New Ethiopia-Djibouti railway

According to this BBC report (, 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


Detailed July/August 2016 trip report

Greg writes: Chapter 3 - Practical Information In the section "red tape" I suggest specifying that Visas on Arrival are not issued at Dire Dawa airport, notwithstanding daily flights from Djibouti. Tourists arriving from Djibouti must either obtain their visa in advance from the Ethiopian embassy in Djibouti city or fly directly to Bole airport. … Continue reading Detailed July/August 2016 trip report

Trip report Dec/Jan 2013/4

Matthew Birt writes: I enjoyed reading and made good use of everyone else’s information, so I thought I ought to contribute:   Dec/Jan 2014 Travelled solo, independently using local transport   Bradt Guidebook excellent   General   Generally felt very safe and welcome Quite a lot of hassle from kids, beggars, tourist touts, blokes in … Continue reading Trip report Dec/Jan 2013/4

Babgoya Viewpoint Lodge at Bishoftu

  Babgoya Viewpoint Lodge at Bishoftu/Debre Zeit Stayed here two nights Oct 30 31. I have been to all such lodges in Ethiopia and this is possibly THE best place to relax.More like a Guest House with owners Yan/Sara in residence. They and their staff will look after you. Continental Breakfast included; tea n coffee … Continue reading Babgoya Viewpoint Lodge at Bishoftu