FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I travel with Tangible Ethiopia?
While most travel companies focus on well-worn paths to places that are now overcrowded, at tangible Ethiopia we offer truly off the beaten track tours and unique experiences. We have travelled extensively with in the countries and regions we offer and have personally crafted each tour taking into consideration that all travelers are different. We believe that the diversity of our tours is unrivalled: from Mountain treks, tribal festivals, ancient monasteries and temples, Active volcano sites, lost cities, and much more. Our focus is on providing awe-inspiring trips and ensuring that our tours benefit the local communities directly, hence we plough back some of our profits into local projects.
What makes Tangible Ethiopia tour different?
We have gone out of our way to find truly off the beaten track places. We have a genuine passion for travel and believe that our tours offer everything a traveler would want in a package tour. They have also been designed in a way which benefits the local communities, keeping alive ancient traditions, protecting natural environments and investing in local development projects.
We also prefer to keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 with the dual purposes of reducing the environmental and cultural impact of our tours as well as enabling closer contact with locals. We also feel that the group members get to know each other better if the group size is smaller, which makes for a better holiday experience for everyone. We personally review all of our tours ensuring that our high standards are always maintained and we handpick professional, experienced and friendly guides so we know we can rest easy in the knowledge that they will ensure your tour runs smoothly.
Couldn't I do this on my own?
Tangible Ethiopia tour specializes in destinations that are generally undiscovered and off the tourist trail. Therefore, in many instances it can be surprisingly difficult to organize a cohesive trip independently. Through extensive travel in these regions, Tangible Ethiopia tour has first-hand knowledge of these places and has developed excellent contacts on the ground. Some places also require permits, so we take care of these bureaucratic formalities for you. We provide local guides who are experts in their regions. We also act as a point of contact for all arrangements, give you financial protection and due to our relationships with suppliers, are able to offer you the best trips for the most reasonable prices available.
"BEFORE YOU GO"
How do I get a Visa?
Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas. However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greek, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, citizens of United Kingdom and the United States.
For China including passports issued in Hong Kong and MACAO, a visa is available on arrival.
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 visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.
Duty-free import are permitted for up to: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1/2 lb. of tobacco, 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, two bottles of perfume. Visitors may export souvenirs with a value not exceeding Birr 500, although some articles (such as animal skins and antiques) require an export permit.
Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport is a gateway to the rest of Ethiopia. The airport also serves many destinations in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. The country's national carrier Ethiopian Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips. There are many other airlines that also serve Ethiopia.
Roads: There are some 4,100 kilometers of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry-weather roads. Railway: A 778 kilometers railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Ethiopia is in the GMT + 3 hours’ time zone. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which consist of twelve months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 or 6 days.
The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be retained as this will be required by customs on departure. Visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian Birr to foreign currency at the airport before departure.
Ethiopia uses 220 volts 50 cycles AC.
Whether it is for a day or for a month, may be organized by Tangible Ethiopian Cultural and Adventure Tours.
Addis Ababa has hotels that cater to all budgets, from the luxurious 5 *****Sheraton and Hilton hotels to the tourist class hotels. All tourist resorts offer a choice of modern hotels.
Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes Addis Ababa and the destinations you will be heading to offer a wide selection of tasty and delicious foods both for vegetarians and non vegetarians. It is easy to pick your selection from the menu at a restaurant or just by asking the person providing your service.
Is photography prohibited in any areas?
Yes, there are some areas where photography is prohibited, like in Addis, the main palace; military camps, and organizations and some infrastructures such as the bridge over the Abay (Nile) River.
Are mobile networks and internet access widely available in Ethiopia?
Telephone, fax, and internet access is available in most tourist destinations. There are internet services at hotels, telecommunication offices, and at private internet cafes in Addis and most of the towns out side of Addis Ababa.
Are credit cards accepted?
You can access cash with most visa and master cards at some locations in Addis and at major hotels, airlines and ticket offices mostly in Addis Ababa.
Reviews & news
Ethiopia as the Winner of "World's Best Tourist Destination for 2015" Ethiopia's Most Beautiful World Heritage Sites Cultural: Aksum (1980), Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (1979), Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town (2006), Konso Cultural Landscape (2011), Lower Valley of the Awash (1980), Lower Valley of the Omo (1980), Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (1978), Tiya (1980), Natural Simien National Park (1978)