Addis Ababa and Lalibela

Carin writes: I visited Ethiopia - Addis Abeba and Lalibela - in June 2018 at the start of the raining season. There were very few tourists, a pity really because it was a good time to visit as long as you take into account the daily 4 pm deluge. The rain lasts for about half … Continue reading Addis Ababa and Lalibela

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E-visas now available to all nationalities

As of 1 June 2018, E-visas are available to all nationalities through the official government website http://www.evisa.gov.et. For further information see  https://newbusinessethiopia.com/ethiopia-opens-door-to-all-nationalities/ A regular visitor to Ethiopia, Addis Advisor also noted upon arriving back in Ethiopia in May 2018 that Terminal 2 customs now has red and green channels, just like elsewhere, and the e-visa procedure was … Continue reading E-visas now available to all nationalities

Berkutta Art Services

Samuel Gebredingil Gebreegzi writes: I the founder and CEO of BERKUTTA Ethiopian contemporary Art services, and represent more 20 well stablished and upcoming fine artists from Ethiopia. I can offer a diverse selection of artworks - different medias, size and subjects in graphic & canvas form from my private gallery in Addis Ababa, which is located … Continue reading Berkutta Art Services

Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

Simon writes: Addis Ababa:- With all the tensions in the country, avoid getting into a political conversation with anyone. E Visa:- Use only official website evisa.gov.et.  However it does not seem to speed things up that much compared with 'Visa on Arrival'.  Don't rely on the ATM's to work, change some cash at the bank … Continue reading Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

Recent trip reports

Matt Smith has sent links to several Ethiopia trip reports on his blog, including one for Danakil, which he visited after the recent killing of a tourist and guide there. Links as follows: http://welshmattsmith.blogspot.com/2018/01/ethiopia-danakils-natural-wonders.html http://welshmattsmith.blogspot.com/2018/01/ethiopia-where-it-all-began.html http://welshmattsmith.blogspot.com/2018/01/ethiopia-feed-world.html http://welshmattsmith.blogspot.com/2018/01/ethiopia-wonder-of-world-built-by-angels.html

New Ethiopia-Djibouti railway

According to this BBC report (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37562177), the new electric Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, stopping among other places at Bishoftu, Adama, Awash and Dire Dawa, is finally operational as of 1 January 2018. After several delays since it officially opened in 2016, I'm not sure how definitive this is, but it would be worth checking if you are … Continue reading New Ethiopia-Djibouti railway