Ethiopia Travel Guide

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    Addis Ababa City
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    by DAO
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Ethiopia Highlights

  • Pro
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     RICH CULTURE AND HISTORY 

  • Con
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     NO SOCIAL PROGRAMS, AFRICAN POLITICAL DISEASE 

  • In a nutshell
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     Don´t miss this country! 

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Addis Ababa

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397,2976,29

Bahir Dar

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182,851,5

Gonder

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131,551,0

Lalibela

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159,964,8

Axum

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106,593,0

Arba Minch'

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26,38,0

Jinka

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19,50,0

Harer

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45,642,0

Debark'

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49,129,0

Nazret

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5,15,0

Shashemene

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0,3,0

Turmi

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19,78,0

Moyale

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7,9,0

Debre Zeyit

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8,28,0

Gonder

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9,26,0

Awasa

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7,22,0

Langano

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0,3,0

Mojo

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0,3,0

Konso

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8,14,0

Debre Zeyit

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1,3,1

Debre Libanos

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0,14,0

Ziway

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0,3,0

Gambela

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0,3,0

Bure

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0,2,0

Awash Hayk'

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0,1,0

Amba Giorgis

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0,1,0

Adwa

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1,0,0

Addis Ababa

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  • Museum

    Addis Ababa Things to Do

    The National Museum of Ethiopia is a rather small, three story building that houses a wide variety of artifacts from some of the earliest pre-human bones right through to some very recent art pieces by important Ethiopian artists. At the time of writing, the most famous inhabitant "Lucy". a pre-human homind is not on display there, but casts of...

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  • Sheraton Addis

    Addis Ababa Hotels

    While I didn't stay here, I called in to view the grounds and hotel. Impressive place, with bars,...

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  • Traffic in Addis

    Addis Ababa Things to Do

    By chance, we happened to be able to make a series of photos where hardly any traffic can be seen. We were told that traffic jams are rather frequent in Addis, but that sooner or later you get used to them.

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Bahir Dar

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  • Open air restaurant with lake view

    Bahir Dar Restaurants

    The Ghion Hotel is apparently where all the backpackers go. It is situated right alongside Lake Tana. We had lunch at their open air restaurant. After we'd finished our lunch we rented a local bajaj that took us to the Martyrs' Memorial Monument. We had spicy fish with bread, and drank guave juice.

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  • Kuriftu Resort and Spa

    Bahir Dar Hotels

    Bahar Dar, Ethiopia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Martyrs' Memorial Monument

    Bahir Dar Things to Do

    We found out about this site through the Lonely Planet guide. But the people at the reception desk were quite surprised to learn that the monument is actually listed in it. Likewise, we were astounded by the sheer size of this monument. Dedicated to the men and women who fought the Derg, the communist Committee that ruled Ethiopia from 1974 to...

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Gonder

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  • Churches

    Gonder Things to Do

    In 2011 I saw only two of the several famous Gonder churches, St George and St Michael -- and was allowed inside only St Michael.In 2012 I visited the UNESCO "world heritage" Debre Birhan Selassie church. (My photos would not load.)

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  • The Camelot of Africa

    Gonder Things to Do

    Gonder was Ethiopia's capital from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries. Prior to that time the monarchs had had no fixed capital, but had moved from place to place usually each year. Once settled in Gondar, the rulers built castles and other structures -- a banquet hall, churches -- in the "royal enclosure." That compound is what causes some to...

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  • Timkat

    Gonder Things to Do

    As a procession of church dignitaries was coming down a hill toward the main street, groups of boys and young men -- 20 to 40 at a time -- ran up and down the street, waving sticks and chanting something. (My guide said only that their words were "religious." I might have guessed that.)

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Lalibela

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  • At the airport

    Lalibela Restaurants

    This place is OK and has a relaxed atmosphere. Located upstairs, right above the main hall. Some works of art by local artists can be admired here. Open the window and see your plane arrive, which will then be directed away from the runway by a ground handler with his paddles. Our serene stay here came to an abrupt end when we were urged to board...

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  • Tukul Village

    Lalibela Hotels

    You can camp here for $10 or for the same price you could stay en-suite in a budget hotel here. This...

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  • Highland Trekking

    Lalibela Things to Do

    Abune Yosepf is a beautiful, still not too much discovered -and therefore incredibly authentical- massif of highlands northeast of Lalibela.Lalibela itself lies already inside the mountains of Lasta, with great views of the whole and seemingly endless world of peaks and valleys, but trekking up Abune Yoseph is even more breathtaking- and you are...

