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    Top Descriptions

    There’s a whiff of legend about Ethiopia that will probably always draw travellers, and on many levels the country lives up to the hype. It’s about as rural and agrarian as any country in the world can be these days, its northern circuit is simply packed with historical treasures, it has a wild diversity of terrains and cultures, and it has the opportunity for some fairly OK safari experiences. On top of all its quirkiness, Ethiopia is also blessed with a pretty distinct and delicious cuisine – and it’s cheap to boot! But even with all these draw-cards in hand, Ethiopia’s not an easy game to play as a traveller. Value for money is low, hassle is high, and the backpacking scene is almost non-existent. Then there’s the ancient infrastructure, the bus journeys that take forever, the restaurant service that feels like it will never come, and the political instability of late. While many may come to Ethiopia in prearranged tours and never get dealt a poor hand, for those on a more traditional route Ethiopia will certainly be a memorable experience – no matter how hard you might try to forget! – Daniel
     
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    Top Tips

    Pay careful attention to the political situation in Ethiopia at the moment as protests, strikes and road closures are making travel around the country quite difficult.
    Ethiopia is for the most part still a very rural (though heavily populated) country. Expect a good deal of hassle when in the most rural areas, especially from very young and persistent children. We would advise you not to further facilitate this behaviour by giving gifts/money as this only further encourages children to skip school.
    If you do decide to visit the country during the political unrest, consider flying between destinations. Ethiopian Airlines currently offers large domestic discounts to any customer that also flies with them internationally. For destinations in the north such as , and , you may want to consider flying anyway as bus journeys are often very long between these locations.
     
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    The Location

      What should we know?

      Name in local script:ኢትዮጵያ
      Also known as:Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
       
      Tour operator(s):
      Rental operator(s):
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      Port(s):
       
      Environment type:desert, forest, lake, mountain, scrub
      Religion type:Islam, Orthodox Christian, Protestant
       
      Visa type:Cost:Nationality:On arrival:
      tourist visa (30 days)USD50YES
      tourist visa (90 days)USD70YES

      What can we see or do there?

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      Animals:Anubis baboons, colobus monkeys, Ethiopian wolves, geladas, Grant’s gazelles, hippos, zebras
      Birds:egrets, herons, marabou storks, warblers

      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
      Average daily budget:ETB925

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:39 nights
      High season:
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        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):Amharic, Oromiffa, Somali, Tigrinya
        Timezone:UTC+03:00
        Country calling code:251

        How can we get there?

        Coordinates:9.1450° N, 40.4897° E
        Geographical feature(s):Danakil Depression, Rift Valley, Simien Mountains
         
        Neighboring countries:Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan
        Land borders:
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        What are the numbers and averages?

        Location:Time spent:Daily budget:
        3 nightsETB820
        5 nightsETB860
        3 nightsETB460
        5 nightsETB590
        5 nightsETB475
        10 nightsETB605
        5 nightsETB750
        3 nightsETB1,675
         
        Size:1.104 million km²
        Altitude:-125m to 4,533m

        Local Availability

          ItemSizeCost
          Beer (multinational)500mlETB30
          Beer (national)500mlETB16
          Fizzy drink1 litreETB45
          Fruit juice1 litreETB64
          Gin (multinational)1 litreETB655
          Gin (national)1 litreETB88
          Milk1 litreETB28
          Oil1 litreETB76
          Rum (multinational)1 litreETB603
          Rum (national)1 litre
          Vodka (multinational)1 litreETB530
          Vodka (national)1 litre
          Water1 litreETB10
          Whisky (multinational)1 litreETB832
          Whisky (national)1 litre
          Wine1 bottleETB164
          ItemSizeCost
          Almonds100g
          Apples1kgETB82
          Bananas1kgETB14
          Bell pepper1kgETB0
          Bread1 loafETB0
          Carrots1kgETB0
          Chillies1kgETB0
          Chocolate (multinational)1 barETB26
          Chocolate (national)1 barETB11
          Coconut milk1 can
          Cucumber1kg
          Eggs1 dozenETB40
          Garlic1kgETB0
          Ginger1kgETB0
          Honey1 jarETB39
          Ice cream1 unitETB20
          Jam1 jarETB58
          Onions1kgETB25
          Oranges1kgETB21
          Pasta1kgETB50
          Peanut butter1 jarETB32
          Peanuts100gETB20
          Potatoes1kgETB15
          Raisins100gETB31
          Rice1kgETB41
          Sandwich1 unit
          Tomatoes1kgETB38
          ItemSizeCost
          Antifungal shampoo1 bottleETB123
          Conditioner1 bottleETB52
          Condoms1 packETB5
          Deodorant1 canETB0
          Floss1 pack
          Hand sanitizer1 bottleETB74
          Laundry soap1 barETB42
          Razors1 packETB14
          Sanitary towels1 packETB60
          Shampoo1 bottleETB21
          Soap1 barETB57
          Tampons1 boxETB19
          Toilet roll1 unitETB11
          Toothpaste1 tubeETB25
          Washing powder1 boxETB34
          ItemSizeCost
          Antiseptic cream1 tubeETB60
          Bandages1 packETB15
          Chapstick1 unitETB45
          Contact lens solution1 bottle
          Headache tablets1 packETB4
          Ibuprofen1 packETB22
          Mosquito repellent1 bottleETB0
          Nail clippers1 setETB19
          Plasters1 packETB12
          Sun cream1 bottleETB253
          Sunglasses1 pairETB0
          ItemSizeCost
          Batteries4-packETB30
          Chilli powder100gETB0
          Cigarettes (multinational)20-packETB80
          Cigarettes (national)20-packETB25
          Coriander100gETB0
          Cumin100gETB0
          Fuel1 litreETB14.50
          Internet1 hourETB18
          Lighter1 unitETB10
          Matches1 packETB0
          Paprika100g
          Travel multiadapter1 unitETB40
          Travel plug1 unitETB15
          Turmeric100gETB0
          Stock1 pack

