Many thanks to Auke Boere, who is based in Addis Ababa, for these very detailed update notes based on recent travels countrywide: GORGORA AND WESTERN LAKE TANA Thanks to Covid and a war in Tigray, we were the first visitors to Tim & Kim Village since a few friends came over in September, and the second overnight … Continue reading Detailed updates based on 2020 travels
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Please note that Dorze Eco Lodge (p 561 of the 8th edition) has now changed its name to plain Dorze Lodge and that the numbers given in the book are also out of date. The correct number is now +251 (0)916 825205. For more details see their website https://www.dorzelodge.com.
You don’t need reminding what an awful time we’re all facing. Life is on lock-down and each day brings more bad news. For the moment, as we’re stuck at home trying to get to grips with ‘social distancing’, the world feels a smaller place. But the world is still out there, as big as it’s … Continue reading A message from Bradt Guides – and 50% discount on all Bradt titles
I went sightseeing in Addis Ababa on 10 and 11 March 2020 using Bradt Ethiopia guide 8. I can confirm mobile phones no longer need to registered at the airport. At the Ethnographic Museum I could not find a gift shop anymore. I tried to find the right spot for the hyena den on Entoto … Continue reading News from Addis Ababa
Slavko writes: Three weeks ago, I returned from a 21 day trip around northern Ethiopia. It was perfect, without any hassle and complication. There is no need to book anything from home, as everything can be arranged on site. Here are some prices (I am not saying they are the best, but they can be … Continue reading Feb 2020 trip report
Thanks to Yohannes Wassie and Andargachew Girma for forwarding me the latest official guide fees for Axum, valid from 16 March 2020, as per the sheet below:
Andargachew Girma writes: The new Marsilen Hotel in Shewa Robit (p 431) is a good place for people to stop for lunch, and it has 33 clean rooms if people want to stay overnight. Rates are Birr 600 twin or Birr 450-500 single.
Thanks to Andargachew Girma for forwarding me the new official guide rate sheet for city tours of Gondar (p274 in the 8th edition). These are posted in full below but stand at Birr 850 (around US$27) for 1-3 people, Birr 100 (US$31) for 4-6 and Birr 1250 (US$40) for 7-10, Larger groups needing multiple guides attract … Continue reading Gondar official guide fees
Steve writes: We have just returned from travelling in Ethiopia. We found your guidebook invaluable, and have the following updates which I hope you and other travellers find useful. Phones You are no longer required to register your phone on arrival at the airport. If you buy a SIM at an Ethio Telecom office, they may … Continue reading February 2020 trip report
Thanks to Dawit Tesfay for alerting me to the opening of the new Atranos Fantasy Hotel in Axum. Dawit reckons it is now the best hotel anywhere in Tigray and with 93 guest rooms it is almost certainly the largest. See http://www.atranoshotel.com for more details - though be warned that some photos shown on the website … Continue reading New upmarket Atranos Fantasy Hotel in Axum