General Tips

Safety in Addis Ababa – How to Avoid Pickpockets

Ethiopian Food and Drink (A fun look at eating raw fish to bees in my wine)


Destination Guides


Harar Ethiopia (Where I Fed a Wild Hyena and Got a Man Arrested)


Omo Valley Travel (Tribes and Tribulations)

Arba Minch Travel (A break between the lakes)

Hawassa Travel (Relaxing by the Lake)


Danakil Depression Tour (Like Yellowstone on LSD – How I stared into an active volcano and lived to talk about it)



My guide to the best hotels around the country on the “Northern Circuit” trip.  These hotels were hand selected based on location, service, and price.    Click on the links to book directly with

Addis Ababa:  Olympia Guest House

Bahir Dar:  Manuhie Backpackers Lodge

Gondar:  Lodge du Chateau

Aksum (Axum): Africa Hotel

Mek’ele (Mekele): Atse Yohannes Hotel

Lalibela: Honey Land Hotel

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An absolute must for anyone on their way to Ethiopia is this guidebook by Bradt: