“Selamnachu! And Greetings From The Beautiful Ethiopia.”
my name is Molla Kassaw I am a trekking/tour guide with many years experience in guiding and organizing tours for individuals and Group itineraries for Trekking and Tours. I was born and grew up in Lalibela. I have spent years exploring the remote mountains villages, the country’s unique cultures and people’s lifestyles of Ethiopia. When I started in this profession I worked at a hotel. Then I studied Tour Guiding at Lion Ethiopia Hotel and Tourism Collage in Addis Abeba and I became a professional government licensed guide, then i work freelance guide for different tour company. Since 2010 i set up my own fully licensed Tour company.
I am an ecologically sensitive tour worker and I specialize in presenting Ethiopia in a way that works best for my clients.
All the itineraries included in this site have been fully tried and tested. Some of these programs are totally new concepts after many years experiences & I have found them to be suitable for all age groups.
Deep in my heart, I would like to bring people together who are keen to learn about Ethiopian tribes lifestyle and culture, and to travel strictly within the guidelines of Eco-Tourism and responsible tourism and to preserve the environment for other people and younger generations. In this way you can learn deeply through nature and the people you visit on the journey.
My main priority is to show visitors the real Ethiopia, how Ethiopian tribe communities interact, and how they live simply but happily in harmony with nature. The idea is to enjoy good trekking and tours: for those who want not only to have fun but also wish to see spectacular landscape, wildlife, ancient rock and cave churches, religion and cultural festivals and tribe communities. We travel in small groups and ensure that you have an experienced English-speaking guide, who has the right mindset and can share with you a deep knowledge of the country culture, History, religion and their environment.
What Visitors say about us?
“Northern Ethiopia with culture, nature, mountains and cities”
We spent 15 days in Northern Ethiopia, following a very tightly packed schedule including 3 inland flights and many multi-hour car drives to take in the old and new capitals of Addis, Aksum, Lalibela, Gondar as well as a cultural highlight (Christmas celebrations in Lalibela), the Danakil Depression with the Erta Ale volcano and several hikes in the Gheralta mountains, around Lalibela and in the Simien Mountains.
Such a schedule would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to arrange independently in the little time available and we were extremely fortunate to have found Molla from Lalibela Eco Tours. Not only was he lightning-fast in his email responses during the planning phase in Germany, he was also extraordinarily helpful and accommodating in adjusting the schedule to exactly our preferences, while providing very useful recommendations and advice on the individual target destinations we had picked.
Once in Ethiopia, we were able to rely completely on his organization. Things like flight delays or difficult traffic conditions would have upset our timeplan, had we planned transfers, transport or accommodation ourselves. As it was, we were able to just blindly trust in everything working even with such last-minute changes.
Molla’s system of using his network of local guides meant that we always had someone to take good care of us wherever we arrived, and also provided an ample fund of detailed expert knowledge on the sites we visited.
We were also very positively impressed by the level of organizational detail Molla went to for us – an example being the climbing harness on one of the Gheralta hikes. All other tourists were asked to pay a small fee for using the harness, whereas Molla had already arranged that to be taken care of for us. Maybe not a huge thing, but it’s niggling little details like this that can make or break an impression.
In fact, in hindsight I can truthfully say that in pretty much every aspect of the trip, Molla overdelivered on each promise made/each service we paid for. A really unusually positive experience, and one I will gladly repeat!
Detailed reviews of the various trip elements to follow as separate reports.
“Excellent Trek and exploration of Ethiopia”
My wife and I only had a short time in Ethiopia and we wanted to make the most of it -so literally 5 hours before our flight was set to depart we contacted Molla with Lalibela Eco Trekking and within minutes he had an excellent itinerary set up for us!
We visited Bahir Dar and the Blue Nile Falls with our excellent guide Desi, the next day we went to Gondar and viewed the incredible castles and the following day we trekked up the Simian Mountains.
We then went to Lalibela and finally got to meet this incredible Molla -what a joy to meet the man who had set us up with a fascinating trip!
Our 2 days in Lalibella were filled with the churches (another excellent, fun and knowledgeable guide) and finally an 8 hour trek up the mountains -with the excellent guide Abeje to visit Ashten Mariam Monastary and Hudad Eco Lodge.
I cannot tell you how happy we are we chose Lalibela Eco Tours -they were really top notch with excellent customer service and guides full of knowledge…Cannot wait to return and use them again.
3 day Danakil Depression tour
Molla and his colleague at Lalibela Eco Trekking were so helpful in the lead up to my trip to Ethiopia as well as once we arrived to finalise the tour booking. They weren’t pushy, and were flexible, which was great as we didn’t confirm dates until a few days before and were also able to book a 3 day trip instead of the standard 4 days, to suit our travel plans in Ethiopia.
The Lalibela churches were amazing, and Molla recommended a guide Zenebe (well worth having a guide, 600ETB for two days) who was well informed and made the visit really interesting. Lalibela Eco Trekking have their own guides for the churches too, but they were already booked with other groups by the time we arrived. We met one at the airport, however and he seemed very knowledgable also.
The Danakil Depression tour that we arranged through Lalibela Eco Trekking was 100% incredible and perfect. We were really happy with the 3 day option we decided on, the operating company World Sun were fantastic and again extremely helpful even outside of the tour.
The tour was well organised, our driver Mezgebe was fantastic and very safe, we felt that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. It also felt as though our guide Gere had a good relationship with the people in the communities we stopped at/passed, which was reassuring as it is never nice to be a tourist on a trip that stops at villages to ‘gawk’ at people and then drive on by. Gere was a great guide too, and took the time to go around to everyone in the group to provide information on what we were seeing if we weren’t all standing together. Expect things like flat tyres as there are some shocking roads at times, but the drivers were prepared and the other vehicles always about to help out.
I highly recommend visiting these incredible places, and getting in touch with Lalibela Eco Trekking Tours.