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Paradise Ethiopia Travel is run by a team of dedicated, hard working, multi-lingual individuals who all share the same passion for the Tourism sector and the vision of increasing Ethiopia’s popularity as a tourist destination. The team enjoys an informal work atmosphere, making it feel like an extended family. From organization to execution, we will ensure a professional, personal and adequate approach. Providing the best quality service to our guests and making sure they leave with unforgettable memories is what we aim for. Please allow us to introduce ourselves:

Director

Fitsum Gezahegne Lakew

Fitsum Gezahegne Lakew

Director
Fitsum is a graduate of Travel Operations, Agriculture, and Political Science & International Relations, with Masters in International Relations, another Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies, now working on his PhD in International Relations spent half of his life in guiding and operating tours and also organizing MICE in Ethiopia and East Africa. In addition to pioneering many tour companies before establishing the highly appreciated Paradise Ethiopia Travel, he was also involved in educating tourism professionals offering training on ‘Tour Operations and Tour Guiding’ in Ethiopian educational establishments, and also developed the curricula for tourism studies for the Ministry of Education. Now he is even serving as the President of the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the highly prestigious Catering and Tourism Training Center, a member of the National Business and Economic Coalition Committee, a member of the Ethiopian Tourism Board and also a member of the Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council that is chaired by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He is a leading figure in the Ethiopian tourism industry who designs and organizes unique tours that no one else even could think about.

Timar Negussie

Timar Negussie

Director
Timar is a graduate of tourism management from two different prestigious colleges, a BA degree in Business Management and working on her Masters in Management; she is a leading figure among the very few Ethiopian professional women in tourism. She is also the founder of Paradise Ethiopia Travel with Fitsum and is the mastermind in creating a family like, energetic and professional team in the company. She is also the architect in developing new tourism products to cater wide range of tourists; preparing brochures and fliers for marketing and promotions of Ethiopia’s tourism destinations; planning, creating, arranging tour operations and travel programs; and also carrying out various forms of campaigning to attract tourists. She is also responsible in evaluating customer satisfaction and feedbacks management so as to increase in meeting international standards and provide first world services in a third world country!

Tour consultant

Samson

Tour consultant

Samson, also known as Sami, was born in the capital of Africa, Addis Ababa. Inspired by his passion for Ethiopia’s historical, natural and cultural attractions, he studied Tourism Management in the first ever Tourism College in Ethiopia, Lion Ethiopia Hotel and Tourism College. He is very driven and passionate about the sector and has over 3 years’ experience with Paradise Ethiopia Travel. Sami has a vast knowledge of Ethiopia’s tourist destinations, having travelled to almost all of them. He is a very dedicated, hard working person who always welcomes our guests with a smile. He has very strong organizational skills, is fluent in English and has a very good understanding of the French language as well. In his free time you will find him with his friends watching soccer, his favorite team being Arsenal.

Eshetu

Tour consultant

With over 7 years experience in Ethiopia’s tourism sector, Eshetu is one of our most experienced tour operators. Ask him any question about Ethiopia’s history, culture and nature and you are guaranteed of a satisfying answer. His passion for the sector shows from the way he excitedly shares his experiences. Eshetu has a BA Degree in Major Business management and Minor Accounting from Addis Ababa University and certificates in tour operating, web promotions and advertisements, computer technology and computer trading. Eshetu is a very focused, hard working individual and provides excellent customer service. Eshetu has represented Ethiopia on various trade fairs all over the world and is an expert in marketing our beautiful country. After working hours you will find him spending time with his family and friends or enjoying a good soccer match.

Jane

Tour consultant

Jane was born and raised in the Netherlands but as soon as she got the chance to travel the world, she did. Africa being of particular interest to her, she started exploring the continent in Uganda and has been ‘hooked’ since. She has worked in Uganda’s Tourism sector for nearly three years before starting a new adventure as a tour consultant with Paradise Ethiopia Travel. Jane has a diploma in Tourism and a BA in Social Work. Always aiming to provide the best quality service, she finds it very fulfilling to contribute towards ensuring an unforgettable experience for our guests. Her strengths lie in operations, sales and communication and addition to being fluent in Dutch and English, she has a very good knowledge of the German language. Besides travelling she loves reading, yoga, cooking and spending time with friends.

Administration

Getachew Lakew

Getachew Lakew

Administration

German speaking tour guide

Hailegiorgies (Haile)

Hailegiorgies (Haile)

German speaking tour guide

After passing the Ethiopian School Leaving Examination with very good results, Haile got a scholarship to Germany to study the German language in the Foreign Language Institute in Naumburg (passed with total grade “Very Good”), and Political Science Education in Otto Winzer Officer College (passed with the total evaluation “Very Good”). He has also received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University in 2007, and a Professional Certificate in Tour Guiding from the renowned college of tourism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Catering and Tourism Training Institute.

Haile is now working as a German and English speaking professional guide permanently employed with Paradise Ethiopia Travel for the last six years. He accompanies individuals and groups who are coming from Germany and Austria traveling and visiting different kinds of places in the country. The fact that he was a teacher of history and geography before trained as a tour guide, has helped him to acquire an excellent knowledge about the historical, cultural and natural resources of the country. He also has worked as a German – Amharic, and German – English translator for many years, and has also taught the German language as a part timer.

