' My initial worry with booking directly with a local Ethiopian company months in advance of our trip was that we would not have any of the payment protection afforded by UK tour operators especially as our deposit was paid via a bank transfer. We need not have worried at all as Senait (Sunny) Ethiopia Tours (SET) was totally professional and trustworthy. All fears were allayed when they dealt with all our queries promptly and efficiently. They also contacted us on a regular basis after the payment of our deposit to ensure that we had all the information we required about the tour.
Our trip to the Omo Valley and the Danakil Depression with Taddese Atlaw (MD) and his team was superb. To start, we just told Taddese what we would like to do and he provided us with an itinerary which fulfilled all our requests. He was very prompt with his responses to all our queries.
We travelled in the latest 4X4s (very comfortable on very rough roads/trails) and stayed at good quality hostels, hotels and luxury lodges (we had the best accommodation available in each town/village). We had skilful drivers (Ayalew and Abate), a knowledgeable guide (Getachew) to the Omo Valley and a superb cook (Nardos) to the Danakil Depression. Taddese kept in constant touch with his team throughout our trip – checking on our progress and ensuring that all our needs were met. He provided a service which surpassed our expectations.
SET is a fantastic company to travel with and we will return to Ethiopia to visit the rock churches and hike the Simien Mountains with SET in the future.”