Our Guides

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Guish Assefa

Position: guide.

Specialist in: tours in and around Axum; churches and historic monuments of east Tigray (Gheralta).

Guish has a keen interest in archaeology, which has equipped him for being an excellent guide in Axum. He provides specialist knowledge on Ethiopian history and culture prior to the introduction of Christianity.

Helena Nicholai

Position: manager and driver/guide.

Specialist in: Ethiopian history and geography, Russian-speaking.

Helena founded Terra Incognita Tour Operation in 2008. She is not an expert in many things, but she loves Ethiopia and its people very much. She is passionate about North Ethiopia, its folklore, customs, people, and traditions. With her academic background, she has a unique insight in the history of Ethiopia during ancient, medieval and modern times.

A native Russian speaker, she is available as a translator, guide, and driver.


Kassaye Yohannes

Position: driver/guide.

Specialist in: ornithology (bird watching).

Kassaye is a reliable friendly driver with 12 years quality experience in bird watching all over Ethiopia. He is able to track the most elusive species of bird, with many opportunities for observation and photography. His knowledge of birds in second to none in Ethiopia.

Samson Endale

Position: driver/guide.

Specialist in: ancient churches of Ethiopia.

Professional driver/guide, he works in our company since 2009. He is a very amicable and outgoing person. He is passionate about Ethiopia’s religious history, and has extensive knowledge of ancient coptic churches. Samson ensures that all the guests have real Ethiopian experience. Whether touring around Addis Ababa, or going to the remotest part of the country, he will make you feel at ease and at home.