers, their flexibility and genuine interest to ensure we had a great time in their country.

Elia   –  
Italy IT
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Jan 21, 2020

Email Elia  |  35-50 years of age

Well organized, no time wasted, a lot of places visited in a few days

Communication was professional and prompt either through email and whatsapp. The guides were super nice and very precise in their explanations (we strongly recommend Lulè for Lalibela churches): the whole tour through northern Ethiopia was perfect.

Marcine   –  
Madagascar MG
Visited: December 2019 Reviewed: Nov 29, 2019

Email Marcine  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

An experience of history, churches, coffee and culture

All the drivers and tour guides spoke excellent English they were extremely Informative, knew their countries history very well. The welcome we received from everyone made us feel at home straight away. We never encountered any issues of safety, it’s a safe country and easy to travel around.
It’s a country of Churches, coffee and construction- a growing country and in a few years probably the best African country!
All air Ethiopia flights were on time, we had 2 International flights and 3 internal flights. Everyone always did their best to assist and make sure the check in process was quick and friendly. However there is a lot of security, which is normal now days at all airports and hotels.
The hotels we stayed in were of good quality, however the food was lacking, I thought we would eat a lot more spicy food and a lot more fruits. Lots and lots of good coffee though

Maggie   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: October 2019 Reviewed: Nov 28, 2019

Email Maggie  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

We had a wonderful, interesting tour that gave us a great insight into this beautiful country

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Senait. We had a few requests of places we wanted to visit and they created a wonderful tour for us, it included a good range of interesting cultural experiences, we learnt about the fascinating history of Ethiopia as we as having time to adventure in nature. Senait was very professional in their organisation and communication with us. Our tour guide was very friendly and informative through out the trip, he really made us feel welcome in his country and explained a lot about the culture along the way. This trip exceeded our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for people wanting to explore Ethiopia.

Kulbhushan   –  
India IN
Visited: October 2019 Reviewed: Oct 26, 2019

Email Kulbhushan  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Just go with them

I had met MrTaddese Atlaw, Managing Director,SENAIT Ethiopia Tours (Sunny) in a personal capacity some months back and on his suggestion I planned my trip to the Simien Mountains National Park. He was absolutely brilliant and personalised my Itinerary to meet my time and budget constraints without taking away the excitement and flavour of the trip. The communications were very prompt and he instilled a lot of ease into the whole planning process.
The arrangements on the trip were immaculate. Mr Meseret and Mr Kuddus accompanied me on my trip inside the park and I had a truly enchanting experience.They know the lay of the land so well and the knowledge of the local flora and fauna were indeed very impressive. They really make you feel so at ease.I am so impressed that I have already started planning for an longer trip with the same team in the near future. Best wishes to the Senait team and congratulations on a job well done

Cherry Chau   –  
Hong Kong HK
Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jul 23, 2019

Email Cherry Chau  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Safe and reponsible tour company

efficient work and can help to solve problems when accidenet happens during tour.

Elizabeth   –  
Australia AU
Visited: January 2019 Reviewed: May 16, 2019

Email Elizabeth  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Prompt, efficient, clear online service, plus excellent communication and care for my needs .

Initial communication online, and later on the ground was excellent. Over all, the service was of a very high standard. Ethiopia is a huge and greatly varied place so expectations can be difficult to meet. However, my personal needs were always considered and I was given appropriate advice about what to bring and what to expect. Senait responded almost immediately to all my question and was very flexible with my requests as an independent traveller not part of a group.
The tour company arranged a driver (no guide), car, accommodation, internal flights, meals and local tours for me. I had a skilled driver who was punctual, courteous and informative without ever being over familiar. The itinerary followed a fairly standard tourist route with the usual - and fabulous - sites and festivals. This was a combination of my choice and their suggestions and it worked out very well. Beware of time and distances.
The standard of accommodation in Ethiopia is varied. Similarly, the standard of the local tour guides at some of the sites can be underwhelming but this is not the fault of the tour company as I decided not to have a person guide with me for the duration of the trip. As an older independent traveller I highly recommend Senait and would certainly travel with them again, especially if I had the same driver!

Mr. Remi   –  
Belgium BE
Visited: December 2018 Reviewed: May 16, 2019

Email Mr. Remi  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

The review below is the personal opinion of Mr. Remi and not that of SafariBookings.
The trip was well organized, but rather expensive .

Guides and drivers were ok. Some accomodations (Debark especially) were not acceptable.

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