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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 30, 2016
General travel advice and opinions  (4 Answers)

Hi - I am an adventurous and experienced traveler but I am also an older woman traveling alone. It looks like they have lifted many restrictions and most people who go there are doing ok. I am not a fearful person but I am wondering about the general atmosphere and if I would be presumptuous about exploring places on my own. I am used to jumping on public transportation and getting to sites independently. I do not drive and do not have the budget or desire to go with a guide. Would this attitude and approach be unrealistic, though, in Ethiopia? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 28, 2016
Current safety situation?  (2 Answers)

I heard of fresh travel advisory and anti-govt protests. Is it safe to visit in the next 2 months? I heard even Lalibela is unsafe now in the news. Can someone confirm or let me know the ground reality? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 21, 2016
Safety in Ethiopia  (4 Answers)

Hi guys! I wonder about current safety situation in Ethiopia with current riots and military activity. A friend or friend working in Addis begs us to cancel the trip, I want to know more opinions from locals and tourists who are there right now to make a decision.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 19, 2016
Ethiopian visa for nationals of non-tourist generating countries  (1 Answer)

Hi friends,
I want to visit Ethiopia with my wife later this year, but at this point we are struggling to overcome the visa problem. I am Slovenian and my wife is Bulgarian - both states are NOT on the list of tourist generating countries, which can obtain a visa upon arrival to the Bole airport. There are no Ethiopian embassies in Sofia or Ljubljana, and our email requests for information to embassies in Ankara, Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Geneva and Rome remained unanswered (we did receive a reply from Budapest that they issue visas only to Hungarians, and from Berlin that only Germans, Poles, Czechs and Slovaks can apply there). Can anyone help with an advice? If you are also from a "non-tourist generating country" which does not have an Ethiopian embassy, how did you obtain a visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 26, 2016
A few Questions  (3 Answers)

Hey Guys.So Illl be arriving in Addis Ababa on the 6th of April.Just a couple of questions so far.
1.Other than a taxi can you get to the city by a Minibus or bus service.I will arrive very early in the morning.

2.I Am wondering what currency to bring I live in Ireland but I could get USD If it is widely used.Could I exchange Euros/Dollars At the Airport or in Banks In addis?

3.Im thinking of staying In Mike leyland st As it has some cheap accomadation is this safer than the Piazza Merkato areas?

4.Lastly I am Hoping to go To The danikil depression .Is this a good or bad tme to visit?I wont be flying but going by bus Im not sure what the best way for this is any adivce would be great.Is there anywhere I could see on my way there or some good sights I could see aswell as the Danikil depression.?

Thank you very much guys. :) I have 16 night in ethiopia And no Idea what to do besides go and see the Danikil depression.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2016
2 week Itinerary Late March or April?  (7 Answers)

Hey Guys sorry for another post here.I have not booked my flights yet.I am thinking of going south to the omo Valley (It Looks Amazing)how would I get there is the bus service good in Ethiopia?I won't be driving myself and would probably not have the budget to get a driver.

Is it Okay to get around by bus and is it safe?.I was thinking of a route over my 2-3weeks Going south from Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Arab Minch National Park
lower Omo Valley
El Sod
Bale Mountains (Is there Trekking)
Addis Ababa
I would like to See the Waterfall In Bahar dar But I dont know If I would have time.I relly would appreciate anyones advice on my itinerary I am A bit nervous Going on my own.Thank you very Much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 05, 2016
April Weather  (6 Answers)

Hello All
I am thinking of going in April for about three weeks is the rainy season in full swing at this time.In 3 weeks is that a decent amount of time to see some of the main sights.It looks Amazing :) I dont know where to start.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 16, 2015
Dorze and Konso  (4 Answers)

We would like to get a feel for the area south of Addis Ababa, but unfortunately we do not have time enough in our itinerary to fully explore the Omo Valley. It looks as though flying into Arba Minch and spending a couple days to see Dorze and Konso might be a satisfying substitute-- providing a chance to plug into some of the regional tribes and a chance to see the terrain in that part of the country. Does anyone have a reaction to this idea? Is it a worthwhile excursion? Is it reasonable to spend a day each striking out to Dorze and Konso respectively by bus?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 29, 2015
Tipping in Southern Ethiopia.  (6 Answers)

I'm travelling with my husband on a pre-booked tour of the tribal south next week. It will just be the 2 of us. We will have a driver and guides at the various places that we stop at. Hotels have all been booked. We are using an Ethiopian travel company. My question is...roughly how much should we tip the driver, he'll be with us for 2 weeks, I think, and how much for guides? We can't seem to get a sensible answer from anywhere!! Being told a driver's tip should be between $50 and $200 is not much use!!! Can someone advise me please? We need to be able to budget...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 11, 2015
Health & Fitness  (1 Answer)

I will be travelling to Addis from Oct 15 for about a month, on a business trip, hence will mostly be working in an office (and not a tourist) , walk to the hotel and probably spending some nights out for dinner and the like. Could you kindly share with the level of security, safety from both people or health-related issues please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 11, 2015
Tour to ethiopia  (2 Answers)

Im thinking to travel next week to ethiopia from sain ,can any one help me to manange my tour or any suggestiion you can give me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 12, 2015
Safe to travel?  (6 Answers)


I'd just like to hear from any solo travellers experiences in Ethiopia recently. I'm about to book a flight for 3 weeks over Christmas but see the foreign office has increased terror threat to high. Is this the actual case on the ground?

many thanks

D :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 30, 2015
Omo Valley small tours  (1 Answer)

