Frequently Asked Questions
About Your Trip
You can usually get an accurate 3 day forecast here, which is worth checking just before departure.
This trip is for the intrepid traveller who thinks its worthwhile sacrificing some home comforts to see somewhere seldom visited and some truly rare and unique wildlife.
You will visit villages and markets and have an opportunity to watch the rural Ethiopian way of life that has not changed for generations. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world and some of the hotels remain very basic.
There are some long drives on this trip (detailed in the itinerary) and not all roads are asphalted. Your reward will be seeing areas almost untouched by tourism, rare and beautiful wildlife and the warmth of the Ethiopian people. This trip also goes to altitude. The highest point is the in the Bale Mountains when we visit the Sanetti Plateau which is 4000 meters above sea level.
Vicky Boughton - Product Manager
Hotel meals are generally good although they can lack variety at times. Local dishes tend to be very good if you like hot spicy food although milder versions can be requested. Local food is traditionally eaten with the
hands. The sour bread known as injera is used as a scoop for the casserole dishes known as wat.
Please note that you should not drink the tap water in Ethiopia. We also suggest that clients bring snack food as this can be difficult to obtain outside of Addis Ababa.
Vegetarians can be catered for but they will have a limited choice. The Ethiopian diet is meat based except for fasting days. Clients who have specialist dietary requirements must contact us to discuss if they can be accommodated. Ethiopia is not really familiar with gluten or lactose free diets.
Aurelija Selvestraviciute - Africa Operations
Ethiopia Specific Questions
The local currency is the birr, which is closed currency meaning you cannot get it outside of the country. ATMs are limited and can be very unreliable when it comes to UK or foreign bank cards. In this case, you should take your money in cash, and change when you arrive. Sterling can be changed at the airport, but dollars would be best outside the capital, so maybe a mix of both.
Aurelija Selvestraviciute - Customer Operations
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Ethiopia where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. There will be limited information in the trip notes but you should always seek further qualified medical advice.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
Yes, it is very easy for British passport holders. It costs $20 and you just join the correct queue when you arrive into Addis airport. When I normally come through, the line for those who have gotten the visa in advance is normally longer and slower than those getting it on arrival!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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