About Authentic Ethiopia Tours
Hello there! I am Sileshi Tesfaye, CEO of Authentic Ethiopia Tours. Our company provides fully customizable tour packages to Ethiopia for small groups, friends and families.
Travelling with us gives you authentic travel experiences and you will benefit from our maximum flexibility, affordable prices, personalized and tailor-made tour packages to Ethiopia.
This makes our company unique and we are happy to take busy people the stress out of planning the perfect vacations and helping them have authentic experiences in some of the most amazing places in Ethiopia.
We have reasons to love our business. Our passion for tourism has started since we started realizing the time the leisure visitors come to our home town Debre Zeit, a small beautiful town close to the capital city, surrounded by 7 lakes. After completion of high school, the same year, I had joined two different institution- College of Commerce for my Marketing course and CTTI (Catering and Tourism Training Institute), the only Tourism and Hospitality Institute by then to join for 2+ years for Travel Operation. Then dropped the earlier in favor of Tourism and graduated in 2004.
I've been working as a Tour Operators and Tourist guide for years that offered me great opportunity to see the entire Ethiopia. For better and different tourism service rendering experiences, my employer company had sent me to South Africa (twice) and to Tanzania for 6 months on the scheme of tourism exchange program and experience sharing. I thank to the company for such great opportunity. I had been working as a Senior Tour Operation and Tourist Guide and seen an opportunity to offer the real travel experience to traveler of Ethiopia and decided to combine my exposure, experience and my professional competence together to provide the right service and real experience to our own clients. For that, I found the right name to my new venture and named my company ‘Authentic Ethiopia Tours, established in 2011.
- Authentic Ethiopia Tours focuses on how the clients feel and experience than where they want to go by offering tailor-made journeys designed to your taste, interest and budget. We are legally registered Tour Operation Company in Ethiopia by Ministry of Culture and Tourism ,and has legal Tour Operation Business License MT/AA/14/672/51758640/2011 and with Value Added Tax registration # 15460710812 & Tax Payers Identification Number 0005282059.
Our company is offering amazing tours to small groups, friends and families in Flexibility, personalized and custom-made tours across a range of packaged holidays in Ethiopia,
The company believe that professionalism and business ethics are the key item for the well being of the tourism industry and the safety of travelers. We’ve been master minding on initiating the idea and; together with other industry colleagues, established an association formerly known as Society of Tour Operators in Addis Abeba (STOA), now changed its name to Talak Ethiopia Tour Operators Association (TETOA) and served as board member. TETOA is the only association of tour operation companies whose member companies are exclusively owned by Tourism Professionals.
Authentic Ethiopia Tours is also an affiliate member and I am also proud member and founder of Ethiopian Tourism Professionals Association (ETPA). We also become a member of ETGPA (Ethiopia Tourist Guides Professionals Association) and Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce.
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What our clients say
Sileshi was enthusiastic, trustworthy, reliable, flexible and responsive to our needs and requirements and a good communicator and organizer. He was prepared to go the extra mile to make our trip truly memorable.
Robin & Veronica Cross
Sileshi is excellent in his talent to bring real authentic life into every day. It was a pleasure for us with his help to meet people, to talk with them and to learn about the way of living. We are frequent travelers and have been in many countries. It would be a pleasure for us if we could find such a guide as Mr. Tesfaye in other countries.
Walter and Maria Stösser
Dear Sileshi. Margit and I do thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Ethiopia in October 2017. The magic colours on Erta Ale and in the Dallol region were unbelievably great! The second week of our tour in Lalibela and in the Semien NP were amazing as well.
Margit and TobiasSwitzerland
Sileshi is very knowledgeable in all aspects of Ethiopian society and was very keen to share with us the history, the culture and customs of the various ethnic groups we visited (Konso, Hammer, Mursi, Karo and more), the food, and the music of his country. We can only praise his kindness towards us and his patience as a guide. We are also very grateful to our resourceful driver Tensaye.... Read More
Franoise and Sarala
You won’t be disappointed by Sileshi's professionalism, his competency, and his deep knowledge of Ethiopia. Plus support a local tour company!
University of California, Berkeley
I had the pleasure to travel with Sileshi Tesfaye for two weeks through Ethiopia. He has an excellent understanding of the needs of his international customers and is delivering a great service.
Dr. Dominik Meyer