Ethiopia

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2012 - Travel - 628 pages
Of all the African nations, Ethiopia is most prone to misconceptions. The 1985 famine and the cracked barren earth of the Danakil Depression are not images quickly forgotten. This fully updated guide refocuses the lens to reveal an ancient country that continues to surpass all expectations: from the ancient Judaic cultures of the fertile highlands to the colourful animist people of the South Omo Valley, from the Afro-pine moorland of the Bale Mountains National Park to the thundering Blue Nile Falls. Taking you far off the beaten track, the author presents more of this expansive beautiful land, believed to be the cradle of humankind.Bradt's Ethiopia provides the most comprehensive coverage of any English-language guidebook on the market. Not only does it include towns and villages well off the beaten track, but it goes into greater depth than its competitors, with more detail on the history, culture and sights, and more opinionated and entertaining reviews of hotels and restaurants. In addition, it features detailed information on wildlife, national parks and trekking routes found in no other book.
 

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BRADT GUIDE IS A GREAT TRAVEL PUBLICATION EVERY TIME OUR COMPANY USES AS A REFERENCE!
King Dawit Tours Ethiopia is one of a privately owned national tour operators; which the name “King Dawit
” refers to Dawit I, was King Of Kings (1382 - 1413) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Solomon dynasty. He was the younger son of Newaya Krestos.
Owned and managed by experienced tourism professional Mr. Dawit Solomon (BA Degree in Tourism Management) & long years of experience in various Ethiopian tour companies in managerial position.
Where its head office is located in Addis Ababa and work with the local community at the destinations to address globally demanded that tourism should be “pro-poor” to ensure the existence of sustainable environment, social, cultural values and mutual share of economical benefits.
The staffs are holders of BA in Tourism Management and long years of experience in big travel companies and, well acquainted to the country’s, indigenous natural, social and culture values, and share an extensive knowledge, maintaining the utmost respect of customers for mutual benefit and carry responsible tour operations.
With great hospitality and honor to Mr. Phillip Briggs
Dawit Solomon
General Manager
KING DAWIT TOURS ETHIOPIA
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Contents

Background Information
3
Natural History
51
Untitled
75
Health and Safety
111
Addis Ababa
127
Addis Ababa to Lake Tana by Road
175
Bahir Dar and Lake Tana
189
Gondar and the Simien Mountains
215
Harar and Dire Dawa
405
Addis Ababa to the Rift Valley via Butajira
437
The Rift Valley South to Hawassa
451
The Bale and Arsi Highlands
473
The Moyale Road
501
Arba Minch and the Konso Highlands
515
South Omo
535
The Wenchi Loop
563

Axum and the Adigrat Road
243
Rockhewn Churches of Northeast Tigrai
269
Mekele and the Danakil
295
Through Routes to Lalibela
309
Lalibela and Surrounds
323
Dessie and Surrounds
343
Kombolcha to Addis Ababa
359
Addis Ababa to Adama by Road
373
Awash National Park and the Assab Road
389
The Western Highlands
571
Gambella
589
Language
597
Glossary
605
Key Historical and Legendary Figures in Ethiopia
607
Some Ethiopian Transcriptions of Place Names
611
Further Information
613
Index
622
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Philip Briggs has been exploring Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. He has visited more than two dozen African countries in total and written about most of them for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. He first visited Ethiopia in 1994, on a four month trip to research the first edition of the Bradt guide, and has travelled there extensively since to research subsequent editions, accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen. Kim Wildman has spent the better part of the last ten years crossing the African continent from end to end as a guidebook author, travel writer and wildlife photographer. During this time she has authored and updated more than 15 guidebooks including Bradt's Ghana and Tanzania. Kim has a degree in African Studies, attained from the University of Cape Town, and her feature articles have appeared in Travel Africa, abouTime, Planet Africa, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Voyageur.

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