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If you want to eat in Ethiopian restaurants, bring clean hands and a taste for spice. Ethiopian food is served on a large platter not unlike a pizza tray. A large, pizza-sized injera, or ethiopian bread pancake made from a grain called tef, is placed on the platter, then all of the different dishes are ladled into place on it. Vegetable dishes are usually placed on one side and meat dishes on the other. This aids is "fasting" observance -- observant orthodox Christian Ethiopians skip meat and animal products on Wedsdays and Fridays.

You'll notice a lot of red sauce on the plate. That's chili powder called berbere and it's a staple of the Ethiopian diet. I've not encountered anything too hot to handle, but some of the dishes certainly flirt with that line!

Ethiopian meals are eaten family style, with a twist: no utensils other than your digits and no plates; everyone eats off the same platter using pieces of injera bread.  Rip off a square, lay it on what you want, pick up by squeezing in on the four corners, then roll to make it bit-sized.

To deal with sanitation, it's custom and ritual for everyone coming to the table to wash their hands. Once you're there, however, all bets are off. Fingers get dirty and no one considers it rude. Just wash again after and you're good to go.


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Owned and managed by experienced tourism professional Mr. Dawit Solomon (BA Degree in Tourism Management) & long years of experience in various Ethiopian tour companies in managerial position.
Where its head office is located in Addis Ababa and work with the local community at the destinations to address globally demanded that tourism should be “pro-poor” to ensure the existence of sustainable environment, social, cultural values and mutual share of economical benefits.
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fauna and flora can be discover along the high altitude plateau, volcanic lakes, forests, alpine moor land and trout filled streams.

Adventure Tours,
From a day to three months trekking tours can be organize. The three month trekking was practiced with the British in 1998 through the North West and Central highland and lowlands of the country (the most dramatic mountain scenery and Nile valley in Africa),

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Rock climbing,
Rock climbing is not an indigenous sport, but there are excellent sites, which are offering for rock climbers with marvelous scenic views around and on top.

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Ethiopia has suitable temperature for any living things as a result there are a lot of forests where forest bee are existing in real wilderness where a honey harvesting could be practice in the wild jungle forest as a great experience.

Forest coffee picking
A coffee tour increasingly become popular, which this tour is organizes in collaboration with the Coffee Farmers and cooperatives in the coffee growing areas where a picking with the farmers organize in the forest.
Both natural honeys harvested and natural coffee picked will take by the tourist back home.

Historic and Cultural Tour
Historical Sites
The sites from 800 BC to recent, temples, stales, rock hewn churches, caves paintings, castles, palaces, fortress, parchments and manuscripts seeing is inviting throughout the country.

Traditional lifestyle and Festivals;
staying in a unique local Tukul (house) and eating typical local foods an in-depth visiting to the local culture, folk, markets, watching events of rituals, dance, cousins, painting, dressing, and lip plates and stick fighting . Visitors with an interest in observing pre-materialist cultures and in anthropology will find much to fascinate different ethnic groups, prominent for their bamboo bee-hive shaped houses, weaving, hillside terraces and the wooden totems with which they adorn their cemeteries.

Spiritual celebrations take place everywhere in the country, in every village and town, besides there are more famous pilgrimage celebrations held only in a specific church or Mosque and be an offer.

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Handcrafts are a traditional unique identity of the country such as, weaving, pottery, basketry and many more. And galleries are offering especially in the towns where it can be visit along the destinations,
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Hotel, lodges and any accommodations bookings and follow up.
Car rent, Using variety of own up-to-date and fully insured fleet of vehicles with experienced chauffeurs and
Ticketing, for domestic and international flights.
Boat trip on Lake Tana of Bahir dar and Lake Kuriftu of Debre zeit can be organized for honey
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We enjoy amicable business relationships with all hotel chains present in Ethiopia. We have negotiated reasonable contract rates with all the leading hotel groups enabling us to provide very competitive offers all year round.

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Our Tours Department organizes reasonable and unique Adventure tour Itineraries .The comfort and safety of all our clients is paramount. Therefore, we ensure that all vehicles are in top condition.

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We assist with visa applications where possible.

It is very important for any travel agent to have a representative meet all-important overseas guest right outside the Aircraft. We can provide this service whenever required. We will let your guests know how important they are.


Well qualified and experienced staffs holder of , BA in Tourism Management with long years experience, well acquainted to the country’s, indigenous natural, social and culture values, and share an extensive knowledge, maintaining the utmost respect of customers for mutual benefit and carry responsible tour operations.
Our multi lingual guides, who speak fluent English, Italian, German, French, Spanish and many, are highly appreciated for their professionalism and warm nature, as well as for their skills in helping visitors to enter into the traditional and cultural atmosphere of their fascinating country.
King Dawit tours Ethiopia provides comfortable and convenient travel arrangements for the clients.

Our main objective is to provide a unique and extraordinary service with in the field of tourism while maintaining the utmost respect for indigenous culture and the environment, particularly the traditions and natural scenic of each people. In a country such as ours, where the tourist industry is still in its early stages, we believe that it can be developed into an exchange based on mutual benefit, respect and safety of the host and the tourist.
We ensure that our clients enjoy our good relations with all our partners.

For further deliberations on our proposal, kindly get in touch with us at the contacts provided below.

With great hospitality

Dawit Solomon
General Manager
TEL: +251-913-066990 P.O BOX, 55957, Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA
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