I did this trip in 2007 and it was fab. Great group of people & the guide was excellent. I would advise taking some snacks (cereal bars) as the Jamie Oliver treatment hasn't quite reached Ethiopia yet - lots of very overdone pasta in the hotels, but I would recommend trying the local dishes as they were much better. I think we all had the odd bout of dodgy stomach, but nothing imodium and starving yourself for 24 hours didn't sort. You can buy bottled water, lemonade everywhere.
Lalibela is gorgeous. Ask your guide to point you in the direction of the artist who runs a little studio there. I've got one of his pictures framed on the wall opposite me & it still reminds me of a great trip. Lots of memory / batteries for the camera needed.
I am also going on this trip and really looking forward to it. It's also my first Exodus trip. I've been lucky enough to visit various parts of Africa in the past but never been to Ethiopia. I'm sure we will have a brilliant trip.
Sarah, what did you do about Malaria? I had quite a bad reaction last time I took the tablets.
I did take tablets - larium - but I've had them on a number of Africa trips before and apart from some very vivid dreams I'm not too bad on them. It was a bit hit and miss with my local GP's surgery as to whether or not I should be taking them as not needed in all areas of Ethiopia, but I preferred to go with than without. Would have liked the cholera jab as it is supposed to protect against stomach upsets, but couldn't get it at that surgery.
I was a bit of a pincushion before this trip is memory serves me right - don't you need yellow fever as well?
Worth the pain!
Thanks for getting in touch, looking forward to meeting you, it won't be long now.....now where's that rucksack???
The following vacinations are recommended: yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, meningococcusm, polio (one-time booster), hepatitus B, rabies (we will spend a lot of time outdoors; however, the shots are extremely expensive), two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) if born after 1956, TDAP (tetaus and diptheria is recommended, whooping cough is included) is recommended every 10 years.
Malaria: Lariam (mefloquine), malarone (atovaquon/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Addis Ababa and altitudes above 2000 meters (6561 fee). Personally, I take Malarone.
You should also take an insert repellent with Deet. I use 30% Deet.
Finally, you can either buy insect shield clothing, which lasts about 70 washings, or spray your clothing (everything, including socks and hat) with Permethrin, which lasts about 6 washings. You can also spay your mattress with Permethrin if you are concerned about bed bugs. Finally, I am bringing a mosquito net to cover my head -- I hope that I won't have to use it!
I will arrive at the Ghion Hotel a little after noon on October 10 and leave ADD at 7:35PM on October 25. Anyone for a walk around town on either date?
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