April 2013 Update: The year 2012 was busy with tourism to Ethiopia rapidly increasing. Ethiopia has been developing its tourism infrastructure. We have seen Ethiopian Airlines increasing its fleet and routes, new hotels and lodges constructed, new tour routes and sites in Ethiopia opened, and roads being developed and improved. On the sustainable ecotourism side, elements of sustainable tourism are in place and look to be moving in a positive direction with donar funds coming in to develop sustainable tourism, reforestation programs and community tourism projects implemented and more tour operators enacting principles of sustainable tourism to their programs.
On Jan 16, 2013 EthioGuzo ran a scoping tour to Cameroon that covered virtually all corners of the country. We now offer tours to Cameroon focusing on the wildlife and culture of this colourful country.
September 24, 2012: The Meskel Festival is fast approaching, to be celebrated on September 27. We recommend a day or two in Gurage area where Meskel is celebrated like no other place in Ethiopia. In Gurage, Meskel is combined with colorful wedding ceremonies. Be immersed in the culture at a time of festivity by spending a night with some of our Gurage friends. The Gurage are welcoming and hospitable and will give you a very warm reception.
September 24, 2012: Our next destination country where we are offering sustainable ecotours. Our upcoming ecotour will be on January 25, 2013 and will focus on the cultures and wildlife of Cameroon from south to west to north! In Cameroon you find rainforest, mountains over 4000 meters above sea level, gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills, pygmies, incredible biodiversity excellent for birding, flora and fauna tours, chief's from lineages dating back hundreds of years, fantastic beaches to end your tour with and much more. If you are interested in exploring the diverse lands and sites of Cameroon, be sure to contact us.
On September 30 of 2011 we went on tour to Somaliland, a region with a stable government yet not recognized as a country. The area hosts stunning landscapes, great nature hikes, amazing birding, camel treks and new discoveries such as 5000 year-old cave paintings said to be some of the best in Africa. I enjoyed the food immensely, mostly rice, goat and camel meat, water melon, orange juice and strong tea with milk, also dishes with some Indian and Italian influence. For tours to Somaliland please contact us.
In August/September 2011, EthioGuzo hosted Canadian naturalist, Brian Keating (www.goingwild.org/biography.html) and his wife Dee Keating on a nature tour of the Simien and Bale Mountains National Parks. Brian broadcast live by satellite radio to Canada and Northwest USA from the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia on August 29. His shows on Ethiopia can be listened to at http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2011/08/29/hiking-in-ethiopia/.