safety and weather and time!
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 3, 2013 11:13 PM Last Post By: mvbergen
Mar 3, 2013 5:50 AM
safety and weather and time!Hi,
3 basic things if anyone can help:
3 of us would really like to visit Ethiopia this year. We're used to travelling independently in areas which may be considered "risky" but a 4th friend has serious doubts about safety here.
a) if we stick to the usual cultural/ trekking areas, how safe is it really?
b) if we go, it can only be in August - should we just wait until we can go at a better time eg over a Christmas? Is August reallyb a silly time to be considering?
c) how much can we realistically do in 2 weeks?
thanks for any help
Mar 3, 2013 6:58 AM
11. Get Bradt Guide to Ethiopia 6th edition 2012 before you plan anything. From Amazon or Bradt....
2.. Ethiopia is one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel. Check out recent post on Tripadvisor Eth forums. I live here. Much safer than London, New York, Washington, Nairobi or Joburg. WHY would you think otherwise.???
3.. August and July VERY wet in Addis, Gondar etc. BUT people still do the northern circuit. Omo and Rift Valley south of Addis are fine. So August not silly BUT not perfect. Also be aware that some airlines put fares up July/Aug due to high demand from diaspora Ethiopians comin g hoime in US/European school hols AND foreign residents like me going to UK to esap[e rains..( and see family). Try getting a fare on Eth Airlines website NOW v mid July to see what i mean
4. You can do a lot in two weeks.. Could do north by road but would NOT advise that in Aug. Could do north by air in 7 days thenm7 days south with car hire. Do NOT think of Simien treks then too wet NOR Danakil Desertt Erte Ale etc VERY hot in AUGUST...
If you would like me to suggest 14 day Aug itinerary pm me here BUT make it clear if you want to do people watching zoo in Omo or not....
Mar 3, 2013 6:59 AM
Mar 3, 2013 11:13 PM
How can you reach the border with Eritrea?. How can you travel overland to Ogaden and pass the check-points? How can you go by yourself in the Danakil?
Ethiopia is so huge and you have so much to see and to do for months (even years) that you can travel around in total safety.
The Danakil depression is a tension zone since a long time now. You need a professional organisation to go there.
No one (I mean tourist) is going east of Jijiga and you will be blocked on the way to the border with Eritrea. Then, don’t stress at all and enjoy.
It’s true that you have some political and social tensions inside the country but, as tourist, you are not concerned.
For the climate, it depend where you want to go. In Augustus, it will be rainy season in the North but you can go in others parts.
With two weeks, make choices and have realistic program. You can use Bradt guidebook, it’s the best one for the independent traveller.
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