I’m Tamara, a travel writer and tour operator. I’ve recently launched Exclusive Ethiopia, providing trips around Ethiopia designed to your preferences and your budget. Whether you want a bespoke and personally guided holiday or a down-to-earth camping trip, we can provide it. Ask Me Anything about taking a trip with Exclusive Ethiopia – or about Ethiopia itself!
Exclusive Ethiopia was a meeting of minds between my co-founder, Mulugeta Ababu, and myself. Mulie is registered with the Ethiopian Government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and holds two diplomas from Lion Ethiopia – Ethiopian History and Tour Guiding & Tour Operation – and has studied to be a deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox church, making him an authority on the religious and historical sites of this fascinating country. Having met by chance when I was on holiday in Ethiopia, we quickly saw that together we could create something unique. After months of emails, I returned to Ethiopia and we set about building our business. We drove all over the country checking out sites we believe visitors to the country would be interested in, inspecting hotels and restaurants, and designing our company. We launched our website in March this year: www.exclusiveethiopia.com.
Ethiopia is living history. Known as the Cradle of Mankind for its archaeological findings, Ethiopia can trace its history back millions of years. Colorful legends and fables entwine with historical facts, giving the country a history that’s rich, vivid and intriguing. Add to this surreal landscapes, unusual tribes, breath-taking churches and eccentric festivals, and you have a country unlike any other.
Highlights of Ethiopia include the rock-hewn churches of the north, the tribes of the Omo Valley, the mountains with endemic species of mammals, and the surreal bubbling sulfur of the Danakil Depression. Based on a person’s interests, we design a trip that will fulfill their dreams.
I got into this in a circuitous and long-winded way. Having been traveling the world for many years, picking up jobs as I went along, I decided to combine my love of travel with my MA in creative writing and write a guidebook to Kenya. Karibu Kenya saw me setting off around Kenya writing about every place I visited. The project took two years and I covered every nook and cranny of the country. The book was endorsed by the Kenya Tourist Board and books flew off the shelves. This led to my being commissioned to write on Kenya for a number of local and international publications, and several in-flight magazines. Karibu Kenya morphed into a holiday bookings website in partnership with the award-winning Gamewatchers Safaris: www.karibukenya.co.uk. Karibu Kenya won a LUX travel award… and then I went to Ethiopia.
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