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Ethiopia Travel and Tourism Information on Travel Notes
Find Ethiopia Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia was formerly known as Abyssinia. See also Eritrea.
Countries neighbouring Ethiopia are: Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti
Traditional agriculture and the raising of livestock are the main
economic activities of Ethiopia, and trade by barter is still common in many local
Weather in Africa:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Africa.
Ethiopia has secured substantial grants for the renovation of its
road and rail network, but improvement will take time.
The Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) was originally set up in 1954 as a
small section within the Ministry of Education for preparing various maps for schools in
Ethiopia by Road
A little over 4,000 kilometres of the roads are covered, while some
19,000 kilometres remain gravel and dry-weather roads.
The terrain makes overland travel difficult, and you will probably
have to fly to some parts of the country.
A main road runs from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.
Ethiopia by Rail
A railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti (about 780 kilometres), for freight and passenger
Railway enthusiasts who wish to travel by train from
Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa or on to Djibouti should be prepared for delays and run down
Ethiopia by Air
The main international airport is in Addis Ababa.
From its hub at Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines serves 42 international and 30 domestic
Visas are required by all visitors to Ethiopia, except the nationals
of Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya and Sudan.
Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia's diplomatic
However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their
tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina,
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
Embassy of Ethiopia in China:
The Embassy of Ethiopia in China is also accredited to Singapore,
Malaysia and the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
Embassy of Ethiopia in Sweden:
Ethiopian Embassy, Birger Jarlsgatan 39, Stockholm.
Embassy of Ethiopia in United
The Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in the United Kingdom, is
located at 17 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PZ.
Embassy of Ethiopia in
3506 International Dr., NW Washington, D.C.
of Israel in Addis Ababa:
Higher 16, Kebele 22, House no. 283, Addis Ababa.
Founded in 1887, by Emperor Menelik II, by the site of a hot
spring, Addis Ababa means new flower in Amharic.
When in the capital, visit the Emperor Menelik II Palace, Africa Hall,
the octagon-shaped St. George Cathedral, and the National Archaeological Museum.
With a population of more than two million people, Addis Ababa is not only the political
capital but also the economic and social nerve-centre of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce:
As information is of critical importance to the success of business, the AACC provides its
members with a broad range of business information, creating an environment in which
business in Addis Ababa can develop and grow at a much faster pace.
Canada in Ethiopia:
Old Airport Area, Nefas Silk Lafto Sub City
Kebeli 04, House No. 122
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Embassy of Canada in Addis Ababa also covers the country of Djibouti.
The secession of Eritrea in 1993 has
left Ethiopia without a coastline, although you can always visit Lake T'ana in the north
of the country; where the Blue Nile rises.
Explore the colourful churches on the islands.
The Blue Nile, known as the Abbai in Ethiopia, contributes a large
part of the Nile's water when it joins the White Nile at Khartoum, in Sudan.
Here lies the Ark of the Covenant, or so it's claimed, in the
Church of St. Mary of Zion.
The ancient kingdom of Aksum was founded after people from Sheba crossed the Red Sea in the 1st millennium BC and
defeated the Hamites.
King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba were their ancestors.
Many people visit Ethiopia - or hope to do so one day - because of
the remarkable manner in which ancient historical traditions have been preserved.
The heart of Ethiopia is a high tableland, known as the Ethiopian
Plateau; covering more than half the total area of the country.
The plateau is split diagonally in a north-eastern to south-western
direction by the Great Rift Valley.
Although the average elevation of the plateau is about 1,680m it is
cut by many rivers and deep valleys, some of which are 600m below the level of the
The area is capped by mountains, the highest of which is Ras Dashen
(4,620m). These heights and indentations occur in northern Ethiopia, in the region
surrounding Lake Tana (the lake in which the Blue Nile rises).
Ethiopian Cultural Heritage
Ethiopia has a magnificent cultural heritage, seven of these are
included in the world cultural heritage list.
Attractions in Ethiopia
Simien National Park; the Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; Castles of Gondar and other
monuments of Gonder Style; Lower Valley of the Awash paleontological and prehistoric
sites; Tiya pre-historical and archaeological sites in central Tigray; Axum historical and
archaeological sites in central Tigray; Valley of the Omo,
Visit Simien National Park With Ethiopian Adventures.
Ethiopia's Historic Route
Visit the historical cities of Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Lalibela, the
monastery of Debre Damo and the Simien National Park.
Harar and Dire Dawa
A railway line runs from Dire Dawa which is part of the line
stretching from Addis Ababa to Djibouti; it was built at the beginning of the 20th century
with the co-operation of the French government.
Omo Valley and Rift Valley Lakes
Located on the west bank of the river Omo and running next to the
border with the Sudan, in the Caffa region, is the Omo National Park. The park is
little-known, still wild and home to a large variety of animals.
Amharic is the official language in Ethiopia, although English,
and Arabic are widely spoken.
Meskel Festival in Ethiopia - Celebration with Bonfire
Meskel is one of the most colourful festivals in Ethiopia.
Usually celebrated in beautiful weather, at the end of the rainy
season, Meskel has been celebrated in the same manner for more than 1,600 years; with
plenty of dancing, feasting and the lighting of a massive bonfire - to commemorate the
discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
By Desale Asfaw.
If it's luxury you want, then there is a Hilton in the capital, Addis
In the tourist class bracket, try the Hotel Ethiopia or the Wabi
The Ghion Hotels, around the country, are state-owned, but services in
them can be sporadic.
Hotels in Addis Ababa
Hilton Addis Ababa
- Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Located on a 6-hectare site in the heart of the city, Hilton Addis
Ababa's architecture echoes that of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; recognised by
UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Guests at the Hilton Addis Ababa
enjoyed the stunning pool, fantastic bar and found its location good for shopping.
Addis - Taitu Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Elegant guest rooms and an extraordinary selection of fine restaurants
make the Sheraton Addis a real African indulgence. Set in mountainous countryside, the
Sheraton Addis was the first hotel in Africa to join The Luxury Collection.
Guests at the Sheraton Addis enjoyed
the stunning pool, fantastic bar and superb dining.
Lodge - The Highest Lodge in Africa.
With people from so many different ethnic groups, the food and
drinks of Ethiopia are varied.
A typical dish is Wot, a hot spicy stew of meat or vegetables,
seasoned with a blend of Berbere. It is often made with Doro (Chicken) and normally served
with injera; the traditional spongy pancake made from a fermented teff flour batter.
In most good restaurants, or in the local coffee house, you will find
delicious dishes that reflect the customs and the ingredients of the region.
In Addis Ababa, as in most of the larger cities, visitors will also
find a wide range of restaurants that reflect the influences of other cuisines. All large
hotels have international restaurants, but elsewhere in the city you can sample Chinese,
Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French, Greek and other cuisines.
Ethiopia produces its own wines. Dukam and Gouder are fine reds,
Axumite is sweeter and Crystals is a dry white wine.
Ethiopia's famous honey wine, or Tej, is found all over the country as
is Tela, a local beer and Katikala, a distilled liquor.
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