Ethiopia for 2 months.
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 11:09 PM Last Post By: mvbergen
Dec 4, 2012 2:25 AM
Ethiopia for 2 months.Hi everyone,
My boyfriend and I are currently planning a trip to Ethiopia and we have two months in total. We are considering spending the entire two months in Ethiopia or visiting a neighbouring a country, though in that case we would have to book a different return ticket because of the Ethiopian visa hassle.
For those of you who have been to Ethiopia and like to take things slowly, do you think two months will be fine? Too much time? We are not planning to visit the Omo valley due to the enormous costs and the circus that seems to be down there, so take that into consideration.
Otherwise we welcome suggestions on alternate possibilities, like Kenya and Uganda or Djibouti?
Thanks in advance.
Dec 4, 2012 5:10 AM
1I would be tempted to stay in Ethiopia.The historical circuit takes a minimum of 3 weeks if you're not flying - you could easily stretch it to 4/ 5 weeks or more by staying some extra days here or there.
Things you'll have time for that others may not are:
A ferry trip across Lake Tana to Gorgora (google Tim and Kims - great spot for independent travelers)
A relaxed trip to Harar
Explore the rock hewn chuches in the Gheralta area
A visit to the Bale Mountains
Longer treks around Lalbela or in the Simiens
I have to say Omo was probably the highlight of our trip last year. We didn't go on an organised tour however we did have our own transport and I appreciate it would be difficult to arrange a trip to this area independently without this. I wouldn't have called it a circus either. In fact we probably had more genuine interaction with local people there than in many other parts of Ethiopia.
If you do visit another country the obvious choice would probably be Kenya. Traveling overland Addis to Nairobi is a tough slog and with the recent events in the Turkana region it may be quite tense. You're probably looking at 4 or 5 days in transit in total. To my mind better to fly to Nairobi and have a good couple of weeks in southern Kenya (Masai Mara/Navaisha/Hell's Gate/Rift Valley lakes) than waste almost a week on the road without much to see.
Dec 5, 2012 5:04 AM
Dec 5, 2012 12:27 PM
Dec 5, 2012 10:38 PM
4I have to agree with the others, 2 months are NOT too much for Ethiopia, since travelling here takes: t i m e:)
I'm also not so sure if South Omo is to be considered good or not so good, the way most tour organizers do it and lots of reviews I read about it makes me feel like it's something like a "human zoo"..it all seems to be very controversial and I find it hard to make up my mind about this.
although I live in Ethiopia I havent been there for exactly these reason..but Ethiopia is so beautiful, that you can spend your 2months easily somewhere else than South Omo.
I love trekking and hiking, so a trip in the Simiens or on the highlands of Lalibela, where you can stay at local houses in tiny african villages will impress you very much.
take your time -and things easy, it's much better not being in a rush in Ethiopia- also cheaper coze you can go by bus and not by plane.
enjoy this country,
Dec 6, 2012 10:33 PM
It’s possible to visit Ethiopia for more than a year. With two months, it’s “just enough” to go in some parts of this fascinating country.
First read the Bradt guidebook and after, follow your inspiration.
Dec 7, 2012 1:36 AM
6Wolfshakti, all great advice from the others, Ethiopia is a wonderful county. You mention the visa hassle but you don't say where you are from but did want share my experience. I'm a US citizen so again not knowing what country you are from the requirements may be different but you can get single or multiple entry visas in advance or on arrival. I would strongly encourage getting the visa in advance, which is what we did. When we arrived ADD we observed the line for visa on arrival was enormously long, but of course that will vary depending on when you arrive, whether there's a lot of other flights arriving at the same time, etc. Having the visas in advance we got through in 15 minutes. Our visas were multiple entry good for two years, the price is the same for single or multiple so may as well get the multiple entry visa. Have a great trip.
Feb 19, 2013 1:28 PM
How was it? 2 months in Ethiopia?
I'll go there for thow months too. I'm french, and I'll be there from february the 23, to april the 24.
Do you have any recomandations?
I'll travel on my own and lonely. I already travelled 10 months in south east asia like that but it will be my first time to Africa.
Feb 19, 2013 11:03 PM
Feb 19, 2013 11:09 PM
9Sorry for my mistake...
When I was there (three months in three travels) I meet few single woman but it's not difficult to move around and visit the country.
Ask always in advance how can you leave the place you reach.
Try to make diversions on the way and reduce the duration of the journey. Most of the buses can be in a museum but they are still in use. Except Sky and Selam, they are very old and uncomfortable.
A lot of accommodations including in little villages (but sometimes very very basics!)
I wish you a good trip
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