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  • Ethiopian to start services to Windhoek, Namibia

    Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will commence services to Windhoek, Namibia, via Gaborone, starting from 4th October, 2016.

    Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia, headquartering most of the national enterprises and cultural institutions.

    The Pan-African airline, Ethiopian, apart from pioneering in aviation systems and technologies, is the leading airline in its vast network in the continent.

    "I believe, the commencement of this flight will surely give our customer more convenient option to travel to Namibia," said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines.

    "We will continue to expand our reach in our home market in Africa with a view to support the continent's socio-economic integration and development."

    Ethiopian will be deploying the Boeing 737 on the route. The aircraft is configured with 15 Cloud Nine seats and 138 Business Class seats.

    The addition of Windhoek to our ever expanding network brings our African destinations to 53, the largest coverage unrivalled by any other carrier.


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  • Ethiopia to Establish New Railway Sector Regulatory Organ

    As Ethiopia looks to railway transport to accelerate industrialization, the Ministry of Transport is readying itself with a bill that seeks to establish a regulatory body. According to the bill to be tabled in parliament, the office will mainly be responsible for setting up and auditing standards of safety and tariff levels. It will also be expected to streamline capacity building in the required technologies, as well as licensing issues in the sector.

    The regulatory body, with a prior vision to ensure the safety of railway transport, comes a year after the LRT became operational, while the Ethio-Djibouti railway has come to its final chapter before completion. Among the pioneering African countries to have a railway, the Ethio-Djibouti route ceased providing a service in 2008. In the meantime, different advanced lines and technologies have been introduced to revamp the service. The Light Railway System, operational since 2015, is also the only one on the continent.

    Currently, there are close to 5,000km of railway routes through eight corridors under study and design, with some already at the implementation stage. The projects include the Addis Abeba-Modjo-Awash-Dire Dawa-Dewanle; Modjo-Shashemne-Arbaminch-Konso-Moyale; Addis Abeba-Ljaji-Jimma-Gudaferda Dima, with extension to South Sudan, and the Awash-Kombolcha-Mekelle-Shire routes.

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  • Ethiopia to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros

    thiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalized preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros with the latest B737-800 as of the 30th of Oct. 2016.

    Moroni is the largest city, the federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.

    The flights to Moroni will be operated thrice weekly via Dar es Salaam, according to the statement from the company on Monday.

    Moroni will be the airline's 54th African destination, noted the statement.

    "We believe our flights to Moroni and elsewhere in our beloved continent, Africa, contribute positively to the overall development of the continent and serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade and tourism," said CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam.

    Source: Xinhua

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  • Ethio-Djibouti Rail Way To Start Full Service In September

    The railway project that stretches from Addis Ababa to Djibouti begins trial service yesterday. According to the information we obtained from the ministry of transport the railway will begin full service by the coming September.

    The ministry said the trial service is fully supplied by an electric power and all the trains have a technology that guarantees transportation under any circumstances of power cut or shortage. The ministry added the arrival of all trains which have a capacity of transporting 2,000 people once is secured.

    Source: ENA 


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  • US State Department Issued Travel Alert to Ethiopia


    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling in certain regions of Ethiopia due to anti-government protests, some of which have involved violence. Associated disruptions in telephone and internet services have hampered the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. This Travel Alert expires on February 18, 2017.


    Since November 2015, anti-government protests, mainly in the regional states of Amhara and Oromia, have resulted in violent clashes between demonstrators and government security forces. Internet, cellular data, and phone service have been sporadically restricted or completely cut off prior to and during some of the protests, impeding the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens.

    Protests are likely to continue, and could spread to other parts of the country, including the capital, Addis Ababa. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should increase their level of situational awareness, continuously assess their surroundings, evaluate their personal level of safety, and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

    For further information:

    Source:The State Department

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  • Five reasons To Visit Ethiopia - on the world's Newest Passenger plane

     Ethiopian Airlines has launched the first regular scheduled Airbus A350-XWB service from the UK. 

    This is the latest and most technologically advanced model from Airbus, and on Sunday Ethiopian began using it on its daily Heathrow-Addis Ababa route.

