Andargachew Girma writes: The new Marsilen Hotel in Shewa Robit (p 431) is a good place for people to stop for lunch, and it has 33 clean rooms if people want to stay overnight. Rates are Birr 600 twin or Birr 450-500 single.
Thanks to Andargachew Girma for forwarding me the new official guide rate sheet for city tours of Gondar (p274 in the 8th edition). These are posted in full below but stand at Birr 850 (around US$27) for 1-3 people, Birr 100 (US$31) for 4-6 and Birr 1250 (US$40) for 7-10, Larger groups needing multiple guides attract … Continue reading Gondar official guide fees
Steve writes: We have just returned from travelling in Ethiopia. We found your guidebook invaluable, and have the following updates which I hope you and other travellers find useful. Phones You are no longer required to register your phone on arrival at the airport. If you buy a SIM at an Ethio Telecom office, they may … Continue reading February 2020 trip report
Thanks to Dawit Tesfay for alerting me to the opening of the new Atranos Fantasy Hotel in Axum. Dawit reckons it is now the best hotel anywhere in Tigray and with 93 guest rooms it is almost certainly the largest. See http://www.atranoshotel.com for more details - though be warned that some photos shown on the website … Continue reading New upmarket Atranos Fantasy Hotel in Axum
Joseph Caldwell writes: We had an amazing experience in the Simien Mountains booked through Gismu, who is based in Gondar. We did four days and everything was well catered for, our guide Alex was brilliant and incredibly friendly and genuine, while the chef made us delicious food with more fresh vegetables than we have had … Continue reading Simien hike recommendation
Thanks to Jennifer W for this bang up-to-date report: I did the journey from Dire Dawa to Harar by road in a shared taxi on 12 Feb. The road is now open and I didn’t encounter any problems or see any signs of trouble. Harar was great with lots of people wanting to chat without … Continue reading Latest news on travel to Harar & Dire Dawa
Maider writes: First of all, thanks for the quality of your web page.. I follow it regularly, and found much interesting information before scheduling our trip.. so now, to render thanks, I wanted to share our experience, with hope that it could help someone else. (And sorry if my English level is low). We are 2 … Continue reading December 2019 trip report