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Ethiopia is one of the most vibrant countries in Northern Africa, known for its coffee trade, amazing scenery, fascinating history and unique tribal cultures.
Those looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in a totally unique and authentic African country, will find all this and more in Ethiopia.
But one should not just venture into Ethiopia without the proper knowledge and guidance from an expert.
That’s why as part of our “Travel Tips” series we interviewed Marcello Arrambide, who traveled throughout Ethiopia for roughly three months and lived there for two months.
Marcello share’s with us his Ethiopia travel advice and knowledge on what to do in Ethiopia Africa, as well as some information about safety, what to prepare before you go, and how to get around.
Take it away Marcello…
Why Visit Ethiopia?
Ethiopia has a tremendous amount of history and culture and is one of the most ancient civilizations that we have today.
It is one of the only places in the world that has a completely unique culture that isn’t similar to others.
The costs of traveling to Ethiopia are extremely cheap, the food is delicious, crime is almost nonexistent, and if you like coffee why not go to the place that invented it?
But first, real talk…
Is Ethiopia Safe to Travel?
Safety in Ethiopia is an issue, and we’re not going to lie to you. Most people will tell you it’s safe, but we would advise against visiting unless on an organized tour – safety in numbers, and all that.
The UK Gov, U.S. embassy and Australian government says not to visit Ethiopia for non-essential travel due to armed conflict, civil unrest and rising tensions between tribes.
The truth is, anything can happen in Ethiopia. While it’s generally safer in areas such as Addis Ababa, terrorists can attack with little warning and the security forces are not always able to stop it from happening.
However, crimes against tourists are relatively low. Tourists may encounter petty crimes such as pickpocketing, mugging and vehicle theft, but assaults and terrorism have been known to happen.
It’s also not uncommon to hear about terrorists kidnapping foreigners, though this is very rare. If you stay in a large group, and…
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