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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.


Day Trips in and around Addis Ababa

16 January 2022

Entoto to Lagetafo

This ride is approximately 35km, starting from Entoto Mariam Church and finishing at the...


09 January 2021

Lagodedi to Bishoftu

This ride is a bit longer, about 40km, but the second half of the trip is almost purely down...


2,300 ETB

2,300 ETB

29-30 January 2022

8,500 ETB

Bike & Hike at Lake Wenchi

On the last weekend of January we’re offering a 2 days Bike & Hike trip to Lake Wenchi lake for...


Highlight March 2022

Ankober Bike Charity Challenge

4-6 March 2022

About one year after our inaugural charity bike ride which launched Ride The Rift we are staging the second edition of our charity bike ride in Ankober. All profits from this event will be given to support local guides and cooks who have had no income due to the impact of COVID-19. As for last year we have a choice of camping and lodge accommodation and a full weekend of activities culminating with the charity ride and a celebratory lunch at Ankober Palace Lodge. We will be using a different campsite to last year and our ride starts from here. With a smaller elevation gain the route is easier than last year and perfect for mountain biking. We encourage early booking as places are limited and we expect a lot of interest for this trip!


from US$ 270

For more packages check out our new page for the Ethiopian Diaspora


"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 500,000 Birr. 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 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



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