Tankwa Ethiopia Tours

About Tankwa Tours


Founder Profile

Tigistu Tilahun is a Managing Director and founder of Tankwa Tours & Travel Agency. He stars business by fishing with Tankwa (a vessel boat that made from Cyprus papyrus plant) in Lake Tana, Bahir Dar. He has enjoyed working with people from different cultural backgrounds; having worked and being able to gather and enhance experiences as a tour guide and local contact person for various enquiries regarding culture and nature in Ethiopia.

Work Experience highlight:

In 2013- 2015 self-employed: Tankwa Tours & Travel Agency, Responsibility: Managing Director, In 2011-2012 self-employed: Boat Business, Responsibilities: Managing Director, in 2008-2011 Exodus Boat Tour Service, Responsibilities: drive tourist boat, leading four other boat drivers, in 2002-2008 Moonlight Boat Tour Operation and Travel Agent, Responsibilities: -drive tourist boat, leading four other boat drivers & Chairman in Bahir Dar boat captain association, in 1998-2001 self-employed, Responsibility: Fishing in Lake Tana Using Tankwa.


Since 2015 Ambassador Hotel and Tourism College -Tour Operation level IV, in 2011-2012 Avola Technical and Vocational College – Tour Guiding Service, in 2008-2011 Bahir Dar Korean Villages World Teakwondo Training Center -Basic Physical Exercise/institutional black belt), in 2008-2010 secondary schools- Gion general secondary school, in 2000- 2008 primary school- Atsie Sertse Dingil primary school.

Further Education

In 24/6/2008-14/7/2008 Amhara National Regional State Sport Commission- Umpire, 3/18/2008-3/30/2008 Transport & Communication Federation-Contents: impact of globalization and leadership.

Other His Skills

Ability to manage multiple tasks, Self-motivated team player, Good interpersonal communication skills, Confidence to communicate with different multi-cultural groups, Ability to understand and integrate client’s needs, Wide experience in customer service and tour and travel, Wide experience and motivation to organize a wide array of events, Sense of entrepreneurship, Skills in pre-emergency preparation, Interested in learning about tree and bird species, interested in learning about direct selling industry, interested in writing concept papers, interested in learning about holy bible Quran and Ethiopian politics.


Tankwa Tours & Travel Agency has been operating in tour operation services since 2013. Tankwa Tours & Travel Agency is well organized Tours and Travel Agency with competent and resourceful staff (tour operator; responsible and multi lingual (German, Italian, French Spanish, speaking) tour guides, cooks specialized in Western and Asian Dishes, well experienced boat and car drivers’, etc) and responsive management. Our company is well equipped with modern, well maintained latest fleets, camping and cooking equipments which enable us to offer quality tour services and competitive price that meets the expectations of our customers.


Our Vision

To be one of the leading tour and travel companies in ETHIOPIA. Insight Ethiopia one of the tourist paradise countries in Africa by promoting Ethiopia’s hidden treasures by giving our history a future.

Our Mission

By offering a first class, personal service and using our local knowledge, experience and contacts, we are proud to SERVE our customers with tailor-made solutions and alike .

Our Values – TT&TA


Our customers come first and we work to the highest operational standards in order to exceed the expectations of our customers. Depending on clients interest, we customize any type tour and related services requests. In addition to the tour operation services, we also offer car & boat rentals, hotel bookings, ticketing, visa facilitation, and conference organizing and transfer services. We have been working closely and in partnership with domestic and international tour operators. We work very closely in collaboration with high rated hotels, lodges, and related tourist facility owners, which enable us to plan and execute wide range, enjoyable and comfortable services to our clients.


We deliver excellence to our travel partners and our mutual customers through the development of quality systems and continued focus on smarter ways of working.


we work together with our partners and suppliers with respect and integrity to develop and maintain long lasting and mutually beneficial working relationships.


Using our strengths, we deliver value to our customers by offering quality, innovative and value for money products and services.


we will operate to minimize negative and enhance positive environmental, social and economic impact ensuring the long term eco-friendly and community sustainability of our business and of the resources on which we depend.


Our main office is based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia- Lake Tana ferry boat authority and launch-Mango menafesha, which is less than ten minutes from Bahir Dar Ginbot Haya International Airport.

We have Agents at all majethiopia_mapor tourist destinations in Ethiopia.