By train to Dire Dawa

Useful blog by my friend Sofanit Mulugeta (@deldeyoch) about the new train service from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa, as well as Harar and Dire Dawa itself: https://deldeyoch.blogspot.com/2017/03/empires-spirituality-and-cultural-mecca.html

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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

Axum to Gondar/Debark via Shire Inda Selassie

Roland writes: I am travelling through Ethiopia individually and am very happy with the Bradt guide. My trip would have been impossible without it. So, thank you and well done! There is a small update I would like to inform you about. I chose to go from Axum to Debark (or Gondar) via Shire (Inda … Continue reading Axum to Gondar/Debark via Shire Inda Selassie

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

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