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Stories and Tips Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines

Written by isoldezole on 27 Nov, 2005

My son and I purchased four tickets from Ethiopian Airlines, two each from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro and two from Nairobi back to Addis. We paid full price for those tickets; the airline had our money 3 months ahead of time, and we reconfirmed our flights a few…Read More


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Amarinya Language

Written by eccles1 on 08 Jul, 2003

In general, I had no problem with language -- most people I met spoke a bit of English. Some really nice old timers even spoke Italian! However, I've made up a table of words in Amarinya so I could speak it (rather crudely). I've…Read More


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Dodola (horseback trek)

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

DODOLA Bus from Addis -- purchase a ticket on the bus to Goba (or Robé) and tell them to let you off in Dodola. Purchase ticket from the same office in the bus station that handles tickets to Harer. Ticket was 43 birr, bus left at…Read More


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Harer

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

HARER Purchase ticket (the day before) at the Addis Mercato Bus Station, from an office in the North-West corner. Cost 54 birr, get to the bus station at 5:30am to join the scrum and get a front-row seat. Bus left at 7am, stopped for breakfast at…Read More


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Bahar Dar

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

BAHAR DAR: Bus from Gonder to Bahar Dar cost 20 birr, took 3.5 hours. Stayed at the Ghion Hotel on the lake, bargained the 80 birr room down to 60 birr. Ghion has a great restaurant -- steak sandwiches with awazi, fried fish (asa dulet)! -- and…Read More


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Debark (Simien trek)

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

DEBARK (SIMIEN TREK): The 5:30am bus from Shire (Inda Selassie)left at 7am, passed many wrecked tanks and artillery pieces -- somebody got their ass kicked here good. After a stop in Adi Agat for tibs, the bus enters the mountains and spectacular scenery as we switchback…Read More


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Axum

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

AXUM Stayed at the Africa Hotel -- I had a 30 birr room (common shower), but should’ve sprung for the 50 birr room with the attached bath. Good restaurant -- they serve "shiro tagamino", a Tigré specialty of mashed beans fried in hot chilies served with…Read More


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Lalibela

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

LALIBELA Coming in from the airport, you’re offered a choice -- pay 30 birr for the taxi or stay at their hotel for 80 birr. I stayed at the Helen Hotel, 30 birr. Didn’t get very high ratings in the guidebooks, but I thought it was all…Read More


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Addis Ababa

Written by eccles1 on 06 Jul, 2003

ADDIS ABABA Stayed at the Baro Hotel -- room price ranges from 50 to 60 birr. Great staff -- they do a "coffee ceremony" in the afternoon most days. While changing buses I stayed at the Kagnew Shelaka Hotel in the Mercato, just across the street from…Read More


Highlights, The South, Prices, Internet

Written by eccles1 on 05 Jul, 2003

Itinerary: I was in Ethiopia for six weeks. Sounds like a long time, but I barely scratched the surface. I spent four days in Lalibela, three days in Axum, five days trekking in the Simiens, three days in Gonder, four days in Bahar Dar, two…Read More


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