Leaving out of Addis. 8 or 10 day tours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 08, 2015
visa suporte  (1 Answer)

thank u but the embassy they said me contact one of the ture and travel ajente in belarous then we dont know any ajenet ture and travel address in belaruse then can u send to me he address the one of ajente on belarous?please

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 07, 2015
visa supporte  (1 Answer)

i have ethiopian passporte

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 06, 2015
visa supporte  (1 Answer)

dear i need to visit and travel minsk and other city and then how can i get supported visa document?thank u

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 29, 2015
what plug type  (17 Answers)

hi can anyone tell me which plug type is used in ethiopia? i keep getting mixed results on the net

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2015
best sights to see???  (27 Answers)

hi i will be in Ethiopia in May for 7 days and was wanting to which sights/things to do people think i should see/do???? after the 7 days i will be heading into Somaliland so ideally want to end up in Addis ababa to get a flight into Somaliland unless i end up at the border.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 04, 2014
Camping in Bahir Dar, Hawasa, Yabello  (3 Answers)

We will be driving through Ethiopia in Feb 2015, along our route there are stops in Bahir Dar, Hawasa and Yabelloa for camping. Anybody know of any good camping places around there ? Any precautions I need to take care of ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 23, 2014
Ethiopian Visa  (2 Answers)


I arrived to Ethiopia earilier this year on 1 month tourist visa, then i extended it for another 3 months. Now I m back in my country (Croatia) and planning to get back there in December...

Should I expect any problem in embassy with getting new 3 month tourist visa considerning that I already have 2 ethiopian visas (1 month and 3 month extension) in my passport :)

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 14, 2014
Arba Minch - Festival of Music and Dance (Festival of Thousand Stars)  (2 Answers)

Dear Fellow travellers,
I am trying to find out information and dates for this year's (2014) Arba MInch Festival of Music and Dance (The Festival of Thousand Stars), but I have no luck finding about this years information. Does anyone know when this will take place next month?
Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 18, 2014
Ebola in Africa  (12 Answers)


We will travel to Ethiopia at middle September.
Anybody could give opinion about Ebola outbreak in West Africa?
We understand that Ebola attacks West Africa and no cases so far in Ethiopia.
However, it is safe to travel in Ethiopia despite the ebola outbreak?
Should we cancel our trip to Ethiopia ?

Should we also have yellow fever vaccine before entering Ethiopia?

Thank you,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 15, 2014
Fruit Juices  (1 Answer)

What is the average retail price for imported orange/apple 1 liter (1000ml) and 200ml juice in Ethiopia. 100% or nectar.?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 24, 2014
Visa for Sudanese Citizens  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know If a Sudanese citizen needs a visa to go to Ethiopia? If so how long does it usually take to get from Khartoum?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 06, 2014
Buses from Addis Ababa to Moyale


Do you know which companies run the

Addis Ababa - Shashemene route ?
Shashemene - Yabello - Moyale route ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 05, 2014
tourism in hawassa  (1 Answer)

who is the best tourist guide in hawassa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2013
Omo valley tour  (3 Answers)

Hi, I'm planning a trip to the Omo Valley and february and:
Is anyone interested in sharing a tour (we are a couple)?
How much should it cost a 6-7 days tour in the Omo Valley?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2013
Life in Dire dawa  (7 Answers)

Hi, i'm going in Dire dawa for work. Does somebody have any guidelines about life in Dire dawa? Is it safe, what are things that i have to be carefull about? Tnx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 09, 2013
Self-Drive in Ethiopia  (3 Answers)

Hi, everyone,

Can you please recommend a car hire company? I keep getting quotes for car hire + driver, and I would like to do a self-drive to the Omo valley.

Thank you,

Ana Maria

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 08, 2013
7 Days in Ethiopia. What should I do?

I'm transitting through Ethiopia for a work trip at the end of September and decided to take a week vacation in Ethiopia. I'm lookin for suggestions on what to do. Here is my current itinerary:

-Sep 25: arrive in Addis from Juba
-Sep 26: meet with some friends who live in Addis but are only in town thru 27th. They have a business that I am interested in seeing. I anticipate seeing their business during the day, and checking out Addis in the evening.
-Sep 27: meet with friends who live in Addis but are only in town thru 27th. Will probably spend day seeing their business, and checking out Addis in the evening.
-Sep 28: morning flight to Lalibela, touring churches
-Sep 29: Morning hike to monastery above Lalibela? Drive to Axum?
-Sep 30: Spend day in Axum
-Oct 1
-Oct 2
-Oct: depart Addis at 10:15pm

A few questions:
1) I hear that there's a great monastery to hike to in Lalibela that is not a part of the 11 churches. I was thinking of doing this the day after touring the churches. If I did this though, I'd miss the flight to Axum that day. I could stay an extra night in Lalibela, or could I take some public transport to Axum in the afternoon?
2) how much time do I want to spend in Axum
3) how easy is it to travel from Axum to either Lake Tana or Bahar Dar? If I added one of them to the itinerary, what should I add?
4) Should I go from Axum to Tigray? How easy is that?
5) it seems that Meskel holiday will be in Lalibela September 27. Is this correct? Will it be hard to find a hotel? Also, I was planning on arriving in Lalibela on Sep 28 so I could spend time visiting my friends and their business in Addis on Sep 27. Should I ditch that to see Meskel holiday? Is it a once in a lifetime experience?
6) There's a developing possibility that my work will ask me to stay in Ethiopia for a meeting in Addis October 8, which would give me more time in the country. If this happens, what do you recommend I add to my itinerary?

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