Ethiopia Travel Advice – An Invaluable Guide For First-time Travelers

Ethiopia Travel Advice – An invaluable guide for first-time travelers

Ethiopia is famous for its capital and its highlands. The Ethiopian Highlands is one of the major tourist attractions which helps in managing a large number of tourism businesses such as transportation, accommodation and authentic African restaurants. Popular tourist destinations, which are also easily connected by air, include Arba Minch, Jijiga, Debre Markos, and Gambela. Cities that make up some of the most popular trekking routes and towns of historical interest include Axum, Gondar, and Bahir Dar.

For tourists in Ethiopia, people from all countries, except Kenya, must hold a visa. Each person can apply for a tourist visitor visa from one to three months. These visas are available at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, on arrival for tourists from Canada, USA, Australia and most European countries. To avail the visa, you have to show the possession of 100 USD which can also be converted into Ethiopian birr (around 1400) at the exchange office. However, if you are looking for multiple-entry tourist visas or visas for business purpose, you will have to contact the nearest Ethiopian embassy office.

Transportation in Addis Ababa is readily available in the form of buses, taxis, and private cars. Minibuses are the most convenient option for people looking to travel within the city, as well as between places of tourist interest. For most buses, it can be difficult to get a seat reservation before you travel, but state buses can make this easier. Trains are also available to visit cities along Ethiopia’s only railway linking Addis Ababa, Dire Dawaga, and Djibouti City.

Ethiopia is not a place where you feel safe on your own 24/7, however, trekking, especially along the Omo River region, has gained immense popularity among adventure enthusiasts, trekkers, and culture lovers.