Do I need to get any vaccinations ahead of my travels?

A yellow fever immunization is a requirement. Malaria exists only in the Rift Valley, Omo, and Lake Tana. Malaria does not affect the highlands. You should, however, consult with your doctor at least six weeks in advance before your travels.

Is Ethiopia safe?

Most parts of Ethiopia are safe. To ensure your safety, we avoid the border areas of Eritrea and Somalia, which are relatively insecure. Other parts of the country are stable and safe.

How do I communicate with my family back home during my stay in Ethiopia?

Not many US or European cell phone companies offer international plans which includes Ethiopia. If they do, they are very expensive. If you want to use your phone to call home, you can purchase a local SIM card from Ethio-Telecom and use it through an unlocked phone that uses the GSM network band. To buy the SIM card, you must provide your passport copy and two photographs. If you choose to purchase Ethio-Telecom’s 3G internet package, you will have fast internet access through your smart phone.

It has good coverage particularly around the major cities. In contrast, in remote areas, internet access might be severely restricted or slow. Alternatively, you can connect to the internet through WiFi, which is available in certain hotels and restaurants. However, WiFi is not widely available and connections might be slow. If you need to go online through your phone frequently, it is advisable to get the 3G internet package at Ethio-Telecom, which is relatively reliable. Ethiopia also has a reliable internal and international postal service. Mail from Addis Ababa to most European countries takes approximately one week. Mail to other parts of the world can take between 2 to 4 weeks. The rate for International postage in Ethiopia tends to be significantly less in comparison to other African countries.

What should I wear during my travels to Ethiopia?

While clothing will depend on the time of the year, it is best to remember that Ethiopians are fairly conservative in their dress. Dress is less conservative in Addis Ababa, where most people dress in western fashion. For tourists, light cotton clothing with sunglasses and a hat is advised in the warm lowlands, while in the highlands light or medium-weight clothing is appropriate. During the rainy season a light raincoat and umbrella are essential, and a sweater is best for chilly evenings. The sun can be very strong in high altitudes, so a strong sunscreen is important. Outside of the rainy season, pack light clothes for the daytime and a jacket or sweater for the evenings. A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques. When visiting the northern part of the country, where churches are the main attractions (Lalibela, Axum, etc) it is advisable to wear flight socks to ensure your comfort.

How can I obtain a visa?

Visas can be attained from the nearest Ethiopia consulate or diplomatic mission. Visas are also issued upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Ethiopia (for citizens of USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, China, Japan, Korea, Israel, Kuwait, Russia, UK and most EU countries). If you intend to get your visa upon arrival, make sure to Bring in cash for a one month visa or for a three month visa Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 month from your date of entry to Ethiopia and that you have at least 2 black pages (both sides) Complete the visa application form which will be handed out to you on your international flight.

Are their sufficient accommodations in Ethiopia?

Addis Ababa has numerous hotels that can cater for all desires. From the luxurious Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson Blu, to tourist – class hotels such as Capital, Jupiter and Nexus, you will have wide range of selections. There are also several budget hotels in the city. Hotel standards outside of Addis vary considerably. However, we accommodate our clients at the best available hotels even outside of capital. Ethiopia has shown tremendous growth in new number of hotels and lodges both within Addis Ababa and elsewhere. As a result, the standard is increasing significantly and we make sure our clients get the very best for their money.

What are some of the key economic drivers of Ethiopia?

Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy. The sector accounts for over 50% of the country’s GDP and 85% of the labor force. The principal exports from this sector are coffee, oilseeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables and sugar. There is also a thriving livestock sector, as Ethiopia has the largest number of livestock in Africa. As result, the export of cattle hoof, hides and skin has been gaining momentum. The manufacturing sector has shown enormous growth in recent years. Food & beverages and textiles and leather are important subsectors for manufacturing in Ethiopia. Mineral exploration has also stepped up in recent years. There are reserves of oil, natural gas, coal, gold, cooper, tantalum, potash, zinc, iron ore, nickel, marble, precious and semi-precious stones.

What is the food like in Ethiopia?

The Ethiopian national dish consists of Injera, made out of grain known as Teff. Originally, Teff used to grow only in Ethiopia. Now, it is gaining worldwide attentions for its nutritional value as it is gluten and cholesterol free. After Teff is fermented, it is cooked as a flatbread (similar to a pancake) and called Injera. The Injera is then served with different kinds of cooked meat, vegetables and sauce. The sauces are generally spiced with Berbere, a blend of herbs and spices (including hot peppers) which gives the food an Ethiopian taste. Ethiopian food is very ideal for vegetarians. There are a numerous selections including salads, vegetables, pulses, and vegetarian sauces devoid of meat and dairy products. This is meant to accommodate devout Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, which have 196 fasting days in a year where they do not eat meat or any dairy product. Meat lovers can also enjoy Ethiopian food as there are several dishes made up of beef, lamb and chicken. The food served at hotels, lodges and tented camps is almost exclusively continental cuisine, and universally ample and healthy.

Ethiopian food is very ideal for vegetarians. There are a numerous selections including salads, vegetables, pulses, and vegetarian sauces devoid of meat and dairy products. This is meant to accommodate devout Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, which have 196 fasting days in a year where they do not eat meat or any dairy product. Meat lovers can also enjoy Ethiopian food as there are several dishes made up of beef, lamb and chicken. The food served at hotels, lodges and tented camps is almost exclusively continental cuisine, and universally ample and healthy.

How many languages are spoken in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic and multi lingual state. There are over 83 languages spoken in the country with 200 dialects. Amharic is the working language in Ethiopia. Other major languages include Oromigna, Somali and Tigrigna. English is also widely spoken.

