Chris SkinnerUnited Kingdom
Four days with a stranger can be an intense experience, but I took this tour solo and spent four days with Muluken and Addis, our driver. The experience was incredible, and we saw places I never expected to see in my lifetime. It involved lots of driving (around 2,000km in four days), but every stop was a memory as Muluken introduced me to villagers from different cultures and tribes around the amazing country that is Ethiopia. A truly special time wiht special people, all thanks to Muluken, a true gem
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris, Thank you very much for using my tour services and taking time for the review!! I'm really pleased to add such value on your experience!! Thank you for all God bless you and your family, Muluken G.
Mark CraigUnited States
Wow!!! What a full day that I enjoyed with Muluken and his driver. From the beautiful views of the city, the bones of Lucy and my favorite the open market it was a wonderful day.He was very professional and his calm demeanor made it very easy to communicate with. I would have never been able to see as much as I did if I were on my own. If you want to have a fun and exciting day in Addis I highly recommend Muluken
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, Thank you very much for booking the tour with me, and taking time to leave the review!! It was really a pleasure to have you here! I have learnt a lot from you as well, and we had great conversations. Thank you very much for all! Best regards, Muluken G.
Nicole Nicolas CortezCanada
We only had 15hrs in Addis for a layover. First, prior to our tour Muluken was great. He reserved the date for us for a day before we booked to allow us time to figure out $. Due to illness and pure exhaustion he agreed to change our meet up place and waited for us patiently for an hour to rest at our hotel before we started our tour. The tour was great, he's very knowledgeable of Addis and took us to so many places and chances to let the culture sink in. He helped us get souvenirs for local prices.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nicole, Thank you very much for remembering and leaving your review of your tour of Addis Ababa with me! I hope you had great tour in South Africa. It was a pleasure to show you my city. I look forward to show you more of Addis Ababa and around some day Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
John LeeSouth Korea
John LeeSouth Korea
Muluken should be named 'the best guide' in Ethiopia. He was knowledgeable, polite and always willing to satisfy my needs! I felt like I had a new friend, not a guide who works for a pay, during the entire trip. His charming smile and soft spoken voices made my very first trip to Addis Ababa so much pleasant. Jeremiah, the driver, was also fun to be with. They were simply 'super human beings'. I enjoyed being with them and will certainly hire them for the next trip as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Prof. John, Thank you very much for using my service It is one of the best reviews I earned so far in my more than a decade experience!! I'm really proud to show you around!! I also learnt a lot from your knowledge, insights, experience, sensible jokes, and fun times your shared. I will look forward to show you more of my country THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL!! P.S - I read your review for Ermiyas through the phone. He thanked you for the great time we had together With kind regards, Muluken G
Gerard BrownUnited Kingdom
Cassia HolsteinUnited States
Muluken was a fantastic guide and created a wonderful trip for my two kids (ages 4yrs and 10yrs) and me. We experienced singular sites (rock church, Stiyas) and he was knowledgable about each. But, the most best part of our journey was the journey itself--we often go out of the (very comfortable and safely-driven) van to walk to a great view, or eat lunch at a local village restaurant, or meet a family in their home, or explore a rural market. Muluken created a one-of-a-kind trip we will never forget.
Joseph LeDouxUnited States
This was an excellent tour to take during a long layover at ADD. Muluken and his driver were very friendly and knowledgeable of the local history. I arrived with a leg injury and stayed mostly in the van as we drove around with the exception of the National Museum, pictures at the African Union Building, and coffee and dinner. Muluken was very accommodating and I still feel like my trip was complete despite my injury. I will definitely book with these two again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph, Thank you very much for booking the tour of Addis Ababa with me! It was a pleasure to have you here. I wish I show you more of Addis. I hope I see you some other day for more of Addis Ababa and around Wishing you recover soon, Muluken G.
Jeremy YungHong Kong
Muluken showed me a great time in Addis Ababa. I learned a lot about Ethiopian culture and saw some key sites. He kindly introduced me to a 75 year old Bishop at the Holy Trinity Church and translated a conversation which was lovely as I got to talk first hand to someone with so much experience. He took the time to explain everything we saw and even though my schedule had to change, he kindly accommodated my every request. I would definitely book this again with different sites (8 hours is not enough!)!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure having you here, Jeremy! We had nice time in Addis. I wish we'd been visiting more of the city. I have also learnt new things from you and got ideas to study and know more of. I hope to see you again for more of Addis Ababa and around Wishing you the best of your time in Addis, and a Happy New Year, Best, Muluken G .
