Ethiopian Explorer

a trip by Steve Whitwell
From: October 30th 2009
Until: November 18th 2009


I booked my trip to Ethiopia on the same day as I decided to quit work. It’s one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit. So as soon as my holidays aren’t constrained to school holidays I can go to Ethiopia at what I think will be the best time of year. It should be the end of their rainy season now so I was expecting it be hot and sunny but still very green.
Most people of my age will remember the horrific TV pictures of the famine of 1984/85 which lead to Live Aid and that may be the first image of Ethiopia that comes to mind. I’ve flown over Ethiopia and had to spend some time changing planes at Addis Ababa airport and was amazed at how green the whole country looked. {Addis Ababa must also get the prize for the world’s cleanest airport - for the few hours I was there it was being continually cleaned!} Having said that, I have been reading in the news that Ethiopia and other East African countries have again suffered from poor rains for the last two years. Oxfam have been saying for some time that more than 6 million people are in need of assistance and the Ethiopian government has asked for international help a couple of days ago so I really don’t know what to expect.
I expect Ethiopia to be quite a bit different from other African countries. Its history is very different, being the only African country not to be colonized, one of the first Christian countries and home to the first Muslim settlement in Africa. I was given a book to read that was based around the reign of Emperor Tewodros - I had never realised that my country had been to war with Ethiopia!
The geography of the country will also be quite different. The area I’m going to is on the highest plateau in Africa - this is the area of Ethiopia which produces all the Olympic champions. Everywhere is at an altitude of more than 6000 ft - no mosquitoes!! - which should make the climate more tolerable.
Among the things I’m hoping to see are

I’ve joined an organised tour for this trip. I’m flying into Addis Ababa and I’m spending a couple of days looking ‘round Addis and maybe getting used to the altitude before joining the tour group for the trip around Ethiopia.

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Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 20
Photos: 91
Words: 12466

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
October 30th 2009 From Mansfield Woodhouse to Addis Ababa Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
October 31st 2009 Ethiopia - In Addis Ababa Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
November 1st 2009 Ethiopia - Cannon We Get There? Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
November 2nd 2009 Ethiopia - Still in Addis Ababa Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
November 3rd 2009 Ethiopia - It's All Going Tits Up Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela
November 4th 2009 Ethiopia - Lalibela, It's Not In Wales Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela
November 5th 2009 Ethiopia - Stelae Going Strong Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum
November 6th 2009 Ethiopia - The Raiders of The Lost Ark Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum
November 7th 2009 Ethiopia - The Road to the Simien Mountains Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains
November 8th 2009 Ethiopia - Trekking in The Simien Mountains Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains
November 8th 2009 Travel Tips Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains
November 9th 2009 Ethiopia - Goodbye Superb Views, Hello Showers and Flushing Toilets Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Gondar
November 10th 2009 Ethiopia - Castles in Africa and a Piss-Up in a Brewery Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Gondar
November 11th 2009 Ethiopia - Searching For The Source Of The Nile Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar
November 12th 2009 Ethiopia - Lake Tana Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar
November 13th 2009 Ethiopia - A Regular Army of Hippopotami Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar
November 14th 2009 Ethiopia - Huleutt The Dogs Out Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar
November 15th 2009 Ethiopia - Hip Hip Harar Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar
November 16th 2009 Ethiopia - Mad Dogs and Englishmen Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
November 17th 2009 Ethiopia - The Final Challenge Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
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