Detailed Jan/Feb 2019 trip report

Lucas writes: First off, thanks for putting together such a wonderful guidebook (Ethiopia 7th edition). It’s one of the best I’ve ever used. I’m writing to share some information based on my just finished 1-month journey through Ethiopia which you may find useful bearing in mind that I haven’t been using the latest edition. Gondar … Continue reading Detailed Jan/Feb 2019 trip report


Axum entrance fees

Dawit Tesfay of Covenant Tours writes: The entrance fee for the Archaeological Sites in and around Axum has increased from 100 birr to 300 birr (around US$10.50 at the Dec 2018 exchange rate). The fee still covers all secular sites in the immediate vicinity of Axum and is valid for three days. The separate entrance … Continue reading Axum entrance fees

Tigrai updates

Louis writes: Mekele Yohannes Museum now open at normal office hours. Worth the visit. Foreigner ticket 100 birrs. Guide optional will expect a tip. However everything well displayed in English. Try the cultural cafe named Baloni. Located in the walking quarter between Lucy Park and Romanat Square. ETT tour agency moved its office at Milano … Continue reading Tigrai updates

Detailed Gondar, Debark and Simien updates

Many thanks to Mulu Gelaye of Mulu Ethiopia Tours ( or for the following updates: Gondar Entrance fee for the castle is now 200 birr per person. Optional guide fee is 350 birr per day Some new recommended hotels: 1. Sona Hotel, open on October 2013 - Bedrooms SGL 9, DBL 2, Twin 5, TRP 1(total 17) And have wifi … Continue reading Detailed Gondar, Debark and Simien updates

Bad experience at Teka Tesfai churches, Tigrai

Gabriella writes: On Feb 24, 2013 we wanted to visit the three rock-hewn churches at Teka Tesfai in Tigrai. Entrance fee to Petros & Paulos, Medhane Alem Kesho and Mikael Milhaizengi was increased to Birr 150 per church per person (!!!), for a group of 15 no discount of any kind could be reached thus … Continue reading Bad experience at Teka Tesfai churches, Tigrai

Some current hotel prices

Suzanne writes: Prices have all gone up, some by more than 100%. Below I've listed the page number (5th Edition) , hotel and new price in order as we travelled around. 553       Ambo            Abebech Matafaria Hotel                        Twin Room            295 B 575       Across the street from Classic Café – new … Continue reading Some current hotel prices