About this book
The bestselling guide to Ethiopia in the UK in recent years, this fully updated seventh edition of Philip Briggs' acclaimed guide reveals an ancient country that continues to surpass all expectations: from the ancient Judaic cultures of the fertile highlands to the Animist people of the South Omo Valley, from the Afroalpine moorland of the Bale Mountains National Park to the thundering Blue Nile Falls. This book also leads you further off the beaten track, so travellers can see more of this expansive and beautiful land, believed to be the cradle of humankind.Park to the thundering Blue Nile Falls. This book also leads you further off the beaten track, so travellers can see more of this expansive and beautiful land, believed to be the cradle of humankind.
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Press reviews'Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia...a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide.' Travel Africa
'An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia.'
'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country.'
The Daily Telegraph
"The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country."
"Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter."
Business in Africa
'Readable, practical and authoritative'
'Offers an excellent and thorough overview of the country'
'This guide gives detailed information on wildlife, national parks and trekking routes.'
Trek & Mountain
Recommended reading by National Geographic Traveller
'The best guidebook is one of the two editions by Philip Briggs; other options contain lots of mistakes.' The Sunday Telegraph
'Worth its weight in birr.' Mail on Sunday
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 The Natural World
Geography, Climate, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds
Chapter 2 Background Information
History, Government and politics, Economy, Population, Language, Religion, Education, Music
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist information, Red tape, Getting there and away, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festival days, Shopping, Nightlife, Media and communications, Local interaction, Responsible tourism, Ethiopian charities, Safety, Women travellers, Gay and lesbian travellers
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Medical problems, Other safety concerns
PART TWO ADDIS ABABA AND SURROUNDS
Chapter 5 Addis Ababa
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Maps, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Cinema, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Around Addis Ababa
East towards Bishoftu and Adama, South towards Butajira and Hosanna, West towards Ambo and Mount Wenchi, North towards Debre Libanos and the Blue Nile Gorge
PART THREE NORTHERN ETHIOPIA
Chapter 7 Western Amhara
Dejen to Bahir Dar, Bahir Dar, Monasteries of southern Lake Tana, Bahir Dar to Gondar by road, Gorgora and northern Lake Tana, Gondar, Debark, Simien Mountains National Park
Chapter 8 Eastern Amhara
Addis Ababa to Dessie via Debre Berhan, Addis Ababa to Dessie/Lalibela via Dejen, Kombolcha, Dessie and surrounds, Weldiya, The 'China Road', Lalibela, Around Lalibela, Sekota
Chapter 9 Tigrai
Shire Inda Selassie, Axum, Adwa and surrounds, Abiy Addi and the Tembien, Adigrat,
Rock-hewn churches between Adigrat and Wukro, Wukro and surrounds, Hawzen and the Gheralta Escarpment, Mekele, Southward from Mekele to Weldiya
PART FOUR EASTERN ETHIOPIA
Chapter 10 Afar
Awash National Park, The Djibouti road, Danakil
Chapter 11 Harar and the Far East
The road to Harar and Dire Dawa, Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga
PART FIVE SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA
Chapter 12 Bale and the Southeast
Towards Bale Mountains, Bale Mountains and surrounds, Southeastern birding route, South towards Moyale
Chapter 13 The Southern Rift Valley Lakes
Ziway, Lakes Langano, Abijatta and Shalla, Lephis Forest, Shashemene, Hawassa, Sodo, Arba Minch and surrounds
Chapter 14 Konso and South Omo
Travel practicalities, Karat-Konso, Along the Konso-Jinka road, Jinka, Hamer country: Dimeka, Turmi and Arbore, Omorate and the Omo River
Chapter 15 Southwest Ethiopia
The Western Highlands, Gambella region, Benishangul-Gumuz region
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Key historical and legendary fi gures in Ethiopia
Appendix 4 Some Ethiopian transcriptions of place names
Appendix 5 Further information
Index of advertisers