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Axum

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  • BUY THE KIDS A BALL

    Axum Things to Do

    Make a small difference. Many children play and stand around in the main street because they have nothing to do. If you want to help and give them weeks of entertainment, then stop into a shop and buy them a good soccer ball. They cost 25 Birr or about $4. Please find pictured my new youth sports team – Axum United (DAO). These boys were delighted...

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  • By bus from Gondar to Axum

    Axum Transportation

    The road is really spectacular, unfortunately a big part of it at the moment under construction (my guess it might be finished in 2 years, but who knows).By your ticket (127 Birr, 10 hours, only 1 bus per day) to Shire (where you have to change) the day before at the bus terminal in Gondar. If you have the ticket you can go in the terminal (and...

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  • IT'S OK

    Axum Restaurants

    This place stays busy and is listed in a few guide books. It’s OK. Not bad, not great, just good. The service is good and the food is made fresh, so expect to wait. They serve cold beers and have a large menu. Prices are average by Ethiopian standards, which makes it cheap for visitors. I would call this a ‘lunch place’. Great for a mid-day meal,...

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Arba Minch'

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  • Crocodile Ranch

    Arba Minch' Things to Do

    In Arba you can go on Lake Chamo by boat to see crocodiles/hippos.This costs approx 75 Birr to enter the park, and 150 Birr to hire the boat.As we were low on funds, we opted to visit the Crocodile Ranch (50 Birr) which is 4km from Arba.The ranch is, well, awful. It is a series of tanks. Some empty, some with 2 or 3 giant crocs, others with up to...

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  • Dorze Village

    Arba Minch' Things to Do

    About 1 hour up the mountain road from Arba is the Dorze Village of Chincha.It is a real village, but set up like a working museum, with a tour, demonstrations of local cooking etc.You get to see how the Dorze live, making use of everything they grow with no waste. Even the animals are used to heat the homes. The people live in houses made to...

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  • Fermenting the enset pulp

    Arba Minch' Local Customs

    After the Dorze woman showed us how she made the pulp of the enset, she wrapped the pulp in the banana-leaves She brought us to the corner of her compound, where she buried the wrapped new pulp of the enset or false-banana in an underground pit for the process of fermentation. She showed us also the earlier buried wrapped enset pulp in different...

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Jinka

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  • Wildlife

    Jinka Things to Do

    On the road to Jinka, you pass various animals. We saw baboons, donkeys, goats and many colourful birds.The best was a wild camel that chased a man (who was scared to death). We were later told that the camels grab people by the neck and throw them in the air.

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  • The road to Jinka

    Jinka Things to Do

    The road to Jinka is long and hot, but on the way there are many great sights.Some of the highlights are the tribes (seperate tip), the youngsters trying to impress to earn your 2 Birr, people selling hand made goods, wildlife, termites (seperate tip), dust devils (seperate tip).

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  • Other Tribes

    Jinka Things to Do

    In and around Jinka, you will see some other tribes people doing business or visiting friends.We were lucky enough to see some Tsemay and Hamer people.

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Harer

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  • GET A SHOE SHINE

    Harer Things to Do

    In a country with so many poor people and not enough jobs, you will come across men and often young boys who offer to shine your shoes. The young men in the photos operate near one of the gates. They perform a first class job on any shoes. They have professioanl quality polishes, brushes and are expertly trained. You can pay around 10 Birr (about...

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  • visit rimbaud museum

    Harer Things to Do

    French poet, dromomaniac, hash monster and bon viveur Arthur Rimbaud relocated here in 1884, and became a close personal friend to Haile Selasie’s father – the Governor of Harar. There is a museum in the walled city commemorating Rimbaud’s life and works.

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  • FEED THE HYENAS

    Harer Things to Do

    one of the most special experience is to feed the hyenas, evreytime by 7 pm a bit outside of center of hararteh hyenas are so cute and are so thankful to be feeded and take care of

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Debark'

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  • Before hiking.

    Debark' Things to Do

    After paid eveything and meet our new guide ..Mr.Get and our armed scout ,we had lunch at a place that seems all tourists came to eat and drink there.It's kind of a hotel that has restaurant,very basic.There's nothing much to order ,so what I got was "what they had",which was "age sandwich" (sandwich with omelette) The food was on Mr.Get but all...

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  • Simien Mountains hiking(3)

    Debark' Things to Do

    My first day arriving Debark and we immediately started to hike.After driving up for a while ,I think half way.We left the car and started to walk,that was around noon.Our driver and chef continued driving up until the campsite to drop our backpack and prepare our dinner and put up tent for us,everything should be ready when we arrive. Only our...

