Ethiopia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by samboende
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by DAO
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by DAO

Ethiopia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning about Guide in Ethiopia

    The picture included here is of the guide I am writing about: Daniel Damtew Aseffa:In January 2013 we had the worst experience that we have had in our many years of travel to many countries. We had booked a private tour ( January 16-February) with Daniel Demtew Aseffa of Glory Ethiopian Travel. Friends had previously used Daniel with a positive...

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  • NO DIET SODA !

    Despite having a burgeoning Tourist Market and having a thriving import market, you will be unable to find Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Diet 7-Up or any diet soda drinks. Coca-Cola first licensed a bottler in 1959 to produce Coca-Cola and now has 2 plants employing 700 people. Still no Diet Coke! Why? I have no idea. I have been to Ethiopia more than 5...

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  • General warnings in brief...

    Don't give anything to children---parents are neither happy nor proud of this. I myself saw many fathers and mothers giving a spank to their offspring for this. Don't give anything (lonely planet says,too) It is too egoistic because we do it mostly for us, I know because I enjoyed it ,too. Give to the schools, to the parents or the teacher! Don't...

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  • Sob stories

    Unfortunately there are a lot of small children in Ethiopia who will approach you with a sorrowful look and start telling their weepy stories. They have invented very big and plausible lies and sometimes they will convince you they are telling the truth. It's their big beautiful innocent eyes and their convincing way they are talking. Well, don't...

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  • Safety

    Ethiopia is not only a very safe country, it is also a place where you feel very welcome. No one will attack you, or try to take your belongings by force. But of course you should always use your common sense which means that you never leave your bags unattended, never take out the whole bunch of your money, never show off expensive jewellery or...

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  • fake tour guides

    one of our main reasons travelling to ethiopia was a desire to hike around in the simean mountains for a few days, looking for gelada baboons and other native species. However by the time we had travelled that far north we had already decided that it would be madness to travel without a guide as we had already had more than our fair share of sticky...

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  • THE CULTURAL SHOW SCAM

    The is known as “Fird Bet” and seems to only happen in Addis Ababa. What happens? You will be approached on the street by a nice looking gentleman or even a kid. They tell you that the local community are putting on a Cultural Show and they would like to invite you. There will be traditional dancing, including the snake dance, by dancers in...

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  • PEEING IN PUBLIC

    Unfortunately men (and boys) have a very cavalier attitude towards public urination. The first couple of times I watched this somewhat alarming behaviour I thought it was only truly homeless men in Addis Ababa who did this. It’s not. A lot of men do it and they definitely do this in the countryside. They just turn their back on even the busiest...

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  • Begging kids!!!!& may be adults

    Begging kids are usually seen in shopping areas and other major areas. I dont think that you would see people begging in a local street expecially in smaller towns.Dont give themanything they could easilly returne and get the money back.In jijiga, dire dawa and more places you would see beggers around early in the begging for breakfast. It's pretty...

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  • Everywhere!!

    When traveling by foot becareful of drivers as in some towns they drive all over the place.2. also dont take pictures with out permissoin of the people.You may wind up getting arested or having your camera confisated.3. Beware of scams--people will scam you if you look like a foreigner.scams could range from over payment to trying to tell you a sad...

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  • ROAD SAFETY

    Driving yourself is a bit unknown in Ethiopia. Most places that actually rent cars will only let you drive in Addis Ababa and on sealed roads. That leaves out a lot of the good bits of the country. Driving is no worse than many places in Africa, but this is a lot higher. That means instead of being run off the road, you may be run off the side of a...

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  • BAD WIRING IN HOTELS

    For some reason everyone seems to think they are an electrician. I can honestly say I never saw anyone resembling a competent electrician in all my travels here. I have, however, seen people just try and just wire up any old thing. This included my landlord in Addis Ababa. Number of hot showers I got while living there – zero! I highly suggest that...

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  • HIV & AIDS

    HIV and AIDS are unfortunately all too common in Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa particularly there are very high infection rates. You only need to get it once to die from it. In 2003 AIDS accounted for 30 percent (79,000) of all adult deaths. In the same year 539,000 children were orphaned, while 128,000 pregnant women and 35,000 newborns were living...

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  • photo tip

    its hard to come here and not take pictures but if you would like to take pictures of people you need to make sure you ask permission first!!!! some people will say no- unless you agree to pay them (dont do it). depending on where you go in ethiopia there can be a large muslim population and getting thier picture taken is forbidden. also it is...

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  • streets of Dessie

    there is a woman in Dessie who throws large rocks at cars. there are not too many roads in Dessie so you are likely to run into her if you are there. all local people stop their cars and try to get to their destination another way and i advise you to do the same!!!

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  • Butcher shops

    If you are too sensitive about hygienic measures with food and so, don't get close to a butcher shop in Ethiopia. After visiting one of these shops you will undoubtely become a vegetarian!!

