About Us

Prime Ethiopia Tours is an inbound tour operator based in Ethiopia, offering a multitude of locally-led tour options deep down into the land of mystery.

Our tour company is dedicated to providing memorable experiences to its customers by offering diverse carefully curated tours packages and itineraries that align well with our client’s various interests, budgets, and travel styles to have you immersed in Ethiopia’s vibrant and multi-faceted culture, history, and beauty of each destination hence why we have branded our tour packages ensuring that our travelers get to visit the must-see attractions as well as hidden gems that are often missed by others.

Whether you want to travel solo or as a photographer, in groups or as a family, prime Ethiopia tours have you covered. from tribal tours, historical or an adventurous expedition to a remarkable alien geologic world of the Danakil Depression, or the south Omo valley tribes’ tours that take you through the last remaining deep-rooted genuine, remote, and traditional indigenous tribes of its kind and the world. Above and beyond “the historical Northern Circuit” will take you deep into Ethiopia’s historical past, a journey through Ethiopia’s most fascinating historical landmarks and ancient cities such as Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, and the Geralta clusters rock-curved churches where you can explore the spiritual wonders, history and architecture of Ethiopia. And of course, Harar, the little gem of the Orient is a 16th-century prized world heritage walled city that’s considerable of particular interest to those who want to cap it off their tour of Ethiopia with harmony and strangely friendly Hyena feeding.

 

Our story

Prime Ethiopia Tours was established by a certified young passionate outdoor enthusiast who had been sponsored and fostered by a kind-hearted Dutch man from the Netherlands. Casa (nickname), was still a teenager when he was taken to the capital city, Addis Ababa alongside his little brother to receive a better education. Casa who is originally from the small town of Keyafer in the Omo Valley was running after other tourists to sell small souvenirs when he was called by an English-speaking local guide standing with his little brother and a tall white man in Infront of a hotel room. At first, he was hesitant but then he slowly approached them. What followed was an astonishing history. But here he was, finished high school, he went to a vocational training college to earn a diploma. where he attended special courses for tour service, tour guiding, tour operation, and management he then followed it with a bachelor’s degree at a university to major in the field of tourism and hotel management. Casa is a responsible, caring, and friendly young man who takes his profession quite seriously and works hard to give his clients a memorable tour service that’s worthy of their money. Casa also thinks living with a Westerner smoothens his relationship with his clients and gives him the bragging right of understanding various cultures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some popular tourist destinations in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia offers a wide range of captivating tourist destinations. Some popular ones include Lalibela, known for its rock-hewn churches; the Simien Mountains National Park, famous for its stunning landscapes and wildlife; the ancient city of Axum, home to ancient obelisks and ruins; and the Danakil Depression, a unique geological wonder. Other notable destinations include Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls, and the historic city of Gondar.

What is the best time to visit Ethiopia?

The best time to visit Ethiopia is during the dry season, which typically runs from October to May. This period offers pleasant weather conditions and is ideal for exploring the country’s attractions. However, it’s worth noting that Ethiopia has diverse climates, so the best time to visit may vary depending on the specific region you plan to explore.

What are some traditional dishes to try in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is renowned for its unique and flavorful cuisine. Some traditional dishes to try include injera (a sourdough flatbread), doro wat (spicy chicken stew), kitfo (minced raw meat), and tibs (grilled meat). Vegetarian options like shiro (chickpea stew) and gomen (collard greens) are also popular. Don’t forget to try Ethiopian coffee, which is known for its rich taste and traditional coffee ceremonies.

Is it safe to travel in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is generally a safe country to visit, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take precautions. It’s advisable to stay informed about the current situation, follow local guidelines, and take necessary safety measures. It’s also recommended to travel with a reputable tour operator or guide who can provide guidance and ensure a smooth experience.

What are some cultural etiquette to be aware of in Ethiopia?

Ethiopian culture has its own unique customs and etiquettes. It is customary to greet people with a handshake and a warm smile. When visiting churches or religious sites, it’s important to dress modestly and remove your shoes before entering. It’s also polite to accept food or drink offered to you, as it is a sign of hospitality. Additionally, it’s respectful to ask for permission before taking photographs of people.

Are there any visa requirements for visiting Ethiopia?

Yes, most visitors to Ethiopia require a visa. However, the specific requirements may vary depending on your nationality. It’s recommended to check with the Ethiopian embassy or consulate in your country for the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements. Alternatively, you can also apply for an e-visa online before your trip.

What are some unique cultural experiences to have in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia offers several unique cultural experiences. You can witness traditional Ethiopian music and dance performances, participate in a coffee ceremony, visit local markets to experience the vibrant atmosphere, and explore the rich history and heritage of the country through its ancient churches, castles, and archaeological sites. Additionally, interacting with local communities and learning about their way of life can provide valuable insights into Ethiopian culture.

What are some outdoor activities to enjoy in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia’s diverse landscapes offer numerous outdoor activities. You can go hiking in the Simien Mountains or Bale Mountains, trekking in the Danakil Depression, or birdwatching in the Rift Valley. Ethiopia is also a great destination for adventure enthusiasts, with opportunities for rock climbing, white-water rafting, and even hot air balloon rides in certain areas.

What are some souvenirs to buy in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is known for its vibrant festivals and events. The Timkat (Epiphany) festival in January, celebrated with colorful processions and traditional ceremonies, is a must-see. The Meskel festival in September, which commemorates the finding of the True Cross, is another significant event. Other notable festivals include the Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash) in September and the Ethiopian Easter (Fasika) in April.

What are some souvenirs to buy in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia offers a variety of unique souvenirs to take home. Handwoven textiles, such as traditional Ethiopian scarves called “shemanes,” are popular choices. Ethiopian coffee beans, spices like berbere, and traditional pottery are also great options. Additionally, you can find beautiful handmade jewelry, wooden carvings, and traditional musical instruments like the krar or the masenqo.