Having Muluken as my guide for 1,5 days in Addis Ababa was the best I could do in order to see most of the Ethiopian capital in a very pleasant and professional way. He and his driver did speak English very well and know exactly what the best top spots in Addis are to visit. Perfect knowledge about historical facts and very nice to do this tour with him! Via him I got also in touch with other professional and nice guides in Ethiopia for the rest for the rest of my journey!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you some sites of Addis Ababa, and not forgetting to leave your review!! I really appreciate it! I wish you a Successful Year With best regards, Muluken G.
I would highly recommend Muluken. Not only was he extremely professional, he was an awesome guy. We had a great time exploring the sites of Addis and we truly got a good feel of the city. My wife and I wanted to more of the "real" Addis vs the touristy Addis and Muluken made it happen. If you do come to Addis and want to see it properly, hiring a local guide is recommended and Muluken is your guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mo, Thank you very much for taking my City Tour of Addis Ababa and choosing me to show you around!! I THANK YOU too for taking time to leave such heartwarming review!! One of the best parts of my job is adding as such value to my visitors time and reading of reviews as yours. Thanks again Wishing you a great time for the rest of your tour With best regards , Muluken G .
Muluken was an excellent guide. He was knowledgable about any topic be it historical, cultural or economic, and engaged with our two young children to keep them interested. The tour was punctual and flexible to our needs as we were transiting through Addis. In addition Muluken helped arrange activities outside of the tour scope prior to our arrival which was a great help! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot , Jason, for choosing me to show you around, rating and reviewing my service!! I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR for you and your family!! Best of all, Muluken G .
Perfect tour with very friendly and well experienced guide and driver - my expectations were more than fulfilled. It was an unforgettable day. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Stephan for using my service and taking time to leave your feedback!! Hope to see you again someday Best regards, Muluken G.
Muluken is an absolute professionnal. Nothing went wrong. He put together a fantastic team of 1 driver, 1 cook and other affiliates along the way. Food was excellent as well. He is full of knowledge and you can ask him anything. The team worked extra hard to accomodate my bicycle and im very thankful for that. I had issues with my drone at the airports. Muluken was extremely helpful. To sum up, Muluken was an absolute asset to my trip and made my travel dreams come true.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lamar, It is so exciting to read such a review. I'm proud to be of help in making your travel experience successful. I'm very grateful for choosing me to organize your tour and taking time to rate my service and leave the review. Thanks again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year , Muluken G .
Robert ClintonUnited States
I was thoroughly satisfied with my tour and impressed with Muluken's attention to detail in following the scheduled itinerary and his eagerness to answer any and all questions without any hesitation. He appeared to be very knowledgeable and has an extremely good command of the English language which made communication very easy and comfortable. Finally, I would highly recommend him to anyone and personally use him in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, Thank you very much for using my service and taking time to review your experience with me and myself! I have also learnt so much from you and your travel experiences aroused the world. Thank you very much for all Hope to show you more of Ethiopia some other day Best regards, Muluken G.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Muluken. We only had a time for a half day tour and Muluken was able to show us the highlights and inform and relay so much information, we really felt we received a wonderful in-depth experience of Addis Ababa. Muluken was extremely knowledgeable and very easy to understand. We highly recommend Muluken. Shelley and Uzi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shelley and Uzi, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you my city, and leaving your feedback so soon! It was a pleasure having you around. I learnt also from you. And, I look forward to show you more someday. Thanks again and best wishes, Muluken G.
Joseph MulkernUnited States
Working with Tours by Locals was very straightforward and easy, Great communication and were able to arrange things even on short notice. And the guide and driver were simply put, phenomenal. They well exceeded my expectations in local knowledge, flexibility, and promptness. They went over and above to ensure my comfort, yet gave me a deep dive into Ethiopian culture, history, and cuisine, and aside from that they were engaging and interesting conversationalists with excellent English. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph, Thank you very much for taking time to write the review and rating my service!! It is really fulfilling to know my driver and I added such a value on your tour experience. Thanks again for using my service Looking forward to meeting you again someday With best regards, Muluken G.