    Top five reasons to visit Ethiopia are: 

    1. The rock churches of Lalibela are hewn from solid stone and represent the flourishing of 12th-century Ethiopian Christianity
    2. Also in the north of the country, the Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places on Earth - a desert region containing a geological kaleidoscope of fantastically coloured rocks and deposits.
    3. The Simien Mountains National Park is a plateau rift by deep valleys and craggy pinnacles, covering 220 square kilometres of northern Ethiopia. It's has outstanding trekking and rambling.
    4. In the south, Lake Langano has several eco lodges on its shores, and the ancient hilltop city of Harar is famous for its idiosyncratic relationship with wild hyenas - it encourages the beasts to roam the streets at night as a form of garbage disposal.
    5. The capital Addis Ababa sits in rolling hills 2,355m above sea level and is a safe and atmospheric city of three million people. Sights include the skeleton of Lucy (the world's oldest yet discovered skeleton estimated to be 3.2 million years old), the palace of former emperor Haile Selassie, and the Merkato - an astonishing array of stalls that's reputed to be the largest in Africa. The city also has a distinctive food and jazz scene.

    Passenger benefits include the widest cabin of any twin aisles plane, windows that are larger than in previous Airbus models, and a cabin pressurized down to 6,000ft - similar to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner - which has the effect of reducing dehydration and helping minimize the effects of jet lag.

    The aircraft is manufactured from 53 per cent ultra light weight composite materials, which helps to make it the most fuel-efficient Airbus aircraft yet built. 

    Ethiopian Airlines is a Star Alliance member and the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa. It currently serves 113 destinations with a fleet of 78 aircraft.

    Non-stop flights from Heathrow or Dublin to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa take about seven hours, and while the country is booming as a tourist destination due to its unique mix of history, wildlife and culture, just 30 per cent of passengers from the UK currently visit Ethiopia.

    The company's A350's are configured with 313 seats in economy (32" seat pitch, 3:3:3 abreast), and at 18" wide they are half and inch wider than on Virgin Atlantic and an inch wider than on British Airways. There are 30 seats in its 'Cloud Nine' business class, which are fully flat seat/beds with a 78" seat pitch and configured 2:2:2.

    Economy and business class have HD and fully touch screen seat back screens showing a decent selection of films and TV programs. The airline has won many awards for its service and crews. 

     Ethiopian Airline's 'Vision 2025' envisages the airline carrying 18 million passengers to 120 cities by 2025. 

     Ethiopia has seen its GDP growing at an annual clip of around 11 per cent for the past seven years. It's also the headquarters of the African Union and is a growing market for foreign investment.

    Ethiopian Airlines started flying 70 years ago and has a strong safety record. With 12 787's in service already (and four more on order), plus two A350's flying (with 12 more to come) the airline has a young fleet with an average age of just 4.3 years.

    Source: The Telegraph

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    The rope being tied around my waist by a monk comprised lengths of scraggly old leather attached to each other by granny knots. I have a fear of heights, and as I looked up, the cliff seemed to topple towards me by degrees. 
    But this was the only way to visit the 6th century monastery of Debre Damo, which perches on a plateau in northern Ethiopia, a true wilderness.
    The monk whistled and I was plucked off terra firma like a sprat on a hook, yanked 50ft feet up the rock face by muscle power alone. Blessedly it was over within a minute, my terror to be replaced instantly with tranquility.
    I could see for 20 miles across a tawny landscape of desert and mountain. A bell rang faintly, and the vivid purple blossom on the trees had a pleasant fragrance. The church itself was an antediluvian hunch of masonry and desiccated beams protruding from the walls.
    Its interior, musty and redolent with age, was lined with hand-carved panels and millennia-old murals. The monks inside were almost as ancient, gnarled holy men clad in fez and robes, and whose smiles revealed toothless mouths. They read from handwritten codexes, the names of saints picked out in scarlet.
    Even getting to this place had been unnerving. The Foreign Office recommends against travel to within six miles of the Eritrean border due to banditry – but that is where you will find Debre Damo, one of the oldest churches on Earth. And the monastery is a crucial location in my historical thriller, Foretold By Thunder. I had to see it.


