Great website, very useful as there is not that much info on Ethiopia. This January I was in Ethiopia and, besides going to the North, travelled to Lower Omo Valley for 9 days.I would like to recommend a driver, it would be great if you could post this on your website:
His name is Meseganaw, he is fun, flexible, knows his way around, reliable and most important a good and careful driver. We paid a fixed amount per day (around 90$ per day) and on top the fuel. But as he drives very economical this was not a lot (for 9 days around 2500 birr, this depends of course on your itinerary). He pays for his own lodging, food etc. As he operates for himself and not for a tourcompany his price is very good. He has a Toyota Landcruiser. He is from Addis Ababa and can even pick you up from the airport.
You can discuss your plans and then plan a route together, anything is possible. In some places it is also possible, if you like, to camp or sleep in tents, for example at Lake Ziway, you will camp on the grounds of a monastery. We always arranged a hotel when we arrived as this leaves room for negotiation (which you always should do….).
He speaks English and fluent Italian. His e-mail adress is: email@example.com. His phone-number: 00251 (0)913167517.