Axum

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
          ItemSizeAverage Cost
          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
          ItemSizeAverage Cost
          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
            DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
            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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