Wagner Gorski MedeirosBrazil
Muluken was an excellent guide and he provided us with exactly what we wanted. Not only he guided us to some of the landmarks outside Addis Ababa, he gave us profound backgrounds and knowledge behind them. We were impressed at rich culture of Ethiopia and hospitality of the people. We recommend this tour to anyone who would like to spend quality time during your stay at Addis Ababa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Makoto!! It was a pleasure to show you around. We had a lot of fun as well. Hope to see you someday again. Best regards, Muluken G.
Hatem Ataalla SalemUnited Arab Emirates
Muluken is very respective man also kind and cooperative doesn't look for any extra money govecthe information you want And do what you want for example goto arabic restaurant. Wait for me at the masjid go back to take this photo. He's ideal guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hatem, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you my city, and for leaving your review!! It was a pleasure to have you here, and know that you enjoyed your tour of Addis Ababa with me! Thanks again and best wishes, Muluken G.
Muchchim ChaownsungketBangkokyai, 10600, Thailand
Thanks to Muluken for take care of me for 1 day and made my first Ethiopia trip very good. In a short 1 day, I was able to learn some history of Ethiopia and know more about the local life styles.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Muchchim for taking time to leave your feedback! It is great to know you enjoyed your tour of Addis Ababa with me. Hope to see you someday again
Chris HoHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris for rating my service!
David KimelUnited States
Muluken was a wonderful tour guide. He was extremely well informed, accommodating, and friendly. He even helped me to mail a package to the United States. I would not hesitate to book his services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you around and taking time to leave your feedback!! It was a pleasure to have you here. I have also learnt a lot from you as well. Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
Muluken met us promptly as agreed at Addis Ababa Airport with a large sign with our name so that he could not be missed. Our 4 hour tour with him was exceptional. He is extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and gave us a morning that was very worthwhile. We learned things about Addis and Ethiopia that we did not know and his enthusiasm has made us want to return to Ethiopia for another visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tim, Thank you very much for taking time to leave your review and rating! I'm very glad you enjoyed your tour of Addis Ababa with me. Thank you for choosing me! Looking forward to show you more interesting places in Ethiopia someday Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
Great tour for a first impression of Addis Ababa. Muluken has a very good knowhow and adjust his tour to the guests wishes.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marc, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you my city. It is great to hear you enjoyed your tour with me. I wish you a great time for the rest of your stay in Addis Ababa Kind regards, Muluken
Thank you so much for this tour. My whole experience with TBL was wonderful from start to finish. My guide Muluken and our driver (unfortunately, I forgot his name) were truly amazing, friendly people. They set up my tour so I could see what I wanted and how I wanted. I give my highest score to ToursByLocals in Addis Ababa, and will specifically recommend Muliken as a guide to all my friends who plan to visit Addis.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lia, Thank you very much for your review!! It is a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your tour experience of Addis Ababa with me. It is very interesting also to learn from you the number of similarities the Ethiopian and Georgian Orthodox Churches has got in common. Thanks again and best wishes, Muluken G.
Nadine HurwitzSouth Africa
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Addis Ababa. Our guide and driver were knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and helpful. I would recommend them to any traveller in Addis. A brilliant experience!! Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nadine for taking time to leave your review and choosing me to show you my city!! It was a pleasure to have you here. I hope I will see you someday. Thanks again for all!
I had a tour of the countryside outside of Addis Ababa with Muluken March 2, 2017. The tour was incredible and a big thanks to Muluken and his driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for choosing me to show you around, Eric!
Muluken - I have NEVER in my life been so touched and impacted by any tour that I have been on, as I have been on my tour with you. You showed to me - your AFRICA. I sit here 2 days after I said goodbye at the Addis airport trying to put into words something that would really "capture" the humanity, the feelings, the people, the lives, the way the people live, the sounds, the resourcefulness, the poverty, the overworked women. This is an awesome tour, a life changing tour, and I cannot thank you enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lois, Thank you so much for your honest review! I hope I will show you more of my county someday. Thanks for choosing me to show you around! Best, Muluken G.
Liz FowlerUnited States
We had a long layover in Addis Ababa and found Muluken through the toursbylocal.com website. He gave us a great tour, taking us around the city to show us the major sites and the national museum. We went up a nearby mountain to view the city from the heights, and he took us to a local place for coffee. All in all it was a great tour and and a great way to spend a part of the day on a layover!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Liz Jon, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you my city and taking time to leave the review of your experience in Addis Ababa with me!! I look forward to meet you someday when you stopover at Addis Ababa Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
Thanks Muluken! We learned a lot about the city in the shortest span on short notice. Well done you and your driver were very kind to us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Valerie, Thank you very much for choosing me to show you some places of my city and taking time to leave your review! Best wishes, Muluken G.
