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Visa and Immigration Requirements:

Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia's diplomatic missions overseas. 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

Time difference in Ethiopia:

Ethiopia has a different time calculating system and three hours ahead of Green witch Mean time (GMT). The Ethiopian day is calculated in a manner similar to that in many equatorial countries, where day and night is always the same length. Time remains constant through the year counting starts from western 6 and 6 Western 7 is there fore one o'clock, noon is 6 o' clock and 6 is 12 o'clock. In Addis Ababa, then sunrise and sunset at around 6:30 and 18.45 respectively.

Travel Tips

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Visa and Immigration Requirements:

Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia's diplomatic missions overseas. 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

Time difference in Ethiopia:

Ethiopia has a different time calculating system and three hours ahead of Green witch Mean time (GMT). The Ethiopian day is calculated in a manner similar to that in many equatorial countries, where day and night is always the same length. Time remains constant through the year counting starts from western 6 and 6 Western 7 is there fore one o'clock, noon is 6 o' clock and 6 is 12 o'clock. In Addis Ababa, then sunrise and sunset at around 6:30 and 18.45 respectively.

When to visit Ethiopia:

Ethiopia can be visited at any time of the year. People are often advised against traveling during the rainy season, which normally runs from June until early October. But it has its own advantages. The scenery is particularly wonderful green in September and early October. At this time the whole country will be a riot of wild flowers. The ideal time to visit Ethiopia is between October and April, when the rains are over but the countryside is still green.

Tips (restaurants, luggage, and hotels):
Giving tip is depending on your interest. There is no formula for it, Your level of satisfaction will determine how much you will tip. There are no fixed amounts for tipping in Ethiopia. Try to obtain small changes for tips to bar staff, waiters, and porters. It is customary to tip drivers and guides as they will be escorting you throughout the tour.

Health conditions:
Medical facilities whilst limited are of a good standard. It is recommended that tourists and non-citizens should only use private hospitals and clinics.
It is highly advisable to consult your own doctor at least two months before travelling about any immunizations you may need.
Vaccination against Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid and Polio with optional vaccination against Meningitis and Rabies are strongly recommended.
Malaria can be a problem in Ethiopia at the lower altitudes, say through the Rift Valley, so also consult your doctor for a prescription for both chloroquine and paludrine. Insect repellent cream or spray are also extremely useful (but not always effective) for mosquito bites.
If you choose not to take anti-malarial drugs, you should consider bringing Malarone, Quinine or Fansidar tablets as a cure. The side effects of some of these malaria pills can be greatly enhanced by altitude.
You should also ask your doctor about your blood group in case of emergency and about any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour. You should notify us about any known medical conditions at the time of booking.

It is also necessary to obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination before travelling showing each injection is dated, signed and stamped.
It is also advisable to have a dental check-up prior to travelling.

Electricity: 220 volts

Best time to visit Ethiopia:

Ethiopia can be visited at any time of the year. People are often advised against traveling during the rainy season, which normally runs from June until early October. But it has its own advantages. The scenery is particularly wonderful green in September and early October. At this time the whole country will be a riot of wild flowers. The ideal time to visit Ethiopia is between October and April, when the rains are over but the countryside is still green.


Domestic flights:
Ethiopian’s domestic route network is spread all over the country bringing provincial and administrative cities within easy reach of the capital and the region’s commercial centers. In addition, there is a daily "Historic Route Service" for tourists to the country’s world famous ancient historic sites of Axum, Bahr Dar, Gondar and Lalibela .
An Ethiopian airline also flies to the South and South –west of Ethiopian Tourist destination areas like Jimma and Arba Minch. All in all, the airline flies to 17 cities of Ethiopia.

Destinations List (16 Cities)
DESTINATION THREE LETTER CODE
ADDIS ABABA ADD
ARBA MINCH AMH
ASSOSA ASO
AXUM AXU
BAHAR DAR BJR
DIRE DAWA DIR
GAMBELLA GMB
GONDER GDQ
GODE GDE
HUMERA HUE
JIJIGA JIJ
JIMMA JIM
KABRI DAR ABK
LALIBELA LLI
MEKELE MQX
SHIRE SHC


Most of the domestic flights are operated with the two propellers, Fokker 50 Luggage allowance 20 kg for check in luggage and 7 kg for hand luggage. You have to keep all your valuables in the hand luggage.

 Guide: 

Most of Ethiopia’s tour operators arrange your travelling programs and they assign a guide for you. The guides in Addis are mostly well read and comptent who could speak different languages like English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German and Italian Languages. You just have to inform your ground agent which kind of language you choose so that the chosen guide will be booked for you ahead of time. In the local tourist destination areas, most of the tourist guides speak only one Language; English and if you need more explanation with a fluent language, about the places you are going to visit, you have to take an escorting guide from Addis Ababa.

