Gerhard writes: We have just come back from second wonderful visit to the Simiens Mountains, which is really our all time favorite. Some weeks before we contacted Gismu Syum`s Travel Agency via Whatsapp Phone and Chat and asked him to arrange a tour of the Simien mountains for 2 days and 1 nights. He has great … Continue reading Trekking Tour of Simien Mountain
Neil writes: In Lalibela scams are reaching epidemic proportions. We spend at least 4 months a year on the road all round the world and Lalibela's scam level is off the scale. Visitors need to be forewarned. Here are my notes: Even for experienced travellers, Lalibela provides an impressive range of scams cleverly planned to … Continue reading Lalibela scams
Andargachew Girma of Alligan Travel writes: There are a couple of places I just found out in Debark, gateway town to the Simien Mountains. The Jeramba Hotel, one building after the Simien Park Hotel in the direction of Axum, charges about 30 USD for double bed room. Jeramba is much better that the Simien … Continue reading New hotels in Debark
Thanks to Andargachew Girma of Alligan Travel for alerting me to the revised schedule for the train service between Addis Ababa and Djibouti via Adama and Dire Dawa. International passenger trains from Lebu (outside Addis Ababa) to Nagad (Djibouti) leave on the 1st, 5th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 25th and 29th of every month … Continue reading Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway – new schedule
Thanks to Yohannes of the Yohannes Guesthouse in Gondar (listed on p276 of the 8th edition) for letting me know his guesthouse is now closed with no plans to reopen.
Nina writes: I recently returned from Ethiopia where I worked with Addis Yimmer and his company North Ethiopia Eco Tour. It was an excellent experience so I wanted to let you know. Addis arranged my 3-day visit to Lalibela, including flights to/from Addis Abeba, tour guide (Zewdu Melak, excellent!), hotel, etc. His is a small company … Continue reading North Ethiopia Eco Tour
Neil writes: Jinka (p582) It is a long time since the 2 storey block at the Orit Hotel was new. Perhaps 'newer' would be more accurate. They do not have TV and haven't for many years. I know this because I wanted to watch a particular football match, the place has no TVs. Only the … Continue reading South Omo updates