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Toilets

Both sit-down and squat toilets are found in Ethiopia, reflecting European and Arab influences, respectively. In midrange and top-end hotels as well as budget hotels catering to foreign tourists, Western style ‘sit-down’ toilets are the norm. Elsewhere it’s squat toilets only.

Public toilets are found in almost all hotels and restaurants, but may not form your fondest memories of Ethiopia. In small towns and rural areas, the most common arrangement is a smelly old shack, with two planks, a hole in the ground and all the flies you can fit in between. You may suddenly find that you can survive the next 1000km after all.

Toilet paper is very rare in any toilet outside a hotel; you’re best advised to carry your own. In many budget hotels, expect the toilet seats to be missing.