Ethiopian tourism is in its infancy, but the people of Ethiopia will
welcome you warmly. Our journey focuses on the historically important
regions of Bahar Dar, Gondar, Askum and Lalibela and weaves the story of
a once great and powerful kingdom. The Simien Mountains will have you
traversing an amazing national park that provides a habitat for some of
Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife. Whilst trekking it is not unusual to walk
among troops of gelada baboons, see wyala ibexes on the rocky cliff face
and hear or observe some of the country's many endemic birds. Combined
with this is the chance of interacting with rural villages and gaining
an insight into the daily lives of the villagers, as they struggle to
survive in a harsh environment with few natural resources.
Safety Information for Ethiopia
The Omo Valley is home to the richest national parks in the country and
it's a living museum whose inhabitants seem intent on outdoing each
other when it comes to outwardly bizarre rituals and decorations. Body
scarring, lip plates, bull-jumping, stick fighting – in different parts
of South Omo these are all part of the way of life. Testing,
awe-inspiring and life changing, this is a journey you’ll never forget.
You don’t explore Ethiopia for a relaxing getaway; you venture here to
Ethiopia is a developing tourist destination and some facilities may not be up to certain expected standards. We are using the best hotels, but hot water, electricity and a wide choice of meals may not always be available. Please be aware that the road between Gondar and Aksum and in Simien Mountains National Park is very dusty and bumpy.
Please note there are no laundry services available whilst camping.
The safety and welfare of our customers is our top priority, and is always of paramount importance to us when we design and operate our trips. Preparation in advance of your trip, by both us and you, and some practical measures during the tour, helps ensure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons. Below is how we work to make sure your adventure is a safe one, and some steps you can take as well. What we do Before travelling We monitor travel alerts provided by the Australian, UK, USA and Canadian governments to ensure we are always aware of the latest events in the countries we visit. Before a tour goes on sale we assess risks and decide how to reduce and manage these. If we determine a trip, a part of a trip or an activity is too risky we won’t do it. If we cannot address issues and improve conditions we may modify an itinerary, change accommodation or even decide not to travel to a certain location. Our overseas staff and tour leaders receive regular training to ensure they can address health and safety issues during trips. We provide you with emergency numbers before you travel. We provide you with comprehensive pre-departure information, including details about vaccinations you may need and other relevant health issues. We inform you about any special clothing or equipment you need to bring. We’re upfront about what to expect. We want you to be prepared to help ensure you make the right decision about which tour suits you best. Africa has ‘hot spots’: if there is anything relevant going on in the region you’re travelling to we post this information in our Travel Updates webpages or in our specific country information. During your trip Tour leaders are trained in first aid and always carry a first aid kit for emergencies. Our tour leaders are local, so if something does go wrong during the trip, they know the most efficient and effective way to get the necessary help. As well as our destination telephone number we provide you with, we also give you a 24-hour emergency number as a back-up. What you can do Read the information we send to you to help prepare before travelling and to ensure you pack all you need. We give you comprehensive information about what to expect, but we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have before or during your trip. Consult your local Foreign Office travel alerts. Rest assured we consult these daily and modify tours if necessary. Links are available here. Get some medical travel advice about the countries you are visiting, particularly about vaccinations and the type of travel first aid kit you should carry for your personal use. www.traveldoctor.com.au is a good place to start, with online factsheets and a list of clinic locations. Please tell us about medical conditions, special needs or dietary requirements so we can ensure the tour is suitable for you and can assist you appropriately during your trip. Have your vaccinations and take relevant medication in good time to ensure they take effect when travelling. Follow the directions given by our tour and trek leaders. They want to give you a memorable experience while ensuring your safety at the same time.
Visas and Permits
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Ethiopia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Tourist Visas may be granted for visits of up to one month, three months, or six months. The period of the visa begins on the date of issue, so please ensure the visa is valid from the date of issue until the final date of departure from Ethiopia. If you have visited Ethiopia in the last six days prior to your date of return to Australia, Australian Customs officials will ask you to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on entry into Australia.