enjoyed two holidays planned, organized and accompanied
by Tesfa and are planning a third. Both went smoothly
and we enjoyed greatly
everything we saw and did in this wonderful country.
Tesfa was good company, his organization was superb and
local arrangements were excellent. He adapted the
itinerary flexibly to our wishes and dealt with minor
problems quickly and unobtrusively.
Richard Strang and his family
feel that you have been an excellent guide for us
- speak very clear English
- Obviously have a lot of experience from many years of
guiding many very different people
- Never gave us the impression of being tired of guiding
- were always punctual and clear
- are an excellent organizer
- were never impatient
We wish you the very best for your future and are very
happy if and when we meet again.
Betty and Matt Steinbruchel
I'm safely backed in the UK I would like to thank you so
much for organizing such a terrific itinerary for me. I
had the most amazing time with Tesfa and driver Ahmed,
and taking everything into consideration I think our
trip was a resounding success. We only had four
punctures - pretty good under the circumstances I
I am well traveled in Southern, Central and East Africa,
but nothing prepares one for Ethiopia. It is so very
different from the rest of the African countries, and as
far as I'm concerned the only way to see the country is
the way I did - with vehicle, driver and guide. And I
couldn't have had better companions or been better
looked after. Nothing was too much trouble for Tesfa and
he is a delightful young man with an excellent knowledge
of his country. We explored many places and had many
laughs together. I was more than satisfied with
everything he did for me, and was very lucky to have
such an excellent guide for whom I thank you.
All in all, I was very happy indeed with my trip, and
feel that I now have a very good overall picture of
Ethiopia. I fulfilled so many ambitions: to see
Ethiopian wolves, gelada baboons and Walia ibex in the
wild were top of my list. We couldn't have been luckier,
and the weather held out for us so that we saw all three
under blue skies. One of my other wishes was to reach
the top of Abuna Yemata, something that without Tesfa's
encouragement and urging I would never have achieved. I
still can hardly believe I got to the top, but it was
the most terrifying climb I have ever, ever done!! And I
also very much wanted to get to the top of Makdala Hill
- another goal achieved.
There's so much I'm grateful to you for, and I will end
this with another huge Thank You for a wonderful trip.
just a short note to thank you for all your assistance
on my wonderful tour of Ethiopia.
Before I start, I want to compliment you on your
beautiful and exciting country. The people are friendly
& helpful in most places & the diversity of your
landscape & ethnic tribes made for a really interesting
& informative holiday. In the south, one gets a taste of
how people have lived for generations, in a simple
accessible way. The north, which is better known, has
its highlights of architecture, artifacts & ancient
religious ways. Fortunately the northern areas are not
as well known as, say, Petra in Jordan, or the Pyramids
in Egypt & South America. I say fortunately, because
visitors are still very welcome & allowed to view
incredible wonders of ancient times in the churches and
monasteries. The countryside & birdlife is spectacular -
a photographer's paradise.
None of this would have been possible without your
unfailing assistance and willingness to accommodate my
many requests. You must be commended for being available
all the time, ensuring that I was well fed and watered
and that my accommodation was satisfactory. I appreciate
that you were always punctual and reliable and at no
time did I feel that anything was too much trouble.
Ethiopia is a difficult country in which to drive so I
would also like to put in a good word for Ahmed, our
unflappable driver who negotiated some of the most
amazing roads calmly and with a good disposition.
As you know, I will be visiting Ethiopia again next year
- time did not permit me to see everything on my last
visit & I really look forward to seeing you again &
allowing you to take care of me.
From south Africa
Alemayehu was our guide on a wide-ranging tour of
Ethiopia in 2008 that included the best of almost
everything from remarkable ancient churches and cultural
curiosities to extraordinary, rare, indigenous wildlife,
birds and areas of stunning natural beauty as well as
tribal markets and a taste of the myriad different
cultures and people of wonderful Ethiopia. Tesfa is
knowledgeable and fun to travel with and we had a
fantastic trip with him and a brilliant driver who
safely negotiated the most rugged roads of mountains and
plains. In a land of ancient miracles, Tesfa even
managed to lay on a major power cut that ensured the Tis
Issat Falls were in full flow for us to visit, an almost
unique experience these days.
provided excellent and caring service on our visit to
the Northern areas of Ethiopia. We combined touring with
work and it required that Tesfa be exceptionally
flexible and creative about setting up our schedule,
making detours when appointments changed, helping us
make the most of opportunities when they presented
themselves. He was most accommodating, caring, and made
our work become important to him as well. He has
continued to be our person on site once we had to leave
for the States simply because he so cares about his
country and looks for opportunities to expand
possibilities for his countrymen.
We look forward to returning to Ethiopia, and we look
forward to continuing our work with Tesfa as well. We
have recommended him to several NGOs that we partner
with as well"
Top Qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity
From United States
Enterprises - a Swiss-based charity which finances
selected projects in Ethiopia - is delighted to endorse
the work of Tesfa Alemayehu as a travel agent and tour
guide in Ethiopia.
Members of our board, including my husband and myself,
have worked with Tesfa in Ethiopia on four separate
occasions. His company Ethiopia Link Tours organizes
made-to-measure tours in Ethiopia, and Tesfa himself is
an excellent guide. He knows his country, gets on well
with his countrymen as well as with overseas guests, and
is knowledgeable about Ethiopia. He speaks and
understands English well.
Given that we work on various projects when visiting
Ethiopia, and that our timetable and working hours are
often challenging, we require a high degree of
flexibility from any guide with whom we work. Tesfa is
our preferred guide because he is ready to help with any
task whether trivial or challenging. He even filled in
as our assistant cameraman in July this year while we
were working on a fund-raising film for our charity!
Tesfa Alemayehu and his business Ethiopia Link Tours
offer really good value for money. We are happy to
recommend his services to anyone planning to visit
Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
of you wanting a challenging trek, outstanding friendly
people, & / or fascinating early 4th century Christian
heritage in a country with an enormous breadth to offer
- Tesfa will personally guide you around.
Claire & I are sold on Ethiopia...and will be going
Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
provided a very memorable trip from the hyenas to the
4th century monasteries containing the arc of the
covenant. Ethiopia is a wonderful country with very
friendly people and interesting religious sights,
natural reserves and tribal cultures which have remained
unspoilt by the influences of the both century.
Tesfa utilized his expert knowledge of Ethiopia and
provided an unforgettable experience. I will certainly
be returning to Ethiopia and will again be using his
services and that infectious passion for providing
customers a good introduction to his count.