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Hi all, jus wandering how much on average taxi in Addis costs? If we arrive to Addis at night (from airport), need to take a taxi to Sheraton. And also, what about taxi in Lalibela? We were offered to be picked up by hotel 140bir per person (280 total). Would a regular cab be cheaper?? Thnx
Dear Forum Members in Ethiopia
I am a Singapore national based in Malaysia without access to any Ethiopian Diplomatic Missions in neighbouring countries.
I've been wanting to visit Ethiopia for years and now I have the time to do it. My questions are as follows:
1. Could Singaporeans get VOA in Bole Airport?
2. How long would the process take?
3. How much is the Consular Fee?
4. How long would the permitted stay be for (30 days)?
I hope to get some feedback.
Folks, I'm currently in Egypt, en route to cape town eventually. I have just seen the recent reports of increased violence in moyale and it is now looking like I will have to fly over this part. Aside from messing with my budget, it also makes me less flexible in Ethiopia. I have my visa which begins on 20th feb and had thought I would spend roughly a month there give or take.
First, I know that domestic flights are cheaper if u book in Ethiopia does the same aPply to international flights?
Should I book this early ASAP, or will the price remain roughly the same for the next few weeks?
I plan to go out to the Swahili coast so has anyone any tips re flying to Mombasa, rather than doing the return overland trip from Nairobi. Best I can see is €235 to Nairobi and about €350 to mombassa.
Finally, if anyone has any up to date info, further tIps, or resources I could use to kee... more »
While arranging our three day trek, I was surprised to see that the per day prices quoted for having a guide etc counts from the moment you enter and leave the National Park. This means that even on our last day, when we will be leaving the park (after getting up in the morning and picking up our car and driver at Sankaber) and driving to Axum, for which we will be paying the car rental, we still have to pay as if we were going on a full day's trek, and this seems very steep at close to $60 per day per person. Is this correct? I haven't booked the trip yet and am still looking into other options.
There are two of us looking to make a 7 night/ 8 day trip to the Omo Valley in about 2 weeks (although we are quite flexible). The trip costs 120 USD/ day for car, driver and fuel, and then any extras e.g. accommodation, entrance fee etc at around 20/ 25 USD/ day/ person.
If anyone is interested in joining us, and hence split the vehicle cost more ways, send me a message!
i've been meaning to post about trekking in the Simiens guide-less for some time. when we were about to take the trip it seemed almost no one had gone without a guide and we weren't even sure it was possible.
well it is.
we took the public bus to debark, walked to the ranger station and the whole bit was arranged within minutes.
we did 5 days walked in and out, no ride to first location. ( a drop at the first spot is totally understandable if you want more days in the mountain and if you have the cash to spend, the first day of the route you'll walk twice, once in and once out though only half of that route is repeated.)
we met our scout, a fantastic guy named Dowd (sp?) while at the ranger station, he spoke no english and we arranged via the ranger when Dowd should meet us the next morning and the route we intended to take.
we had one scout, one mule man +mule, rente... more »
I know this is a bit last minute but, I'm on my own in Addis Ababa for work for the next 5 weeks and was hoping to find people available for weekend (possibly 3 day weekends) trips from now through the month of feb. I'm up for going just about anywhere and would be happy to meet up somewhere in Addis to plan a trip if anyone is interested. Thanks!
Also - suggestions on good 2-3 day trips from Addis would be appreciated.
Next week will arrive to Addis Ababa do you have any recommendation for travel agency in the Addis Ababa
Please do not write me down (michael endlack I got is name already and I got Adimasu Cabayo)
Other agency that got very good price and good guide
I'm thinking of a doing a three-day trek with a buddy in the mountains around Lalibela mid-this month.
Can anybody advise me on the pros and cons of selecting either Tesfa Cbt or its offshoot Tesfa Tours?
Which is better organised? Which will guarantee water for washing / ablutions? Have heard that Tesfa Cbt cannot do this...
Bradt Ethiopia Updates mentions that all is not what is purported to be on the Tesfa website (although which of the above two this refers to I do not know).
A number of trekkers have reported on-site deficiencies, e.g. extreme shortage of water making it impossible to wash let alone shower, distance of loos from the tukuls, their lack of privacy etc etc.
Your feedback is much appreciated.
I would like to fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi and back. Where I should buy the tickets? I found the prize in Ethiopian airlines web page, it was around 400$. It's too expensive for me. Does anyone knows cheaper options?
We are two, looking for a travel partner to Omo Valley of 8 days from Feb 3 - 10. We would love to meet someone doing similar during this time, or if someone would like to join us on the trip. Feb departure from Addis.
Please message PM if you want to chat about it, or grateful for any advice! :)
We (2 friends 35 and 37 y.o. with lots of travel experience) will be travelling in Danakil in early March and looking for few travel buddies to get the price reasonable. The itinerary is as follows:
Addis – Mekele (flight)
Drive to Hamed Ela
Enter the Danakil Dessert, one of the most remote places on our planet.
Arrive to Hamed Ela camp, overnight camping in the desert
Hamed Ela – Erta Ale
Start driving to Erta Ale volcano
Climb the volcano for a few hours
See the Lava Lake, overnight in camping on the Erta Ale Volcano
Erta Ale – Hamed Ela
In the morning if the weather is good, get another look to the Lava Lake
Get back to the Hamed Ela Camp
Visit the local Afar Huts and get to know thier nomadic lifestyle, overnight camping in the desert
Hamed Ela – Dallol – Mekele
Trip to Dallol crater where the mineral rich lan... more »
Am trying to design our itinerary for driving from Axum to Lalibela in March.
We will be arriving to Axum directly from Debark where we will have finished a three day trek. As we are short of time, we have decided not to spend a day in Axum but to drive directly south and make our way to Lalibela over the next few days. But then I started thinking it would be a pity not to spend at least a few hours visiting the main sights in Axum.
Could someone comment or suggest alternatives to this plan:
day 1: leave Axum for Hawzien after spending perhaps an hour visiting Axum. See some churches along the way.
day 2: Hawzien Visit area and return for second night to Hawzien.
day 3: Tigrai region and overnight around Sekota or Maychew.
day 4: Drive to Lalilbela
day 5: Lalibela
day 6: Afternoon flight to Addis
I am wondering:
- should we spend less time in the Tigrai region...
Does anyone have recommendations for accomodation in Lalibela and Axum? Only requirement is that is clean - no fleas.
I'm looking for a place to stay for almost a month (March) in Addis. I need something cheap and clean. B&Bs are around 50 $ and it is too expensive. Is there anything to rent by the month?
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