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  • South Ethiopia Tour Omo Valley Tribes

    This trip to the South Omo as some kind of living Museum. Four of Africa's major linguistic groups are represented in the region, including the Omotic-speakers. All in all, depending on where one draws the lines, as many as two dozen different tribes occupy South Omo. Some numbering tens of thousands, others no more than 500, each one of them culturally unique.

    In addition, you cross the part of the Great Rift Valley which is endowed with the abundant wildlife. This is the itinerary for adventure lovers as you will drive through the off-roads and staying in bushes.


    Omo Valley “the last wilderness of Ethiopia”

    Cultural Route

    Duration: 11 Night/ 12 Days

    Accommodation:  Hotel and  Camping

     Day 1: Addis Ababa

    Arrive Addis Ababa at Bole International Air Port & meet with us for transfer to the hotel. Overnight hotel

     Day 2: Addis Ababa

    Today you have a full day city tour in Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you see the famous fossil Lucy, who was 3.2 million years old, the Ethnographic Museum, Entoto St. Mary Museum, St .Trinity Cathedral church, and Merkato market, the largest open-air market in Africa. Overnight hotel

     Day 3: Awassa

    Drive to Awassa via Butajera. On the way visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam, which believes carved by King Lalibela at the end of 12th C and the steles of Tiya, which carved from monolithic stones and used as Tomb for the soldiers who died between the age of 18 and 22. And also the Stele of Tiya registered on the UNESCO Album as one of the world heritage site. Overnight hotel

     Day 4: Arba Minch

    After breakfast drive to the lake Awassa to visit the colorful water birds and Fish market, where people are buying fresh fish from Fisher men; And then drive directly to the lake side town of Arba Minch. On the way visit two different village ,one is Alaba village and the second one is the Dorze people who live on the Guge Mounatin and are famous for their beehive bamboo house and weaving skill; In their society, it is a taboo for men to spin the cotton and also taboo for the women to make a traditional cloth. Overnight hotel

     Day 5: Arba Minch

    AM drive to Nechi Sar National park to visit many species of birds and mammals. Nechi Sar National Park, located in the rift valley. It is enriched with many species of birds and mammals; African orange-bellied parrots, bustards, weavers, Somber rock-chat, yellow-throated serine, Red-fronted barbet, Pygmy baits, Lesser striped swallow, and Anubis Baboon,, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dik-dik, etc. After lunch will have a boat trip on the 3rd lagest lake in Ethiopia called Chamo; which famous for big Crocodile, Hippos, and water birds. Overnight same hotel

     Day 6: Jinka

    After breakfast drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer. On the way visit the konso village, where you see colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land, annually engraved wooden status used as grave markers and community house. In the community house called Mora, all the young boys above 12 years old expected to stay every night in it till their marriage .And then drive to Weyto for Lunch. After Lunch continue driving to the town of Jinka. En route visit the Tsemay people, who give right for girls to choose their husband before marriage. During this time, If the girl pregnant, which is not acceptable in the community. In the Tsemay society, the Brides eating together only during their honeymoon time and the rest of their life will not eat together. If the day is Thursday, there is a colourfull market at Key Afer for Tsemay and Benna people. Overnight Camping

     Day 7: Turmi

    AM drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people with their village. The mursi are well known for the large clay discs that the women wear inserted in their slit lower lips ; The Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 years and then after they cut their lips, they put small wooden plugs and change every night with the big one to stretch the lips till their lips can hold 6 inch round clay. The Mursi men wear very little, although a cotton wrap is be coming more & more common . After lunch drive to Turmi via Dimeka. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, will have a chance to see the colorful weekly market at Dimeka. Overnight Camping

     Day 8:Turmi

    A.M drive to Korocho village to visit the karo tribe; They are famous for body decoration during the ceremony; In the old time, Men are famous for body scars; By counting of the scars, you can identify how many person he killed. Afternoon visit the Hammer village, where you see kids playing in the compound and women are decorate their hair by using red soil, water and cow butter. Hamer people have a bull Jumping ceremony; This ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood; During the ceremony, you see the real Hamer traditional dance called Eveangadi; and also the women from the jumper’s families are being wipe by his friend’s to show their love to the Jumper. Overnight same camping

     Day 9: Turmi

    Drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench people, who live across the Omo river. And then drive back to Turmi. If the day is Monday, there is a weekly market at Turmi for the Hamer people. Overnight same camping.

