Many thanks to guide Yohanes Tsegaye for these detailed updates from Danakil, based on two trips there in November 2019: FEES The details below will only directly affect operators, guides and self-drive travellers, but of course they will bear on the overall price quoted for any trip to Danakil. 1. Entrance fee: This has … Continue reading Recent developments in Danakil and at Erta Ale
Thanks to Paul Shannon for this official link stating which nationalities are currently eligible to buy an Ethiopian Visa on Arrival at Bole International Airport - https://www.evisa.gov.et/client/visadescription/TouristVisaOnarrival Note that citizens of all countries worldwide, whether or not eligible for a Visa on Arrival, can buy a tourist e-Visa online as per the following - https://www.evisa.gov.et/client/visadescription/TouristVisaOnline … Continue reading Current eligibility for Visas on arrival
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.