As a professional guide, Haile has great leadership, team building skills, and a wide range of knowledge about all tourist destinations in Ethiopia. He also has an excellent ability of organization, time management, coordination and communication making him liked by all the groups he led. Because of these and his high respect to guests and warm and friendliness, nearly all tourists travelled with him have evaluated him to be excellent.

Semere

German speaking tour guide

After passing the Ethiopian School Leaving Examination with very good grades, Semere has joined the tourism college, and received a Professional Certificate in Tour Guiding from the renowned college of tourism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Catering and Tourism Training Institute. He also has received a Professional Trekking Guide Certificate from the same institute to be a trekking guide in the Semein and Bale Mountains. Semere studied the German language at the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa and works as a part time translator.

Semere has been working as a professional trekking guide and head of Paradise Ethiopia Travel branch in Debark (Simien Mountains) for five years before he moved to the head office in Addis to work as a German speaking guide. His training as a professional English speaking guide gave him the privilege to travel extensively throughout the country, his knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Ethiopia is enormous. He has guided tourists of various nationalities (American, British, Australian, Belgian, German, Austrian, and Swiss groups) throughout the country and has received excellent recommendations and evaluations from them. He has excellent communication, organizing and problem handling skills and has very good relations with the local people anywhere in the country. The fact that he is young and energetic enables him to handle difficult tasks and adventurous trips. He has been evaluated as excellent from the travelers who has been with him.

Getnet Mulugeta

Getnet Mulugeta

German speaking tour guide
Born and raised in the historic town of Bahir Dar, in northern Ethiopia, Getnet finished his primary and secondary schooling in there. Getnet studied tour guiding and started working as a local guide for three years in his home town before moving to Addis Ababa. He was also working for Paradise Ethiopia Travel as a local guide in Bahir Dar and its vicinity. He then joined the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa to study German language to graduate in 2014 with outstanding results. Since then he started to work as a permanent German and English speaking escort guide for Paradise Ethiopia Travel based in its head office in Addis Ababa. Getnet is a young, energetic and knowledgeable tour guide with excellent communication skills. His knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Ethiopia is huge. He has guided tourists of various nationalities throughout the country and has received excellent recommendations and evaluations from them. He is also admired by people who traveled with him not only for his excellent organizing and problem handling skills but also for his excellent relations with the local people wherever he travels.

Gizew Kefyalew

Gizew Kefyalew

German speaking tour guide
Born and raised in Lalibela. He studied his primary and secondary school in Lalibela and he took tour operation supervision course in Addis Ababa in Lion Ethiopia Tourism and Hotel college. He studied Dutch in Gothe Institute in Addis Ababa and he has been working as a German speaking guide since 2014. He speaks fluent German.

Eyob

English speaking driver/guide

Girma Seifu

Girma Seifu

English speaking driver/guide

Girma was born in Jimma in the western part of Ethiopia, which is famous for its coffee plantations. Having been a driver for 22 years of which 14 years with Paradise Ethiopia Travel, Girma is actually Paradise Ethiopia’s first driver. He has a grade 5 driver’s license which enables him to drive any kind of vehicle. Besides being a driver, Girma sometimes cooks for our guests when they are camping. Girma loves to share his knowledge and experience with our guests, one of his specializations being birding tours. With his good sense of humor, he loves to entertain our guests. His hobbies are sports, in particular soccer and he loves to spend time in nature.

Tadesse

Tadesse

English speaking driver/guide

Tadesse was born in Ankober which is in the north of Ethiopia. He has been a driver for 27 years of which 17 in tourism and 11 years with Paradise Ethiopia Travel. Tadesse is proudly one of the most experienced driver/guides in Ethiopia and has a lot of knowledge of all areas. He is particularly interested historical and natural destinations, especially the Danakil region. He has the ability to make the guests feel comfortable, he is very patient and always smiling, receiving excellent guest comments each time. After work Tadesse enjoys a popular local dish called ‘Tresega’ (raw meat) accompanied by a beer.

Tibebu Alemayehu

Tibebu Alemayehu

English speaking driver/guide

Endale Assefa

Endale Assefa

English speaking driver/guide

Endale was born in Gondar in 1980 and became a driver after completing secondary school. He has been a driver for 10 years of which 7 years in the tourism sector. He is very familiar with all of Ethiopia's destinations. One of his favorite places is Ras Dashen, the peak of the Semien Mountains and dreams of climbing it one day. Endale is a very safe and considerate driver and enjoys his job very much.

Tesfaye Haile

Tesfaye Haile

English speaking driver/guide

Born in Addis Ababa in 1972, Tesfaye has 8 years experience working as a driver/guide in the tourism sector. He loves his job, has great communication skills and gets along with all kinds of people. He is a very caring person and will do anything to please our guests. He loves photography and has a sharp eye for spotting birds and wildlife. Tesfaye’s loves to read, the Bible being his favorite book, he also enjoys watching a good game of soccer.

Leulseged Meles

Leulseged Meles

English speaking driver/guide

Born in a small town called Waja in the Tigrai region, Leulseged, (Leule) has been a driver since 1992 of which 8 years a driver/guide in tourism. He is a very punctual guide with great organizational skills, he is very knowledgeable about all destinations in Ethiopia and goes out of his way to ensure our guests are happy. Leule is always smiling and you will find it hard to keep a straight face in his vicinity. He spends his free time reading the Bible and spending time with his family.