Declan MurphyUnited States
Excellent tour from 2 really cool guys (guide plus driver). Very informative and entertaining. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Declan, Thanks for taking one of my tours and rating it. It was great to have you here. Thanks again and enjoy your time in SA Regards, Muluken G.
Louisa VermaakSouth Africa
I enjoyed the trip in Addis very much. I felt quite at ease and safe. Muluken was explaining the history and landmarks very well. They also stopped when I wanted to do some shopping. Overall they catered for all my needs. Thanks Muluken. Will come again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louisa, Thanks a lot for taking time to review your experience with me. We also enjoyed showing you around, and sharing ideas. Thank you for choosing me to show you around Looking forward to meeting you someday again With best regards, Muluken G.
Andrew RivinusUnited States
The tour was very interesting and informative. Muluken is very personable and his English is very good. The church at Adida and the Stelaes at Tiya were great, but also enjoyed mixing with local people and learning more about their lives and how they live them. Also enjoyed exposure to the Rift Valley which is lovely. Well worth the day. Things to know. The drive can take a while due to traffic in Addis Ababa. Be patient. You will want 400 to 500 Birr along to cover entry fees and lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, Thank you very much for taking time to leave your feedback of your trip with me. It was also a pleasure to show you around. Thanks again and best of luck, Muluken G.
Andrew FossUnited States
I had a great tour of Addis with Muluken. It is an awesome place and he and his driver did an excellent job including getting me good deals for arts and crafts. Rated 5 out of 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, It was a pleasure to show you my city. Thanks for choosing my service. Best regards, Muluken G.
Muluken and his companion were superb. We did the one-day Rift Valley tour, and it was very enjoyable and well organised. He was able to point out birds and animals along the drive, which was very impressive and interesting. The area has plenty of bird life, and several large birds of prey. After our hippo boat ride in Lake Ziway, they took us back to Addis via a different route through the beautiful countryside to ensure we saw as much as we could! I highly recommend Muluken and this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sarah, Thanks a lot for choosing me to be your guide and for taking time to review the trip!! I wish you have a great time for the rest of your stay in Addis. Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
Grant GochinUnited States
Outstanding! Thank you so much for a truly wonderful tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Grant, Thank you so much your quick review! I wish I showed you Merkato's interesting sites. I know you would LOVE it. Thanks again for giving me the chance to show you around. Best wishes, Muluken
Alex LyonUnited States
Muluken is a great guide. Really easy to talk to and knowledgable about the city. He gave me a private tour because I was by myself and he made it a really fun day. Would recommend to anyone looking for a really add is experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alex, Thank you so much for your rating and taking time to write the review. I wish I would show you more interesting places around. I hope I meet you again. Thanks for choosing me to show you around. Regards, Muluken
Kimoreen B.United States
From beggining to end, our tour was perfectly done. Muluken and driver made our city tour of Addis an enlightening and wonderful experience. My husband and I are very pleased and will be using this company again for our future travels.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim, Thank you so much for taking time to write the review and for your rating!! It was so nice to show visitors like you (with some preparation about the sites). I am really impressed with your information about Ethiopia. Thanks again for choosing me to show you around. I wish you a great time for the rest of your time. Regards, Muluken
Meghan LazierUnited States
Muluken was a fantastic guide! Trustworthy, friendly, flexible and relaxed. He told good stories and highlighted things I would have missed had I tried to attempt the same itinerary on my own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, Meghan, for choosing me to be your guide and for taking time for the review. Pleasure is mine too as you enjoyed your tour with me. Looking forward to showing you some other interesting places around Thanks again
Lynn MangumUnited States
We are two couples in our 70's who traveled with Muluken for two weeks covering the highlights of Ethiopia north of Addis. The entire process of planning and experiencing the tour was flawless. Muluken was responsive to my many suggestions/questions and concerns and adapted the tour to meet our needs both prior to arriving in Ethiopia and during the actual tour. The vehicle and the driver were both excellent and Muluken's knowledge of the locations we visited was comprehensive. We highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynn, Thank you so much for choosing me to show you around, and for taking time for the review. I always strive to deliver the best service possible, and it is so exciting to conclude tours like yours. Thanks again for everything, Lynn
William TeagsUnited States
I would highly recommend Muluken as a guide. Courteous, thoughtful and very knowledgeable about Ethiopia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bill for choosing me to show you around and taking time to give your feedback. I expect to see you some other day. Thanks again Regards, Muluken
