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  Gondar - Royal Enclosure
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      Fasiladas' Bath
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In Gondar you will probably be interested in seeing the historical sites and also you may want to book a tour for Simien mountains. As for the sites you can do it yourself, if you have a guide book. If, however, you prefer to book a tour just to save time you can come in contact with the official guide office. You can call them or go to them in person in their permanent headquarters inside the Royal Enclosure, opposite the ticket office.
The Royal Enclosure is an idyllic place which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. After you have finished your exploration of the site I am sure you will like to sit there by the beautiful old castles and enjoy the quiet atmosphere....
There are also unofficial young guides who offer cheaper prices and sometimes they are also good. Only, the information they will give you are not guaranteed to be accurate or correct. The tour is usually in jeeps and they can take you to all sites and other places of interest..
-Royal Enclosure
-Fasiladas' Bath
-The Holy Trinity Church
-Qusquam Complex
-Falasha village
-Cultural lifestyles

[Fasiladas' Bath is filled with water in Epiphany celebrations on January 19th, called Timkat in Ethiopia, and people bathe in it to purify themselves.]
These sites are in a distance from each other. Of course you can do it by taxi.
Hiring unofficial guides also harms these young boys because they are urged to leave school, which hurts the people of Gondar in the long run...
Gondar is 3,5 hours by bus from Bahir Dar (45b)
If you are prepared to walk on the Simien Mountains, which I recommend, it's better to wait in Gonder for a better offer from the local guides or go to Debark and book the trip yourself. If you are a good negotiator you can take it down to 100$, joining another group of course. The hotel and the food in Simien Mountains are not included in these cheap tours.

Phone: Tel 0918-773916/0019
Website: http://gondarlocalgu@yahoo.com

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  • Updated Oct 12, 2014
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