RIDE THE RIFT is a collaborative effort by four Ethiopian tour operators to re-energise Ethiopia’s tourism sector. Our aim is to introduce new destinations to travellers in Ethiopia and offer opportunities to experience the beauty of these places while participating in cycling, running and hiking activities.
Five individuals from four companies have pioneered Ride the Rift: Mark Chapman of Tesfa Tours; Marco Degasper and Christian Sefrin of SimienEcoTours; Bogale Abey of Dynasty Ethiopia Tours; and Richard Nerurkar of Ethio Cycling Holidays.
Between us we have many decades of experience of working in Ethiopia, organising trekking, cycling and running tours and events, and developing community tourism where relationships from village to local government level are carefully managed.
In staging Ride the Rift tours we have brought together the full range of our skills and are committed to opening up more hidden places of Ethiopia to our growing client base.
We all share a passion for Ethiopia and want to pass this on to those of you who come on our tours.
UPCOMING OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND EXPLORER TOURS
Special Offers September 2021
Meskel Gurage Tour
Northern Explorer Trek
24 to 27 September 2021
27 September to 8 October 2021
This specially-designed Outdoor Adventure Weekend in the Gurage region allows you to enjoy some exhilerating cycling, running and walking in landscapes that in any other country would be considered as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beauty of the scenery is matched by the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
The Northern Explorer extends your journey by taking you to some of most stunning and memorable places for tourists in Ethiopia: exploring Lalibela’s labyrinth of churches, trekking in the Meket Highlands among local farmers, and touring the majestic Simien Mountains ending your tour in Gondar and its romantic castles.
from US$ 430
from US$ 1,710
Lalibela Explorer - Peaks, Wolves and Festivals
27 September to 3 October 2021
We will take you on a unique adventure in and around Lalibela: first trekking in Ethiopia’s 3rd highest massif, looking for the rare Ethiopian Wolf and joining in one of the most colourful yet least known of the festivals around Lalibela; and finally exploring Lalibela’s labyrinth of medieval churches.
from US$ 930
Special Offers October 2021
Jamma Canyon Tour
Northern Explorer Trek
16 to 20 October 2021
5 to 15 October 2021
This Outdoor Adventure Weekend allows you to enjoy some spectacular cycling, running and walking in the awe-inspiring Jamma Gorge. The widespread gorge system is a land of canyons. You will be astounded by the sheer cliffs and waterfalls of this mighty river gorge. Home to large troops of Gelada baboons and numerous raptors you will also have chance to enjoy some superb wildlife as you ride, run and walk in these stunning surroundings.
A tour taking you to some of most memorable places for tourists in Ethiopia: Lalibela where you will explore the town’s labyrinth of churches, the Meket Highlands where you will trek in stunning scenery and rub shoulders with local farmers, the majestic Simien Mountains, Gondar and its romantic castles, and the Wof Washa forest along the Great African Rift Valley escarpment.
from US$ 1,690
from US$ 510
Special Offers November 2021
Great Ethiopian Run
13 to 14 November 2021
We also offer you the chance to participate in the Great Ethiopian Run with thousands of local Addis Ababans in Ethiopia’s vibrant capital city and to meet Ethiopia’s distance running legend and double Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebreselassie.
On the Northern Explorer Trek you will see the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lalibela, with its labyrinth of 12th-century rock-hewn churches; the castles of Gondar built by Ethiopian emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries; the stunning Simien Mountains with its unique wildlife.
Northern Explorer Trek
6 to 13 November 2021
from US$ 1,230
from US$ 265
Ankober Charity Challenge
19 to 21 November 2021
On our Outdoor Adventure Weekend in Ankober we take you cycling along the Rift Valley escarpment in breathtaking mountain scenery.
This ends with the charity bike ride raising money for local guides and cooks who have had no income due to the impact of COVID19.
On this lodging tour you will see the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lalibela, with its labyrinth of 12th-century rock-hewn churches; the castles of Gondar built by Ethiopian emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries; the stunning Simien Mountains with its unique wildlife; and the tropical Lake Tana with a relaxing place to stay on its northern lake shore.
Northern Explorer Tour
22 to 29 November 2021
This tour neatly connects the Run and Bike ride taking you along Ethiopia’s chain of Rift Valley lakes to Ethiopia’s coffee heartland in the Sidama region. Here you can dive into local culture while visiting local coffee farms and enjoy sampling coffee in an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. At Lake Langano you can bathe among hippos and water birds including Lesser Flamingos. The Rift Valley shows you a vast array of scenery and landscapes with a range of wildlife.
Rift Valley Explorer Tour
15 to 19 November 2021
from US$ 880
from US$ 270
from US$ 1,690
"Ride the Rift events just keep getting better and better. Whisked away to remote Ethiopian wilderness and guided along beautiful cycling tracks, you get an authentic experience of rich Ethiopian culture."
- Will B -
Our tour participants have the support of an experienced and well-organised team of tour leaders supported by cycling and hiking guides, drivers, cooks and camp managers. We pool our best resources to give clients the best possible experience.
Our tours enjoy the support of Tourism Ethiopia as we explore new destinations. We research our tours carefully, working closely with zonal and woreda offices and local communities, without whom our tours would not be possible.
We offer good-quality bikes for hire and our cycling guides are skilled mechanics. We have an extensive fleet of vehicles and provide an all-inclusive camping experience including tents and mattresses, seat toilets and camp showers.
Ankober Charity Ride
The ‘Ride the Rift’ charity bike ride in November 2020 was the beginning of RIDE THE RIFT's collaborative effort and at the same time an initiative to support worst affected individuals and their families by the Corona pandemic.
Cycle the Grand Canyon of Ethiopia
Cycling, running and walking in the awe-inspiring Jamma Gorge, a land of canyons rivalling the Grand Canyon in Arizona and home to large troops of Gelada baboons and numerous raptors.
Cycling trip in the Gurage Highlands
The lush green highlands of the Gurage region was the setting for our Spring Break tour where some exhilerating cycling, running and walking was matched only by the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
Our work started in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic started to hit Ethiopia’s tourism industry. Our first event was a charity bike ride in Ankober which raised over 500,000birr. These funds were distributed to over 60 cooks and guides across Ethiopia who had been deprived of an income since the start of the pandemic. We are continuing to fundraise for individual freelance providers with the support of generous corporate donations.
Our tours are governed by a detailed set of COVID-19 precautions which apply to tour participants as well as to tour organisers. Participants are not allowed to take part in our tours if they show any symptoms of the virus in the week leading up to the tour. Once on tour we all follow our COVID-19 guidelines for reducing the risk of virus transmission which are given on our event landing pages and in our event briefings.
To contact us please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call or message us on 0921 602236 (Mark - English), 0920 732527 (Marco - Italian, German, English) or 0911 198543 (Bogale - Amharic, English). We also have a WhatsApp group chat where we share lots of current information about upcoming tours. Please contact us if you would like to be added to this group.
If you need to speak to us in person, our offices are in Kebena, Shalla Park and Arat Kilo.
Tesfa Tours Office in Kebena
SimienEcoTours Office in Atlas/Shalla Park
Dynasty Ethiopia Tours office in Arat Kilo