I was in Ethiopia few weeks ago, stayed 2 weeks there, between Lalibela, Mekele, Axoun and son on.
I booked an organised trip to the Danakil with Ethiopia Hagere Tour. I gotta say, it was well organised !
The team was very friendly and acknowledgeable. We fell safe all the way, every thing was perfect. Best driver ever, our guide Gary was amazing.
Knowing they are also organising other trips, I highly recommend Hagere Tour and Travel.
If you travel to northern Ethiopia, Simien Mountains National Park is worth seeing. Here's their official website:
The best accommodations I found there are a LimaLimo Lodge. It's brand new, and has spectacular views.
A scout is required, but they usually don't speak much English. A professional guide, who speaks English and knows the park, is recommended. Here's the website for a good one, Afera Gebremedhin;
I am planning a one month trip to Ethiopia in either November or December and any info on the following would be great.
My initial itinerary is: Addis - Laibela-Mekele (for Danakil) - Tigray - hiking in the Simien mountains-Gonder -Addis - not sure after this, it will depend on time.
- Does anyone have any info on the current security situation in the north? Info here is about 2-3 weeks old.
- Using only buses approximately how long will this trip take? I'm just trying to get an idea as…
Journey to Ethiopia in the valley of the Omo River in African tribes Mursi.
The story of what adventures had to experience while visiting the Mursi tribe and how managed to survive.
Perhaps you will be useful in my experience. Video link.
I will arrive in Addis Abeba on a Saturday in November (schedulded arrival at the airport 7:25 a.m.).
I want to go to Harar (or Dire Dawa at least) on the same day using the bus. I do not want to fly if it is possible in any other way.
Lonely Planet and Bradt travel guide only mention morning buses. I do not know how long it takes me to get from the airport to a bus station but are there transport possibilities from 9:30 a.m or later on a saturday?
Thanks for your advice.
Hey all -
My wife and I are landing in Addis on October 11. We had originally planned to head east, then north, but reading the news and talking to contact in the country makes it sound like things are too tense to head towards Gondar.
We're thinking about a trip out to Harar and then south. Does anyone have suggestions for 1.5-2 weeks worth of independent travel in the South - by public transit? As in, probably not extremely remote villages but a few spots to get a taste of the region?
A group of 2 or 4 of us will be in Ethiopia between 18-Nov and 27-Nov. As with most visitors, a trip to Dallol is on top of the list, but we are wary of being overcharged by tour operators if we book in advance. Having browsed the forum, it looks like vehicles and guides could be available to leave the moment we reach Mek'ele, and this would work best for my group as it allows us to be flexible with our time for the trip. But the odds of tours being available at a moment's notice seem…
My wife and I will be in Northern Ethiopia for about two weeks in December. We are interested in trekking through the Simien Mountains from Gondor with a local guide. All of the information online looks as though these are big companies. We could risk it and show up to hire a guide, but would be more interested in going with someone who comes recommended? Ideally about three days would be perfect - does anyone have any recommendations and perhaps a contact email? Please let us know -…