I was born in 1983 in Debark where the headquarters office of Simien Mountains National park is found and speak fluent English and the official language of Ethiopia (Amharic). I was certified in accounting after a short-term training and worked in a Micro-Finance as an accountant for two years then joined a college and studied law in Diploma then later went to the university for another study in Economics finally joined Gondar University for a master's degree in Management. Regarding the tourism industry I am interested in, have been working in it for the last 10 + years, for the first 5 years, I used to guide in the mountains, particularly in the Simien Mountains then established an ecotourism business collaborating with friends.
Furthermore, I infrequently guided tourists to different destinations which enabled me to know them in person and learn a lot about the diversified cultures, history, and nature of the country.
Having received different opportunities in the industry I was able to visit a few countries in Europe such as Germany, Switzerland, and France.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
""Trekking and hiking tours, adventure, cultural tours, historical tours, coffee tours, birdwatching, outdoor activities, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. everything in between or a combination of them all!’’"
How did you get involved in travel?
"After completed my high school I was looking for a job as I came from a poor family, luckily I got an opportunity to accompany a foreign to the mountains for free and then my interest turned into such a fascinating field as a result of this I couldn’t say longer in an office work just quit the job and became a local guide in the Simien Mountains where I worked for more than 7 years hiking."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My unique experience which I never forget is what happened to me while I used to guide in the mountains very often and once I had two big groups for longer days (10) respectively and I was able to manage the first group and completed safely and begun a new one 16 people then I got sick in my 17th after my knees got dry and got stuck, I was compelled to be on the mule the last three days. "
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