Eritrea Group Tours organized by Go Volunteer Africa will take you on a discovery journey of a small country in the horn of Africa, bordering Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti and the red sea. It is unique place to visit with desert, sea and beaches, large towns, old architectural beauty, scenic landscape and most of all for its people that smile all the way! Go Volunteer Africa is the largest and Africa’s leading volunteer travel organization with over 10 years experience in organizing tailor made private and group volunteer tours across Africa.
Eritrea Group tours let you discover the Italian legacy, with Asmara’s colonial architecture, a steam train and cappuccinos – set against an exotic backdrop of African highlands, the Filfil rainforest, blinding desert and the Arabic port of Massawa.
- Discover camel markets, ruins of the 2,000-year-old Axumite civilisation and orange and coffee groves
- Imagine a wondrous epic adventure on the way to Denakil Desert, considered one of the most arresting places on earth and home to abundant wild and bird life, which could be coupled with a camel ride.
- Thrilling Diving, snorkeling, swimming and other water sports to the Dahlak Islands – one of the least spoilt in the Red Sea, with pristine sandy beaches and profuse with flora and fauna- an aquatic wonderland and a diver’s paradise.
- Explore myriads of ornate modernist and art deco architectures in Eritrea major cities and towns, with its capital Asmara declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the best African city and world’s fourth best attraction city.
- Discover ruins of ancient civilizations that abound in many parts of the country such as the ancient port of Adulis, Gulf of Zula, Qohaito (Kohaito), Matara (Metera), Tekondae and Keskese.
- Combine your tour with a volunteering experience in Eritrea
This discover Eritrea trip offers you the opportunity to be a pioneer in the discovery of one of the most exotic and unexplored corners of Africa. The Eritrea group tours will reveal you the best of Eritrea – from its capital Asmara, with its pleasant Italian style cafes, bars and unique Art Deco architecture, to the unique Red Sea coastline of Massawa.
The Eritrea tours have two start dates every month 1st and 15th. Guaranteed. If our scheduled group departures don’t suit your plans, then let us know your preferred travel dates and we shall customized the trip for you.
THINGS TO DO DURING YOUR ERITREA HOLIDAY TOURS
Asmara City Tour
Asmara is the capital city, with the main airport, a number of shops, internet cafes, good Italian architecture, warm and friendly climate and people. You will start your Asmara city tour with a visit to the former Governor’s palace built in 1897 and was used by Emperoer Haile Selassie. The National Museum, the central market, the great mosque, Enda Mariam Orthodox cathedral, and the catholic cathedral include some of the Asmara Eritrea tourist attractions.
Sea Port Tour
Massawa is a sea port on the Red Sea and can be compared with Zanzibar on the Indian ocean. If you are visiting Massawa, St. Mariam Orthodox Cathedral past Dahlak hotel illuminates the sky, opposite the cathedral is the independence monument. The imperial Palace overlooks the port although lies in ruins after 1872. It was also another winter palace for the Ethiopian Emperor Haille Selassie. Other interesting places to visit in Massawa Eritrea include the old railway station, Sheikh Hanafi mosque, the Eritrea diving centre on Taulud Island or Green Island and the vibrant local markets.
There is excellent diving on the Red Sea with Eritrea dive centre with short PADI course. The green island is a good boating destination located 12 minutes ride from Massawa with serene retreats from Dahlak hotel. Try swimming on Asmara Piscina .
Desert Tours & Camel Rides
Go Volunteer Africa has so much to offer in Eritrea: visit the desert on camel rides or take a cultural safari tour and meet the different people and cultures of Eritreans
Volunteer in Eritrea
Explore Eritrea. Venture to the Map’s Edge and Discover a Profoundly Different Way of Life. Go Volunteer Africa offers unique volunteering opportunities in Eritrea. Go Volunteer Africa combines small-group, intimate cultural engagement and experiential learning with an outstanding volunteer program in Eritrea.
Whether you are a young traveler hoping to engage in critical global issues, an adult seeking an authentic adventure with your treasured time off, or a university wanting the skills to run your own custom programs, you’ve come to the right place.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa, with its capital at Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea. The nation has a total area of approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi), and includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands. Its toponym Eritrea is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea (Ἐρυθρὰ Θάλασσα Erythra Thalassa), which was first adopted for Italian Eritrea in 1890.
Eritrea is also one of the safest countries in Africa, and many of its recent initiatives make it an emerging eco-friendly destination. In 2006, President Isaias Afwerki announced that Eritrea would be the first country in the world to place its entire coastline under environmental protection. The nation is also famous for its annual Tour of Eritrea, a multiday bicycle race held throughout country. Almost 80 percent of the population participates in subsistence agriculture, as the national economy is largely based on farming and herding.
Asmara or Asmera is the capital and most populous city of Eritrea, in the country's Central Region. It sits at an elevation of 2,325 metres (7,628 ft), making it the sixth highest capital in the world by altitude. The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean Highlands and the Great Rift Valley in neighboring Ethiopia.
In 2017, the city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved modernist architecture. Asmara was first settled in 800 BC with a population ranging from 100 to 1000. The city was then founded in the 12th century AD after four separate villages unified to live together peacefully after long periods of conflict.
Capital: Asmara (Population: 896,000)
Currency: Eritrean nakfa (ERN) $1 = 15ERN / £1 = 18ERN (2019)
Population: 4.475,000 (approx)
Official languages: Tigrigna, Arabic and English
Area: 117,598 sq km
International Calling Code: +291
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Isolated and secretive, Eritrea is Ethiopia’s forgotten neighbour. Once synonymous with conflict, the country has now been peaceful for almost two decades. In spite of this, few tourists ever venture inside. And what a pity, for if they did, they would be greeted by volcanic landscapes, remarkable culture and an idyllic coastline.
Eritrea is a country where tourism is very much in its infancy. Standards are markedly different to elsewhere in Africa and there is practically no foreign tourism. For those with a hankering for off-the-beaten-track places, it offers challenges and excitement alike, with a unique blend of natural and cultural highlights.
TOURS IN ERITREA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open throughout the year
- Scheduled start dates (1st or 15th of the month)
- Unlimited tours and safaris throughout the country
- Volunteer Projects are based in the capital and sorrounding communities
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouse very close to the city centre
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
Asmara city is the capital city and is a vibrant city in trade and people. This is the base of our operations and trips across the country.
VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover this less known country. There is a lot to see and do in Eritrea.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
ERITREA PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Asmara International Airport in Asmara city. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Eritrea will meet you on arrival and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Eritrea has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN ERITREA
Participants in our programs and tours in Eritrea are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouse managed by the local coordinating team in the Asmara city. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Eritrea has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: Visitors to Eritrea must obtain a visa from one of the Eritrean diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. Make sure you have a passport and a valid visa prior to your arrival, as visas are not available in the airport. If you travel to the country using a foreign passport, you do not need an exit visa, provided you will be leaving before the expiration date on your entrance visa. Please note: If you stay beyond the expiration date, you may be fined or imprisoned, and you may be required to stay in Eritrea while your court case is being reviewed. There is a $20 airport departure tax.
If you are interested in traveling outside of the capital city Asmara, you must obtain a travel permit. Applications are available at the Ministry of Tourism (located on Harnet Avenue in Asmara); or, if you are applying before you leave your home, contact the Department of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Permission often takes more than a day, and there is no guarantee that your request will be approved.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.