Two years ago, after my first visit of Ethiopia, I get idea to make a bike tour in this country. This trip was finally realized during JAN/FEB 2013 with a big help of Shif and his staff. Unlike the other Ethiopian agencies Shif had no problem to try something new and unknown like bike trip was. He became to be quickly my enthusiastic partner in time of preparation and also later during the tour. Thanks to him, me and all my clients were absolutely satisfied with organisation, provided equipment and all required services. Special thanks also to cooking boys for excellent food specialties!
product manager, ADVENTURA Travel Agency
Hi Shif! Thanks again for a lovely trip to Ras Dashen. Simien Trek is a fabulous company and all staff, guides, cooks and scouts were true professionals. We did the 5 day trek to Ras Dashen and back, reaching the summit on New Years Day. I have done other trekking around the world in places where tourism has been established a lot longer, but this trip is among the best. Good work! I highly recommend Simien Trek to others looking to explore the Simien Mountains and play with the Gelada Baboons!
Nikki Therrien MBA-HCM
Peace Corps Volunteer Leader
US Peace Corps Ethiopia
Just wanted to say a massive thanks for all the arrangements you made for our trip back in November. Everything was organised perfectly and we couldn't have had a better 5 days with you and Jonas. We particularly appreciated your regular communications before our trip, providing advise on the best route based on our time available (and also helping with other travel arrangements for our arrival and departure from Gonder), the quality of all the equipment you provided and the friendliness and efficiency of the team who were with us for the trip. Special mention should go to Jonas who is a first class guide as well as a fun guy to be around - we greatly enjoyed his company throughout the trip!! It was also really great to go with someone who clearly had such an intimate knowledge of the area and the mountains and was so willing to share this with us.
Will & Alex, November 2012
And with Shiferaw (Shif) you picked the right guy to make that trip! I know him for 3 years now, and have made 6 trips with him through the Simien. I run a small company here in Holland taking Dutch people to Ethiopia as part of a personal leadership training, and Shif organizes my transport to and from the park, and the Trek through the park. Usually he picks us up from Awra Amba village (go there if you can!), and brings us to the airport in Gondar when we leave.
I have come to know him as a very reliable, responsible and knowlegable person, apart from being just a nice guy. I noticed he is well esteemed among other scouts and guides in the park and in among people in the Debark area, and rightfully so. He has a passion for nature, for flora and fauna as well as for human nature. So he knows a lot about wildlife, about the plants that grow there, the use people have for them, and the customs and habits of those people.
Also, Shif speaks excellent english.
Jeroen van der Meer, Discover Yourself, www.discoveryourself.nl
Shif was our mountain guide for several years - leading groups (with an European group leader) of up to 18 clients for the 10 day trek in the Simiens. I can wholeheartedly recommend him in every way. His knowledge of the National Park and the flora and fauna and his attention to organisation are second to none that I know and he commands great respect in the area. He is a great personality and a wonderful ambassador for Ethiopia!
Suzie Grant, Exodus Tour Leader
10 days later
So many experiences, so many new sights,
so many new faces.
The first one, a tall handsome young man with almond shaped
black eyes and a big white smile, was the one to make our trip on of the most
special ones we have ever been on.
Your gentle ways, your intelligence, your humor, your gift
of planning and executing to perfection, your understanding of our needs and
the needs of the people who works for you, your ability to make a bridge
between our culture in the final party.
It all seemed so effortless for you, so natural; you have a deep
understanding of human nature.
You are a dancer, starting and ending with the shoulder
dance. Your dance in the past 10 days was perfectly choreographed moving from
style to style, from moment to moment with a grace and flexibility that is not
learned but it is a gift. A gift you have taken and developed to an outstanding
Shif our Chief
We want to thank you for this unforgettable trip, you and Ethiopia
will be imprinted in our memories forever.
Good luck with materializing your dream lodge and continue
to spread the importance of education in your area.
18 people from Israel
from the 10-19th of October 2011.
"A hugely enjoyable trip. Shif is a very accomplished guide and leader. The walks were really well paced as we acclimatized to the altitude. The food, courtesy of Solomon the cook, was first rate and significantly better than that of any of the hotels we stayed in, including Addis’s finest.
