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Brittany   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 16, 2023

Email Brittany  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Great 3-Day Bale Mountain Tour!

We had a last minute change of plans for our trip to Ethiopia and stumbled upon Armaye's tours in the Bale Mountains in a frantic search for an alternative destination. He had excellent reviews so we reached out to him about a 3 day tour of the Bale Mountains. He was very responsive to our questions and flexible with our timeframe. Armaye and his team were incredibly knowledgeable about Bale Mountain's history, plants, animals and people and spoke great English. They were unbelievably patient with our (tons of) questions and intuitive about places where we would want to linger or stop and take photos of the sights or animals. If you are visiting Ethiopia and want to have an outstanding nature and cultural experience, we highly recommend Armaye and his team!

Douglas   –  
Singapore SG
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2023

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

Amazing knowledge and attentive to needs

I recently embarked on a mesmerizing 4-day, 3-night tour of the awe-inspiring Bale Mountain region, and I cannot sing enough praises for the incredible experience provided by Armaye. From breathtaking landscapes to incredible encounters with wildlife, every aspect of this tour left me in sheer amazement.

Our journey was made truly exceptional thanks to the outstanding guide, Awol. His attentiveness, wealth of knowledge, and passion for the area were unparalleled. With his remarkable ability to spot hidden gems and share fascinating anecdotes about the local wildlife, Awol elevated our entire adventure to new heights. He made sure that our group felt safe, entertained, and informed throughout the tour, transforming our time in Bale Mountain into an unforgettable memory.

Kudos must also be given to the outstanding chef who accompanied us on this journey. Every meal was an absolute delight, showcasing the culinary expertise and commitment to quality. Whether it was the delectable dishes prepared on the spot or the carefully curated packed lunches during our day hikes, the chef effortlessly catered to our diverse dietary preferences. I particularly appreciated how they seamlessly incorporated the traditional flavors of the region into each culinary masterpiece, creating a remarkable fusion of taste that brilliantly complemented the stunning surroundings.

Additionally, Armaye's choice of a skilled driver truly made a difference in our overall experience. Our driver navigated the challenging terrains with precision, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. Their professionalism and ability to adapt to changing conditions added an extra layer of security and made the journey truly stress-free.

The breathtaking scenery and remarkable wildlife encounters that unfolded during this tour were beyond words. From the majestic Ethiopian wolves prowling through the Afroalpine region to the vibrant birdlife and baboons thriving in the lush Harenna Forest, every moment spent in nature ignited a sense of wonder and appreciation for the incredible biodiversity. Armaye's well-planned itinerary ensured we experienced the full spectrum of this mesmerizing landscape, making every activity a fantastic opportunity to soak in the grandeur of nature.

In conclusion, my 4-day, 3-night tour of Bale Mountain organized by Armaye exceeded all expectations. With a super attentive and knowledgeable guide like Awol, skilled driver, and an extraordinary chef who catered to our every need, this company truly goes above and beyond to provide an unforgettable adventure. If you are seeking a trip that seamlessly combines awe-inspiring scenery, remarkable wildlife encounters, and top-notch service, Armaye and Awol is undoubtedly the best choice.

Yordanos Tola   –  
Ethiopia ET
Visited: May 2023 Reviewed: Jun 11, 2023

Email Yordanos Tola  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Incredible Experience

we were recommended by our best friends. we took 10 Days Northern Ethiopia tour with Armaye, from the moment of booking, service was exceptional. My questions were answered promptly and accurately.  He was knowledgeable and gave us the best possible experiences of his country and had so much fun. Everything worked out perfectly and we feel like we have had a good taste of many parts of Ethiopia and its culture. It was all fascinating.
All in all, I highly recommend Armaye and his company.

Alizée   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jun 8, 2023

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

Great 5 day hike in Bale Mountains

Our 5 day hike in Bale mountains was great. Armaye and the team are kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. The terrain is beautiful and varied and overall was a a great experience. Would definitely recommend Armaye and this hike to anyone wanting nature.

