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General

Climate

Ethiopia has an elevated plateau ranging in height between 2,000 to 3000 meters. In the north and southeast part of the country there are high mountains whose picks rise to above 4,300m.Ethiopia also has two major favorable seasons wet and dry seasons. Wet season runs from June to September and dry occurs between October and May.The Danakil Depression is hot year-round, with temperatures often exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

Photography

Professional or high standard video equipment is difficult to be brought to Ethiopia. An official permission letter can be expensive too. You may want to consult your local Ethiopian Embassy if you are bringing high standard equipment.

In many places, small fees are charged for photos taken of people, especially in the southern tribal areas of Ethiopia. Video fees can be very high in national parks and other guarded places.

Note: If you see someone you would like to photograph, always ask for their permission before taking his or her photo.

Tipping suggestions

We believe that tipping to a tour escort or coach drivers reflect the client’s personal appreciation of a professional job well done. However we do not make any specific recommendation towards the amount.

Available airways

Domestic Flights
Are available to 29 domestic flight destinations the country.
International Flights:
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the most reliable airlines in the world and flying to 45 International destinations. Other international airways are:
General

Visa

Foreign visitors must have entry visas. Entry visas can be obtained from Ethiopian Diplomatic and consular missions abroad. Arrangements can be made in advance for a visa to be available at the Bole International airport. However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes

 

The list includes

Australia

Ireland

Poland

Austria

Israel

Portugal

Belgium

Italy

Russian Federation

Brazil

Japan

South Africa

Canada

Republic of Korea

Spain

China

Kuwait

Sweden

Denmark

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Finland

Mexico

Taiwan

France

Netherlands

United Kingdom

Germany

New Zealand

United States

 

Health Requirements
Currency
Communications
Safety
Medical Information
Malaria

Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visa cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia. However your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

The local currency is the Ethiopian birr. Money can be exchanged in the airport, in hotels and banks. There is no limitation to the amount of foreign currency visitors can import into the country but it must be declared on the currency declaration form on arrival.This form must be presented to the Customs authority at the time of departure. Visitors may change back any excess Ethiopian birr to foreign currency at the airport before departure.US dollars are generally the best currency to bring.

Telephone, Internet, postal and fax services are available in the capital, major cities and towns. Ethio-Telecom is the sole provider of phone, mobile and Internet services. SIM cards are easy to obtain and are cheap. The dialing code is +251.

Ethiopia can be expressed as one of the safest countries in Africa. One can freely walk around on the main streets with relative ease and sense of security. We do advise that you keep things you cannot do without at your hotel i.e. your passport, large amounts of cash, expensive jewelry etc.

The possession of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is not mandatory. Immunization for Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Typhoid Diphtheria, Meningococcal, and Polio is recommended.

In most of the sites malaria is not a problem because of the high elevation, e.g. Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar and Lalibela. But it may occur in Bahir Dar at the end of the rainy season and after unseasonable rains. Lowland areas along the Awash River, the Omo Valley, Rift Valley and Gambela are subject to malaria outbreaks. Chloroquine resistant strains have been identified in most areas so you should consult your doctor about the prophylaxis.
Visitors should take a simple first aid kit, band aids, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream and/or tablets for insect bites, sunscreen (while temperatures are moderate, the sun is strong), anti-diarrhea tablets, mosquito repellent, broad spectrum antibiotics, and anti bacterial spray or cream.

Famous sites

Ethiopia offers several untouched historical and natural sites.Every site has got its uniqueness depending upon the interest of the tourist. However, the most famous sight is perhaps Denakil depression, Lalibela, an ancient rock-hewn church and Axum steles.Other famous areas include: Lake Tana in Bahr Dar, the ancient cities of Gondar and Axum, as well as the southeastern area of the peoples of the Omo valley.The Jimma area is interesting for those who wish to know the origin of Coffee.

Single Supplement

This will be charged extra for a person traveling alone or with family but wish to occupy a separate room. Kindly consult the office before booking. Cost depends on the tour chosen.

Child Fare

Age 3 to 6 years – 25% of the adult fare (without seat)
Age 3 to 6 years – 50% of the adult fare (with seat)

Note: Age proof of children is compulsory.

Tour Fare

The tour fare is based on the fare structure existing at the beginning of the year. Any fluctuation in tour fare due to increase in fuel price, change in Government Regulations, Central / State budget effects like taxes, etc. or any other causes will be collected additionally prior to departure.

Accommodations

Accommodation can vary widely in quality and price throughout Ethiopia, ranging from local standard to 5-star hotels in Addis Ababa and a few other destinations. Rooms will be allotted depending on the size of your family. Particularly during festivals and high tourist season, reservations are recommended.

Transportation

Roads: There are over 30,000 kilometers of asphalt roads with a further over 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry-weather roads.

Railway: A 778-kilometre long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Airway: Ethiopian Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 29flight destinations.

Tour Operator
About Our Tours
Communications

UT has arranged all packages and related components. UT is responsible for making travel arrangements through independent vendors and suppliers and does not own or operate any airline, hotel, establishment, coach, insurance, tour, or event company or provider that may be included in its package offerings.

Accommodations: The standard of lodges and hotels in Ethiopia varies tremendously.  We use the best available whenever possible according to each client’s budget.
Transportation: We use the best 4WD vehicles and minibuses with experienced drivers. For domestic flights, we travel with Ethiopian Airlines, one of the best airlines in Africa.
Guides: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking guides are available. If your language preference is not mentioned here, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Private Tours: Unless a private tour is requested, other clients may join all or part of your tour. We keep our tours small, but if you have questions about the size of a specific tour, please let us know. Even if we are customizing a tour, if you want the tour to be private, please specify this during the planning stages.

Telephone, Internet, postal and fax services are available in the capital, major cities and towns. Ethio-Telecom is the sole provider of phone, mobile and Internet services. SIM cards are easy to obtain and are cheap. The dialing code is +251.

Liabilities

  1.  UT is acting only as agents of passengers in all matters relating to accommodation and transportation. However, UT shall not be liable for injury, flight schedule changes, delay, loss or damage arising from any cause and in any manner whatsoever.
  2. The laws of Ethiopia govern UT’ liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles, and all claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the court of Ethiopia in which the cause of action arises. Utopia Travels’ all vehicles are comprehensively insured.
  3. Utopia Travels’ reserves the right to employ subcontractors whenever necessary to carry out all or any part of the services agreed to be supplied and in any event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause II related to Utopia Travels’ liability shall apply.

Reservations and Payments

Reservations can be made online here or by fax, letter or telephone. At the time of confirmation, a deposit of 25% of tour cost due four weeks prior to departure. The remaining tour cost due prior to first day of tour. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, bank wire and cash may make payments.

Tour cost and itineraries will be provided upon request.

Note; Under certain circumstances we are flexible with this policy; please contact us if you have questions.

Cancellation Policy

UT will charge 25% of the tour cost for last minute cancellation of less than a week prior to tour commencement. In any case, we hold the right to cancel the tour and the same will be informed to you 10 days prior to the actual date of departure.

Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your tour.

Other Facilities

> Tours: We can arrange our said tours exclusively for you and your family, as per your requirement.

> Special Group Tours: Schools, colleges, corporate or organizations, we arrange exclusive tour packages as per your requirement.

> Vehicle on Hire: 49 / 35 / 27 / 20 / 12 / 8 / 4 seats of vehicles are available on hire.

> Air Tickets: We book air tickets to any destination of Ethiopia by any flight in any class of your choice.

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