Mosquito nets in low budget hotels
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 19, 2013 2:00 AM Last Post By: mvbergen
Dec 19, 2012 2:02 PM
Mosquito nets in low budget hotelsA big hello to all,
I am wondering if low budget hotels in Ethiopia are equipped with mosquito nets or it is better to bring one with us?
Many thanks for sharing.
Dec 19, 2012 11:10 PM
First of all, where are you going? In fact, most of the North is free of mosquito except one or two places. I saw only few mosquito in Shire and Bahar Dar.
Very few basics hotels/hotels have mosquito nets. I had one with me but I used only in Shire, one night in three months (three travels).
Mosquito nets are more common in mid-range hotel.
If you have a little one, you can take it with you but I don’t know if you need to buy one only because you are going in Ethiopia.
Have a nice trip.
Dec 20, 2012 1:01 AM
Dec 20, 2012 2:30 PM
michel we will be traveling the north of ethiopia..and addis ababa..on one hand can imagine that not so many mosquitoes are up there in the north..but since i had dengue twice..hmm..do not really want to get it again..so got myself a mosquito net:-}}}
thanks to both for informing me about the situation:-}}}
Dec 20, 2012 11:05 PM
Dec 21, 2012 9:05 AM
5Bring Permethrin or another good mosquito repellant. There is none here. While you are at it bring two. Almost any foreigner will gladly buy it from you. Also....bring a net. Cheap places do not provide them even in mosquito areas as a rule. If you are worried go a little upscale (above 200 birr and you will have a net.
Jan 16, 2013 2:42 PM
6How about the bed sizes in budget/cheap places in Ethiopia? I'm asking because in Tanzania and Uganda most of the beds I slept in were big enough for two people, meaning a bigger 2-person mosquito net would fit better. I think the bed size has something to do with the pricing policy; whether the price is per bed (as in Tz, Uga, for example) or per person.
Jan 17, 2013 8:11 AM
7huh - depends:-}}}
will you be traveling alone or with someone else? we were 2 and most of the budget rooms we stayed in had either a single big bed or a big bed and small bad. according to locals this was a room for two.
unfortunately i have never stayed in a single room.
and in regards to mosquito nets - none of the places we stayed at had a mosquito net. luckily we had one with us:-}}} there were lots of mosquitoes esp. in bahir dar:-sSss
Jan 17, 2013 4:21 PM
8Thanks for that. I'll be traveling alone and now I think it'd be safer to carry a bigger than a single-person mosquito net, especially if the budget (single) beds seem to be on the bigger size like in Tz or Uga for example. It is very useful to know many/most places don't supply nets as this is among the best prophylaxis against flying things (and malaria.)
Jan 18, 2013 12:50 PM
9Actually what gets to most people is not the mosquitos but rather the biting flies. They are not that big either but they take a lot of blood and leave a big itchy welt. They call them "Bimbi" here. You will see them frequently around toilets and water sources in most hotels so just a note to avoid taking a room beside the latrine.
Your best defence is to bring anything with Permethrin in it like Deep Woods Off. It is not available for sale here so pack extra. Others will gladly buy it from you.
Jan 18, 2013 4:43 PM
10Thanks for that, cameroni. Yeah, that is exactly the case with these "special items" we want to use but the locals don't mind about or can't afford. That's why I'll carry my own (Permethrin treated) net and enough repellent even though the latter you may find locally, too, thanks to some Indian shops! On my previous trip I gave my mosquito net away to a Ugandan friend who didn't have one.
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