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  • Simien Mountains hiking(2)

    Debark' Things to Do

    After passing the gate,the terrain ascend up and up ,the road twist and turn,the scenery around me was so beautiful ,with the green and brown colour of rocks.Only mountains and mountains around.My plan was...I need vehicle to send me up until a certain point and then start to hike.I don't have time to start the hike from the bottom ,which somebody...

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Nazret

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    by hanspeter_W. Written Nov 25, 2012

    Sodere is a spa town in Ethiopia that has hot springs. It is one of the weekend get away places that people from the capital city Addis Ababa frequently go to. It has a natural hot spring. The resort campus has two swimming pools filled with warm water. The large one is open at weeekends, the medium sized one mid week. This is to enable them to be refilled weekly with the beautiful thermally heated water. The large pool has no shallow end, but does have a small non-swimmers area at the side.

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Turmi

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  • Photographing in the tribal villages

    Turmi Warnings and Dangers

    Taking pictures of the locals is one way that they get a bit of cash. When we were there, the going rate as 5 Birr for an adult and 2 (sometimes 3 Birr) for a child. Mother and baby would be 7 Birr.Point a camera in the general direction of a person, and they assume you've taken a picture and demand payment.Some of the tribes; especially the Mursi...

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  • Walking to the village

    Turmi Transportation

    Turmi is only reachable by unpaved roads. When we walked the 500-1000 M along the main road from the campsite to the village for shopping or visits, we did see hardly any vehicle.There is no bus service between the villages in the Omo valley, because there are a lot of wadis en route, which a bus can't cross. At marketdays you have the best chance...

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  • Dimeka, goatmarket

    Turmi Off The Beaten Path

    There were no goats and other animals for sale at the market in the centre of Dimeka. Somebody told us which road we had to take to that part of the market out of the village. It is not far, only a few 100 Ms, they told us.At the edge of the village with a great view at the surrounding landscape and mountains we saw a large tree. In the shade of...

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Moyale

See all 7 Moyale Tips
  • Dealers:prefumes,cosmetics

    Moyale Shopping

    It is a beut shop ,in biashara street. Good ,fair price all cosmetics. We have cosmetic item:s body cream,body lotions.face cream ,scrub,facewash,bleachs,hair treatment,shampoo,hair oil.prefumes:mens prefum. femm prefum and deodrant spry and roll on Fair

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  • Trucks to Nairobi

    Moyale Transportation

    There is no problem in travelling towards Nairobi. Simply cross the border do the immigration formalities (5 minutes) and then walk up to road for another 5 minutes. Opposite the police station, where the bank is, is the place where the trucks meet to leave for Isiolo or Nairobi. A place in the cab will cost 1200 Ksh (20 $) on the back its 800 Ksh....

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  • Getting there and away

    Moyale Transportation

    The bus station is in the middle of the town. There is no public transport into Kenya or even to the Kenyan side of Moyale. Don´t use the service of a broker! You will never get a ticket for your money!

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Debre Zeyit

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  • Bird watching

    Debre Zeyit Things to Do

    14 November 2013. Bird watching, the owner of the Viewpoint Lodge took us to this wonderful place in his pickup truck. Cranes and marabou storks, but only from a distance, since they decided to spend the night on the other side of the lake.

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  • Catch a glimpse of local transport

    Debre Zeyit Favorites

    Catch a glimpse of local transport, we saw this horse cart used by school children, local equivalent of the school bus.

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  • Swimming in the lake

    Debre Zeyit Things to Do

    Access from the Viewpoint Lodge turned out to be quite easy, and fortunately we had remembered to take our swimming gear with us in the plane when we came to Ethiopia. So we made the descent from the crater rim, found the primitive landing place and actually went for a swim in Babogaya Lake (I managed only a few strokes...).

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Gonder

See all 9 Gonder Tips
  • Churches

    Gonder Things to Do

    In 2011 I saw only two of the several famous Gonder churches, St George and St Michael -- and was allowed inside only St Michael.In 2012 I visited the UNESCO "world heritage" Debre Birhan Selassie church. (My photos would not load.)

    more
  • The Camelot of Africa

    Gonder Things to Do

    Gonder was Ethiopia's capital from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries. Prior to that time the monarchs had had no fixed capital, but had moved from place to place usually each year. Once settled in Gondar, the rulers built castles and other structures -- a banquet hall, churches -- in the "royal enclosure." That compound is what causes some to...

    more
  • Timkat

    Gonder Things to Do

    As a procession of church dignitaries was coming down a hill toward the main street, groups of boys and young men -- 20 to 40 at a time -- ran up and down the street, waving sticks and chanting something. (My guide said only that their words were "religious." I might have guessed that.)

    more

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