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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 Abiy 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.



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.


"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 -


Fasika Tour: Cycling the volcanic peaks of Zuqualla and Yerer

postponed due to COVID-19 - date will be announced soon

A challenging cycling tour for stronger cyclists looking to ride more kilometres over Ethiopian Easter (daily avg. 40-60km with 400-800m of climbing). Departing from Addis on bike, we will ride out to Bishoftu, using back roads; we will ride up the volcanic peaks of Zuquala and Yerer, before heading back to Addis Ababa on Sunday. We will ride on all three days and stay two nights in a hotel in Bishoftu.


May Tour: Cycling Menegesha Forest and surrounds

to be fixed - date in mid May 2021

This specially-designed tour 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.


Meskel Tour: Gurage Highlands and the Great African Rift Valley

to be fixed - date in late September 2021

This specially-designed tour 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.



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.


Is the Simien Park on your ‘must do list’? Do you want to see the rugged wild side and climb the highest peaks? Let us take you there, plugging in decades of experience in the park. You will see the wild side of the park rarely visited by tourists. The tour starts in Gondar but will be primarily a camping and trekking trip with quite long days. We will end at one of the parks well-known lodges to celebrate the achievement of having climbed four 4,400m peaks in just three days!

from Fri 2 April to Sat 10 April 2021

Explorer: Simien Mountains National Park


A safari in Ethiopia? Who says it's not possible?! Maze National Park may not be well known, but it is a paradise for birding and spotting the endemic Swayne's Haartebeest antelopes. It offers beautiful camping in the shade of acacia trees, and to rival the best safaris in Africa you might even get to hear the roar of lions at night! No less impressive are the Koisha Forests of the Cheberra Churchurra National Park where you will get to see the biggest population of African elephants and buffaloes in Ethiopia. With our specialist Nature & Wildlife Guide we will take you on some amazing forest walks to show you the wildlife of the park.

from Sat 8 May to Sat 15 May 2021

Explorer: Maze & Cheberra Churchura National Park

If interested please suggest your dates

Many people will tell you that the Omo Valley is the most overrated tourist attraction in Ethiopia with no authentic encounters with local people. The purpose of this tour is quite different. We will trek with you through the Hamer territory, camp overnight in their villages, learn about their culture and meet the Hamer King in the Buska Mountains. We will also take you on a papyrus boat ride to Lake Turkana. We want to give you an experience of ecotourism, the benefits of which you will want to tell others about.

Explorer: Trekking in the Buska Mountains


Have you ever heard of the lava flow of Rafu or the lions of the Harenna Forest? If you haven't, it probably means that a lot awaits to be explored in the Bale Mountains National Park! We'd love to help you uncover some of the hidden beauties of the park on foot, on horseback and by car. This tour would be a combination of camping and lodging at Bale Mountains Lodge plus an overnight stay on the shores of Lake Langano.


If interested please suggest your dates

Explorer: Bale Mountains National Park



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 ridetherift2020@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can call 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 Mark 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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