The Real Ethiopia

Custom curated tours for independent-minded travellers

What's Special About My Tours?


I try to understand a bit about your tastes and goals so that I can zoom-in on the options that will make your visit to my beautiful country unforgettable.


My years of experience have given me a solid network of contacts on the ground. Not just for the big attractions but off-the-beaten-track as well.


It's an honour to introduce visitors to Ethiopia and I take it very seriously. I want to show you everything (of course!) but I try to tailor my tours to your expectations.

Who I'm?

We are also specialists in custom itineraries, group tours, family holidays, independent vacations, escorted tours, adventure holidays, cultural tours, logistical arrangements for filming, Photographic tours and so much more throughout the land of many wonders – Ethiopia and we are based in the capital city, Addis Ababa. We organise special package and tailor made tours to Axum, Lalibela, Gondar Castles, Bahir Dar & Lake Tana, Tigray Rock-Hewn Churches, the Danakil Depression and Omo valley.

Who I'm?

What I Do?

Time for a holiday that encompasses ancient history, glorious scenery and unusual wildlife?

Ethiopia has it all. And I will tailor a safari to suit your time scale, your interests and your budget. My name is Daniel Esayas and for the past 15 years I have driven private clients in my air-conditioned 4×4 on expeditions all over this country. Panethiopia is for the Private Traveller. Those of you who want to do it “real” not “nannied”.

Where to go? Whether your interest lies in visiting our ancient churches in Lalibella, Lake Tana and Gheralta, or whether you are keener on hiking under canvas in the Simian mountains and visiting the hottest place on earth, the Danakil depression, or if your interest is bird watching and visiting local tribes, we can plan a tour that incorporates all or some of these fascinating places.

It will be unforgettable, that I can promise you!

What I Do?


  • As an avid solo female traveler, I highly value safety, dependability and timeliness when searching for private tour guides and drivers. I found all of these qualities and more with Dani of PanEthiopia. He knows Mekele and the entire Tigray region very well (no map or GPS needed). I can attest to Dani’s superb ability to tailor an itinerary appropriately to his clients’ needs and wishes and I highly recommend his services.

    Ethiopian coffee ceremony
  • Daniel gave us an experience we will always remember. His knowledge of the country, the people and customs is second to none. He was able to explain many things to us about what we saw as his English is perfect and his comprehension is as well.
    I would recommend him to anyone wanting a driver & tour guide in Ethiopia, he made our journey unforgettable, safe and easy. 5-star service!

    Sharon reviews Dani Esayas tour of Ethiopia
    Sharon C
  • I had dreamed for the longest time of visiting the ancient tribes of the Omo Valley. That’s not something to do by yourself, you need someone that knows his way around. Daniel was my guide, his knowledge and kind ways made this experience unforgettable. He made sure I went to the most incredible place, that I was safe (solo), had fun and learned a lot.

    I highly recommend him!

    Anouk reviews Dani Esayas tour of Ethiopia
  • Dani organised our 2 week Christmas Safari of the Northern Route seamlessly, with humour, efficiency and expert local knowledge. He was wired into the various local communities like a local, he’s smart & speaks good English. Unforgettable trip.  Go soon before it becomes popular. Bliss!

    Jo at St George's Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia
  • Exemplary service! We’re a well-travelled trio & generally self-drive, so taking on a driver is a risk in terms of meeting our preferences. Any concerns were totally dispelled; he is humble, affable, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ethiopia. We would wholeheartedly recommend Dani!

    pan Ethiopia tours by the car

Contact Dani

Phone :

+251 91 370 1838

Email :

Address :

Addis Ababa
Dani Esayas, Office 108, Lex Plaza, Haile Gebre Silase Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dani Esayas, Office 102, Selam building , near Axum Hotel Mekelle.

    Based on 8 reviews
    Traveling solo in Ethiopia Daniel was a wonderful guide. He was so knowledgeable of the city of Addis Ababa as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. It was truly an amazing experience and I hope to visit again. I 100% recommend Daniel!
    Путешествие всей жизни Это был лучший отдых в моей жизни. Я настолько подружился с Даниэлем, что мы и сейчас общаемся с ним. Скоро я поеду в Эфиопию еще.
    Sandro M
    Sandro M
    Great days with Daniel in Danakil We had fun with Daniel in Danakil desert. We were secure 100%. He is very kind. Evertthing perfect with him!
    Oliver N
    Oliver N
    Amazing experience not to be missed Dani is an amazing guide and such a chilled, lovely person. We so enjoyed our time in Ethiopia and he was indispensable. Really look forward to revisiting again soon and exploring the South.
    Visions Of a Traveler
    Visions Of a Traveler
    Great Value, Awesome Experience I had the sincerest pleasure of having Daniel as my driver while visiting the Tigray Churches in Mekele, Ethiopia. I travel solo frequently and as such, I highly value promptness, patience and safety when looking for a guide and driver. As for PROMPTNESS, he was already waiting at the airport when my plane arrived so I did not have to wait at all for pickup. As a matter of fact, I never had to wait for him during my 3-day tour. Every morning he arrived before stated time to collect me from my lodging. I’m a bit of a nature lover who takes full advantage of any and all photo opportunities. As such, I spent more than the average time hiking the Tigray mountains. Daniel was the ever-ready, ever-PATIENT company. Never once did he show any sign of irritation when I took a little longer than I should have snapping photos. Lastly, he’s a SAFE, RELIABLE driver who knows the entire Mekele and Tigray region “like the back of his hands”. The region is vast, with very little road signage. Never did he stop to ask for directions or double back for a missed turn! If you’re looking for these same qualities that I look for in a guide and driver then you should book your tour with DANIEL of Pan Ethiopia Tours. I recommend his services without hesitation.
    OMO Valley experience For years I envisioned discovering the people of the Omo Valley. I was a bit nervous as a solo traveler and finally got myself together and booked a trip . It takes an experienced guide to navigate that region, thanks to Daniel I was safe , visited and learned a lot and had an amazing experience . I highly recommend traveling with his company .
    Daniel as a tour guide We met Daniel through a tour we did to the Erta Ale. He was the most genuine and nice guide we met on our three weeks holiday. He gave us a very welcome feeling during our trip and hosted us perfectly. He was well informed and took care for us beyond our expectations. I highly recommend hiring him as a guide.
    THE BEST DRIVER & GUIDE IN ETHIOPIA So many things to see and places to go and not knowing where to start we were lucky enough to have Daniel drive us and not only get us there safely but become our friend and guide. He knows everything about the people, places and customs. We drove north to Baha Dar, Lalibela and Gonder amongst other places. Stayed in beautiful locations and walked our way through historical villages. Let Daniel take the lead and show you his country and you can’t go wrong. His driving skills and sense of fun are impeccable also. I have recommended him to everyone that travels to this stunning country.