Ethiopia Adventure Travel Tips

In November 2010 my significant other and I went around Ethiopia for three weeks by open transport with a private guide. Travel (particularly transport travel) is a genuine experience and not for the cowardly as there is long travel days (significantly more if the transport stalls) on inadequately looked after streets. Yet, it is a brilliant method to get very close and experience the life and culture of local people.

Addis Ababa

We showed up at the air terminal at 3.30am. We had not booked any convenience because of our unexpected appearance so we remained at the air terminal till about 7am. A taxi consented to bring us into the city for USD$10. We went to the Ras Hotel where we needed to hold up till 9am to check whether they had a room.

Travel Tip: We remained at the Ras Hotel multiple times because of its focal area. The cost incorporates breakfast which is terrible however lunch and supper are acceptable.

Bahir Dar

We remained at the Ghion Hotel on Lake Tana and did a pontoon voyage to the islands to see the painted houses of worship. The Blue Nile Falls region is pretty however not worth the long uneven ride to arrive. Since damming the waterway, the cascades are positively in no way like the banners show.

Travel Tip: Check if a guide is incorporated with your Lake Tana vessel journey. There was 9 of us on our pontoon. No guide went with us on the vessel aside from our private guide Samson. The main island we visited Samson went about as intrepreter else we would have not comprehended what we were taking a gander at. The second island we visited the congregation direct communicated in English.


The surrendered palaces are exceptionally fascinating and it merits employing the aides inside the door.

Travel Tip: We remained at the Belgez Pension which was modest, tidy up and calm yet the rooms were extremely little and squeezed. They do your washing for a little charge – provide for the cleaners in the first part of the day.

Simien Mountains

We did a one day 4WD roadtrip with another explorer and our guide Samson.

Travel Tip: We would have gotten a kick out of the chance to have remained for the time being despite the fact that we are not adventurers, as the landscape is dazzling.


We went through 2 evenings in Lalibela investigating the stunning stone holy places.

Travel Tip: Keep your passageway ticket helpful as they will be checked at each congregation entrance.

Arba Minch

Arba Minch is a short-term transport stop between Addis Ababa and Jinka.

Travel Tip: Spend an additional night on one of the visits and do the lake visit.


We employed a 4WD locally to visit the primary 3 clans in the region (Mersi, Hamer and Karo clans). We imparted this expense to 3 different voyagers who were on the transport and remained at a similar convenience as us.

Travel Tip: Buy your transport pass to Addis Ababa right on time (in any event 1 day ahead of time) so you can get a superior seat number else you will end up stuck at the rear of the transport on the multi day venture. Purchase great ear plugs with the goal that you can shut out the clamor of the noisy music recordings playing.


We utilized an assortment of transport that included: open transport, minivan, 4WD and vessel.

Travel Tip: If you find that many of you are going a similar way, it will be more prudent and agreeable to lease a minivan and driver as we did from Bahar Dar to Gondar (7 individuals).

Local area expert

We utilized the administrations of a private guide. This was the first occasion when we have employed a guide for the whole excursion through another nation. The guide demonstrated important in fending the promotes off (worth the cash alone), managing nearby visit administrators and acquiring inns.

Travel Tip: Use a private guide’s broad information and experience to appreciate Ethiopia through the eyes of a nearby.

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