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Melkam Timkat

Today one of Ethiopia’s big holidays has started, it is the eve of Timkat and if you are in Addis the roads are closing as the Tabots are paraded out of the churches on their way to the field where the Baptism of Jesus will be commemorated tomorrow morning.  Timkat – meaning ‘Baptism’ is a […]

Melkam Gena – Happy Christmas

The churches are all celebrating mass this morning across Ethiopia and the Orthodox world. It is Christmas morning and the fast that started 42 days before in late November is now over. Today is a feast day and all kinds of meat will be prepared for the celebrations. Lalibela is the place to celebrate Gena, […]

Wof Washa – A Land of Milk & Honey … and much more.

Wof Washa (meaning Bird Cave) forest blankets over 6,000 ha of the Rift Valley escarpment with natural forest. A mere 130km north east from Addis Ababa this forest extends from Ankober, seat of Menelik former palace, towards Debre Sina. At the highest levels (around 3,500 meters above seas level) the forest consists of Afro alpine […]

Treks that change lives!

Tesfa Community Treks providing income to local villagers, and open the eyes of the guests. An increasing number of discerning tourists are looking to the Tesfa Community Treks where villagers host the tourists and benefits flow directly to the local hosts. For while the Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains have been drawing tourists for decades, […]

Beautiful and unique Ethiopian Calendar

The Tesfa Calendar is the calendar you need on your wall or desk. Not only does it have stunning photos that will inspire you to make trips to the mountains, but it shows the dates in the Ethiopian Calendar in a western grid (with western dates shown) Key saints days, feast days, fasts, national holidays […]

Crosses, Thanksgiving and Fasts

In Ethiopia, October kicks off with big celebrations. This Sunday (1st October) is Meskerem 21, is one of the biggest Mariam days in the year, commonly called Gishen Mariam after a church in Wollo, not far from Dessie on a cross shaped Amba properly called Gishen Debre Kerbe which holds its annual saint’s day on this […]