Paradise Lodge, Turmi

Mafio Mengistu of Paradise Lodges writes Paradise Lodge (rated as Arba Minch's top place to stay in the 8th edition of Bradt Ethiopia) opened a new hotel in Turmi, South Omo in December 2018. It is located just outside the town of Turmi, in a village called Kayna, overviewing the banks of the Keske River. … Continue reading Paradise Lodge, Turmi


Jan 2019 trip report

Fiona writes: My husband and I are in our fifties and just returned from three weeks in Ethiopia. We took 6 flights and covered a lot. Your book was indispensable. I would like to recommend a Simien trekking guide, Michael from Hike in Ethiopia ( We saw he was recommended by other travelers online and booked … Continue reading Jan 2019 trip report

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

Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

Simon writes: Addis Ababa:- With all the tensions in the country, avoid getting into a political conversation with anyone. E Visa:- Use only official website  However it does not seem to speed things up that much compared with 'Visa on Arrival'.  Don't rely on the ATM's to work, change some cash at the bank … Continue reading Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

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