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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
 
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Rental operator(s):
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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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Low 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
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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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