Hawassa

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Top Descriptions

With the hassle factor so high in (especially for those attempting to backpack), it’s no wonder people find themselves lingering longer in Hawassa than planned. There might not be much to do here, but with making for a solid accommodation option and and restaurants adding some Italian flavour to the local cuisine (there’s even an in town!), it’s easy to see why expatriate workers are drawn here on the weekends. Then there’s Hawassa lake, which truly is a good place for a long walk and some intensive bird watching, not that you’ll have to look very hard to spot them! However, for those without their own wheels, Hawassa is just a little too spread out for super easy access. With this and the lack of general attractions aside, it is a relatively calm, forward-thinking and low-density city for Ethiopian standards. Indeed, Hawassa makes for a good spot to break in on the long road down to and farther afield. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

Though rather devoid of attractions, Hawassa is certainly one of the more pleasant places in to spend some time doing very little.
Hawassa makes for an excellent stop on your way to attractions further south, such as and .
If you like Italian food, be sure to check out or restaurants while you’re in town – or even !
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:አዋሳ
Also known as:Awassa, Awasa
 
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Environment type:hill, lake
Location type:city, rural, urban
 
Religion type:Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

What can we see or do there?

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Animals:colobus monkeys, hippopotamus, vervet monkeys
Birds:marabou storks, pelicans

How much will it cost us?

Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
Average daily budget:ETB605

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:10 nights
High season:October to January
Low season:
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How can we get in contact?

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

How can we get there?

Coordinates:7.04877, 38.48234
Geographical feature:Lake Awasa, Great Rift Valley

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:3
Travel time to attractions:20 minutes
Travel time to next location:5 hours
 
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Altitude:1,708m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlETB30
Beer (national)500mlETB15
Fizzy drink1 litre
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Fruit juice1 litreETB58
Gin (multinational)1 litreETB560
Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litreETB26
Oil1 litreETB103
Rum (multinational)1 litreETB576
Rum (national)1 litre
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Vodka (multinational)1 litreETB370
Vodka (national)1 litre
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Water1 litreETB7
Whisky (multinational)1 litreETB570
Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottleETB160
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100g
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Apples1kgETB100
Bananas1kgETB8
Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 barETB22
Chocolate (national)1 barETB7
Coconut milk1 can
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Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozen
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Garlic1kg
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Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jar
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Ice cream1 unitETB20
Jam1 jarETB50
Onions1kg
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Oranges1kgETB15
Pasta1kgETB62
Peanut butter1 jarETB32
Peanuts100gETB24
Potatoes1kg
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Raisins100gETB50
Rice1kgETB55
Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kgETB26
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antifungal shampoo1 bottleETB202
Conditioner1 bottleETB62
Condoms1 packETB4
Deodorant1 canETB68
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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Laundry soap1 barETB10
Razors1 packETB60
Sanitary towels1 packETB24
Shampoo1 bottleETB58
Soap1 barETB10
Tampons1 box
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Toilet roll1 unitETB10
Toothpaste1 tubeETB18
Washing powder1 boxETB12
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 packETB24
Chapstick1 unitETB60
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 packETB7
Ibuprofen1 packETB27
Mosquito repellent1 bottle
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Nail clippers1 setETB18
Plasters1 packETB20
Sun cream1 bottleETB200
Sunglasses1 pair
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Batteries4-pack
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Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-pack
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Cigarettes (national)20-packETB17
Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreETB15
Internet1 hourETB18
Lighter1 unit
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Matches1 pack
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Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beyaynetu (fasting food)ETB79
Breakfast (continental)ETB95
Breakfast (cooked)ETB140
BurgerETB78
Cake (slice)ETB35
Calzone (large)ETB220
CannelloniETB95
CarbonaraETB111
CerealETB60
ChapattiETB40
Chicken wingsETB77
Curry (generic – meat)ETB127
Curry (generic – vegetable)ETB80
Curry (Indian – meat)ETB125
Cutlet (beef/chicken)ETB117
Cutlet (fish)ETB108
Doro watETB100
Doro fantaETB100
Eggs (how you like)ETB47
Fajitas (meat)ETB105
Fish fingersETB90
French friesETB42
Fried (chicken)ETB138
Fried rice (meat)ETB110
Fruit saladETB48
GnocchiETB90
Gored goredETB140
Goulash (beef)ETB100
Grilled (chicken)ETB170
Grilled (fish)ETB115
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Ice cream (scoop)ETB45
Ice cream (sundae)ETB60
Injera firfirETB50
Key watETB100
KitfoETB118
Lamb chopsETB93
LasagnaETB113
Mixed grillETB125
Pancake (simple)ETB48
Pasta (meat)ETB91
Pasta (vegetable)ETB84
Pizza (loaded)ETB146
Pizza (simple)ETB103
PorridgeETB55
Quanta firfirETB70
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
RaitaETB52
Ravioli (meat)ETB100
Rice (meat)ETB84
Rice (vegetable)ETB70
Roasted (chicken)ETB152
Roasted (lamb)ETB163
Roasted (pork)ETB385
SaladETB54
Salad (meat)ETB76
SandwichETB68
ShiroETB69
Shiro bozenaETB79
Shiro tegaminoETB75
Skewers (meat)ETB155
Soup (meat)ETB57
Soup (vegetarian)ETB50
Spring rollETB40
SteakETB139
Stir fry (meat)ETB125
Sweet and sour (meat)ETB120
TibsETB106
Whole (fish)ETB110
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beer (national)ETB23
Bailey’s (shot)ETB50
CappuccinoETB23
CoffeeETB13
Cognac (bottle)ETB3,750
Cognac (shot)ETB85
Fruit juice (fresh)ETB31
Gin (bottle)ETB1,375
Gin (shot)ETB51
Hot chocolateETB20
Malibu (bottle)ETB1,450
Malibu (shot)ETB45
MilkETB19
MilkshakeETB28
Red BullETB110
Rum (bottle)ETB1,350
Rum (shot)ETB105
Sambuca (shot)ETB40
SmoothieETB28
Soft drinkETB18
TeaETB14
Tequila (shot)ETB40
Vodka (bottle)ETB775
Vodka (shot)ETB45
Water (2L)ETB35
Whisky (bottle)ETB1,398
Whisky (shot)ETB52
Wine (bottle)ETB327
Wine (glass)ETB90

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