Meals:

Do not drink tap water unless boiling it first, or having it filtered, or chemically disinfected. Do not drink unbolted beverages or drinks with ice. Avoid unpasteurized milk and products such as ice cream.
Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked. Avoid cooked foods that have been left at room temperature and are no longer hot. Do not eat raw or undercooked meat or fish.

Shopping:
Shopping in Ethiopia is a great but taxing experience. If you are a type who does not like to haggle then you are in trouble. About 99% of the cases, the price of items /goods is not displayed anywhere, so you have to ask for it. Haggling is very common in many traditional clothes and articraft stores in Mercato, Piazza, Shiro Meda and the Main Post Office area.

Most shops are already open by 9:00 am, and closed by 7:30 pm. A token few supermarkets are open 24 hours as well.

If wanting to experience a traditional open market in Ethiopia, they are common in towns within close proximity to Addis Abeba. However, Bati Market in South Wollo in Amhara Regional state, where locals bring marketable goods every Monday , is also popular . Open –air markets are where the best deals and the most original items are found. The largest open market in East Africa; Mercato is found in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa and you will find everything that you’re looking for in this big market.

Souveniers:

Artists make different kinds of souveniers from wood, fiber and other materials. Those souveniers are placed for sale at different locations in Addis Ababa. Most frequented shopping area for souveniers is actually at the shops near the Head Post Office on Churchill Street.

There are also different items to choose from in those shops. They also have locally made fabrics, paintings with traditional style, locally made jewelries and different kinds of apparels, which are good for gift.

Art Galleries:

Art galleries are also a good place to consider for anyone interested in paintings. There are different art galleries with collection of works from a number of artists. Some art galleries also provide you with comfort of a restaurant and impression of different art works under the same roof. Makush, St. Giorgis and Asni Art Galleries are among the notable Art Galleries in Addis Ababa.

Traditional Clothes:

Ethiopia has a traditional way of producing fabrics and those fabrics are made into different styles and design. Shiro meda is a neighborhood in Addis Ababa, where well known market for local fabrics serves customers every day. In shiromeda, there are shops, which have different locally made clothes and fabrics of different style for casual wear or for special occasions. The fabrics are made from cotton though small amount of other matterial could be used to make patterns on clothes.

Coffee:
If you are looking for the best coffee in town, go to Tomoca Coffee, located at four and more branches: down the Churchel Avenue, off the churchel Avenue, In front of the Canadian Embassy, Inside the Raddison Blu Hotel and others.

 

A Day Excursion to Debrelibanos

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After breakfast, drive 110 Km. North from Addis over the Entoto Mountains passing through the Sululta plains to the Monastery of DebreLibanos. Then Drive to see a 16th Century Bridge and the Blue Nile Gorge and make the return drive to Addis. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

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Payment & Cancellations Terms

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Payment

A. Red Jackal shall accept agency or individual requests for tours, safaris, and car hire etc in good faith.
B. On confirmation of tours, agencies or individual making bookings with Red Jackal shall make payments as follows:
1. 30% upon confirmation of the tour.
2. The balance of 70% 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour or on arrival on agreement. .
3. If complete payment has not been made as per above, Red Jackal is not obliged to accept the client/conduct the tour unless other arrangements have been made beforehand, and no refunds will be made.

Cancellations

Cancellations of tour bookings must be made in writing, and are subject to the following charges:
1. From 45 days prior to departure an administrative fee of US$50.00 per will be made.
2. 30 days prior to departure, a fee of 50% of the tour price will be charged.
3. Cancellations made within 20 days prior to departure, no refund will be made.
4. Trip cancellation and baggage insurance is recommended.

Wondogenet

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A place of considerable interest, Wondo Genet is situated about 17 kms beyond Shashemane with a wonderful farm area of mainly coffee banana, papaya, and avocado . It has a popular hot spring resort, set on the side of a hill surrounded by a thick forest and renowned for its bird life.

Langano

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At the Horacallo bridge it is possible to turn left along a track which leads to the lake. There are good camping spots here along the northern shore however, the main track to the lake is at about 210 and 215 kms leading left to the Wabe Shebele and Bekele Mola Hotels, beach and camping ground respectively:

Sodere

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Passing by Nazareth at 120 km. lies the famous resort area of Sodere. Sodere takes the advantage of the volcanic mineral springs that bubble to the surface to fill its two blue swimming pools with clear warm water. The nearby Awash River lends a part of its riverine forest in the form of giant shade trees.

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