     Day 10: Arba Minch

    Drive to Arba minch via Arbore. On the way will have stop at Arbore tribe, who practice circumcision before marriage for the girls. After circumcision program, she will stay two month in her Husband’s family house. Overnight hotel

     Day 11: Langano

    Drive to lake Langano(which is the only lake in Ethiopia free from water dieses) via the town of Shashemane, where Rasta people (Jamaicans who worship Emperor Haile Sellassie). On the way visit one of the Welayata people with their village. Overnight hotel

     Day 12: Addis Ababa/Departure

    Am have time to enjoy on the lake till 10:30 and then drive back to Addis. On the way visit Lake Zeway, where you see the Colorful water birds and it is the largest lake from the Northern Rift Valley Lakes. Evening after the dinner program in one of the traditional restaurant, transfer to air port for departure. End of the tour.


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  • The best lodges and hotels in Ethiopia for tourists

    Kuriftu Resort, Ethiopia

    ← The reason for heading to Bahar Dar, a city of wide, palm tree-lined avenues, is spread out before you at Kuriftu Lodge.

    Ethiopia is the fastest growing economy in Africa. Tourism, especially around the ‘northern circuit’ encompassing Lalibela, Lake Tana, Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Axum and Tigray is markedly on the increase, attracting affluent travellers who are looking for memorable accommodation to complement the complexity and beguiling beauty of the landscape and the people.

    Will they find it? The answer is yes - just. While Aman junkies and luxury safari camp aficionados may not be rushing to stay in the country’s crop of new lodges, anyone who is captivated by the idea of characterful oases created by gutsy individuals in some of the most exceptional locations in the world should read on. Three of the following hotels – Limalimo, Bale Mountain and Gheralta also serve to unlock unforgettable experiences in wilderness settings.

    The lodges outlined below lie on the northern circuit, except for Bale (pronounced Barlay) Mountain, which is south of Addis Ababa and perfect for winding down at the end of the trip. Long drives are necessary at times, but they are part of the pleasure: against an always engrossing, ever-changing, often Biblical landscape, the world drifts by, on foot, in horse-drawn carts, under bright umbrellas, constantly accompanied by livestock. A competent driver is key: in our case, Belete was pure gold, a man who could slip past cattle on a hairpin bend whilst explaining Ethiopian tribal differences and casually pointing out a rare endemic bird with what appeared to be a second pair of eyes.

    Though modern life, particularly around rapidly expanding Addis Ababa, is fast gathering pace, what the traveller discovers in Ethiopia is an other-worldliness not found in the rest of Africa, an essentially agrarian, pastoral land, rooted in religion, that feels as if time has, though not forgotten, been put gently to one side.

    Kuriftu Lodge, Lake Tana

    The reason for heading to Bahar Dar, a city of wide, palm tree-lined avenues, is spread out before you at Kuriftu Lodge: serene Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, with its monasteries and teeming birdlife. At Kuriftu, much use is made of dark wood, stone and bougainvillea-covered thatch to give an ethnic feel, emphasised by vibrant African artworks. Staff waver between helpful and unengaged. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby and two spa treatments are included in the room price. Rooms are spacious, with four-poster beds and mosaic-tiled bathrooms. You should request one with a lake or pool view at no extra cost: best are numbers 107 to 112. In the morning, if you aren’t taking a boat trip on Lake Tana (it’s worth the two-hour ride to remote and lovely Negre Selassie monastery) be sure to bag one of the sunbeds shaded by straw parasols that surround the stunning curved pool. In the evening, watch the sunset from the lakeside terrace, sacred Ibis wheeling overhead. Double rooms from £140, half board (00 251 582 264868;

    Read the full review: Kuriftu Lodge, Lake Tana

    Kuriftu Resort, Ethiopia← At Kuriftu, much use is made of dark wood, stone and bougainvillea-covered thatch.

