Ethiopia is a remarkably easy country to visit, and nearly all of the country is quite safe for foreigners of all nationalities. Hospitality and generosity are traits almost universal to the entire nation. As with many countries, there are areas best avoided by tourists. In Ethiopia, we advise against travel to a few remote border areas and do not offer any tours to these areas.
Time and Calendar
Many Ethiopians add six hours to their clocks and watches. Instead of breakfast at 7:00am, Ethiopians will call this time 1:00. Noon becomes 6:00 and so on. Banks, airlines, etc. do not add six hours, but if you make an appointment with an Ethiopian, its a good idea to clarify which time they are using.
Altitudes of Cities and Towns
Hotels and Lodges
The quality and number of hotels has increased significantly in the past decade. In Addis Ababa and around most of the major tourist sites, visitors can enjoy western-standard hotels. However, in some of the rural areas, visitors should be prepared for more rustic accommodations.