Ethiopia, it might look like you are going from one world to the other. This isn’t only because of the different landscapes, but also because of the two different religions that dominate in Ethiopia: Islam and Christianity. A visit to the East African country naturally guarantees a meeting with both the most exotic animals and the most primitive peoples. In short: during a trip through Ethiopia, you get to know authentic and unspoiled Africa. You will be offered a mix between traditional cultures and the most beautiful scenery that you can imagine when visiting Ethiopia!
In northern Ethiopia, you can travel through the mountainous landscape and the influence of the Orthodox faith in that region will be visible. A good example of this is the town of Lalibela, where you can see several churches carved into rocks and visit the religious underground corridors. The smell of incense and the sounds of both the drumming and the singing of the churchgoers create a mystical atmosphere that you will certainly remember during your trip through Ethiopia.
Not far from the border with Somalia is the walled Harar, an Islamic city. The fairytale atmosphere is a result of the admirable architecture in combination with the maze of narrow alleys. For historians traveling through Ethiopia and visiting the city, it is nice to know that in the distant past Harar was an important commercial center for Africa, India, and the Middle East.
Visa requirements You may be eligible for an eVisa for your trip. An eVisa is delivered electronically and can be obtained online before your trip to Ethiopia.
Most countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity).
Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region, and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives to the same level and value for money.
Kindly note that water scares in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.
Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391
Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag, or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.
What to Pack? – Packing list
• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a GoPro for those action shots; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure that your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for C and F Type Plugs.
Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.
Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com
Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.
Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.
Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Possession and/or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of your group at risk, and therefore shall not be allowed. Smoking marijuana and opium may be a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is unacceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, especially the local people who make the world the special place it is. Therefore, the exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group found using or in possession of drugs or if they procure prostitutes.
Photography and drone laws Photographs should not be taken of military or strategic buildings or airports. Ask permission to take photos of any person or home. Sometimes money is requested for photos.
Electricity The electric supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. The wall socket accepts two circular-shaped prongs, so an adapter is required. Video camera batteries may be recharged at hotels along the route.
Religion There is mostly Orthodox Christianity and Islam through most parts of Ethiopia. Traditional African beliefs such as animism and totemism in the Rift Valley Southern Region.
Climate Ethiopia has two main seasons, a dry season from October through May and a rainy season from June through September. Temperatures vary according to altitude but are commonly on the mild side. Main Rains in Rift Valley occur from March – June and light rains from October – December.
Best time to visit Overall, the best time to travel to Ethiopia is the dry season (between October and June) as the highlands are green, lush, and perfect for hiking. Going during the wetter months is wet and humid but, on the other hand, is the cheapest time to go to Ethiopia.
Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Ethiopia. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.
Money and currency In Ethiopia, the local currency is the Ethiopian Birr. You can bring USD, Euros, or Pounds and exchange them at any bank in Addis Ababa. American Dollars that are series 2006 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change in Southern and Eastern Africa, because of past forgeries. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3.5% - 5%.
Dress code It is recommended to cover your legs and to remove shoes and hats in churches and monasteries. Women should cover their hair with a shawl in churches/monasteries. Please note that Ethiopia is a fairly conservative country, so please dress accordingly.
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