Muluken was very patient waiting for me to finish with immigration at the airport for an hour. The tour took more than five hours after that. I found him very knowledgeable, friendly, and very flexible. The tour was very nice and has been customized as per my request. The most enjoyable places were the museum and the authentic Ethiopian restaurant
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Omer for taking time to leave your feedback. It was also my pleasure to show you around. Thanks again
A one day immersion in Ethiopan history, culture, archaeology, ecology, politics, economics, cuisine, and of course, coffee. A lot of jokes and stories by Muluken. Fresh roasted barley to snack on. Ancient monuments. Lunch with a farming family accompanied by coffee and Ethiopian moonshine... Overwhelming. Not possible to have a better trip. If you have only one day, this is the trip to take, with this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peter, Thanks a lot for choosing me to show you around and for taking your time to write your review. It was a pleasure being with you. I also learnt a lot from you. Thanks again
Cynthia L.United States
Muluken provides an excellent tour but is also a wealth of information about Erhiopia in general. Select this guide and you will come away with a much better understanding of Ethiopian history and culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cynthia, It was great to show you around, and THANK YOU VERY MUCH for taking time for sharing your experience. Thanks again for selecting me to be your guide!!
Really enjoyed tour of Addis Ababa and surrounding areas. Muluken was a very knowledgeable tour guide and brought us to restaurants where we enjoyed the excellent local cuisine. Would definitely recommend Muluken for a tour, and tours by locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary, Thank you so much for choosing me to show you around. It was a pleasure having you as a visitor and I hope to see you again some time. Thanks again
Muluken and Jonny the driver were great and Muluken's knowledge was fantastic and he was very helpful.The itinerary was excellent.The only criticism was the vehicle.The a/c didn't work, the tyres were bald,the widows would hardly go up and down,the door seals were poor meaning dust was an issue.Jonny did his best to keep the car going.Keep in mind that the power sometimes doesn't work,internet is rare,the visa may not work so bring plenty of cash.Hot showers sometimes.We had an amazing journey.Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your review! I am really delighted you found booking the tour with me was the right decision and you had a great journey with me. I could have done anything in my control if I had known earlier that you would not be fully satisfied due to the car. Thanks again for your feedback and choosing me as your guide and travel organiser!!
Dennis AllendorfUnited States
First class; bright, intelligent, sense of humor, flexible and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dennis, Thanks a lot for your feedback and for choosing me to show you around! I have also enjoyed my time with you. I wish you a great time in the rest of your trip. All the best, Muluken G.
He spent most of one day playing cards with the cook and driver. The cattle were out, but I wish that he had found something else to do. I needed to change money on return to Addis (Saturday). We didn't take the time, even though banks are closed Sundays (departure date).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank-you for your feedback. I am sorry to read that you were not fully satisfied with our 21 days together. I was playing cards during our downtime and was under no impression you were offended by this. I am always doing my best to meet the needs of my guests and I apologize we were unable to change your money.
Ethan GoldUnited States
Muluken's one-day tour of Addis Ababa really couldn't have been better. I had a 16-hr layover, and feel in that short time I was able to get a taste (literally) of the city, both the high and the low, and of the country. We went to several museums, several markets, and high above the city to Mt Entoto. Throughout the long day, Muluken was friendly not only with me but with the people we interacted with, and was also smart about security. Honestly I feel fortunate to have had Muluken as a guide. 5 stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ethan, It was really great to meet you and show you around. Thanks a lot for choosing me! Looking forward to meeting you again someday Wish you a great time for the rest of your trip With kind regards, Muluken G.
Daniel RolonUnited States
This was an amazing trip and Muluken took very good care of us. He was attentive and quick to respond to our questions and wants. He was also extremely accommodating when it came to making extra stops along the way, which made the trip longer but worth it. The drive is less than two hours from Addis Ababa but there is plenty to see along the way. The site itself is beautiful but this trip is all about the beautiful and interesting views along the journey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Daniel, I am honored to read you enjoyed your trip with me! Thank you very much for choosing me to show you around. I wish you a happy time for the rest of your stay in Addis. Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
Nicole EggeUnited States
We had a fantastic day! Muluken was waiting when we made it through customs even though we were delayed getting through. He was very attentive to the pace of our jet-lagged group, and very good about adjusting the plan accordingly. His English is excellent and he was knowledgeable about the city and sights. He + the driver made sure that we had a great day, and we were able to experience Addis in a way we never could have on our own. I absolutely recommend him to anyone visiting Ethiopia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, Nicole for your reviews. It was a great time I had with you.
