Some travel tips

Zachary writes: Consider couch surfing and Air BnB in the bigger Ethiopian cities- often young, fun, English speaking people can really show you the city from a local perspective. Minibus transport and hitch hiking is the coolest way of transport, if you can tolerate being squeezed in a small place, and having variable times of … Continue reading Some travel tips

Sue Turnbull’s updates

We have recently returned from a three week holiday in Ethiopia – the northern circuit plus Bale mountains and rift valley lakes. Earlier in the year I devised an itinerary using the extremely valuable Bradt guide as my main source of information and sent it off to several UK and Ethiopian-based travel companies. While waiting … Continue reading Sue Turnbull’s updates

Gwyneth Deakins’s updates

Many thanks for the usual thorough and reliable Bradt guide. I did a tour of the main tourist highlights earlier this month with Voyages Jules Verne. Just a few comments which probably reflect what other people will say: - the reliability of internal flights has apparently improved with the recent purchase of new aeroplanes (though … Continue reading Gwyneth Deakins’s updates

New hotels in Addis Ababa, Lalibala & Bahir Dar

We've just had a truly brilliant holiday in Ethiopia. My husband has been working there for a month in three since the middle of last year and I took the opportunity to join him this time - after he'd finished the bulk of his work there. Your book was invaluable and was with us at … Continue reading New hotels in Addis Ababa, Lalibala & Bahir Dar

Lodge du Château, Gonder

Speaking of hotels in Gonder, there is a new place called Lodge du Château which is owned and operated by the Explore Abyssinia tour company.  Located just to the west of the Castle Compound, it looks to be a really nice place.  It offers singles, doubles, and dormitory beds.  Rates are as follows: Single     … Continue reading Lodge du Château, Gonder

Lots of general travel tips

Guides Official guides – reasonably knowledgeable, but rarely needed Unofficial guides – relatively ignorant, but sometimes needed to get rid of other “guides”, kids etc Tour operators – they do a good job with providing transportation, food and accommodation, but don’t expect them to know everything about the places they’re taking you to – Bradt … Continue reading Lots of general travel tips