    Mayleko Lodge, Gondar

    With a low-key entrance in farmland close to Gondar’s airport (no noise; shuttle service), and a group of 20 neat thatched bungalows in a quiet garden, Mayleko Lodge at first seems underwhelming. But once inside, things perk up, for the huts, made of natural, sustainable materials, are simple but chic, with white walls, bamboo ceilings and pretty gauze curtains at four sets of French windows on to a terrace and lawn. And dinner, served in an elevated restaurant with the feel of a Tuscan trattoria, is a real delight: the scholarly, experienced chef knows how to cook Italian food with real flair (and there is nothing at all wrong with Ethiopian Rift Valley red wines, available everywhere, to accompany). The hotel is managed by Netsanet, a former English teacher, and owned by a hotelier from Addis Ababa named Ethiopia after her homeland. One can tell from her hotel that she has style. As well as a pool, there is darts, chess and backgammon to keep you amused. After breakfast (scrambled egg – a menu staple – with a twist), the mighty castles of King Fasilides and his descendants, a thunderous amalgam of Moorish and European, await. Double rooms from £70, including breakfast (00 251 912 202801;

    Read the full review: Mayleko Lodge, Gondar

    Mayleko Lodge, Ethiopia
    ←Mayleko Lodge comprises a group of 20 neat thatched bungalows in a quiet garden.

    Limalimo Lodge, Simien Mountains

    Even Aman junkies might be persuaded. Certainly they would appreciate the handmade Hypnos mattresses that have migrated from the UK to the highest mountain range in Africa, and the fine natural silk and cotton fabrics by Sabahar that dress both the beds and the wall of windows in each suite, not to mention the specially designed uniforms (chic embroidered shifts for the girls) worn by the staff.

    But what really sets Ethiopia’s newest lodge apart from the rest are its strikingly contemporary looks. The 11 bedrooms, set in eight separate buildings with bare earth walls (the North African building technique is a first for Ethiopia) and ‘living’ roofs are soothing, with distant views, but it’s the main building, perched on the very edge of the Simien escarpment, where the svelte and sexy design has changed the face of Ethiopia’s lodges.

    The bird’s eye view of the mountains from the expansive terrace, with dining tables and firepits, stretch out as far as the eye can see, a fantastical confection of eroded ochre pinnacles – cones, spires, humps, needles – whose shadows shift in the changing light. In response, Addis Ababa-based Italian architect Mario Balducci has created a series of suitably airy, open, uncluttered interior spaces – huge bar/sitting room, dining room, stylish boutique, courtyard. Furnished simply but comfortably in muted, natural colours, they feel cool and chic. You can have a massage, yoga lesson, romantic champagne breakfast in a secluded spot. Staff are all locals, still in training, and despite its looks, the place feels very much part of the landscape and the community. It’s the creation of Shif, a gifted former trekking guide, and Julia, his English wife, who used to be an academic publisher. Their new lodge makes a thrilling base for guided hikes in the Simien National Park, whose dramatic landscape is liberally scattered with troops of adorable, approachable, endlessly watchable Gelada monkeys. Double rooms from £150, all inclusive (00 251 93 168 8062;

    Read the full review: Limalimo Lodge, Simien Mountains

    Limalimo Lodge, Simien Mountains
    ←The bird’s eye view of the mountains from the expansive terrace, with dining tables and firepits, stretch out as far as the eye can see.

    Gheralta Lodge, Tigray

    It’s 10 years since Silvio and Enrica Rizzotti built Gheralta Lodge. Silvio was brought up in Addis Ababa and they acquired this land close to Hawzen, the main base for visiting Tigray’s rock hewn churches, on the day they saw it. Hardly surprising: the spaghetti Western view across the stony plain to the craggy Gheralta Mountains is astounding, though the mysterious churches secreted amongst them are the chief draw.

    It is a place of great charm. Built of stone like everything in Tigray, Gheralta is deliberately simple, African/Italian in style and relaxing. It has a shady terrace with sun loungers, a quiet library, a sitting room that opens on to an internal garden surrounded by billowing white curtains, and a large dining room where a set menu of Italian home cooking is served. Guests feel immediately at home, and the pre-dinner complimentary aperitif gets everyone chatting. Bedrooms are in low stone huts dotted around the plateau. Some have baths, others showers, and they show signs of wear, but even when the door handle comes off in your hands you won’t much mind – at least we didn’t.