Muluken is a (pro)active, knowledgeable and pleasant guide, teaming with a capable driver on our Northern Ethiopian loop (Bahir Dar to Lalibela). Trip (2 adults+2teens) went as planned, no surprises/setbacks, budget in line. Do your homework, state your expectations(hotel standards, type of visits..) and ask for recent developments when planning with M. Beauty of this country makes up for small incoveniences. Show curiosity and it will be rewarded (roadside stops, local knowledge). 4*= very good experienc
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jack, Thank you very much for your review and rating! I will consider your advice in my future tours. Thank you again for choosing me to show you around. With best regards, Muluken
Joshua KesselmanUnited States
Muluken was an amazing guide for this city tour as well (he was so good that kept him for 3 days)! On our request he took us to the Merkato, which we learned is the largest market in all of Africa. He utilized local merchants to both show us the best wares and protect us. We felt - and were - perfectly safe as we meandered the tiny streets of this indescribable market. We kept thinking that he looked familiar, turns out Muluken was on TV on the Travel Chanel! He's THAT good, definitely the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Josh, I just read your review. It made my day. Thank you for taking time to share your experience. I am so happy that you enjoyed your trip with me. Thanks again Muluken G.
Joshua KesselmanUnited States
Muluken is the best tour guide I have ever used, and I have hired many in the past. He is friendly, personable and quickly became a friend. I cannot recommend him high enough, if you're looking for a guide this is a guy you should hire quick before he books up. I have some particular needs when I travel and he was able to take care of each one. I give him my highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joshua, I am really thankful for your feedback and so happy that I fulfilled your needs and deliver the tour service you asked for efficiently. I always strive to be my best in helping visitors get a great experience of Ethiopia. But, your review fueled me to be 'the Best Tour Guide'. Thanks a lot With best regards, Muluken G.
Joshua KesselmanUnited States
We hired Muluken to pick us up from the airport, let us rest at the hotel and take us that evening to dinner at what we requested to be "the Best Ethiopian restaurant in Addis". He was excellent and very mindful of all our needs and concerns including our Vegan beliefs. He was upbeat and extremely personable, we genuinely liked him and we will remain friends for the rest of our lives. BTW, we had such a good time that I ended up dancing on-stage with the tribal dancers :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for choosing me! Best, Muluken G.
An excellent day tour with an excellent guide. We visited one of the rock hewn churches, saw a great collection of stelaes and had an interesting break for coffee with a local family. Muluken was very knowledgeable and gave us a great introduction to Ethiopia - a fascinating country with friendly, welcoming citizens.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is a pleasure to have you here and you enjoyed your trip with me! Thank you very much for choosing me. Wishing you all the best, Muluken G.
An interesting short trip to see a beautiful crater lake and two local art galleries. Muluken was a gracious and experienced guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, Thank you very much for your feedback! It was great to show you around. Hope I will see you again someday. Thanks again Muluken G.
Kelsey BuppUnited States
Amanda GillUnited States
Muluken was a great tour guide, and his flexible, positive, informative approach made the tour memorable and a lot of fun. He and his driver allowed me to pick and choose where to stop and photograph, shoot pictures, take a walk, and this was exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend going on a tour of the city with Muluken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amanda, I really thank you for your great feedback!!! I wonder what your feedback would be if your stay was longer and show you more interesting places in Addis. Ha ha. . . I thank you indeed! Hope you will have as great experience in Benin as well. Best regards, Muluken G.
Rick GlaserUnited States
Very nice trip. Both Meluken and his driver were very nice, knowledgable and generous people. I enjoyed traveling with them. One caveat though. Make sure you understand the itinerary. I thought we were going to stop at lake Langano and we didn't. On the other hand, I told Meluken that I wanted to buy a small basket to bring home. He and his driver made considerable efforts to help me do this (oddly, it was hard to find). I would travel with Meluken again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rick, Thank you very much for your feedback! Pleasure is mine in showing you interesting places around Addis. And, sorry for miscommunication about stopping at Lake Langano. Looking forward to meeting you again. With best regards, Muluken G.
