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Danit provides solo travelers with several ways to discover the Ethiopia on their own and all provide excellent value.

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Quick Facts about Ethiopia

The following are some of Danit  tour tips.

Photography

In the smaller towns the locals may expect a small payment in return for being photographed. Video photography in famous tourist attractions normally carries a small charge. Photography may be prohibited in airports and near military camps.

Getting There by Road

The main route is via Kenya. There is an all-weather road from Moyale on the border via Yabelo, Dila and Yirga to Addis Ababa. The following border points are also open: Dewale/Galafi (from Djibouti) and Humera/Metema (from Sudan). The road linking Nairobi and Addis Ababa forms part of the Trans-East African Highway.

Visa

Visas on arrival are only available by arrivals by flight; arrivals by land must have a visa prior to entry. Entry into Ethiopia is allowed only from Addis Ababa International Airport, unless the Government has granted permission for another point of entry. Visitors eligible to obtain a visa on arrival require two passport photos; fees vary according to type of visa and length of stay.

It is also advisable to consult the Ethiopian Embassy in your country before you leave.

Health

Travelers to Ethiopia are recommended to have hepatitis A and cholera vaccines. Malaria is prevalent in the low lands 2,000m and altitude sickness may affect travelers to the highland areas such as Addis Ababa. Bilharzia is present in the majority of lakes in Ethiopia and travelers are advised to drink boiled or bottled water, as waterborne diseases are prevalent. Medical facilities are poor outside of Addis Ababa, where hospitals are available but medical supplies are erratic; visitors should bring their own regular medications with them and arrange comprehensive medical insurance before travel. You should consult the physician in the nearby travel clinic before you leave.

Meskel Festivals/ Holiday

  • A number of colorful and cultural festivals are celebrated in Ethiopia. Among the most colorful are:
  • Enkutatash, Ethiopian New Year, 11 September
  • Aksum Tsion, dedicated for Saint Mary, 30 November
  • Genna Ethiopian Christmas, birth of Christ, 7 January
  • Timkat Ethiopian Epiphany, baptism of Christ, 19 January
  • Adwa Day, commemorates the victory by Menelik II over Italy in 1896, 2 March
  • Patriots' Day, celebrates end of Italian occupation in 1941, 6 April
  • International Labour Day, 1 May
  • Ethiopian Good Friday, May variable
  • Fasika, Ethiopian Easter Sunday, May variable
  • Idd al Fitr, end of month of fasting for Ramadan, May variable
  • Idd al Adha, August variable
  • Buhe, 21 August

Climates

The predominant climate type is tropical monsoon, with wide topographic-induced variation. The Ethiopian Highlands which cover most of the country have a climate which is generally considerably cooler than other regions at similar proximity to the Equator. Most of the country's major cities are located at elevations of around 2,000 and 2,500m above sea level. Ethiopia has two main seasons, the dry season from October through May and the rainy season from June through September. In the south west, the rainy season is in April and may. Average daily temperatures on the wide- ranging highlands are below 20oC. It is only the low lands fringe in the east, south and west where daytime temperatures can soar past 30oC.

Currency

Ethiopia unit of currency, the Birr, is issued by the National Bank of Ethiopia. The birr is dividing in 100 cents. The bank notes are from 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Birr and the coins are from 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents. You can see the right rate on www.oanda.com/convert /chiatsheet.  It is better to bring the money in cash to the country because Travellercheques   only by the big banks in the big cities and it will take a long time to process. There are no ATMS in the country that accept foreign cards. VISA cards can be used in Sheraton hotel in Addis Ababa.

Food and Water

Try the Injera, a unique pancake of big proportions. It will be eaten with different spicy meat stews of vegetables or raw beef.  Beside this famous dish here in Ethiopia you can also enjoy the other Ethiopian and European food. There are enormous varieties of restaurants in Addis Ababa and in some other big towns for relative low prices. Most tap water is purified, but it is advisable to use bottled water. Visitor should exercise caution in rural areas.

What to wear

While clothing will depend on the time of year, it is best to remember that Ethiopians are fairly conservative in their dress, suits and ties being standard in offices. For tourists light cotton clothing with sunglasses and a hat will be required in the warm low lands, while in the highlands light or medium weight clothing is appropriate. During the rainy season a light raincoat and umbrella are essential, and sweaters are best for chilly evenings. The sun can be very strong in high altitude, so a strong sunscreen is important.

Customs

Personal property is admitted free, and a duty free allowance of 1 litter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes and X liter perfume is permitted. Cameras, computers and major electrical items should be declared on arrival. Cars can be imported free of duty for a period of four month.

Electricity

Electrical supply in generally 220 volt 50 cycles AC with two- pin plugs.

Communication

Telephone, internet, mobile telephone, postal and fax facilities are available in the most main towns. The IDD code for Ethiopia is +251.

Shopping Souvenirs

Some items may require export permits issued by museum authorities in Addis Ababa that must be secured prior to international departure. Clearance procedures can take a much as a day or two to complete. Our company will be happy to help with this process if time allows. Crosses are particularly scrutinized for authenticity as antiquities and caution must be taken when making these purchases, especially at destinations along the northern route from unreliable vendors.

Education

Education in Ethiopia had been dominated by the Orthodox Church for many centuries until secular education was adopted in the early 1900s.The current system follows very similar school expansion schemes to the rural areas as the previous 1980s system with an addition of deeper regionalization giving rural education in their own languages starting at the elementary level and with more budget allocated to the education sector. The sequence of general education in Ethiopia is six years of primary school. Secondary School, 2 years preparatory school for higher education, like the University.



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