Grzegorz Krupnik   –  
Poland PL
Visited: April 2023 Reviewed: May 16, 2023

Email Grzegorz Krupnik  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Very complex offer and our whole family was taken care on excellenf level.

We have spent 8 days in Ethiopia together with my wife and two of our daughters (9&6). Thanks to good organisation and complex offer that Armaye has presented to us we could focus on joy, culture, food and animalss. Everything went excellent ! Our younger daughter had her 6th birthday during this trip - Armaye has organized for us birthday cake - that was amazing gesture of flexibility from his side.

Chloé   –  
France FR
Visited: March 2023 Reviewed: Mar 27, 2023

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

A very professional and human tour operator

Armaye is the best guide I met in Ethiopia (I traveled in the country during 6 weeks) ! He is very human, listen to the needs of his clients and above all he is so passionate about nature ! For sure you will have an unforgettable trip with Armaye

Clara   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2022 Reviewed: Mar 13, 2023

Email Clara  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Highlight of our trip to East Africa

My partner and I flew down from Addis for a four day, three night tour of Bale Mountains National Park with Armaye in November 2022. It was truly beautiful - a highlight of our trip to East Africa - and I’d highly recommend it.

The park is gorgeous and we saw several ecosystems and many different types of animals - so many birds, different monkeys, antelopes, warthogs, a mountain civet, many wolves, etc.
We went around the park by car rather than trekking/camping, and this worked very well for us. We still had lots of time during the day to do different walks, and ended up seeing more of the park than would have been possible just on foot. We did walks and drives near Dinsho, on the Sanetti Plateau, and in and around Rira / the Harenna forest (including one night at the beautiful Harenna Cultural Lodge).

Armaye and Mohammed, the driver he was working with, were both very kind and great company. Armaye knows a lot about the wildlife in the park and just generally is an easy-going person so it was a pleasure to spend a few days in his company. Everyone else we met (at the hotel, in Rira, etc.) was also very nice. In addition to the amazing wildlife, it was interesting to see a little bit of how people live there - for example horses are an important mode of transportation and families in the Harenna forest have many beehives high up in trees that they harvest once a year.

Some notes: it was chilly at times, but we were fine with some layers - I wore a thermal wool layer, a fleece, and a rain jacket and was fine in November. I also wore regular sneakers - some waterproof shoes would have definitely been better but I survived and was able to dry them by the fire at night.

Aniket   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: November 2022 Reviewed: Jan 17, 2023

Email Aniket  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Very knowledgeable wildlife guide

I spent a week with Armaye visiting various parks, reserves and wetlands in November 2022, primarily looking for birds and mammals and taking photos. He was very professional, capable, a good communicator and able to spot and identify birds and mammals very well which made for a productive week. His English is excellent and his cook and driver were also excellent. Aside from wildlife, he has a broad knowledge of history, culture, politics, etc so and excellent all round guide.

Pree   –  
India IN
Visited: December 2022 Reviewed: Jan 7, 2023

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

They were extremely sweet.

I went for a day trip to Suba National forest with Armaye. Communication with them was very clear and I had a lovely time exploring Africa's oldest park. I'm really grateful for the experience and I wish them the best.

Cindy   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2022 Reviewed: Dec 29, 2022

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

Set up a well-coordinated tour for us engaging knowledgeable and competent local drivers and guides.

Armaye Ethiopia Tours was the first of three agencies to respond to our request for a quote for a tour in northern Ethiopia and was extremely responsive in addressing questions and issues, and flexible in coordinating our tour. We enjoyed being able to converse with a knowledgeable local guide in each site we visited and were especially impressed with the smooth coordination among them as we traveled. Each site we visited was amazing in its own way. In one relatively short trip we were able to enjoy astounding landscapes, see a little of the way of life in different rural and urban areas, and learn about some of the rich history and culture in Ethiopia.

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