          Local Cuisine

            DishCostLocation Availability
            Cutlet (beef/chicken)ETB112
            Beyaynetu (fasting food)ETB78
            Biryani (meat)ETB110
            Breakfast (continental)ETB56
            Breakfast (full)ETB113
            BurgerETB63
            Cake (slice)ETB29
            Calzone (large)ETB168
            Calzone (small)ETB60
            CannelloniETB95
            CarbonaraETB83
            CerealETB56
            ChapattiETB40
            Chicken nuggetsETB60
            Chicken wingsETB77
            Crème caramelETB39
            Curry (generic – meat)ETB117
            Curry (generic – vegetable)ETB78
            Curry (Indian – meat)ETB125
            Cutlet (fish)ETB87
            Doro watETB84
            Doro fantaETB108
            Eggs (how you like)ETB46
            Fajitas (meat)ETB110
            Fajitas (veggie)ETB100
            FataETB30
            Fish fingersETB90
            French friesETB43
            Fried (chicken)ETB117
            Fried rice (meat)ETB110
            Fruit saladETB36
            FullETB30
            GnocchiETB90
            Gored goredETB106
            Goulash (beef)ETB89
            Grilled (chicken)ETB170
            Grilled (fish)ETB96
            DishCostLocation Availability
            Ice cream (scoop)ETB43
            Ice cream (sundae)ETB45
            Injere firfirETB45
            Key watETB71
            KitfoETB97
            Lamb chopsETB93
            LasagnaETB96
            Meat ballsETB130
            Mixed grillETB108
            Noodles (meat)ETB75
            Pancake (simple)ETB43
            Pasta (meat)ETB69
            Pasta (vegetable)ETB59
            Pizza (loaded)ETB124
            Pizza (simple)ETB96
            PorridgeETB49
            Quanta firfirETB66
            DishCostLocation Availability
            RaitaETB52
            Ravioli (meat)ETB103
            Ravioli (vegetable)ETB92
            Rice (meat)ETB66
            Rice (vegetable)ETB55
            Roasted (chicken)ETB115
            Roasted (lamb)ETB120
            Roasted (pork)ETB385
            SaladETB53
            Salad (meat)ETB66
            Sandwich (basic)ETB59
            ShiroETB52
            Shiro bozenaETB61
            Shiro tegaminoETB54
            ShwarmaETB90
            Skewers (meat)ETB99
            Soup (meat)ETB52
            Soup (vegetarian)ETB48
            Spring rollETB44
            SteakETB98
            Stir fry (meat)ETB102
            Stir fry (meat)ETB109
            Stroganoff (meat)ETB101
            Sweet and sour (meat)ETB120
            TibsETB84
            TiramisuETB40
            Whole (fish)ETB111
            BeverageCostLocation Availability
            Beer (national)ETB20
            Bailey’s (shot)ETB56
            CappuccinoETB16
            CoffeeETB11
            Cognac (bottle)ETB4,375
            Cognac (shot)ETB78
            Fruit juice (fresh)ETB25
            Gin (bottle)ETB1,179
            Gin (shot)ETB45
            Hot chocolateETB18
            Malibu (bottle)ETB1,625
            Malibu (shot)ETB45
            MilkETB13
            MilkshakeETB23
            Ouzo (shot)ETB15
            Red BullETB82
            Rum (bottle)ETB1,550
            Rum(shot)ETB67
            Sambuca (shot)ETB38
            SmoothieETB28
            Soft drinkETB15
            TeaETB10
            Tej (Ethiopian honey wine)ETB39
            TequilaETB35
            Vodka (bottle)ETB981
            Vodka (shot)ETB39
            Water (2L)ETB23
            Whisky (bottle)ETB1,369
            Whisky (shot)ETB49
            Wine (bottle)ETB229
            Wine (glass)ETB71

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