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  • Exchanging Money in Ethiopia

    As a reminder to those of you planning a trip to Ethiopia, make sure you exchange your currency in Addis Ababa! If you are traveling to Lallibela or south of Addis, there aren't any banks to exchange money. In Addis Ababa, cash as much money that you will need with most of it in very small bills (birr). The tribal people expect to be tipped for...

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  • Menus & Misunderstandings

    In restaurants the menus are often in Amharic on one side and in English on the back side. Check the prices because sometimes they vary. Always ask about the price to avoid misunderstandings. Sometimes when the waiters are not too used to speak English they mix up numbers or they only have a guess because they don`t understand what you are on...

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  • Begging

    There are many beggars living in this country. The average income is about 50 $ and a lot of people do not even earn this money. Of course to them tourists look wealthy and Ethiopians have problems in distinguishing between a low budget individual traveller, a package tourist or an aid worker with different budgets. White means wealthy! This is...

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  • Flees

    It only happened to me in Ethiopia but it happened twice: I picked up some flees. At first I though this nasty little beasts were hopping over from the mule onto my sleeping bag while walking in Simien Mountains, but it happened again a couple of weeks later. In one place the owners asked me to choose a different room because: `The bed is living!...

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  • Overcharging

    Probably you will be overcharged sooner or later. Take it as a game! First you need to find out about the prices the locals would pay for the same thing. When you feel like being overcharged try to bargain or ask if this is a special Faranji price? It often helps if not – you don`t have to buy, check out some thingelse! I always told the guys that...

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  • Kids

    Ethiopian kids can be cute and lovely like kids can be everywhere on the world but they can go on your nerves after a while! Often it will happen to you that 20 or more kids will follow you pointing at you and yelling you, you, you or Faranji all the time. They may follow you for a long time, and I mean a long time, and sometimes show their...

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  • Pickpockets

    Ethiopia is a fairly safe country. I never felt like being in danger or unsafe. If you travel by public transport keep an eye on your luggage and watch out for pickpockets in certain areas like bus stations and markets in the cities.

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  • Delay because of blocked roads

    When there is an accident in the mountaineous areas, like the one we saw north of Debre Birhan and the road is blocked, it can take many hours before there is help, to drag away the vehicles.Here the drivers could made a detour over the grasslands and rocks. The only problem wa the crossing of a brooklet. After laying blocks of rock, most drivers...

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  • Be careful at the highways

    Along the way you see a lot of people, walking to or from the market towns. We also walked some parts along the highways.At many highways there is not much traffic. So there it's rather safe. We even saw some travellers by bike.But the highroad from Addis Abeba to the north to Woldiya (near Lalibela) has a lot of traffic and dangerous bends. Some...

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  • Addis -- everyone will beg. Don't give.

    When we were in Addis we were constantly harrassed by locals, young and old, to give us anything and everything. Do not pay attention to these folks as apparently it is illegal for them to do this -- and they will get beaten by the "police" on the streets.

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  • Local gun culture in the Afar Region

    Many men in the Afar Region of Ethiopia carry rifles, especially menacing-looking automatics, as a status advancement from carrying knives. Herders may have some use for them (against jackals and hyenas), but otherwise it is apparently a men's thing. During clan conflicts, disputes, robberies and parties the weapons are sometimes fired,...

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  • Driving after dark

    Being on the road after dark may become unhealthy. First, there is the chance of accidents as no roads outside the cities are well marked or lit up; second, there is a chance of carjackings and robbery. The northern part of the country (Tigray) is generally safer apart form near the largely undefined border and war zone with Eritrea, where...

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  • Pickpockets

    If someone bumps into you and starts shaking your hand telling you how sorry he is, hold on to his hand and check if you wallet is still in your pocket. Mine wasn't and two days later they tried again. But they only got a packet of paper tissues.

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  • En general se seguro. Hay que...

    En general se seguro. Hay que tener un poco de cuidado en la capital Addis Abbeba sobre todo por los hurtos. En el famoso 'Mercato' hay que ir solo con lo puesto, procurar no llevar camaras de fotos, ni joyas encima.El resto del pais es bastante seguro, con las precauciones de una buen logica como en todos los lados.

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  • In Ethiopia there is a lot of...

    In Ethiopia there is a lot of poverty. There are beggars everywhere. It is very difficult to ignore must to avoid being swamped by people. I was once walking in a place called Dessie, I had between 40 and 50 people trailing after me whereever I went. Generally, Ethiopia is a safe place, locals are often very curious, but harmless. In rural areas...

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  • 1. Drink bottled water, cause...

    1. Drink bottled water, cause your stomach is not used to this enviroment.2. Do not eat raw vegetables or fruit, for the above reason.3. Check with your doctor if you need to get any vaccination before leaving to Ethiopia.4. Watch your back packs and purses while in open air markets or any flea market.5. You always need to have a visa to enter the...

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  • Do not photo with out...

    Do not photo with out permission!!! In places like Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia it can cause troubles with the locals. Usually they will also ask for some money. Photo by: Benny First.

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