2 weeks in Ethiopia
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 21, 2013 3:28 AM Last Post By: mvbergen
Jul 16, 2013 7:16 AM
Jul 16, 2013 3:28 PM
1I would stick to the Northern circuit and trek the Simiens if you are into that sort of stuff. Amazing views, nice walks and October shouldn't be so rainy (though it is very very cold). Lalibela is also a must. Gonder you can actually do in one day. Bahir Dar is not that interesting... Axum is really nice, but also won't take more than a day or two. If you are not on budget you could fly to the south and see Omo Valley, though if your doing the Northern circuit you should consider the Danakil Desert which is also amazing (trips there start from Mekele usually).
btw, if you plan to fly domestic flights inside Ethiopia, you should know that buying the tickets in Ethiopia is half the price. you can Just walk into Ethiopian Airlines office in Addis and buy the tickets.
Jul 16, 2013 11:01 PM
With two weeks, you have enough time (even too much time) to visit the Omo valley but with two weeks, for the North, I mean the full loop, it’s to short.
I know that a lot of people are flying between the four main cities but the Historical Road doesn’t mean only the main cities. For this reason, you can make a lot of diversions.
With two weeks, if you skip Axum and the Tigray, you can travel from AA to Gonder via Bahar Dar, reach Lalibela from the Chinese road and going back to the capital city. Maybe reach Harar from the east but not much more.
Jul 17, 2013 12:41 AM
3you have good advice from all the above posts but the basic answer is yes, just.
Note how one person suggests cutting out Bahir Dar, one Axum........this is personal preferences. Axum is great in that it has secular and Christian history. Bahir Dar is great to chill out in but many people - not all -find the low water levels at Tissisat disappointing; and not al like 1000 year old churches on Lake Tana
Flying with one night in each of BDar Gondar Axum and Two in Lalibela is done by many. That would leave you about 7 for Omo and you can see a lot of it in that time.
Suggest you get either Bradt Guide to Ethiopia 6th edition, or Lonely Planet ..see reviews on Amazon and average review score for each before buying but if you choose Bradt make sure it is 6th edition you get
Jul 17, 2013 12:44 PM
Jul 18, 2013 6:36 AM
Jul 19, 2013 7:43 AM
6I don’t actually know which places are on the northern circuit. I’m just going to point you to a link where you could get some ideas for interesting places to visit: http://www.easyethiopiatravel.com/ethiopia-things-to-see-and-do.shtml
Jul 21, 2013 2:48 AM
Jul 21, 2013 3:28 AM
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