Baregota Tour and Travel was established in 2017 by Amlaku Yaregal Teshome.
His story, from an uneducated village boy with a dream of going to school, through university (Bachelor of Agriculture in Plant Science, graduating 'with great distinction' in June 2013,)
and on into managing a development programme in his remote village, 8 kms away from Lalibela, famous for its ancient carved rock churches, is a remarkable one. Key to his story is his journey with Ric Foxley from New Zealand, who met Amlaku in June 2009, when Amlaku was contracted to show him one of Lalibela's famous churches.
Ric, supported by generous New Zealanders, has funded this extraordinary journey, which can be viewed at www.bricks.org.nz.
While his village of Baregota is in the ongoing process of sustainable transformation, Amlaku needed to earn himself a living. He had had involvement in the tourism industry over the years, doing some guiding work in Lalibela. In 2016, he studied for a Diploma in Tourism, graduating in December 2016.
Now, again with support from his New Zealand 'family', he has set up Baregota Tour and Travel with the aim of giving visitors to Ethiopia a very personalised tour of the country, something that would especially appeal to those interested in eco-tourism.
Ric comments on Amlaku: "I have had the privilege of knowing Amlaku for 8 years now. He is a truly remarkable young man, with huge organisational and leadership gifts. His vision to see his village community brought into the modern age is now becoming a reality. Sure, we have funded the development work from New Zealand, but the vision and the execution of his dream are solely Amlaku's. We had the privilege of hosting him here in New Zealand earlier in 2017, and the impression he made on those who spent time with him was remarkable. I have no hesitation in believing that he will make a real success of this venture, and that he will provide guests who engage him to show them his Ethiopia will have a fantastic experience. I commend him to you."
Ric & Amlaku in New Zealand April 2017.
Baregota Tour and Travel prepares Tour packages which includes the following categories;.
- Historical Tour:- Lalibela, Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Blue Nile falls, and Harar
- Cultural Tour
- Adventure Tour - Mountain Trekking and Expedition to Danakil Depression and Erta'ale
- Bird Watching Tour
- Ethiopia's World Heritage site Tour
- Botanical Tour
- Agricultural Tour
- Horse riding tour
- Personal Interest tour
- Mountain Biking tours
- Flight and hotel bookings
- Car hiring