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 timid as there is long travel days (much more if the transport stalls) on ineffectively looked after streets. Be that as it may, it is a fantastic method to get very close and experience the life and culture of local people.

Addis Ababa

We landed at the air terminal at 3.30am. We had not booked any settlement 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 value incorporates breakfast which is dreadful however lunch and supper are great.

Bahir Dar

We remained at the Ghion Hotel on Lake Tana and did a vessel journey to the islands to see the painted holy places. The Blue Nile Falls region is pretty yet not worth the long rough ride to arrive. Since damming the waterway, the cascades are surely in no way like the notices appear.

Travel Tip: Check if a guide is incorporated with your Lake Tana pontoon voyage. There was 9 of us on our pontoon. No guide went with us on the pontoon 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 guide communicated in English.


The deserted manors are extremely fascinating and it merits procuring the aides inside the entryway.

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

Simien Mountains

We did a one day 4WD day trip with another voyager and our guide Samson.

Travel Tip: We would have gotten a kick out of the chance to have remained medium-term despite the fact that we are not trekkers, as the landscape is staggering.


We went through 2 evenings in Lalibela investigating the astonishing rock holy places.

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

Arba Minch

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

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


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

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


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

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

Visit Guide

We utilized the administrations of a private guide. This was the first occasion when we have enlisted a guide for the whole outing through another nation. The guide demonstrated important in fending off the touts (worth the cash alone), managing neighborhood visit administrators and acquiring lodgings.

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

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