Ethiopian Travel Guide

Ethiopian Adventure Travel Tips

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church. The capital city is Addis ababa. 

In October  2013 my husband and I travelled around Ethiopia for three weeks by public bus with a private guide. Travel (especially bus travel) is a real adventure and not for the faint hearted as there is long travel days (even longer if the bus breaks down) on poorly maintained roads. But it is an excellent way to get up close and personal and experience the life and culture of the locals.

Addis Ababa

We landed 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 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 voyage to the islands to see the painted places of worship. The Blue Nile Falls region is pretty however not worth the long uneven ride to arrive. Since damming the stream, the cascades are positively not at all like the publications appear.

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 principal 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 control communicated in English.


The surrendered mansions are intriguing and it merits enlisting the aides inside the entryway.

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


We went through 2 evenings in Lalibela investigating the astounding stone places of worship.

Travel Tip: Keep your passageway 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.

Travel Tip: Buy your transport pass to Addis Ababa ahead of schedule (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 commotion of the uproarious 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 progressively practical 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 excursion through another nation. The guide demonstrated important in fending the touts off (worth the cash alone), managing nearby visit administrators and getting 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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