“My 19 year old son and I did a three day trek west of Lalibela and absolutely loved it. The walking wasn’t too challenging which was a good thing as we are not used to the altitude. The scenary is stunning, the communities we lodged with welcoming, the food was varied and always delicious. We were really well cared for and deeply touched to be alowed to visit peoples homes, to see how they live, cook and care for their animals. I particularly loved the watching the chickens climb up to roost on a purpose built mud shelf above the cooking area! We were delighted to find a family of Gelada baboons digging for breakfast beside us as we set off one morning. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the pastural face of Africa and come up close to its wonderfully rich wild life. Thank you Tesfa.” 27 May 2015
Thanks Rachel – we are thrilled you both had such a great trip. Come after the rainy season and it will look less pastoral and more agricultural as you will see crops everywhere.
Photo taken inside a tukul near Mequat Mariam in Meket
Male Gelada baboons running by the escarpment in Meket
We organise Tesfa treks in Tigray, the most northerly district of Ethiopia. The treks take your through the farmland of local communities and it is these communities that will host you.
And because the area is drier and predominantly sandstone we can keep it open even when it is raining in Addis.
You can book a trek there all year round. Spend a few days (min 2 nights – and we can arrange longer treks too) to see the wonderful rock churches with the communities who live there, see the majestic views and experience the hospitality of these hard working farmers.
Tesfa are opening new community sites in Tigray and Wollo near Lalibela. (May 2011)
In Tigray, near Adigrat, three new sites are opening that will allow guest to trek north from the existing sites to a place called Amba Fekada. At Amba Fekada there are the ruins of an old temple that goes back to Axumite or even pre-Axumite times. There is also a rock panting – that although small and simple is interesting in that it shows oxen ploughing a field.
These oxen have no humps – which dates the painting to the early Axumite period.
In Wollo, on mount Abuna Yoseph, Frankfurt Zoological Society have almost finished a mountain hut that will open up this Afro alpine mountain – a refuge for Ethiopian Wolves – to trekkers of more modest fitness. Previously you had to be tough to do a 40km + trek in one day. Now this trek will be divided in two.
Also in Wollo, in Gidan Woreda, there is a new community keen to start serving guests at a beautiful remote site called Kurtain Washa.
To all of you who have seen beautifully located sites – be ready to be knocked sideways. This place is magical, but it is set in high and rugged landscape.