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"I am writing to share our experience with Biruk Chiksa as an Addis Ababa tour guide. Quite simply, we had a wonderful day. Biruk organized the day to meet our specific requests. He is smart, funny, knowledgeable and very trustworthy. I had been trying unsuccessfully to arrange a traditional Ethiopian cooking "class" for my wife. Biruk was the only person who was able to organize this experience. She had a wonderful time preparing Ethiopian dishes in the back of a traditional kitchen. Our next request was to take a tour of the Mercato. We could not have safely/comfortably done this without Biruk. He is from the area, so he was able to take us all around the Mercato to areas we would likely have never gone without his guidance. He even took us to his sister's home where we had a coffee ceremony and had a turn at making injera (this was our request). It felt like a truly authentic, as opposed to touristy, experience. We had a great day with Biruk and would certainly use his guide services again. He speaks fluent English and French, is very trustworthy and is in tune with his guests to meet their needs"..............Joshua, USA

"I had a wonderful trip to Ethiopia which was made all the more memorable by the high quality of our guide, Biruk Chiksa. Biruk showed tremendous enthusiasm for his country and gave us an excellent insight into all aspects of its history and culture. He was well informed about nature and wildlife too. His knowledge and background helped to enhance the trip experience. Biruk also proved invaluable to me when I was suffering from a chest infection which meant I could not do some of the ascents in the Simien Mountains trek. In Lalibela, Biruk took us to a local house where we were hosted by a lovely family in their home and treated to a coffee ceremony, home brewed beer, snacks, singing and dancing and meeting the extended family. I would recommend Biruk highly for any trip to Ethiopia be it outdoors, cultural or a combination. He has an extensive knowledge of his country, passes that information on in an easy manner and was fun to be around. Biruk made sure we received the most out of our trip and was open to showing some of the real Ethiopia"..............Hamish, UK

"Ethiopia is a fascinating country, and Biruk is a great guy. He's experienced, unbelievably fast and fit, knows his territory - history, culture and people - so well and is really enthusiastic and helpful, showing off the real Ethiopia. He's an expert trekker too... and his passion for his country is infectious"..............Pam, Ireland

"Biruk is an honest, hard-working person. You can feel safe with him because he negotiates so you can spend less money. Now, months later, I have returned to Europe and keep in touch with him. If I go back to Ethiopia, I'm sure who I'll travel with. I remember how funny and helpful he was and I consider him a friend now. I recommend him 300%"..............Miguel, Spain