New Ethiopia ebook

Frank writes:

I met an amazing British couple the Disleys in Bahir Dar yesterday. Since 2003 they have taken a holiday each year in Ethiopia. They travel the country on ordinary buses and are far more expert than I on way out places and budget travel. Their pension at BD was costing them 190 birr. Last years holiday cost them 23 pounds a day as a couple, i.e. less than 400 birr a day each,.

Ann Disley has just published an ebook about her travels. It is available from Amazon as an e book for Kindle etc. Title…… Ethiopia; not just war and famine. – see

New ebook about Ethiopia’s historical sites

Jan Tromp has just sent me a copy of his new ebook entitled “Ethiopia, The Northern Circuit: Architecture and Iconography of Churches”

It looks like a very useful resource, complimentary to the Bradt Guide, for those with a deeper interest in the history of the region. It is 536 pages in length, with 72,500 words and 420 coloured photographs on a black background to make them stand out on tablet readers.

The profits will go to Yenege Tesfa, an NGO in Gonder for aids-orphans.

It can be bought online at

Another new birding book for Ethiopia

The recent flurry of new birding books to Ethiopia continues with the publication by Christopher Helm Publishers of Where to Watch Birds in Ethiopia by Claire Spottiswoode, Merid Gabremichael and Julian Francis. This book is intended as a complement to the same publisher’s dedicated Field Guide to the Horn of Africa and Bird Atlas for Ethiopia and Eritrea and it provides detailed coverage and GPS readings for 50 key birding sites, mostly in southern Ethiopia, along with photos and descriptions of the country’s ‘top 50 species’. At 180-odd pages, it is very portable and would make an excellent near-essential companion to the Field Guide to the Horn of Africa for dedicated birders, especially those travelling without a local guide specialised in ornithology. It can be ordered directly through the publisher’s website by clicking this link or the cover below:

Another bird book for Ethiopia

Following on from last year’s publication of a dedicated Field Guide to the Horn of Africa and Bird Atlas for Ethiopia and Eritrea, we have another great addition to Ethiopian birding literature in the form of Birding Ethiopia by Ken Behrens, Keith Barnes and Christian Boix. A perfect complement to the field guide or atlas, this book feels a bit like a vastly extended and illustrated trip report, and is the perfect hands-on starting point for anybody planning a birding trip to Ethiopia. Highly recommended!