Ethiopia Tourist Traps

  • Lalibela
    by lotharscheer
  • Lalibela
    by lotharscheer
  • Lalibela
    by lotharscheer

Ethiopia Tourist Traps

  • Guides

    Lalibela Tourist Traps

    There is no real need for a guide (if you want one, better take a official guide from the ticket office then one of the many which will aproach you in the street) for visiting the churches in Lalibela but once in a while you will be asked to show the ticket and your passport (when buying the ticket, $ 50! valid for 4 days for all the churches in...

  • Bus Warning

    Lalibela Tourist Traps

    At the evening before i left someone knocked on my door and told me there is no bus the next day, but he has 2 seats free in his car to Bahir Dar for 550 Birr, next morning when walking to the bus terminal he passed by in his car, still claiming no bus and the bus therminal was closed (since my friend was worried we went there at 5 am), but in 6 am...


    I would suggest that you travel with some of those baby wipes and/or toilet tissue or just plain paper tissue. All too often you will find modern flush toilets, but no paper! You will see all sorts of substitutes that have been used by your fellow humans in the waste basket. Be prepared and you will never be caught out.I recommend the wipes rather...


    If you are thinking about sending someone in Ethiopia items by the post – watch out! The official duty rates in Ethiopia for the importation of goods is generally 100%! Be careful what you send or the person receiving any goods or gifts may not be able to afford to receive it! Although they have 'reduced' some tax levels officially, they value the...

  • Local guides

    We started taking local guides before we realised how useless they are. Probably told them more interesting things about my country than i learnt from them. The guides at Lalibela cost megabucks and tell you fascinating things like the rock churches were built by angels...they just fill your head with really don't need a guide, just...


    If you are flying out of Bole Airport in Addis Ababa, you will need to show your receipt(s) if you want to change Birr back to your chosen currency. Make sure you keep your receipts from anywhere you have bought Birr as they will ask to see them. If you go over the amount of currency they allow to be changed back – do not panic. Just find ANYONE...

  • Immigration take only dollars...!

    In case you need an extension of your Visa the Immigration Office take only dollars! Euros and Birrs are useless...So don't forget to carry a 20 US dollar bill. If you don't, you can only buy it in the black market!!! Even the bank manager urged me to do so, to my big surprise....! If you have only Birrs and you need to change you will give 1.5-2...

  • Hotels with a tolite and a sink!!

    Just becouse there is a sink and washroom that doesnt mean there is running water!!!!!!!Just becouse there is a sink and washroom that doesnt mean there is running water!!!!!!!Just becouse there is a sink and washroom that doesnt mean there is running water!!!!!!!Just becouse there is a sink and washroom that doesnt mean there is running...

  • Don't buy the Simien Mts trip in an...

    The prices of trips to the Simien Mts in travel agencies in Gonder are much more expensive than what you would pay when organising this in Debark yourself. The travel agents rent the same guides that you will get in Debark. The only difference is that they will probably ensure transportation and have the whole products well "packed" and...


    There are plenty of guides in Harar. Mainly are boys who don't want to go to school becuase it's convenient to eat with and be with a tourist for two of 5 dollars tip. The selp-employed guides speak reasonable English and ther European languages including German + Italian. Please don't knock them down, some of them are really good to have specially...

  • blue nile falls

    the government has built a dam at the blue nile falls and most tourist who come to see the massive falls are highly dissapointed! people will tell you that the dam will be off on the weekends but they wont be. there are still plenty of great things to do in this area if you are planning to be there. i highly suggest visiting the monasteries on...

  • Guides

    Not a tourist trap really but you should be warned.While walking by the streets in touristic places, many young men and kids will approach to you offering themselves as guides. There are some "official" guides here and there (Gonder, This abay...) but most of them are just kids that wanna earn some extra money.If you don't need much info (dates,...

  • Don't get taken for "a ride"

    Garis (horse carts) are the usual mode of transportation (there are taxi vans but they get stuffed full). Ethiopians pay 1 Birr to go just about anywhere in the town by gari. Fringee (foreigners) will be told the price is 10 Birr. It's only around 1 USD but I hate that much of a mark-up! When the driver tells you 10 Birr (or more) - look...

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