What are some of the key economic drivers?

85% of the population get their livelihood from the land. Coffee (the word originates from the name of the province Kaffa, in the south west of Ethiopia) provides 65% of foreign currency earnings. The opening up of the economy since the overthrow of the previous government in 1991 has created more favorable grounds for development of Ethiopia's resources. Ethiopia is the "water tower" of the region (the Blue Nile contributes to 85% of the main Nile flow) and plans are now in progress to better exploit the country’s water resources both to boost agricultural production and for power generation. Mineral exploration and mining has stepped up in recent

Ethiopia is the "water tower" of the region (the Blue Nile contributes to 85% of the main Nile flow) and plans are now in progress to better exploit the country’s water resources both to boost agricultural production and for power generation. Mineral exploration and mining has stepped up in recent years-there are reserves of natural gas, coal, Gold, copper, tantalum, potash, zinc, iron ore, marble, precious and semi-precious stones. The export of livestock, skins and hides (Ethiopia has the largest domestic livestock population in Africa) oilseeds, pulses and animal feed makes up the rest of Ethiopia’s foreign currency earnings, with tourism set to make an increasingly important contribution.

How many people live in Ethiopia?

The current population of Ethiopia is estimated to be around 95 million, making it the second most populous country in Africa.

What is the climate of Ethiopia?

The climate of Ethiopia varies greatly according to topographical regions. In general, the climate is temperate in the highlands and hot in the lowlands. The major part of the country consists of high plateau, which gives the country its pleasant, moderate climate with minimal seasonal temperature variation. The mean minimum during the coldest season is 6 ̊C (43 ̊F) while the mean maximum rarely exceeds 26 ̊C (79 ̊F). Temperature variation in the lowlands are much greater, and the heat in the desert and Red Sea Coastal areas is extreme, with occasional highs of 60 ̊C (140 ̊F). In Addis, the average temperature consistently remains around 15 ̊C (59 ̊F) throughout the year; however, you should not underestimate the intensity of the equatorial sun. It is advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and In Addis, the average temperature consistently remains around 15 ̊C (59 ̊F) throughout the year; however, you should not underestimate the intensity of the equatorial sun. It is advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and sun glasses. Heavy rainfall occurs in most of the country during June, July, August and September. The average annual precipitation in the country during the major rainy season is 39 inches. While the northeast and eastern plains receive less than 19 inches, Addis Ababa receives close to 49 inches of rainfall.

How big is Ethiopia, and what is the environment like?

With an area of 1,104,300 square kilometers, Ethiopia is as large as France and Spain combined. It is bounded on the east by Djibouti and Somalia, on the north and northeast by Eritrea, on the south by Kenya and on the west by the Sudan. In Ethiopia, from the north and running down the center are the Abyssinian highlands with an altitude ranging from 2,500meters to 4,500 meters. The rugged mass of mountains that make up the Abyssinian highlands led people to call Ethiopia the Roof of Africa. In the west of the Ethiopia, the land drops to the grasslands of the Sudan while in the east, the country is dominated by the deserts of the Afar and the Red Sea. In contrast to the Abyssinian highlands, the altitude in the eastern part of the country is the lowest in Ethiopia and one of the lowest in Africa. The altitude ranges from 116 meters below sea level to 1,500 meters above sea level. This area is home to one of the warmest inhabited location on earth, called the Dallol region, which has an average temperature of 35 ̊C. In the south of Addis Ababa, we find the Great Rift Valley which runs from Mozambique to Syria and cuts Ethiopia in half.

What is Ethiopia's political history amidst the European colonial history?

When the European powers were scrambling to carve up Africa, Ethiopia retained its independence. The defeat inflicted by the Ethiopian army under Emperor Menelik II on invading Italian forces at Adwa in 1896 was the heaviest suffered by any European army in Africa, and reverberated throughout the world at the time. The occupation of Ethiopia by Mussolini’s forces from 1935-41 was met with strong and continuous resistance, and left no permanent stamp on the character of the country or the psyche of its people.

Which religions are present in Ethiopia?

The two dominant religions in Ethiopia are the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Islam. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the oldest Christian church in Africa. Ethiopia adopted Christianity, and became the first state to do so, during the Axumite Empire in 330 AD. Islam was also introduced quite early in Ethiopia. Muslims, including Prophet Mohamed, were given refuge in Ethiopia from the prosecution of the Quraysh tribe during 615 A.D. Islam then spread across the country.

How does Ethiopia make you 7 years younger?

In 1582, when the rest of the Christian world adopted the Gregorian calendar, Ethiopia continued on using the Julian calendar. With the passage of time, seven and a half years have somehow dissolved, owing to alternate calculations in determining the date of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although many Ethiopians in the cities are equally comfortable using the Gregorian calendar, they are immensely proud in maintaining their own calendar. Travel Ethiopia does not guarantee that you will indeed become seven years younger; but we can ensure that you will have a fascinating experience, in the land enriched with historical and natural beauty. By the end of your trip, you might certainly feel younger due to your enriched experience.

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Welcome to Ethiopia- an ancient wonderland with rich cultural traditions, architectural remains, natural beauty and enormously hospitable people. Ethiopia has a history of over 3,000 years, which has been preserved in a remarkable manner. Only in Ethiopia will you find yourself dramatically transported back in time through the participation in sacred rituals of an archaic faith. The rock-hew churches of Lalibela and the obelisks of Axum are known worldwide for their architectural beauty and mesmerizing history, giving you a glimpse of one of the greatest empire in history

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