What our customers think
Brilliant Ethiopia was brilliant, they were helpful and responsive pre-trip and the local team in Ethiopia were amazing. I really felt that everyone went the extra mile to ensure my trip was safe, enjoyable and fun! A special thanks to Fish, our fabulous guide, without him I would still be walking down Erta Ale ...
Elizabeth UK November 2018
The trip was well organized and exactely what I needed. Thank you to the team for a wonderful trip across northern Ethiopia. I had a great time.
Catherine Canada March 2019
We chose an eight-day trip in northern Ethiopia. The trip ran smoothly, and was very enjoyable overall. The community trekking was especially fun-filled adventure. The guide – Pietro - was excellent- very likeable, and knowledgeable (history and culture) on the area. Indeed, he really did make the trip for us.
Kevin UK January 2019
We had a fabulous trip on the Northern Highlights tour: it was well organised, the guides were great and we really packed a huge amount in to a short period of time.
Sebastian UK October 2018
Marc and Kiros made my trip amazing. They took care of every detail of my travels and were flexible and great at communicating everything. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to travel around Ethiopia!
Britta United States January 2019
Tour well organised. Our main driver/guide very good and helpful. Other guides also good. Their English was very good and all extremely knowledgeable.
Hilary UK March 2019
We had a great holiday. Really, really good. The itinerary was perfect for us. The Maribela Hotel in particular was fantastic. The guides and drivers were very good. We had Some exceptional experiences.
Alexis UK April 2019
We did the Northern Circuit and Harar with Brilliant Travel and can recommend them highly. They run a tight ship, are flexible, and have uniformly friendly and helpful people. Their recommendations concerning our itinerary all turned out to be well-considered.
John US February 2019
We absolutely loved the trip - Omo Valley, baboons at Simien, Christmas as Lalibela, a last minute add of Hudad Lalibela one night stay. We had an incredible time. In particular, we LOVED Dawit (Addis), Sisay (Omo) and Yawkal (Lalibela).
Claudia US January 2019
Brilliantly organised tour in a magnificent country that everyone needs to see. Amazing people and culture - Ethiopia should top everyone’s bucket list and these guys can help organise.
Raakesh UK August 2018
I was impressed by the quality of our guide, who was with us during the entire historical circuit: enthusiastic, knowledgeable and incredibly attentive to our needs.
Helen UK April 2019
I wanted to write to thank you. In the main it was brilliantly organised and you had chosen brilliant places to visit and to stay. My family are all so jealous I had this fabulous opportunity to travel in this beautiful country and I am sure they will be following me.
Lucy UK January 2019
Our most popular tours
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
A true adventure across the northernmost reaches of Ethiopia. Experience community trekking on the plateaus of Tigray, where horizons stretch for miles, distant mountain peaks morph into hazy silhouettes lit by the evening sun, and pockets of light and shadow…
Extraordinary Experiences in Ethiopia
Simien Mountains National Park
Jaw-dropping plateaus, ridges, gorges and gullies characterise this UNESCO World Heritage Site. With some of the world's best trekking routes, endemic wildlife and luxurious lodges…
A geological depression caused by the continental drift of three tectonic plates, the Danakil Depression is one of Earth’s most unusual environments. Renowned as the ‘hottest …
A place of faith, festivals, mystery and legends that will engage your heart as much as your mind. Atop wide valleys and weather-gouged escarpments, Lalibela is the living, beating…
Experience another way of life as you’re welcomed by some of the 88 cultural communities of the Omo Valley. Famed for its cultural traditions and tribal diversity, this remote …
Ethiopia Community Trekking
Trek through rural Ethiopia and stay overnight at charming, community run guesthouses with views among the best you'll find anywhere in Africa. The majority of money for our …
Bale Mountains National Park
The Bale Mountains are one of Ethiopia's most beautiful wilderness destinations. A verdant, jungle environment packed with endemic wildlife, staggering vistas, boutique lodges and …
Highlands around Lalibela
After exploring the ancient rock churches in the centre of the town, head up into the surrounding mountains and discover a world of breathtaking views, charming lodges, welcoming …
Gambella National Park
Gambella is a place reserved for true explorers. In a remote corner of southwestern Ethiopia, Gambella is only accessible via charter aircraft. Those that come exploring here will …
Incredible rock churches, stunning landscapes, luxury & boutique Lodges. Spend the day climbing to ancient cave monasteries, to be rewareded by magnificent views, before …
Our guide to Ethiopia
Ethiopia Travel Costs Explained
Ethiopia is truly a country of contrasts. Its extraordinary diversity, sheer scope of humanity, topography and natural wonders can combine in a single itinerary to amaze, inspire, …
Ethiopia has a character unlike any other you'll find on the planet. The only African nation to have avoided European colonialism, it retains a strong cultural identity that can be…
Things to do in Ethiopia
Ethiopia's eclectic blend of geography, history, culture and wildlife combine to give any family, couple, hiker, solo traveller or group an experience of a lifetime. Vibrant …
Places to visit in Ethiopia
Jagged peaks in the Simien Mountains, towering limestone cliffs in Tigray, thick jungle thickets in the Bale Mountains, neon acid springs of cinder cone volcanoes in the Danakil …