Axum

Axum

Town:Axum
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Top Descriptions

As one of the oldest spots on the historical circuit, Axum has a good deal to offer for those with an interest in ancient culture, and its cobbled streets can make for fairly pleasant ambling as for as Ethiopia goes. While the might be the town’s ultimate draw, smaller sites such as the and the are also worth your time – and many are included on the same (and very reasonably priced) ticket. While these antiquities may not quite compare with the likes of those in nearby Egypt or Jordan, most are pleasantly situated on the rural and picturesque outskirts of the town and can easily be visited on foot (the should knock off a few). Where the town lacks, however, is on almost every other front. Axum is pretty disconnected from most other places of interest in the country and is let down by its fairly innocuous list of accommodations and restaurants. But there is an within a few kilometres of downtown, and so if you do decide to visit the sites and leave in a snap then that’s perfectly doable – although you might find in hindsight that Axum’s one of those places you could have explored for just a little longer. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

Try to get out and about in the mornings as it often rains in the afternoon.
Make sure to explore the backstreets and the greater rural environment as Axum can be very pleasant away from the main road.
Don’t count of finding chicken to eat, even though it’s on most menus. You can expect to find a good cluster of traditional restaurants here, though.
 
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The Town

What should we know?

Name in local script:ኣኽሱም
Also known as:Aksum
 
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Environment type:forest, mountain
Location type:rural, town
 
Religion type:Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

What can we see or do there?

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Animals:cows, donkeys, goats
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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
Average daily budget:ETB460

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:3 nights
High season:September to January
Low season:July, August

How can we get in contact?

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

How can we get there?

Coordinates:14.12445, 38.72437
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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:8
Travel time to attractions:30 minutes
Travel time to next location:12 hours
 
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Altitude:2,131m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500ml
Beer (national)500mlETB15
Fizzy drink1 litreETB0
Fruit juice1 litreETB0
Gin (multinational)1 litre
Gin (national)1 litreETB0
Milk1 litre
Oil1 litreETB50
Rum (multinational)1 litre
Rum (national)1 litre
Vodka (multinational)1 litre
Vodka (national)1 litre
Water1 litreETB8
Whisky (multinational)1 litreETB650
Whisky (national)1 litre
Wine1 bottleETB150
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100g
Apples1kg
Bananas1kgETB15
Bell pepper1kg
Bread1 loafETB0
Carrots1kgETB0
Chillies1kgETB0
Chocolate (multinational)1 barETB30
Chocolate (national)1 barETB0
Coconut milk1 can
Cucumber1kg
Eggs1 dozenETB40
Garlic1kgETB0
Ginger1kgETB0
Honey1 jar
Ice cream1 unit
Jam1 jar
Onions1kgETB0
Oranges1kgETB35
Pasta1kgETB25
Peanut butter1 jarETB35
Peanuts100g
Potatoes1kgETB0
Raisins100g
Rice1kgETB0
Sandwich1 unit
Tomatoes1kgETB0
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
Conditioner1 bottleETB0
Condoms1 packETB10
Deodorant1 canETB0
Floss1 pack
Hand sanitizer1 bottle
Laundry soap1 barETB15
Razors1 packETB90
Sanitary towels1 packETB90
Shampoo1 bottleETB60
Soap1 barETB15
Tampons1 box
Toilet roll1 unitETB0
Toothpaste1 tubeETB25
Washing powder1 boxETB25
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
Bandages1 pack
Chapstick1 unit
Contact lens solution1 bottle
Headache tablets1 pack
Ibuprofen1 pack
Mosquito repellent1 bottle
Nail clippers1 set
Plasters1 pack
Sun cream1 bottle
Sunglasses1 pairETB0
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Batteries4-packETB20
Chilli powder100g
Cigarettes (multinational)20-pack
Cigarettes (national)20-packETB0
Coriander100g
Cumin100g
Fuel1 litreETB0
Internet1 hourETB30
Lighter1 unitETB0
Matches1 packETB1
Paprika100g
Travel multiadapter1 unitETB25
Travel plug1 unitETB5
Turmeric100gETB0
Stock1 pack

Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
BurgerETB52
Cake (slice)ETB30
Cutlet (fish)ETB93
Eggs (how you like)ETB43
FataETB30
French friesETB45
Fruit saladETB33
FullETB30
Goulash (beef)ETB88
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Injera firfirETB43
Key watETB60
KitfoETB90
Pasta (meat)ETB64
Pasta (vegetable)ETB55
Pizza (loaded)ETB134
Pizza (simple)ETB97
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Rice (meat)ETB65
Rice (vegetable)ETB51
Roasted (chicken)ETB109
Roasted (lamb)ETB118
SaladETB49
SandwichETB36
ShiroETB58
Shiro tegaminoETB56
Soup (meat)ETB47
Soup (vegetarian)ETB46
SteakETB95
TibsETB90
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beer (national)ETB18
CoffeeETB10
Fruit juice (fresh)ETB27
Gin (shot)ETB48
Hot chocolateETB15
MilkETB11
Ouzo (shot)ETB15
Red BullETB100
Soft drinkETB15
TeaETB7
Vodka (shot)ETB38
Water (2L)ETB20
Whisky (bottle)ETB1,200
Whisky (shot)ETB59
Wine (bottle)ETB218
Wine (Ethiopian Honey)ETB30
Wine (glass)ETB85

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