February 2020 trip report

Steve writes: We have just returned from travelling in Ethiopia.  We found your guidebook invaluable, and have the following updates which I hope you and other travellers find useful. Phones  You are no longer required to register your phone on arrival at the airport. If you buy a SIM at an Ethio Telecom office, they may … Continue reading February 2020 trip report

Latest news on travel to Harar & Dire Dawa

Thanks to Jennifer W for this bang up-to-date report: I did the journey from Dire Dawa to Harar by road in a shared taxi  on 12 Feb. The road is now open and I didn’t encounter any problems or see any signs of trouble. Harar was great with lots of people wanting to chat without … Continue reading Latest news on travel to Harar & Dire Dawa

Closure of road between Dire Dawa and Harar

Stewart Reid writes: As of 21 Jan 2020 the road between Dire Dawa and Harar is closed due to "ethnic conflict". Minibus and private contract buses are refusing to drive the road due to fear of attacks by "mobs". It seems that this is a Christian/Muslim issue related to the recent Timkat and St Michaels … Continue reading Closure of road between Dire Dawa and Harar

Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway – new schedule

Thanks to Andargachew Girma of Alligan Travel for alerting me to the revised schedule for the train service between Addis Ababa and Djibouti via Adama and Dire Dawa. International passenger trains from Lebu (outside Addis Ababa) to Nagad (Djibouti) leave on the 1st, 5th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 25th and 29th of every month … Continue reading Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway – new schedule

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