    If you are travelling independently, the hotel will collect you from Mekele airport and organize rock church guides. We met an Italian mountaineer who had trained the guides in safety techniques… nice to know as we climbed nervously into harnesses and braved the sheer rock climb to Abuna Yemata Guh, where the white-robed priest was waiting at his wildly improbable church door, reached by a narrow ledge: slip here and you fall 600 feet. Worry not; there are easier rock churches to visit, or you could while away the day on the terrace at Gheralta Lodge, under the clear blue skies and balmy temperatures of Ethiopia’s near perfect climate. Double rooms £75, half board (00 251 11 6632893;

    Read the full review: Gheralta Lodge, Tigray

    Gheralta←Built of stone, Gheralta is deliberately simple, African/Italian in style and relaxing.

    Bale Mountain Lodge, Bale Mountains

    It’s an effort to reach, but one you should not fail to make. A six-hour drive to the edge of the Bale Mountains National Park, plus a final 37 miles on dirt roads to its centre, brings you to this oasis of comfort in a unique high-altitude landscape. In an idyllic clearing in the Harenna Forest, with mountain views, stands a collection of stone ‘menyetta-bets’ (bedrooms), a thatched circular living and dining room with cosy sunken fireplace and a sweep of windows, plus further well-hidden chalets, including a romantic treehouse. Each room has a wood burning stove and colourful throws on the beds, with matching curtains. Almost as surprising as good food, a decent gin and tonic and comfortable beds in the Bale Mountains, hitherto not on the tourist route, is finding Yvonne Levene, a true pioneer. She and her husband Guy built the lodge in 2014, and while he works part time in Addis Ababa, she runs their fiefdom with a gentle authority worthy of the London primary school teacher she used to be, forging close ties with the village four miles away.

    By providing accommodation, the couple have unlocked a richly rewarding region. Its three distinct habitats – grassland, plateau and cloud forest – are all filled with a high concentration of wildlife, most of it endemic, much of which we saw, including a black panther slinking through the undergrowth. With the lodge’s expert local guides, we spent a riveting few hours on the stark Senetti Plateau spotting many bird species and the star attraction – the charismatic Ethiopian wolf. At close quarters, we witnessed the most endangered and rare canid in the world demolishing a goofy giant molerat that had just popped out of its hole. Later, we accompanied Jamal, a local beekeeper, as he shinned 20ft up a tree to smoke out his hive and collect the honey, which we ate next morning for breakfast. Double rooms £300, all inclusive, including a daily activity (00 251 9192790802;

    Read the full review: Bale Mountain Lodge, Bale Mountains

    Bale Mountain Lodge
    ← In an idyllic clearing in the Harenna Forest, with mountain views, stands Bale Mountain Lodge. CREDIT: PICASA


    How to get there
    Ethiopian Airlines fly daily from Heathrow to Addis Ababa from £505 return, and on to 19 domestic destinations (0800 016 3559;

    Getting around
    It is of course possible to travel round Ethiopia using public transport but because of the distances involved between sights it is far preferable, if expensive, to take a tailor made trip with an expert travel company such as Wild Frontiers.

    Where else to stay
    The lodges described here are well-placed for all the major sites on Ethiopia’s ‘northern circuit’ with the exception of Lalibela, famed for its mesmerizing rock churches, and Axum, for its ancient stelae, Here the following unremarkable but acceptable hotels are best.

    Maribela, Lalibela (00251 33 336 0345;; double rooms from £46) with decent rooms, notably helpful staff and balconies overlooking the mountains.

    Sabean Hotel, Axum a just-about acceptable 2012 high rise, clean but with remarkably hard beds (00251 347751224;; double rooms from £35).

    Fiona Duncan travelled with Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968; which offers a 14-day tailor-made trip to Ethiopia taking in Axum, Lalibela, the Simien Mountains, Gonder and the Bale Mountains from £3,340 per person based on two sharing, including accommodation with most meals, private chauffeur-driven transfers and guided excursions.



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