Experience the real Ethiopia

Sustainable community tourism

Find out more about Tesfa Tours

Who we are

Tesfa Tours was set up in 2010 to take on the mantle of promoting the community tourism that has been developed in Ethiopia under Mark Chapman's guidance since 1999.

We believe community tourism means holidays that support local communities, but we also believe that holidays must give our guests a wonderful time.

What we do

We work closely with the communities, the guides and other stakeholders to ensure the success of this special ‘project’, which now involves over 20 communities serving food and hosting guests in both the Wollo (Lalibela) and Tigray areas.

Our holidays all include a key element of this community tourism.

Why we do it

We believe that true community tourism is a partnership between philanthropic businesses and community run enterprises. This partnership should enable local communities to generate sustainable improvements in their livelihood through the development of their own tourism related enterprises, while also contributing to the protection of their physical and cultural environments.

"Let us develop a personal itinerary with you so that you can see the best of this wonderful country."

Mark Chapman, Founder

How our community tourism works:

Each hosting community is based around sub groups of a local parish church.

They are registered as cooperatives and are run for the benefit of all their members.

There may be as many at 300 households in one such community, probably around 1,500 people.

So the income a community makes from hosting you really does go to the community level!

Where does the Community Tourism tours money go?

See examples of our community tourism tours ⇒

Administration Costs


The Guiding Enterprise


The Community

I am just back from the 5 days hike Ayn Amba – Genete Mariam – Tadios Amba – Abune Yosef – Ad Medhane Alem – Lalibela. It was….. FANTASTIC!!!! I walked alone with my guide Belay and had a different muleteer everyday. I received an unforgettable welcome in the communities and enjoyed rewarding discussions about life around the camp-fire . . . . I hope to comeback within the next couple of years with my family.

Renaud De Jamblinne | November 2014