Shif was utterly reliable, knowledgeable and entertaining with immaculate English as a bonus. He appeared to know everyone he came across! We could not recommend this company more highly.
Jonathan Hood and James Davis "
Feb 20-26 2011
Dear Shif and Abera
First - thanks a lot for you professional and high quality services during our visit to the Simiens. My friends were full of praise. Thank you also for your friendly and helpful attitude under all circumstances.
I hope that you both are well and that business is good.
Best regards, Rolf
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Addis Ababa
tel: +251 (0) 11 371 07 99 mob: +251 (0) 911 22 41 89
The ethiopian guide, Shif, was absolutely fantastic - full of interesting information, and very competent and capable!
Peace Corps Volunteer
If you don't want to worry about anything but to enyoy your hike and the unique views in Simien Mountains there is no way around Shif and his crew. Shif knows Simien Mountains with all its animals and plants like the back of his hand. You can be sure that Shif anticipates every wish. Our trip with him was the best organized we ever did. In the middle of nowhere he and his cook even managed to make a chocolate cake to celebrate our wedding day. Thank you for everything
Sabine & Manuel Schwarz (Germany)
Simien Trekking mit Shif - ein wunderbares Erlebnis, bestens organisiert, zuverlässig und Gewissenhaft. Shif und sein Team garantieren faszinierende Tage in einer bezaubernden Bergwelt, mit guter Küche und sehr guten Guides. Wir sind gerne behilflich bei der Planung einer Reise nach Äthiopien und stehen mit Informationen, Bildern und Videos gerne zur Verfügung. wwww.toms-reisen.de
Simien Trekking with Shif - a wonderful experience, well organized, reliable and conscientious. Shif and his team guarantee fascinating days in a beautiful mountain scenery, well kitchen and very good guided. We help you plan a trip to Ethiopia, and give you Ideas with information, pictures and videos. wwww.toms-reisen.de
On 25 April, I am back and then send you some pictures of our tour.
Pictures im Web: http://toms-reisen.de/Fotos/Fotogalerie/Fernreisen/Seiten/Athiopien.html
All the best.
Sulzer Str. 60
we want to say thank you for organizing our visit to Ethiopia. It was a great experience for us. Especially the trekking was very special for us - thanks to Abera who did a great job! Also the guides in the cities did a really good job, but Abera was the best - very experienced, very kind even when Jürgen did not feel well he cared for us and in the end he took us to the top of Rus Deshen. Very sympathetic guy!!!
Also the other crew members were very special - super food. We got some stomach problems in the cities when we had dinner in the hotels, but not during the trekking...
You also arranged all accommodations and transfers very well. The hotels in Gondar and Addis especially the M.N. International Hotel were very nice. In Lalibela the rooms were not that comfortable - bathroom very dirty :-( but the hotel manager was really a very nice guy, and also The Blue Nile hotel was (to be honest) terrible - you should not longer send tourists to this hotel - dirty, loud,...
But these things happen - next time we would upgrade the level of accommodation.
So we enjoyed our stay in Ethiopia and we will recommend you and of course Abera to our friends and to german travel agencies - we had a very special and impressive time and want again thank you for your support.
Greetings from Frankfurt,
Margit and Jürgen
thank you for organizing the five-day trip for us in Simien Mountains in March this year. We were altogether very satisfied with the logistics, the personnel, and of course, the spectacular scenery! As for the staff, the guide spoke English well and was familiar with the terrain and the wildlife. We were lucky; we saw the Simien Wolf twice, numerous Ibex, and of course a variety of birds and baboons. The cook was astonishing, we were really impressed with what delicious food he came up with having only one gas stove at hand. Our scout was highly reliable and the whole atmosphere of the trip was friendly and relaxed. The hikes were beautiful with pleasant paths carrying on between never-ending awesome views. We highly recommend going to the Simien Mts with your staff to anyone who would like a hike in this beautiful part of Ethiopia.
With kind regards,
Bergen, Norway april 2010