Omo & Chebera-Churchura, Dec 2016

Simon writes: Notes on recent trip to Ethiopia, with reference to 7th Edition. P92 Camping Gear The guide now refers to several parks with camping sites as the only suitable option and if travelling independently off the beaten track, a tent in a village compound may be a better option than a night in a … Continue reading Omo & Chebera-Churchura, Dec 2016

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

Further clarification on domestic flight discounts

A quick reminder to all travellers that domestic fares within Ethiopia are once again significantly cheaper if your international ticket is with Ethiopian Airlines, the only domestic carrier. As things stand, the full fare for most one-leg domestic flights, for instance booked through the website, remains as it was before, typically around US$130 per flight (you can check this on their … Continue reading Further clarification on domestic flight discounts

MIkael Imba (Tigrai), Gashena & Domestic flights

Sander writes: The 'Gashena ticket scam' (p. 313) is still very much alive. We encountered almost exactly the same thing (unfortunately, we only read about it afterwards). A guy ripped us off for 400 Birr. Also, we found it extremely difficult to find transport in and out of lalibela. We came from Dessie/Woldia and upon … Continue reading MIkael Imba (Tigrai), Gashena & Domestic flights

New Addis Ababa bypass road

Travellers heading between north and south might want to make use of a new road between Debre Birhan and Mojo bypassing Addis Ababa. The road is unsurfaced, but reputedly in good condition. Coming from Debre Birhan, you need to drive south as if towards Addis Ababa, then before you reach Sheno, head east via Kotu village and south to … Continue reading New Addis Ababa bypass road

Detailed updates for Abi Aday, Mekele & Tigrai

Thanks to Forrest Copeland fir the following useful updates:   •The road between Mekele and Adwa (via Abi Aday and Tembien) is now paved.  There are still a few small stretches that are under construction, but the project should be finished by the end of 2014. It's nicccccce. •My 5th edition refers to Awri dancing.  The name should be: … Continue reading Detailed updates for Abi Aday, Mekele & Tigrai

The latest on domestic flights

I've been trying to seek clarity on the situation with domestic fares since Ethiopian Airlines announced a 40% reduction in May (see http://www.newbusinessethiopia.com/index.php/en/market/106-travel-tips/799-ethiopian-airlines-cut-domestic-flights-rate-40) So far as I can ascertain it, the full fare for most domestic flights, for instance booked through the website, remains about the same as it was before, typically around US$130 per leg. However, … Continue reading The latest on domestic flights