BAHIR DAR : avoid the Abai Minch Hotel, rats and a security guard who might be a danger for solo women. Avoid Daniel, who hangs around the bus station and helps with the luggage and then lies and cheats. Also avoid Efrain who maintains that he is an ornithologist, he is NOT
GONDER; they have the excellent system of bread vouchers, but only buy them from the official office. Somebody sells them at 10 times the price and tries to persuade you to buy books for a street child. He will only sell them afterwards.
SIMIEN MOUNTAINS; a guide who was very reliable and flexible: Mitiku Dessie, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +251 918077466
AXUM; an excellent, very professional guide was Solomon Belay, email: email@example.com, tel. mob.+251914743768, res. +251-0347751572 I especially enjoyed the long walk outside of Axum with him.
GHERALTA LODGE: a delight, excellent food. The tel. number for reservation has changed: 0171828973200
LALIBELA; the new Holy Land Restaurant serves excellent food, terrace with nice view, friendly. But very slow if there are several guests at the same time. Beware of „shoe shine boys“ and their sad stories. Many are super liars.
BATI; the Monday market is really worth the trip.
BALE MOUNTAINS; Bale Mountain Lodge is totally run down. Nothing but negative comments in the guest book. Their reaction; they tore out the remaining pages in the book.No food. But a friendly lady cooks in her own house nearby and takes it to the lodge. Good but far too expensive. Ask about the price before agreeing.
GOBA: Teodros was a good guide, very well educated. Tel. 0912468703
MIDRE: there is now a new hotel, the old one is really really basic.
NEGELE BORENA: Children Village Hotel is the only one with hot showers. A nice hotel without a name is just opp. the bus station. Green gate. Very clean, 70 Birr
DILLA: I found the walk to the Manchiti rock engravings worth it but do see the tourist office first, nobody I met knew anything about these engravings, they call them Schape.
ARBA MINCH: I was totally fed up with all the cheating going on. Restaurants charge different prices for English menus and Amharic menus. Esp. The Soma Restaurant charges much more .The Tourist Office is negligeable.
KONSO: Strawberry Field Lodge: in beautiful setting. But we found the owner amazingly unfriendly and unhelpful, we would not stay there again.
BONGA: „Massai“ was an excellent guide.
NEMTELE: there is a new hotel opp. The Classic Cafe, Hotel Desselegn, excellent value at 160 Birr. Very clean, hot showers, very professional.
ADDIS: a new museum, very moving ,Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, opened in 2010, corner of Bole and Meskel Square
excellent accommodation, but only 3 rooms, private, no sign outside. Very friendly family, helpful, very clean, ring 0911735730, they will meet you. Near Axum Hotel.
Entoto Maryam is very easy to reach, many mini buses go up to the very top. It is nice walking down into town.