Photo of our staff during annual training session
- Office In:
- 10-20 employees (Founded in 2014)
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range tours that can start every day
- Price Range:
- $80 to $350 ppper person per day (USD, excl. int'l flights)
Average User Rating
Email Carola Bergelt | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Caring, reliable, attentive, well organised, very professional
We just returned from a 2weeks trip in Ethiopia. It was (again) a well organized trip by Simien Eco Tours. The trip was perfectly managed by our tourguide Yirga and the various drivers and other people we had with us. Our wishes regarding destinations were taken into account and there was still room for spontaneous things.
But not tnly this, we have been supported by stuff from SET already before we started the trip (Thank you again Zewditu!) and the guys were even reliable with unforeseen requests (thank you again Marco!)
We do appreciate your way to carry for tourists and to make a trip unforgettable.
Email Aminatta | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Professional and well organised.
I traveled to the Danakil Desert/Depression with a friend in February/March. We are both experienced travellers and agreed this was one of the best trips we had undertaken. I had it on my horizon for two years, but because of the security situation in Tigray, it had not been possible to go. I took a lot of soundings before the trip and Marco was very helpful in answering our queries via WhatsApp. Our guide, Kedemkachew Asegad (251 94 409 7799) was knowledgeable, well-organised and considerate of our needs - we were two women travelling. The Afar is not an easy place to travel and visitors to Ethiopia certainly could not do it without a guide. Lots of negotiations with the locals. Kede took care of all of that. I'd like to give a shout out to our cook Fentahun, who could make delicious meals out of whatever was available. Bekele and Wondem, the drivers, were helpful and professional. Seyed, who provided security, made us all feel very safe. Some of the highlights of the trip were the Dallol hydrothermal system, the salt mountains and Gaete Ale, the active volcano. Just be warned that this is not an easy trip - we slept under canvas one night and in the open air two nights. There is no accommodation to speak of, bathrooms etc. And temperatures reach 43 degrees centigrade. Worth the discomfort though. Many thanks to Marco and the team!
Email Marie | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Wonderful trip with SimienEco Tours
We have just returned from 18 days in Ethiopia where we had an unforgettable stay thanks to the agency SimienEco Tours.
Marco Degasper had prepared an itinerary for us that combined cultural visits to the orthodox churches of Lake Tana and Lalibella with a very varied nature. The grandiose landscapes in the Bale Mountains, the beauty of the lakes and the Wenchi crater, the lush vegetation and the coffee culture with the visit of villages in Yergalem were the highlights of our exploration south of Addis Ababa.
Marco, very responsive and professional, immediately understood our wishes and directed us towards a trip adapted to our family with 3 teenagers including our intellectually disabled daughter.
This trip would not have been as perfect without our wonderful guide Milan. Marco had the concern to find us a young woman, passionate about her country and anxious to transmit to us as much as possible the history, the traditions, and all the richness of Ethiopia. Her kindness, her sensitivity, her special attention to each of us and especially to our daughter made our stay unforgettable.
We still have so much to discover in this country with its incredible resources. We will come back very soon and will not fail to ask Marco for the organisation and our precious Milan to guide us.
Email Myriam & Erick | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We have loved this trip in Ethiopia (itinerary: Lalibella, Afar / Dalol) as organized by Simien Eco Tours! A fantastic trip, organized by Lorenzo, and guided locally by Yirga and his team (driver, cook...).
During the prep, Lorenzo has been very attentive to all our wishes and requests, and has designed the itinerary as we wanted, despite the local constraints, + with lots of additional suggestions! Fully personalized: lodging, meals, itinerary/visits... We have been in constant contact, also during the trip itself (via Whatsapp), Lorenzo ensuring the trip was going to our satisfaction.
Locally, Yirga has been very caring, mindful of all our requests! Ultra flexible (e.g. when we wanted to go earlier to St Georges church, return to Lake Asalé etc.). And made us live unforgettable moments, e.g. in Lalibella (sunday mass), immersive experience in Hamed Ela village, nights under the stars (Lake Asalé, volcano...). All these, despite travel conditions that may pause challenges. He also loaned us a local SIM card so that we could keep in touch with our relatives home, and we've enjoyed a few local beers nicely together
Email Eduard | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Professional, experienced and they really care for their customers.
Really felt taken good care of from driving to guiding to food, everything was excellent. Loved the wildlife and scenery and Tefi my guide in the mountains could spot even the well camouflaged ibex.
Lalibela and Gonder were awesome too and the accomodation choices (Maribela Hotel/Lalibela and Chateau du Lodge/Gonder) lovely.
Enjoyed every minute of my trip! Thanks so much to Haile, my driver who made that possible and Marco for organizing it.
PS: Love the fact that the company is trying to be sustainable and helps the locals.
Email Sonia e Gianni | 50-65 years of age
Email Tobi | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
wonderful Trip to Ethiopia!
My wife and I booked a 10 day tour to the coffee region of Ethiopia through this agency and were very satisfied. Our expectations were completely met and we can recommend this agency 100%! We will be back!
Email Marcelo | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The professional service provided before, during and after was perfect!
My wife and I had a fantastic week in Ethiopia in 2022. Thanks to Siemen EcoTours for providing us a fantastic experience in this . We crossed a bit of the country with a great driver and guides in Lalibella (including 11 churches and experiencing a Sunday mass), Yemrehanna Kristos, Awra Amba community, Bahir Dar, Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, Gondar and Siemens Mountains National Park. We discovered a lot about the history, the reality of Ethiopia - country that was never colonized – and it’s heritage to the world (coffee, Rastafari, own religion … ), delicious food and friendly people !
Special Āmeseginalehu: Marco Degasper (Siemen EcoTours), Abraraw (Driver), Menber Yigizaw (Lalibela), Samuel Tadesse (Gondar) e Tadele Molla (also Siemen Eco Tours) !
Email Robert | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Discovering Ethiopia as country of origin
My adoptive son (17) and I visited Ethiopia, his birthplace, in October 2022. We didn’t want to be part of a group-tour to get in touch with Ethiopia, the aim was more being on our own – only with guide and driver. Although SimienEcoTours do offer group-tours, the people at SET comprehend our special father-son-situation and therefore expectations for this trip and they offered us a perfect all-inclusive program for a reasonable price. The schedule Addis – Flight to Bahir Dar – Gondar – excursion to Simien Mountains N.P. – Gondar – Lalibela – Flight to Addis was absolutely adequate for a first visit and worked out fine. (Due to the situation in Tigray at that time, Axum wasn’t part of the program.) Judging by the plenty of our impressions of landscape, wildlife and encountering people in Ethiopia we both were totally happy with the program as well with the organization and performance by the SET-staff: Good choice and quality of hotels/lodges, good suggestion of restaurants and lunch-spots. Also to be mentioned: the wide knowledge of our tour-guide about the country and its people and culture. The jeep-ride (Toyota) was comfortable and always safe.
Email Rolf Hecker | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazingly thought-through & well organized program that allows to focus on exploring the country.
My positive experience started with proper assistance in planning. I communicated my expectations and SimienEco came back to me with options and suggestions prior to my trip. Once the travel started, I have to say that both the program as well as the different guides were great. As requested, the tour offered a good balance of outdoor activities (like trekking) and cultural program. The guides were all locals and very knowledgeable about the regions/places I travelled to. In the beginning, I was a little surprised that I don't "keep" the same guide/driver for the entire trip (which might be an option if you ask for it), but this also turned out to be very beneficial, since a) you have real locals as guides that - most of the time - were even born and raised in the region - and b) I met more locals that I would have met otherwise, which gives much more insight into the country.
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