Off-the-beaten-track travel updates

Auke writes Here are some notes about my recent travels in Ethiopia. 1. Raya Valley, Tigray Last September for the first time I went to the Raya Valley in Tigray. I stayed one night in the Tadele Hotel in Maychew, which is way overpriced (500 ETB) for what you get (a bed with bed bugs … Continue reading Off-the-beaten-track travel updates

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Nekemte to Jinka (South Omo) via Bonga

Auke writes: Last December / January, my Ethiopian girlfriend and I made a great trip with public transport overland from Nekemte to Fort Portal, Uganda using a little-known route through Bonga and Jinka (see map below). We started in Nekemte because I still had a work meeting there. In my opinion, the Ijoo International Hotel … Continue reading Nekemte to Jinka (South Omo) via Bonga

Danakil travel warning

Anybody who is considering visiting Erta Ale and the Danakil should be aware that a tourist was shot dead there last week, and a local guide injured in the gunfire. See  http://hornaffairs.com/2017/12/04/eritrean-armed-group-kills-german-in-ertaale-ethiopia/ for a report on the incident and further more speculative details about the incident at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa/ethiopia/german-tourist-killed-at-erta-ale-in-danakil. It is the first such incident in five … Continue reading Danakil travel warning

September 2016 trip report

Georgie writes: Having just come back from a great trip to Ethiopia using the 7th Edition of your guide, we thought that we would let you know about some of the things that have changed there. I’ll use the page numbers of the 7th edition in my comments below:   Lalibela: Restaurants: Ben Abeba – absolutely stunning location, excellent … Continue reading September 2016 trip report

Trip report from a female traveller

Carrie writes: I just got back from three weeks in Ethiopia using the 7th edition of the Bradt guide. The guidebook was invaluable and I couldn't have done the trip (solo, without a guide) without it. There were just a couple of things I wanted to update you on: Women travellers: As a 27-year-old American woman … Continue reading Trip report from a female traveller

Arrival at Bole Terminal 2

AddisAdvisor writes: Because of recent events in Paris and elsewhere, Bole Airport is protected by more Federal Police than ever before. And meet-and-greeters are NOT allowed into Terminal 2 unless they have a special permit from the Ministry of Tourism, which they wear around their neck... So: a. If you are being met by personal friends, or … Continue reading Arrival at Bole Terminal 2