Ambrose AbutoUnited States
Muluken and his driver were very courteous, knowledgeable and flexible during our tour. It was definitely money well spent, and we hope to use him for future tours in Ethiopia. Ameseginalehu (Thank You !)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ambrose, Pleasure is mine you enjoyed your time in Addis with me. Thanks for your review. Betam Ameseginalehu(Thank you) for choosing me! Muluken
Drew LohoffUnited States
I had a great day trip to Addis Ababa! I had a 15 hour layover and Muluken and his driver picked me up at the airport and showed me all of the top destinations in the city! Muluken speaks great english and is an enthusiastic and engaging guide! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Drew for your review. It is great to hear you enjoyed your day in Addis. Best of all, Muluken
Matthew HaemmerleUnited States
I toured with Muluken from Addis Ababa to see Blue Nile Gorge & Portuguese Bridge. Muluken is very friendly, knowledgeable and energetic. I appreciated his willingness to accommodate my schedule and site wish list. The trip was fantastic. I was able to experience rural Ethiopia, visited a village where Oromo people live, the landscapes we traversed were spectacular. Anyone who has a day to spare in Addis and wants to experience another part of the country, I highly recommend Muluken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Matt, Thank you so much for selecting me to show you around. It was a pleasure to have you here. Thanks again and best regards, Muluken G.
The tour was very interesting. Guide and driver very professional, friendly. I recommend Thank You very much. Best regards Tomasz Gocłowski
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tomasz, Thanks a lot for your feedback. It was a pleasure to show you around! Thank you again for selecting me. Best, Muluken
Carol MageeUnited States
Muluken was very knowledgeable about the city so we learned a lot of history about Addis as we saw the major landmarks and sites of the city. I was constantly asking questions and he was able to answer all of them. We were in Addis during the rainy season and he contacted us the evening before our tour to make sure we had the proper rain gear with us during the tour, so he was clearly thinking ahead about our experience. It was great. We had no complaints. Especially good if one had never been to Africa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed your day with me. It was lovely to meet you and I hope you will have a great time during the rest of your stay in Addis Ababa. Thanks again!
Kathy NixonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating, Kathy. Muluken G.
John GilletteUnited Kingdom
Muluken was punctual, polite, informative and thoughtful about his guests needs throughout this ineresting tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is a pleasure to been chosen to be your guide. Thanks a lot John.
John GilletteUnited Kingdom
Muluken was punctual, polite and informative in what was a busy full day tour that we had arranged with him. His driver was also very good at coping with the often difficult Addis Ababa traffic. We also used them for a day trip out of Addis the next day. We have no hesitation in recommending him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pleasure is mine in being of service. Thank you so much for the great time we had together. Best regards, Muluken G.
Dimitri RoussopoulosSouth Korea
I am extremely impressed by the service offered by Muluken. From his quick response to my one thousand email questions, to his efficient handling of the tour. Our party of 9 people had a wonderful day, touring the surroundings of Addis Ababa - a day that ended in a well-deserved round of applause for Muluken and the toursbylocals.com team. Top class service for VIP guests and an amazing personal touch made this tour a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dimitri, I am honored to have been selected to guide your group around Addis. I sincerely appreciate your feedback. Thank you very much!!! Best, Muluken G.
Quite a long drive, but it was quite amazing to see the birds, and we managed to spot a few hippos. The restaurant where we ate was also excellent. Muluken is a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!! Look forward to see you again
Excellent guide, we really enjoyed the tour. The highlights were the market near the Church area, and then after visiting the stelae going to visit the home of a family who lived nearby, seeing how they make a local speciality with the false banana tree and tasting it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Francesca for giving me the chance to be your local guide
Patrick DoigUnited States
We had three tours with Muluken, and this was the best, the finale. Muluken and his driver, Becarlu, know this city like the back of their hands. They tell stories about different places you visit, and relate little bits of history, so that you will always remember where you have been. Choose Muluken as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I don't have any expressive words how to thank and tell you how much I am excited. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!
Patrick DoigUnited States
Muluken is a very personable young man, so knowledgeable about Ethiopia in general and these sites specifically. He adds personal touches to the tour that really make it one of a king. Thank you Muluken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Don't have words to thank you especially because you are my first clients through toursbylocals. Thank you so much!
Patrick DoigUnited States
Muluken added some small side trips to this tour to make it extra special. He is very knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patrick, I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me in and around Addis.